Marcus holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. He also studied a Bachelor of Laws degree (partially complete) and acquired specialist knowledge in international tax, advanced corporate law and mining and energy law. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. From 1999-2001, he was a marker of student assignments and exams for the Securities Institute of Australia in the Postgraduate Diploma unit in mergers and acquisitions.
- Experience (summary)
- May 2010 – January 2011: Director, ComOps Limited
- 2009 – January 2011: M&A executive, ComOps Limited
- 2008 to 2009: Head of Research, Newport Capital
- 2001 to 2008: Chairman, Orderware Solutions Limited, a New Zealand enterprise software company
- 2005 to 2007: Online industry network entrepreneur (based in Malta)
- 2001 to 2005: Managing Director, Australasian technology venture capital investment company (private equity)
- 1997 to 2001: Investment banker (technology mergers and acquisitions)
- 1986 to 1995: Software entrepreneur
- 1988 to 1996: Seven years of full-time tertiary education
2006 to 2007 – Online industry network entrepreneur (based in Malta)
During the period, Marcus worked on the a public online industry network for the equity market . Activities include business plans, raising equity capital, preparation/execution of investment agreements, design, specifying tasks for developers, application testing, web server configuration, strategy, establishing business systems and CEO blog development.
2001 to 2005 – Managing Director, Australasian technology investment company (private equity)
Smarter Capital is an early stage technology investment company. The company was established by Marcus Cake and Steve Killelea to build a portfolio of high growth technology companies with international potential.
Marcus Cake was Managing Director of the company. Responsibilities included pursuing “opportunities”, assessing investments, pursuing restructuring of failed companies, negotiation and documentation of investments, acquisitions, and acting as a non-executive director. Steve Killelea was the Chairman of Smarter Capital and is a prominent Australian information technology entrepreneur. Steve provided the initial capital. Comprehensive information is available from Smarter Capital’s web site.
1997 to 2001: Investment banker (technology mergers and acquisitions)
Marcus was a technology investment banking executive specialising in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Clients included two Australian Technology Exporters of the Year, Australian listed public companies and early stage technology companies. Marcus worked for Deutsche Bank and Newport Capital.
Market knowledge developed through transaction experience of B2B e-commerce, supply chain management, technology services, systems integration, network integration, enterprise and desktop software, electronic commerce, internet and financial services, data telecommunications, data services and data networking.
1986 to 1995: Software entrepreneur
Developed three retail software solutions for accountants, lawyers and the mining industry.
- Products included:
- document technology to automate preparation of complex legal documents including company law and property law forms
- an administration system for mining tenements under the West Australian Mining Act
- a takeover evaluation system: to forecast the outcome of shareholder voting at shareholder meetings
1988 to 1996: Seven years of full-time tertiary education
Education includes seven years of full-time tertiary education encompassing a broad range of disciplines including accounting, economics, finance and investment, management, marketing and law.
- Bachelor of Economics, University of Western Australia, 1988-1991
- Master of Business Administration, Graduate School of Management1993-1994
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, Securities Institute of Australia, 1995
- Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Australia (partial; studied full-time in 1995 and 1996). Study included included international taxation and corporate law
Marcus Cake’s diary
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