Following the launch of Challenger-aligned boutique infrastructure firm Whitehelm Capital in July, the company has been appointed as the investment adviser for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land account.
Whitehelm chief executive Gary Withers said the land account – which was established for making payments to the Indigenous Land Corporation – adds to the company’s roster of “prominent Australian institutional clients”.
“We are very pleased to be working with the land account and look forward to providing a suite of independent advisory services,” Mr Withers said.
Whitehelm head of construction and risk Ross Blakers said where opportunities present themselves the company will “selectively expand its advisory business” while ensuring it maintains a “highly-customised service offering”.
“[Our intentions] are to maintain a bespoke, solutions-based advisory framework where clients have regular, ongoing access to the most senior professionals with the business,” Mr Blakers said.
Whitehelm’s advisory business utilises a “largely independent advisory” committee consisting of independent directors Janet Torney, Warwick McKibbin and Ken Liow.
Whitehelm, which was formed from the merger of Challenger and Access Capital Advisers’ infrastructure investment operations, has 48 employees across London, Singapore, Sydney and Canberra, with $4 billion under management.
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