Joseph Skrzynski

B.Ec (Hons) Sydney

Mr Skrzynski, B.Ec (Hons) Sydney

Mr Skrzynski is a pioneer of the venture capital and private equity industry in Australia, initially for a private family company, and latterly through the largest and longest established institutional vehicle for private equity direct investment in Australia. Mr Skrzynski has spent some 35 years in this industry.

He was a Foundation Director of the Australian Venture Capital Association, went on to become its Chairman, and represented the industry as the Federal Ministerial Appointee to the Small Business Council of Australia, and later to the National Investment Council.

Since 1987, he has been Managing Director of Australian Mezzanine Investments (AMIL) group, and since 2000 of its successor, Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Investment Partners (CHAMP), a joint venture company with Castle Harlan, Inc. of New York, a leading private equity funds manager in North America.

The AMIL / CHAMP group has managed eight private equity funds in Australia, with A$2 billion in investment mandates ranging from early stage investments in technology start ups, through to management buy-outs of large scale industrial, media and trading companies. Successful companies from these investment programmes have listed on the Stock Exchanges of Australia, Singapore and the United States, and include such companies as Datacraft, LookSmart, Seek, Bradken and Austar United.

The group raised A$950 million CHAMP II management buy-out fund in 2005, with institutional investors from Australia, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Its mandate is middle market to larger management buy-outs in Australasia, whilst in 2006 it raised the A$300 million CHAMP Ventures fund which addressed the smaller MBO market and expansion capital deals.

Mr Skrzynski has also worked in the public sector, taking a contract to act as the CEO of the Australian Film Commission (1979/82) with a brief to assist the development of the Australian Film Industry on an international scale. The size of the industry expanded from $10 million per annum to over $150 million per annum in this period, and Australian films gained much deserved international recognition.

Mr Skrzynski is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics (1970) and has been active in pro bono activities in the Arts field, including chairing the Sydney Opera House Trust and the Australian Film, TV & Radio School. He is currently a Fellow of the Senate of The University of Sydney and Chairs its Investment & Commercialisation Committee.