Team- Australia
Emma McPherson Rock Financial Advisory

Emma McPherson

Founder & Director

Rock Financial Advisory was established by Emma McPherson, who has over 15 years experience in investment banking:
-Director, Leveraged Finance, BNP Paribas, Sydney.
-Vice President, Project & Infrastructure Finance, BNP Paribas
-Analyst, Project & Infrastructure Finance, Bank of America
-Head of Australian Ratings Desk at Moody’s Investors Service

In her banking career Emma amassed extensive transaction experience across Project & Infrastructure Finance, Natural Resources, Leveraged finance and Private Equity, and executing all tasks from financial modelling to credit analysis, origination and coverage, to debt structuring/advisory. Emma now uses that experience to assist our clients across a wide range of mandates.

Emma has a Masters Degree in Commerce (University of Sydney), and speaks Italian, French and German.

Jonathan Ballantyne

Director, Project & Infrastructure Finance

Jonathan has over two decades of success in structuring and closing complex project and acquisition debt financings in the Australian and New Zealand region. This experience was gained in senior execution and leadership roles in top tier Australian and international banks. The 50 plus transactions he has completed in his career have been in across a large number of sectors including resources, social and economic infrastructure as well as renewable and traditional energy. These deals have ranged from small $20m bilateral facilities to billion dollar, multi bank arrangements in both greenfield and existing business space. Jonathan also brings the practical understanding of the technical and commercial issues that dominate projects gained from an industry background in engineering, construction and project management.

Jonathan holds a degree in Commerce and an Honours degree in civil engineering.

Jean Francois Bertincourt

Jean-Francois Bertincourt

Mining & Resources

Education: Ingénieur Géologue de l’Ecole Polytechnique d’Orléans, France (Geological Engineer)

Over his career Jean Francois has undertaken technical due diligence, financial modeling and analysis on behalf of large investment banks for the provision of both debt and equity to junior, mid-cap and major resource companies. His experience also includes corporate advisory, mergers & acquisitions and equity research. Prior to joining the finance industry in 2000, Jean Francois worked in New Caledonia, Australia and Chile in grass root exploration, mine development, resource estimation and financial evaluation of mining projects throughout the world. Jean Francois has a wide range of commodity experience including precious metals, base metals, iron ore, coal and specialty metals such as lithium.

European Associates

Julian Cikes

Associate Director, Project & Infrastructure Finance

Julian is an experienced debt capital markets and infrastructure professional with approximately 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. During his career Julian has gained extensive experience in Infrastructure and Project Finance Debt, Asset-Based Financing, Corporate Debt, Fixed Income, Bonds, Securitisation, Subordinated Debt and Preference Share funding. Julian’s transaction experience spans a wide range of sectors including Renewable Energy, Industrial, Resources, Real Estate, Pharmaceuticals and Aviation.

Previous roles have included Associate Director, at Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), and Debt Structuring roles at South African Funds focusing on Renewables.

Julian has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), from the University of Johannesburg and is a Chartered Accountant.

Dennis Reckling

Dennis Reckling

Valuation & Investment Banking

– Ph.D. in Finance , University of St.Gallen, Switzerland
– MSc in Finance & Management, Cranfield School of Management, UK
– BSc in Economics, University of Paderborn, Germany

Dennis has deep knowledge in the financial sector from both direct involvement with clients, and from studying newly developed theoretical valuation approaches as part of his Ph.D. He has worked at HSBC in the Equity Research department and employed valuation techniques, that he also teaches in our courses.

Marco Rossi

Corporate Finance & Advanced Excel

Education: Master of Science in Economics, Luigi Bocconi Universita, Milano

Marco has worked 4 years developing his own start-up focusing on business models, financial sustainability and growth and marketing strategic development. He’s a technology and Excel heavy user, and thus has developed skills that allow him to use Excel from a simple sales funnel construction to a detailed 15-year business plan with multiple variables and scenario testing. Working for his start-up has given him vast Excel and Advanced Modelling knowledge, which he teaches to our clients in Europe, and uses in his consulting assignments. Marco also has a speciality in renewable energy, having completed his Master Thesis on Geothermal Heat Pumps.

Edouard Brasier

Edouard Brasier

FX, Derivatives, VBA coding and Advanced Excel

Education: Master’s degree ESCEM (France Business School), Tours-Poitiers

Edouard has worked in investment banking in London and Switzerland mainly with Foreign Exchange and derivatives products. A digital age enthusiast, Edouard has also developed expert VBA skills in order to answer specific business issues encountered during his international banking experience. He is also a business intelligence and financial reporting specialist qualified with IBM Cognos TM1 and Business Objects Desktop Intelligence.