• Wayne Lasky

    Managing Director

    Wayne is responsible for business strategy, execution, key stakeholder relations and capital raising. Wayne has 15 years of real estate and finance experience having worked on all sides of the table as an originator, lender, asset manager, real estate investor & developer, project manager & property manager.

    Wayne holds a double degree, Bachelor of Business Management & Marketing (Hons), graduating Dux and a Certificate III in Finance and Mortgage Broking Management. Wayne is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA).

  • Brae Sokolski

    Chief Investment Officer

    Brae is responsible for deal origination, structuring and negotiation. He has extensive industry experience having operated in property and finance markets for over a decade and is a recognised industry expert in real estate debt. Brae has previously worked in senior executive roles within the FMCG industry where he honed his relationship and strategic management capabilities.

    Brae holds a Bachelor of Law and Business Management (Hons).

  • Mark Heaven

    Chief Operating Officer

    Mark is responsible for the corporate and investment operational platform, corporate governance and the corporate financial management function and has 25 years’ experience in finance, strategy, operations and governance, compliance and risk management, including six years at KPMG.

    Over the last 18 years, Mark has held executive roles working in retail and wholesale funds management businesses including Aviva, Colonial, Herschel Asset Management, Perennial Investment Partners and EMR Capital.

    Mark holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Diploma in Financial Services and is a member the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in both Australia, England and Wales.

  • Tony Woods

    Chief Risk Officer

    Tony is responsible for compliance, risk and credit policy and has over 25 years of executive experience at National Australia Bank (NAB) and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) Bank, in global leadership roles.

    Tony’s particular expertise is in transactional credit and operating risk, and compliance, risk framework development and testing, having built and led the global risk, business and advisory functions for major Australian banks.

    Tony a holds Bachelor of Economics and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FFin) and the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).

  • Bill McWilliams

    Investment Director

    Bill is responsible for relationship management, deal origination and executing credit and risk functions in Victoria. He has 17 years’ industry experience, including having spent many years developing business and leading high performing teams at senior levels within National Australia Bank’s (NAB) Institutional and Business Bank.

    Bill also brings years of direct credit experience as a Credit Executive at NAB and prior, as a Compliance Manager at Deutsche Bank in London.

    Bill holds a Diploma in Finance and Mortgage Broking Management, Certificate IV in Finance and Certificate III in Banking, and is a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA).

  • Karen Gately

    Independent Advisory Director

    Karen is engaged by MaxCap Group as a HR strategic partner in order to optimise business’ performance, drive transformation change, mature leadership capabilities and drive the business culture.

    Karen has over 19 years’ experience in the field of human performance and leadership. She is the author of two books, and regular contributor in industry magazines, print and broadcast media.

    Karen holds a Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Business, Human Resource Management.

  • Sarah Peterson

    Executive Assistant to Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

    Sarah is responsible for provide executive support to the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer. Sarah has 8 years’ experience in delivering executive level support, and managing operations within the financial services industry both locally and internationally.

    Sarah has built her career through her diligence, outstanding interpersonal skills and stakeholder relationships.

    Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business Management and a Bachelor of Tourism Management.

  • Bill McWilliams

    Investment Director - VIC

    Bill is responsible for relationship management, deal origination and executing credit and risk functions in Victoria. He has 17 years’ industry experience, including having spent many years developing business and leading high performing teams at senior levels within National Australia Bank’s (NAB) Institutional and Business Bank.

    Bill also brings years of direct credit experience as a Credit Executive at NAB and prior, as a Compliance Manager at Deutsche Bank in London.

    Bill holds a Diploma in Finance and Mortgage Broking Management, Certificate IV in Finance and Certificate III in Banking, and is a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA).

  • David O'Connor

    Investment Director

    David is responsible for business development, senior relationship management and the execution of institutional debt solutions, focusing primarily on debt solutions for value-add and core real estate strategies. He has 19 years’ industry experience with leading financial services firms and commercial information and insight firms, including Thomson Reuters, Dun & Bradstreet and Westpac.

    Most recently David led Westpac’s Institutional Property division in Melbourne and was responsible for some of the country’s largest REITS, wholesale funds, pension funds and family offices.

    David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science.

  • Matthew Perrott

    Investment Director

    Matthew is responsible for leading MaxCap’s geographical expansion into the Western Australian market, in addition to assisting to bring its first CRE debt fund to Australian and offshore investors.

    Matthew has over 16 years’ experience in financial services, real estate development and real estate capital markets in Australia, Singapore and the UK. Past senior executive roles in private equity and listed property development companies include Crest Capital Asia, Azure Capital, Grant Thornton and Port Bouvard Limited.

    Matthew holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant.

  • Max Predebon

    Senior Executive - Investment

    Max is an experienced real estate financier responsible for business development, credit structuring and relationship management. He has over 12 years’ experience in real estate investment banking and corporate banking with Macquarie Bank and National Australia Bank. He has also worked as the capital manager of a national developer and contracting business, arranging the funding for a variety of development projects and commercial property assets.

    Max holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Masters of Commerce and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Ben Wollan

    Associate Director

    Ben is responsible for financial modelling and credit analysis. Ben has had diverse property experience having worked as a solicitor, specialising in commercial lending, property law and litigation as well as a financial analyst at a mortgages and investments fund.

    Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws and is admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Ben has also completed all levels of the CFA program.

  • Kate Luscombe

    Senior Executive - Investment

    Kate is responsible for business development,credit structuring and relationship management. She has 10 years’ experience in banking and real estate finance, across corporate and commercial real estate, real estate development, securitisation, distressed assets and debt restructuring.

    Kate has held roles at QIC and Bankwest in Australia, and at Deutsche Bank and Lloyds Banking Group in London.

    Kate holds a Bachelor of Business Management.

  • Chloe Peters

    Senior Executive - Distribution

    Chloe is responsible for private capital raising, private client investor relations, business development and product development. She has 10 years’ experience in investment management and financial services sectors with multinationals and boutique investment houses in Australia, the USA and Canada.

    Previously, she was NSW Business Development Manager at Perpetual Investments. She has also held managerial roles with Peters MacGregor Capital Management, Sprott Asset Management and AGF Investments.

    Chloe holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Business and has also studied at the Ivey Business School in Canada.

  • Galen Fu

    Senior Executive - Distribution

    Galen is responsible for institutional capital raising, investor relations and business development. He has 5 years’ industry experience including Associate Director at ANZ and WBC Institutional Bank.

    Galen has built a successful career by developing trusted relationships with clients, investors, and consultants. His experience is in strategic planning, transactional structuring, credit assessment and product offerings based on prevailing market conditions.

    Galen holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Economics and a Graduate Certificate in Management.

  • Royston Toh

    Senior Executive - Risk

    Royston is responsible for managing the construction risk for the firm’s construction-lending investment transactions.

    he is a certified quantity surveyor with more than 17 years’ industry experience. Prior to joining MaxCap he spent five years as the Associate Director of Construction Risk Management at National Australia Bank (NAB), managing construction risk in the Business and Corporate Bank division.

    Royston has held senior roles at Kane Constructions, Harris HMC Construction in Melbourne and KPK Quantity Surveyors in Singapore.

  • Olivia Sturgess

    General Counsel

    Olivia is responsible for the effective and proactive management of all legal due diligence on transactions, transaction structuring, execution and co-ordination of settlements, and draw-downs on facility loans.

    Olivia has extensive experience in all aspects of property law, retail and commercial leasing, acquisitions and dispositions, commercial contracts and foreign investment review board matters.

    Her previous experience includes legal roles at a specialist property and commercial law firm, with Minter Ellison and as a member of the Viva Energy in-house legal team.

    Olicia has been admitted to the Victorian Legal Admissions Board and holds a Bachelor of Laws/Commerce (Hons).

  • Nicholas Adamson

    Investor Relations Manager

    Nicholas is responsible for servicing the needs of our investor clients ensuring a positive, professional and seamless experience throughout their transactions and ongoing dealings with MaxCap Group.

    Nicholas has built a career in shareholder/investor relations serving some of Australia’s leading companies and investors.

    Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety.