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Marshall Allen

M.B.A. '91

Managing Director
Viburnum Funds (Perth, Australia)


Marshall began his investment banking career in the 1991 UK recession working on UK Leveraged and Acquisition Financing for Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank – a precursor to Mizuho- where he worked on several steering committees of poorly structured and over geared buyouts of the 1980’s as well as some of the most successful UK buyouts of the 1990’s. During this period he developed a taste for contrarian investment philosophies which still hold to this day. Over the following decade Marshall held director level roles with Deutsche Bank Group, SociétéGéneraléand derivatives boutique Credit Agricole Lazard Financial Products across Perth, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 2004 he returned to Perth to re-establish ANZ’s Private Equity business in Western Australia overseeing numerous investments including the origination, management and exit of the MBO of Nomad Building Solutions Ltd and financial service provider ThinkSmart Limited; some of the group’s most successful investments. Over a 16 year banking and investment career he has invested in, arranged or managed over USD 2 billion in investments for multi-nationals, or corporate and institutional investors spanning UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, PRC, India, Korea, Philippines and Australia.


A native of Perth, Marshall was educated at the University of Western Australia (BCom) and Cornell University (M.B.A.).