The Paradigm5 Partners Team

Advisory Board


Mark Forman

Mark is a corporate and commercial partner with law firm, Minter Ellison. He has broad corporate experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom specialising in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, forestry transactions, commercial contract advice, NZX listing rules/takeovers code advice, corporate governance advice, shareholder agreements and employee shareholding arrangements. Mark also advises on Overseas Investment Office consent applications.

Mark has advised on numerous high profile New Zealand transactions in recent years. Having advised on large merger and acquisition transactions for international financial institutions, in New Zealand, Europe and the United States, he is familiar with global trends.


Conor McElhinney

Conor is an advisory and restructuring partner with leading corporate restructuring firm, McGrathNicol. An expert in business turnaround and restructuring, Conor has advised corporations internationally across a broad range of industries and sizes. Conor focuses on adding value to businesses through operational and financial reviews, assisting with transactions through financial due diligence, structuring negotiations, and sell-side mandates, and using New Zealand’s corporate restructuring tools to preserve businesses, or maximise returns to stakeholders if that is not possible. Conor has led many of New Zealand’s large recent insolvencies, such as listed companies Intueri Group, RCR Group, Pumpkin Patch and unlisted insolvencies such as Top Shop, Ziera Shoes, Wild Pair and recently managed Max Fashions through a creditors compromise to save the business.

Operational Team


The Principal, Shakti Harduar

Shakti has experience in helping mid-market businesses raise capital for growth/expansion and buyout/exit and has been involved in negotiating transaction sizes ranging from $5M to $40M.

He has worked with Founders, Shareholders, CEOs, Board Members of businesses with revenues ranging from $5M to $100M to raise capital and assist with buyouts and business exits.

Shakti works with a network of financial investors and debt providers based out of New Zealand, Australia and other geographies and can promptly engage with these capital providers when assisting business owners with raising growth/expansion capital or facilitating buyout/exit.

Shakti also has a passion for value creation through operational improvement and based on his operational experience in mid-market businesses, he has developed sustainable value creation IP centred on building superior competitive advantage.

His background, temperament and passion for great business, along with his extensive network of specialists, make him the ideal partner for business owners and capital partners.

He has previous experience in business transformations and has worked across multiple industries including Building Products Manufacturing, FMCG Manufacturing, Retail, Shipping and Transport and Pharmaceutical. He also has big 4 firm advisory experience starting his working career at Deloitte.

Partners: A network of specialists

The partners element of our name reflects how we like to work, bringing in partners with specialist subject matter expertise and industry knowledge that aligns with specific value creation initiatives.

Our partners include a wide range of proven subject matter experts from M&A experts, market specialists, research, accounting and finance, HR and organisational design, process design and re-engineering, IT, sales, brand and communication specialists and business consultants.

Some of our partners include:

Insight is one of New Zealand’s leading branding and communication design agencies, working with many of the country’s leading businesses, government departments and SMEs. They have extensive experience in product and market expansion communications, staff engagement and change communications as well as having a specialist capability in investor and capital raising communications.

The history of Kaizen Institute began in the mid 80s when founder, Masaaki Imai, introduced the KAIZEN™ methodology to the world outside of Japan. Kaizen Institute have the longest history of serving organisations around the world in consulting and training, specifically in the field of KAIZEN™, Lean Management and Continuous Improvement.

The Institute works with clients (from SMEs to large multi-nationals) to create processes that highlight problems, while simultaneously training and empowering their teams to solve them through the application of KAIZEN™ principles, values, and techniques. They are continuously researching, developing and publishing various aspects of Continuous Improvement, while partnering with their clients, enabling them to implement sustainable improvements through consulting and training activities and coaching them on their KAIZEN™ journey.

The creation of a KAIZEN™ culture is the ultimate goal of partnering with clients so that their customer requirements are continuously being met and exceeded through efficient and effective processes, managed by motivated staff.

Peet Wild of Kaizen
Peet Wild of Kaizen

The team at SMEtric Insights can tailor an effective BI solution to help you to discover the information in your business that really matters and can help you keep track and get out of excel hell.

We are not just IT people. Our team are highly-experienced professionals with real-life experience in senior roles and SMEs. We have experience in sales and marketing, finance, retail and supply chain. This means we understand the key things to focus on to create a successful business. We have implemented BI solutions for a range of service businesses, FMCG, retail and distribution, using the latest tools and developing our own, specifically for SMEs.

The team is led by Warwick Russell. He’s been a senior executive in large corporates and a business owner in a range of sectors where he has used his business analysis and forecasting expertise to drive businesses forward. He is a chartered accountant, business advisor and industry commentator. Warwick possesses levels of expertise and knowledge that are hard to match. His strategic and tactical nous is complemented by an entrepreneurial eye and an open mind. Warwick has an operating style that is based on accountability, honesty and partnership.

Warwick Russell of SMEtric Insights
Warwick Russell of SMEtric Insights