In response to the opportunities provided by AUKUS, Arican Advisory and Capital has announced the launch of its full time USA presence with the appointment of Peter Shaw as its Senior Adviser Business Development based in Dallas, Texas.
"We have a number of Australian companies at various stages of market entry into the US and already have US companies that we are assisting to enter the Australian market," Mark Stevens, Arican’s Managing Director, said. "Pete’s skillset is perfectly matched to what we see as significant opportunities for companies both here in Australia and the US to take advantage of the new AUKUS focus.
"Our goal will be to not just enable new entrants from the US into the Australian Defence Sector but to assist them in creating strongly AIC positive partnerships and local supply chains which will immediately benefit Sovereign Australian Defence Industry.
"Small and medium Australian Defence companies are still finding it difficult to attract investment from Venture and other early-stage capital sources and so we are also opening the aperture to assist with sourcing early-stage capital from the US investment community.”
Peter Shaw is a 1995 graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and former Royal Australian Navy Officer who has enjoyed a career which includes being a Ministerial Adviser in the Federal Parliament, corporate banker, and leading business development teams and pursuits in Australia, the Middle East and US. Most recently a Director of International Business Development for PAE Global Mission Services, Peter brings deep levels of experience in Arican’s speciality, assisting Defence companies win and deliver Defence projects and to link Australian Defence companies with capital.
“I am very excited to join Arican in the US at this critical time for Australian and US Defence industry relations," Shaw said.
“For nearly 20 years I have had the opportunity to lead and participate in strategy development and business growth initiatives predominantly for US Government contractors. Underpinned by the AUKUS security partnership, I can’t recall a time in Washington DC when we have seen such a high level of interest in Australia from a US national security perspective.
“Given the rapidly evolving geopolitical landscape throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and the resultant impact on national defence and security polices in both the US and Australia, there is unprecedented need in both countries for highly capable defence industry partners.
“There are significant opportunities for large and small businesses from both the US and Australia, to be key defence industry partners and critical enablers of defence and national security outcomes for both the US Government and Australian Government.”
This news follows Arican's recent announcement of a strategic agreement with Christopher Pyne and Adam Howard’s Pyne and Partners in Australia.