Family Business

Corporate advisors, Asia and Australia.

Family businesses are a critical part of the Australian economy. According to Family Business Australia, family owned and managed businesses account for around 70% of all Australian businesses, employing 50% of the workforce.

In Asia, the recent Credit Suisse "Emerging Market Research Institute – Asian Family Businesses Report 2011", family businesses in the region equate to 34% of the nominal GDP. There is a higher concentration of family businesses in South Asia, which makes up 65% of the total number of listed companies.

Family business is different from other enterprises as typically management and full or majority ownership rests with one or more family members of the one family.

AFG Venture Group understands the dynamic of family business and assists such businesses in the following ways:

  • Creating the plans needed for smooth and successful succession, well in advance of the planned exit or transition dates
  • Improving sustainability of the business, so business can show year on year growth
  • Processes that assist the business to become sale, investment or exit ready
  • Undertaking transactions that create exits for existing owners via mergers, sales and other forms of divestment such as buyouts and buyins. Counterparties for exits will depend on the size of the business, the underlying financial performance, the industry outlook, the competitive advantages and the exit requirements of the owners

AFG Venture Group believes that succession planning is critical to not only creating a valuable exit for the current owners, but is a key part of running and growing a successful family business. Wealth management and wealth preservation for family members underpin much of the work AFG Venture Group undertakes.

We focus on partnering our clients to achieve the best outcomes possible.


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Key Specialists

Dipen Rughani - Associate Director Head of Private Business

Dipen is a leading authority on trade and investment within the Australia-India corridor. Previously he established, a boutique consultancy which worked with public and private sector organisations.

Dipen is also the Chair of the Australian India Business Council. Dipen has worked with the Government of NSW, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade. Dipen works with all manner of private and family businesses including those in mining, education, services and technology sectors.


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Faisal Badroen - International Specialist Advisor

Faisal Badroen has over 20 years experience in senior leadership positions at a number of Indonesia's most prestigious financial institutions and education facilities, including the role of Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the State Islamic University. More recently Faisal has focused on corporate advisory activities relating to financial and corporate restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. These activities have allowed Faisal to utilise his extensive network of contacts throughout the government, financial services and education sectors. [more...]

Lindley Edwards - AFG VG Group CEO

Lindley Edwards is a specialist adviser in merger, acquisition, divestments, fund raising, strategic consulting and licensing for growth in public and private companies.

She has a track record of successful advising to private and public companies. Previously Lindley was a State Manager (Vice-President) with Citibank. Prior to this position she spent nine years with Macquarie Bank and was an Associate Director with the Corporate Banking Division. Lindley has also worked on a secondment basis for Boston Consulting Group and for the Victorian State Government Project.

She is an accountant and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA. Lindley holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Accounting and the other in Banking and Finance. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Governance of ASX List [more...]

Glen Robinson - Director and Head of Asia Advisory

Glen Robinson has spent the last 21 years focussing on the establishment and development of cross border alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the manufacturing, processing and distribution areas, and particularly targeted to Asia.

These corporate advisory activities are based on more than 20 years' experience in management consultancy, and he has worked with a wide range of industries from agriculture, government through to manufacturing, distribution and service industries. He initially gained his Asian experience as chief executive officer for the Asian subsidiaries and joint ventures of a major international manufacturing and marketing organisation.


Elizabeth Bergin - Associate Director

Elizabeth Bergin is a former lawyer in the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and has worked for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Australia's Foreign Affairs Department on its aid program with Indonesia. Mrs Sinodinos has helped a number of Australian businesses to develop their market share, and to navigate export markets, in particular into the Asian region.