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About The Collins Street Consultancy Group

John Higginbotham, The Collins Street Consultancy Group

John Higginbotham
Managing Director / Owner

John Higginbotham is a Certified Business Valuer and a Business Sales Specialist. For over a decade, John was Managing Director, Licensee and the founder of Macquarie Business Investment Services Pty Ltd; a fully owned subsidiary of Macquarie Bank Limited.  During that period, John was also an Associate Director of Macquarie Bank Limited and prior to that was a Senior Manager in the Professional and Business Banking Group.

Principal activities during that time have involved the sale of companies and their assets in the property and financial services sectors. Whilst sales in the real estate and accounting sectors generally occurred in the range $1M - $7M range, some listed company sales and purchases, involved assets up to $30M.

In 2011, John left Macquarie to establish an independent business The Collin Street Consultancy Group, to not only mirror his activities at the bank, but also to add some additional and vital services. Via the new company, Clients can access a range of independent specialists in business sales, transaction management and intermediation services. In this way, clients can obtain the advice necessary at all stages of a business sale either wholly or in part, both for the internal sale of equity as well as for external sale purposes.

John has had a lifetime of experience in property. Highlights of his diverse career being, apart from his 11.5 years at Macquarie; were as a senior broker / consultant at the specialist property recruitment and business broking firm Buckmaster Hawkey and prior to that as an Associate Director at Richard Ellis (now CBRE) in Melbourne where he specialised in city sales, institutional portfolio investments and later in retail sales.

In an earlier period John was a Director / owner of a number of suburban real estate companies, both large and small.

John has been a licensed Estate Agent continuously in Victoria since 1975 and became a Registered Valuer in Victoria in 1981.

John is one of a select group of Certified Business Valuers that have been accredited by the Australian Property Institute.

John's Professional qualifications and memberships include:

  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Graduate Diploma of Property
  • Associateship Diploma of Valuations
  • Certified Estate Agent (REIV)
  • Fellow Real Estate Institute of Australia (FREI)
  • Past Fellow of the Australian Property Institute (FAPI)
  • Certified Estate Agent (REIV)
  • Certified Business Valuer (API)