Hotels, Tourism & Leisure

nem Hotels, Tourism & Leisure (“nem HTL”) brings together a specialist team of hotel, tourism, entertainment and retail industry professionals with many years of senior level experience. The team has worked for owners and operators in private and public companies across the Asia Pacific region, together with fellow nem Partners who have specialist functional skills applicable to the hospitality sector. 

Jointly led by David Simpson and Ian Knight (previously head of M&A for KPMG), nem HTL provides a unique services to owners and developers in hospitality and tourism by combining direct industry experience with best practice capability across many varied industry sectors. 

Services at a glance


  • Acquisition Project Management

  • Feasibility Studies & Modelling

  • Asset Identification & Selection

  • Financial & Asset Due Diligence

  • Deal Negotiation

  • Project Funding


  • Project Site Identification & Evaluation

  • Concept Development

  • Feasibility Preparations

  • Hotel Brand & Operator Selection

  • Investor Take-outs

  • Management, Franchise & Lease Deal Negotiations

Asset Optimisation

  • Performance Benchmarking & KPI Scorecards

  • People Performance & Culture

  • Capital Expenditure Prioritisation

  • Risk Management & Compliance


  • Marketing Documentation Preparation

  • Pre Sale Asset Value Enhancement

  • Sale of Hotels & Undeveloped Projects

  • Project Management

  • Vendor Due Diligence

  • Deal Negotiation

Partners at a glance

The following are leading Partners within the firm's Hotel, Tourism & Leisure capabilities. Based in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, each Partner has specialist skills and experience in these sectors, in addition to specific industry experience that can be applied more widely. 

David Simpson


Extensive executive management roles for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. which spanned head of finance, acquisition, development and governance. Having established the Hotel, Tourism & Leisure cluster within nem in 2013, David applies his skills consulting on strategy, concept development, operator selection, commercial deal negotiation, asset optimisation, acquisition due diligence and disposal. David is a CPA with a degree In hotel management.

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Ian Knight


Previously a partner at KPMG, Ian has over 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisition, with total sales exceeding A$5B covering many different industries. Ian has held senior positions in accounting, insurance, banking and investment banking.  His skills cover capital raising for resort developments, preparation of property business plan and feasibility, funding and funding assessments for hotel developments. 

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Adrian Au


Adrian commenced his career with Raffles International before becoming Head of Hospitality and leisure in China for PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Adrian has considerable experience as an owner representative for the purposes of sourcing, structuring, contract negotiating and verifying transactions, often with client anonymity. His experience across China, SE Asia, Europe and Middle East  extends across all forms of property, hotels, food & beverage outlets, café chains and a variety of mixed use developments.

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Kerry L Chew


Kerry has experience in  both business marketing and sales consultancy and in senior management roles in the hotel, tourism and leisure sector. She has a proven track record for increasing sales, market share and improving profitability. Kerry commenced her career with Queensland Tourism before making the transition to the hotel industry where she gained extensive experience in leadership roles from budget to luxury hotels, small independent hotels to large hotel chains.  

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Bill Edwards - Lead Partner, nem Hotels, Tourism & Leisure

Bill Edwards


With an extensive career having led organisations including ITT Sheraton and IHG in the Australasia region, Bill’s background has seen him in functional roles of finance, development, marketing and human resources. His specialty is the re-positioning of hotels and businesses to improve investor returns by creating a human culture that knows how to beat the competition. Bill can work to create alignment that will deliver great outcomes for clients.

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David Herman


David is a business growth and transformation specialist who has more than 25 years’ experience in the tourism, leisure, retail and entertainment sectors. David has strategic and tactical experience in both the private and public sectors.  He brings to nem a strong background in tourism/retail/leisure and is a champion of customer service/client insights. David also has an intimate understanding of the important working relationship between government and tourism. 

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Thomas Monahan


Tom has international experience with senior positions in the USA, Europe and Asia, focused in areas of  finance, business development and executive management. During this  career he held senior positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Hotel Group, Carlson Rezidor, and Chief Executive Officer for PT Lippo Karawaci in Indonesia.  

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Lloyd Parrant - Partner, nem Australasia NZ Limited

Lloyd Parrant


Lloyd brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and  experience in the business, construction and tourism industries. He has  served as an officer in the New Zealand Army and has the ability to  relate to people across the spectrum of society. He is a capable and  practical architectural designer and project manager and he has been a  consultant and advisor to many companies including GE Capital, Siemens  and Macquarie Capital as well as individuals in property development and  investment for the last 20 years. Lloyd has also developed and operated a chain of award winning Tourist accommodation complexes throughout New Zealand.

David Shackleton


With a lifetime involvement with hotels, David has broad international experience having worked in senior management and corporate roles within the hospitality industry across Asia, the US, Australia and New Zealand. David has held Chief Operating Officer and Vice President roles for InterContinental Hotels Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Dusit International. David has deep operational, project and marketing expertise that have been successfully applied to new developments in New Zealand.

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