FEI NZ was established in 2003 as a financial services company. The founders, TK Shim and Mel Stewart wanted an organisation that was based on relationship, personal service and professional expertise.
TK Shim’s background was in corporate banking, with Investment relationships, cash flow lending and credit skills. He also brought a philosophy of incremental precision and oriental elegance to the company’s DNA. Mel Stewart had deep roots in the rural sector and extensive experience in business and property asset based finance. His broad connections were matched with entrepreneurial flair, creative instincts and marketing skills.
They are the yin and yang of FE Investments, and FE’s services reflect this same philosophy in the two sides of FE’s business – harmony and balance between funds in and funds out.
Peace of Mind
FE’s objective is to provide our customers, depositors and borrowers with peace of mind. Depositors seek a good return on their term investment, but want certainty that their money is safe. Borrowers want an understanding of their financial objectives with funding at a competitive rate.
By granting credit with a proactive and positive approach, we back success and provide both sides of the financial equation with the desired outcome.
FE makes that happen by funding New Zealand businesses who have been assessed as worthy of support. And, by spreading our lending over a wide range of industries and businesses, we ensure that investor deposits are secure.
Ownership of FEI Group Limited
In 2017, FE Investments Ltd, through acquisition and merger, became an subsidiary of FE Investments Group Ltd (FEIG), a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange as FEI.AX.
This listing means that FEIG moves forward with its ambitious growth aspirations for investments and lending products in both New Zealand and Australia.
FEI NZ has been operating since 2003 and is a non-bank deposit taker operating under the regulations of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Our performance is monitored by Trustee Executors Ltd on behalf of depositors.
In January 2019, FEIG acquired an Australian Financial Services License (AFSL License: 408024) in Australia and is regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) via their subsidy Australian entity FEI Finance Ltd (FEI AU).
FEI’s focus is the leasing of business equipment and technology products for the SME market. Over the next three years it is expected that this business sector will nearly double and represent just over 50% of FEI’s loan book.
FEI Finance Limited is subsidiary of the Company and holds AFS Licence No. 408024. It is not authorised under the Banking Act 1959 (Cth) or supervised by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.
Directors of the NZ Issuer
Melvin Douglas Stewart (BAg Sc)
Thatt Kiong Shim (BA (Econ.), LLB)
Directors of the AU Issuer
Jamie Green (LLM)
Thatt Kiong Shim (BA (Econ.), LLB)
Marcus Ritchie (BMS)
FE Investments Group
Level 32, 101 Miller Street
North Sydney, NSW 2060
Trustee Executors Limited
Level 7, 51 Shortland St
Level 29, 66 Goulburn Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T +61 2 8263 4000
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of FE Investments Group have a significant depth of experience in the banking and legal sector.
The Board has detailed knowledge and experience within the global financial and legal sectors; bringing strict governance and credit policies to ensure a prudent adherence to regulation and commercial success.
James brings a wealth of relevant experience to the Company gained over more than 30 years in commerce and investment banking including working in commercial law, business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital raising, venture capital and capital management.
James is currently the Managing Director of PrimaryMarkets Advisory and Non-Executive director of Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd. Before joining PrimaryMarkets Advisory, James was Head of M&A Advisory at Patersons Securities. Prior to that he was Head of Corporate Finance at Austock (Phillip Capital) and an Executive Director of KPMG’s corporate finance division.
Before investment banking, he was a Senior Partner of a national law firm. James is a past President of the NSW Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and was a Director of the AICD, Century Australia Investments Ltd, Scott Corporation Ltd and Medical Channel Pty Ltd.
Marcus (BMS) is a very experienced investment banker having worked extensively in corporate finance; including equity and debt capital markets, corporate strategy and mergers & acquisitions.
Marcus has over 18 years of experience working with companies that include America Express (New York), Mizhuo Bank (London), Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank (London) and Westpac (New Zealand). More recently he has worked at ANZ Banking Group, PhillipCapital and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Sydney.
Marcus has a strong sense of communication supported by an ability to execute strategy from conception to completion.
TK Shim (BA, LLB) is one of the founding directors of FEI and has been on the board since July 2003. TK has in-depth experience in corporate advisory services and corporate finance to the SME sector.
TK specialises in innovative structured financing for companies in the general business sector including arranging bond and unit trust issues, putting in place trade finance, financing acquisitions, securitisation facilities and other debenture lending products.
Mel Stewart (BAgrSc) is the other founding director of FEI and has been on the board since July 2003. Mel has extensive experience in financing in the rural, residential, commercial and industrial sectors throughout Australasia and Oceania.
His involvement in the Rural Bank and Elders Finance Limited gives him a comprehensive understanding of issues relating to these areas of finance. Mel is also a qualified property valuer.
Anthony (Tony) Lally
A former Olympian, Tony has over 35 years of business experience including successful tenures at AMP, Commonwealth Bank, Deutsche Bank and Deloitte.
In 2007, Tony was appointed CEO at Sunsuper (one of Australia’s largest industry funds) and during his tenure, led the entity through a period of transformation, more than doubling funds under management.
Most recently Tony accepted the role of chair of the Equity Trustees Superannuation Limited Board and currently chairs ASX listed Self Wealth Limited.
Tony chairs FEI’s Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Fang has extensive experience across a range of industry sectors in both Asia and New Zealand, including ecommerce, management, publishing, film and television production, editing and funding. Fang has over 20 years’ experience in senior executive roles with a diverse range of organisations.
Fang has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Renmin University of China and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Tsinghua University.
FEI will look to Fang’s experience to assist with the ongoing development of capital raising, business development and growth opportunities.
Shuibo (Cook) Huang
Huang has extensive experience across a range of industry sectors in both Asia and New Zealand; including ecommerce management. He is also the managing director of CLY NZ Group, an specialist investment firm. Huang received a degree from Zhejiang University in China.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
The Executive Directors are supported by a management team with expertise and experience in the areas of law, accounting and risk management practices. FE Investments has staff to assist with your queries in English, Chinese, Indian and Malaysian.
Philip Harkness (BBS, DipBS, CA)
+6429 222 0760
Philip Harkness (BBS, DipBS, CA) Philip commenced his appointment as FEI’s General Manager in October 2017. Philip has experience drawn from a wide range of industries, in the past 20 years, both domestically and internationally, including audit, fast moving consumer goods, and banking. Philip brings a wealth of operational and management experience that will strengthen the processes and daily operations of FEI.
Philip has spent the last 12 years with the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ). His last role prior to joining FEI was as Divisional Chief Financial Officer of BNZ Retail; a position he held for over 4 years.
Chief Operating Officer
+6421 195 6644
Andrew (DipBus) commenced his appointment as FEI’s Chief Operating Officer in January 2019. Prior, Andrew was head of FEI’s Lending Business. He has extensive finance and banking experience; having performed a number of senior roles in asset finance, portfolio governance, property finance, private and commercial banking for over 25 years.
Andrew brings a wealth of lending and operations experience that will assist in the delivery of our strategic objectives and further complement the existing sound governance structure within FEI.
Prior to FEI, Andrew spent 10 years with UDC Finance Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ANZ Bank. His last role was Senior Manager of Dealer Lending.
Head of Deposits
Cherry is responsible for incoming deposits from offshore investors, as well as from within New Zealand.
A commerce graduate from Auckland University and East China University of Science and Technology, Cherry has gained invaluable experience from working in senior manager roles in banking and wealth management with Standard Chartered Bank, ASB Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. In addition, Cherry has a good understanding of the real estate sector through experience in international realty firms.
Cherry has been working for FEI since 2009 and is an important member of the management team. Through her expertise and insight into investors’ needs, Cherry plays a key role in shaping FE Investments’ business development strategy to promote the company’s investment products.
Darshi Sharma (BA, CA)
Head of Finance
Darshi oversees the financial reporting and accounting functions of FEI.
Darshi started her professional career at KPMG Fiji as an Auditor before joining FE Investments in 2009. She gained Australian financial experience during her time with Assura Group as a Senior Auditor from 2013–2016, and re-joined FE Investments in 2016. During her time with FE Investments she has been a key member of the management team; supporting both strategic and operational requirements.
Darshi holds a Bachelor of Business degree (double majors in Accounting & Finance and Information Systems) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Head of Leasing & Collections
Carey has been a member of FEI since June 2017 and joined us as a result of the merger with WolfStrike Rentals Group. She has over 10 years’ experience in managing Rental books in the SME market and brings with her a vast knowledge of small to medium lending.
Carey has previously worked for various finance companies including Equipment Finance Ltd and Finance Now Ltd, as well has managing in-house rental books with the likes of Smartpay Ltd for over 7 years.
Carey has worked in a range of roles from lending to collections, as well as many years in customer service, and brings her vast knowledge of the industry to the FEI team.