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Deep 4 Energy (D4E) was established in 2015 to support start up and mid-sized energy service companies in their corporate development journey. Many companies post-start up find themselves at cross-roads in terms of how to further develop their businesses. Often they require assistance with strategy, governance, additional capital for expansion, acquisitions or product commercialisation. In many cases this may require the shareholders to re-structure their business for growth. D4E can add significant value to help companies meet these challenges. Due to the broad international experience of our team, we deeply understand the businesses we are engaged with and we back this experience by investing alongside the founding shareholders. We are currently working on projects ranging from sub $500k capital investments up to co-investing alongside others in $50m type deals.

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Our team provides independent advice to a wide range of public and private clients including M&A support, corporate strategy and governance support, capital raising support and provision of NEDs. Our experience working on a large number of transactions with a broad range of investors gives us deep insight into the stringent requirements of both corporate and private investors.

Our partners and associates have extensive experience in building companies from the ground up, introducing private equity and then selling businesses (often trade sales) at an appropriate time in the business cycle.

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Duncan Mitchell
Co-Founder and Partner

With over 35 years experience in the oil and gas sector, Duncan provides both operator and contractor insights into establishing, expanding and maintaining businesses.

He worked with Brown & Root, Allseas, 2W and Rockwater in the North Sea before moving to Australia in 1994. Over the past 27 years he has worked as Project Director / Project Manager on a number of projects including Ampolex Wandoo and Rocoil Cliff Head.

He is currently Managing Director of MRA Group Pty Ltd and is the Managing Director of a UK based onshore wind energy generation company.

His qualifications include MSc Management (MIT Sloan Fellow), BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, Fellow IMechE (UK) and GAICD.

John Edwards
Co-Founder and Partner

John is a 34 year veteran in the Oil and Gas service sector. As Co-Founder and CEO of Canyon Offshore in 1996 he developed the business from the ground up in Houston, Texas, expanded into the North Sea and Asia Pacific and led the sale of the business to Helix Energy (NYSE:HLX) in 2002.

John founded TSMarine Australia in 2006 expanding the business into Asia and the North Sea and sold the business to Dutch multi-national company Fugro NV (FUR:AMS) in 2011. Specialising in subsea construction and maintenance, marine operations and offshore survey, John has held operational, commercial, senior management and director positions worldwide including China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, Indonesia, USA and Australia.

John is currently serving as Chairman of Shelf Subsea Pty Ltd, Director at IAS Group and is the Co-Chairman of Rubgy WA and the Asteron Life Super Rugby team Western Force.

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Martin O'Carroll
Senior Associate

Martin is an entrepreneur and exectuive manager with more than 30 years experience working in finance and with start-ups; helping to build, run and successfully exit strong businesses with strong returns to stakeholders.

Martin founded UTEC Survey International and co-founded Canyon Offshore, both of which grew into >US$100m turnover companies.

Martin's qualifications include B.Comm (Hons), Fellow Chartered Accountant (Ireland), Member of Chartered Accountants (Aus/NZ).

Rob George
Senior Associate

Rob has over 20 years experience working in Oil & Gas Service and Technology based companies with particular experience in tech ventures and fast growth public companies. 

Most recently Rob has been providing execution and strategic advice within Woodside Digital Ventures. Prior to this, Rob was was CEO at IAS group in the lead up to its sale.

Prior to moving back to Perth in 2016, Rob was VO Global Operations for Rignet, based in Singapore. 

Rob's qualifications include a Bachelor of Science from UWA, Post Grad Dip (O&G Engineering) from UWA.


Robin King
Senior Associate

Robin is an experienced Chief Executive Officer, Board Director and Advisory Board Member. 

His recent work includes the successful capital raising of $64m to refinance an ASX listed company.


Highly experienced in the provision of strategy development, re-organisation and turn around of companies experiencing financial difficulties.

Has been involved in the successful sale of operational entities of an O&G service company and was instrumental in the seamless merger of two major competitors to form a successful new company operating in Asia-Pacific.

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Oliver Bailey
Senior Associate

Oliver has 15 years’ experience in the shipping sector, predominantly in offshore oil, gas and renewables markets, but also covering subsea mining and subsea intervention equipment.


Most recently Oliver was Managing Director of Pareto Shipbrokers Ltd in the UK responsible for all aspects of the business operation in the company’s Guildford and Aberdeen offices.  Prior to that he was a Director and shareholder of Derrick Offshore Ltd before the sale of the business into the Pareto group in 2014.


Primarily focused on new projects, he covered newbuilding, sale and purchase and chartering of all types of offshore vessel including siting on the valuation panels.  Most recently his experience has included assistance and advise on the shipping and equipment elements of financial workouts and restructurings, including liquidations, recapitalisation and continued lender support.


Oliver has a Masters of Commercial Laws from Southampton University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Kent at Canterbury.


Oliver Flottmann

Oliver started as an analyst with Deep4Energy in 2017. He has experience in corporate advisory and capital markets, advising businesses on mergers and acquisitions, post-merger integration and capital raising processes. He has assisted in advising and raising capital for small and mid cap companies across a range of industries.

Oliver's qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from UWA.


Iain Fraser

Iain is a seasoned CFO / Finance Director with over 25 years experience in oil and gas with Technip (now TechnipFMC).


Has particular expertise in pre and post-merger & acquisitions, development / implementation / monitoring of cost synergy initiatives and financial management of project driven P&L's.

Has worked in UK, India, Malaysia, USA and Australia.


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