Our People

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Mark Clare

Managing Partner

Mark has over 20 years commercial and corporate finance experience, with a background in investment banking, strategy and technology.

Mark has completed a multitude of M&A transactions for large entities and private companies, including:

  • The sale of Heyday to WPP – advisor to Heyday
  • The sale of NZX’s NewRoom business unit to Sublime Group – advisor to NZX
  • The sale of MetOcean to MetService – adviser to MetOcean
  • The sale of Radian Technology to Tru-Test – adviser to Radian Technology
  • The sale of BNZ’s commercial insurance business to Aon – adviser to BNZ
  • The sale of Calgary Petroleum to listed Canadian company TAG Oil – adviser to Calgary

Prior to founding Clare Capital, Mark worked for the investment banks Cameron & Company (now Cameron Partners), Morel & Co and Woodward Partners.

Mark is also the founder of Valuecruncher – a web-based software application that provides interactive valuation tools for publicly-traded companies. Valuecruncher has been referenced in Harvard Business Review:

“Tracked, ValueCruncher, StockTwits, and many more are the leading edge of a revolution — a revolution in what finance has been for the last several centuries, and what it must become in the 21st.”

Mark holds an MBA (awarded with distinction) from Victoria University and a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accountancy) from Massey University.

Rhys Whiting

Associate Director

Rhys has been involved in a number of transactions at Clare Capital including M&A transactions, strategic options & corporate finance analysis and financial modelling & valuations.

Rhys also completes the weekly technology insights and the monthly SaaS benchmarking metrics for private NZ companies.

Rhys holds a Masters in Management Studies majoring in Applied Economics and Finance from the University of Waikato.

Kent Hammond


Kent has 10 years of experience in advanced modelling, encompassing roles both in New Zealand and in London. Prior to joining Clare Capital Kent spent two years in London as a Business Modelling Manager for a large UK property investment company. This role included financial modelling of existing assets worth over £6 billion, valuations of new business opportunities and the development of a Capital Gains Tax module for over 1,000 properties.

Before London, Kent was a senior member of the Energy Modelling team within the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development.

Kent holds a Master of Science from the University of Otago as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Finance specialising in Advanced Financial Modelling from the London School of Business and Finance.

Vicky Upton

General Manager

Vicky has a background in client service and business development. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sector and her career has spanned marketing, project management, behaviour change and advertising.

Her role at Clare Capital is to help drive the strategic direction of the business, to co-ordinate business development activity, and to develop processes which get things done efficiently.

Vicky holds a post-graduate Diploma in Media Studies (Massey) and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History (Victoria).

Ben Forster


Ben has experience in corporate finance, venture capital and private equity. Before joining Clare Capital he spent 10 years in the UK. While working for Mitsui & Co in London, he made venture capital and growth capital investments. He also advised Mitsui’s business units on strategy, M&A and corporate development.

Ben started his career in Wellington working for No 8 Ventures and Morel & Co.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Science and Commerce (Economics, Finance and Computer Science) from Victoria University. He has also completed a course of Executive Education at Ashridge Business School.

Alex Gordon


Alex has worked in both the United States and New Zealand providing corporate finance advisory and modelling services to both the public and private sector, including advising Google, Salesforce.com, PepsiCo and Stanley Black & Decker. Before Clare Capital, Alex worked in PwC’s Corporate Finance and Value Consulting teams.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University and is a CFA charterholder. He is a previous winner and current question designer of the Financial Modelling World Championships.