WHAT WE DO
Wilbow has considerable experience in all facets of property development as well as debt and equity funding. Wilbow develops property in its own right and partners with developers and investors, providing them with optimal equity and/or debt funding solutions across the spectrum of property categories.
Bill Bowness, chairman of Wilbow Group, has over 40 years experience as a property developer. He oversaw the growth of his company during that period to be one of the largest privately owned property development companies in Australia and ultimately sold his Australian interests to an ASX listed property company in late 2006.
Michael Herskope, the CEO of Wilbow Group, has several years experience in property, corporate, banking and finance law as well as transaction structuring.
Oscar Guglielmi and Jim Dolkas have many years experience in the property industry. Oscar has held senior executive positions with substantial listed and private organisations whose operations have involved property development and investments throughout Australia. Jim has held Senior Executive positions both within the private and public sector. He has substantial property development and construction experience with a proven capability in managing projects across the entire project cycle from inception to completion.
For further enquiries please contact Oscar Guglielmi and Jim Dolkas:
Phone: 03 9805 2010
Phone: 03 9805 2003
Private equity, corporate finance, investments, equities
Wilbow is an active investor in both listed and unlisted equity and debt markets. We hold and manage a diversified portfolio of equity and debt positions and possess broad experience in the provision of debt and/or equity solutions to businesses.
Wilbow’s focus in listed markets is to identify companies, in Australia and internationally, with valuations that do not reflect growth potential.
Unlisted investment opportunities ideally have the following characteristics:
- Our capital has a clear purpose – to facilitate and accelerate growth or be part of a capital solution
- Experienced and aligned management of high integrity
- Profitable underlying business or a clear path to profitability with an attractive business model
- Scope for Wilbow to contribute to the direction of business either through formal board roles or informal engagement with management
- Potential for attractive investment returns over flexible time frames
- A broad range of industry sectors will be considered
We aim to be flexible in our approach to all equity and debt investment opportunities and work to provide the most aligned solutions possible.
For further enquiries please contact Wayne Phillips:
Phone: 03 9805 2011
Wilbow Corporation Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary, focuses on residential land subdivision in Texas.
It has completed and sold over 5,000 lots in the Dallas Fort Worth area since the establishment of the Dallas office in 1988 and established a presence in Houston in 2018.
A staff of highly qualified personnel has been assembled in Dallas and Houston.
Click here to access the Wilbow Corporation Inc website for more details about Wilbow’s USA property operations.
The Bowness Family Foundation is committed to supporting not for profit organisations that provide access and opportunity to enrich the culture, education and potential of our community. The Foundation supports projects in three key areas: Arts & Culture, Disability & Communication and Education.
Some of the organisations we are proud to support include: University of Queensland, National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian Ballet, Monash Gallery of Art, ANAM, Australian Youth Orchestra, Zoos Victoria, Scope and Guide Dogs Victoria.
Wilbow has accumulated a significant collection of major Australian art over a long period of time. The collection continues to grow and contains a diverse range of styles and periods which include paintings, photographs, works on print and sculpture. Work by artists such as Fred Williams, Arthur Streeton, John Russell, Ian Fairweather, Peter Booth and Bill Henson.
Wilbow Group is a benefactor of art through donations (including works of art) and sponsorships of various exhibitions. The collection has been publicly exhibited and elements of it are lent regularly for exhibitions. Wilbow has been a long term supporter of institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, Benalla Art Gallery and Heide Museum of Modern Art.
William D Bowness founded Wilbow Corporation in 1976, which grew to be one of Australia’s largest privately owned property development companies, with interests in Melbourne, Brisbane, Dallas (USA) and Auckland (NZ). Wilbow Corporation undertook a broad range of developments, including residential subdivisions, medium density housing, high density apartments, retail shopping centres, commercial office buildings, industrial office parks and retirement facilities. The success of the Wilbow business and high regard it was held in was demonstrated by the numerous development industry awards its projects received. The Australian interests were sold to a major public company in 2006 and the NZ office closed in 2005. Wilbow’s USA property operations have been retained.
Following the sale of the Australian interests, Wilbow Group was formed to be an investment company that focuses on its USA property interests, private equity, listed equities and property development funding. Philanthropy and the arts continue to be an important part of the Wilbow philosophy.