Why Us

Catalyst Partners represent a unique opportunity for clients potentially investing in Australia or those already operating in Australia, thanks to the extent of our experience, our fee structure and the network to which we are connected. The longevity and substance of our client relationships is a testament to the trust our clients place in us.


Our core team have been working with high net worth individuals and privately owned and managed businesses and the management of their affairs for several decades. Our expertise spans agriculture, property and many other core areas of interest such as Private Equity, Securities, Fixed Interest and Cash Management. Our specialty in overseas clients means we understand the extent of their needs and managing their financial affairs in Australia. We make regular overseas visits to our clients’, and hone our service offering over time to meet their requirements.

Fee Structure

Catalyst Partners charges for its unique services on an agreed fee, or fee for service basis, not as a percentage of managed asset(s). Furthermore, whilst we facilitate introductions between our clients and co-investors or other contacts, we do not benefit from this through charging a procurement fee. Rather, we owe our success to the referrals we receive from our clients and we are incentivised by our clients’ success, rather than the size of their investments.

Our Network

We operate on a ‘hub and spoke’ model for our clients, reaching out to the extensive network we have developed over many years to fulfil clients’ needs across all aspects of setting up and managing their interests and affairs in Australia. Our relationships in law, banking, finance, rural management, real estate and property management, strategic planning and marketing are available to all our clients. This network ensures that a client can be sure every part of the process can be covered by trustworthy service providers.

Services for International Clients   / Investing in Australian Agriculture   / Investing in Australian Property

Ian Kennedy OAM

I am an entrepreneur specialising in Direct Marketing. Over my 50 years in commerce I have started, owned and run many marketing driven enterprises. Finding accountants in Sydney who are responsive, good commercial managers and reasonably priced has been challenging.  Fortunately 28 years ago, on the founding Starlight Board, I met Graham Watman (a Director), and for the past few years he and Glen and his team at Catalyst have managed my affairs. Few accountants have good commercial skills and their insights into the figures they are very carefully recording, are often non existent. Catalyst is an exception, they are extraordinary experienced business managers and true to their name, Catalyst, proactive (a great quality). They are my partner in success!

Ian Kennedy OAM
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