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Welcome to KIWA Advisory


Value creative solutions

Your success is our focus.  We work with you to navigate critical stages in your journey, to identify and capture opportunities to maximise strategic value and long-term performance. 

Combining rigorous commercial and financial evaluation with deep sector knowledge in technology, infrastructure, industrial and commodity markets, we deliver value creative solutions and access to the best capital.

Rich Thomas has worked with the best in the business for over 20 years, delivering highly successful outcomes for his corporate and Private Equity clients including leading over $30bn of M&A and $20bn of financing. 


How we work

M&A Adviser

  • We advise on and deliver the best sale process for your businesss

  • To engage buyers to maximise value and certainty we:

    • identify clear rationale for acquisition and value proposition

    • deliver best in class execution and stakeholder management

    • bring deep experience in valuation and negotiation (financial and legal)

  • Our leadership lets you focus on putting your business's best foot forward

Commercial Review

  • We help you embed strategic clarity and identify and deliver value opportunities

  • To enable relevant outcomes we:

    • apply our perspective using best-in-class financial expertise and analytics

    • broad reference set of situations from over 20 years of working with CEO/CFOs

    • apply the “Private Equity playbook” with focus on tangible solutions

  • We know value, and have a long track record of helping our clients create it


  • We get you ready and source capital to provide resources for growth and flexibility

  • To get capital aligned with your goals we:

    • identify the optimal capital structure and long term funding plan

    • agree timing and prepare key aspects to ensure a strong process

    • help you navigate and engage the various equity and debt providers 

  • We also identify and protect value in restructuring situations / rescue financing

Corporate Advisory

  • We provide strategic financial advisory to support your longer term opportunities

  • Through the relationship we help you:

    • optimise business strategy and investment plan

    • evaluate and executed acquisitions, divestment and/or restructuring initiatives

    • prepare for and deliver planned ownership changes (including funding)

  • ​We also support international firms with local representation


Rich Thomas

Rich has a passion for bringing together people, capital and ideas to create strategic options and long-term value.

​Rich comes from being Managing Director, Leveraged Finance at Nordea where he was the go-to banker for large cap LBO deals across the region, built up specific industry competency in technology and IT services, as well as overseeing a EUR 6bn+ LBO lending portfolio.

Prior to this Rich was Vice President at Deutsche Bank leading M&A deals across the infrastructure, energy and mining sectors in London.  Rich began his career in New Zealand at Deutsche Bank advising top-10 NZ corporates on public and private M&A, DCM and ECM.


Te Moana nui a Kiwa
(the Great Ocean of Kiwa)

Kiwa finds inspiration in Kiwa, the divine guardian of the ocean in the traditions of some Maori tribes. 

Our clients are on a journey to reach their potential, and our passion is to prepare them and help them navigate the great opportunities

Kiwa also gives his name to the Pacific Ocean - “Te Moana Nui a Kiwa” - which is an integral part of our identity as New Zealanders in Aotearoa

Further reading on Kiwa can be found here:

       Kiwa (mythology) on Wikipedia

       Maori Religion and Mythology



Rich Thomas

20 Customs Street East, Britomart, Auckland

+64 21 521 544


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