People are the greatest asset on the journey towards success.
Advocates, partners and trusted advisors. Meet the EM Advisory Team.
Natasha MandieManaging Director
Natasha has over twenty years of corporate advisory and investment banking experience advising mid-market and technology companies across M&A and capital raising transactions in private and public markets.
Natasha’s strategic and direct approach inspires confidence and lets you know where you stand. Her negotiation, execution and change management experience, coupled with her extensive business networks and renowned tenacity, delivers the best outcome for her clients. Natasha founded EM Advisory in 2011 after senior roles at Credit Suisse and Hindal Group.
Amir PaluchManaging Director
Amir is a skilled M&A and Corporate Finance practitioner having led transactions from initiation through integration both in-house and advisory and directly managed investor relations, corporate restructures and capital raising processes. His analytical and hands-on approach means he’s able to grasp concepts and derive insights quickly, distil complex issues into clear action plans and present articulate pathways.
Prior to joining EM Advisory Amir worked at major Australian corporates including the global digital marketplace business, Envato and Australasian logistics, property and airports group, Linfox. Amir has also worked at global investment banks Investec, Goldman Sachs and Rothschild.
Chris LesterExecutive Director
Chris has over 20 years professional experience, as a corporate advisor, C-suite executive, director and investor. Chris has extensive experience in capital raisings, acquisitions and divestments, capital management and providing strategic advice to corporates (large and small) across a wide range of industries. Chris has worked in Australia, Dublin and New York with KPMG and Citigroup Investment Banking. Chris previously lead the transformation of a traditional print-based business model into the largest digital education marketing platform in Australia.
Oswald FernandesVice President
Oswald brings 8 years experience in M&A, private equity and venture capital advisory.
Oswald is a keen student of business, with a interest in growth drivers, and how business models can be translated to other industries and geographies. With extensive experience across the food and beverage and technology sectors in both India and the Middle East, Oswald brings a broad perspective on how businesses can scale, as well as how M&A and capital raisings can support this growth.
Kasia brings 3 years of experience in corporate advisory and financial policy analysis. Kasia joined the team in 2018 while completing a Master of Finance at the Melbourne Business School. She thrives while tackling complex business problems and enjoys leveraging her technical skill set to help companies unlock value and achieve their growth objectives. Outside the office, Kasia has demonstrated strong leadership both in Australia and abroad, managing student associations and directing a national ski organisation while competing at the international level in skiing herself.
Mark brings 6 years of investment, corporate advisory and financial services experience having most recently held positions with independent firms across the corporate mid-market and real estate sectors. He leverages his transactional & analytical background on mandates and has experience in managing all stages of direct investment processes.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin (UCD) and a Master of Accounting from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
Harland has experience in corporate and strategic advisory, having gained exposure to a full spectrum of firm operations across a broad range of technology-enabled companies. Prior to joining the team in 2020, Harland worked at a boutique advisory and investment firm, and then as an internal investment and strategy advisor within a fast-scaling financial technology company. He has a keen interest in enterprise strategy, as well as understanding the true value drivers behind businesses, leveraging his diverse background in order to deliver innovative and effective outcomes for clients.
Hamish brings 5 years of experience across corporate advisory, law and aviation. After starting his career at EM Advisory in 2015, Hamish pursued a childhood dream of flying commercial aircrafts for an Australian airline. Whilst flying, Hamish completed his Law Degree and was admitted to the legal profession of Victoria. Since leaving the world of commercial aviation Hamish has gained experience in the banking and finance divisions at King & Wood Mallesons and Allen & Overy. EM Advisory are excited to welcome Hamish back to the team.
Anna is an experienced finance executive and company secretary with over 25 years of experience in financial reporting, management and analysis across a wide range of industries including Fin Tech, Biotech, Banking and Finance and Import/Distribution in public, private and government arenas.
Anna is passionate about understanding key business drivers and solving problems. She has an eye for key details and enjoys providing financial insights. Her previous roles include Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at an ASX listed biotech, Financial Analyst at Australia Post and CFO of an early version of Touchcorp Ltd. Anna also loves road riding, sailing and bushwalking and is Treasurer of the St Kilda Cycling Club.
Jenny McMasterPractice Manager
Jenny joins EM Advisory as the Practice Manager where she works closely with Natasha and the team to ensure things run smoothly. Jenny comes from a strong administrative background, having previously worked in family offices, for high-net-worth individuals and a technology start-up. Jenny’s expertise and experience in management, process implementation, recruitment and culture ensures EM Advisory functions effectively, with people and clients at the heart of their work.