ECG Advisory Solutions brings together Australia’s leading specialist advisers with a proven track record of success in both government and the corporate world.
ECG Advisory Solutions has highly developed expertise in providing a broad spectrum of strategic government, public policy, investment and communication services.
The firm specialises in:
- Strategic advice on managing assets
- Advice on regulatory arrangements that apply to inward investment in Australia
- Identifying suitable Australia partners for overseas investors
- Reporting on Australian investments to passive and active managers overseas
- Stakeholder engagement solutions; Government relations
- Strategic political and communications advice
ECG Advisory Solutions gives you unique access to the highest levels of government as you seek to maximise your organization’s objectives by exploiting opportunities or managing risk.
ECG Advisory Solutions founders and principals are David Gazard and Jonathan Epstein, who combined, have over 30 years experience involved in both ministerial offices and the public sector across the federal government and state government arena as well as a significant involvement in the financial services sector and media.
They have highly developed networks across all levels of government and the bureaucracy as well as within the investment and financial services sector.
Whether it is the dynamic political and regulatory factors which impact your exposure profile and add to costs or risk, or the need to better align your business with government to take advantage of strategic businesses opportunities, ECG is ideally placed to add corporate value in a long-term and strategic partnership.
ECG recognises that the business and political environment will always throw up challenges and opportunities but believe a properly thought out and targeted engagement strategy with government adds significant value to your operation.
Partnering with ECG provides you with an opportunity to work with highly respected individuals who are experienced in delivering quality outcomes in challenging environments.
Like no other firm, we are respected because of our record in the areas where your business requires strategic political thinking as well as a deep understanding of the political process.
- Government relations
- Campaign design and execution
- Regular economic, industry and political reports
- Strategic political and communications advice
- Stakeholder engagement solutions
- Media training
ECG also has a distinct advantage by bringing together a unique skill set of both strategic political and communications advice as well as a profound understanding of economics and financial markets.
ECG’s vision is to embark on a new business model where you can be guaranteed that you will have total exclusivity when it comes to partnering with ECG. In addition, all relationships are long term and have a strong level of intimacy and feeling of partnership.
This is achieved by ensuring all relationships are adequately resourced and managed and having continual contact with the Principals.
Our firm has impeccable credentials when it comes to managing your exposure and leveraging opportunities.
Using a firm with unparalleled political networks and access such as ECG Advisory Solutions ultimately means you have more control and comfort about your exposure and operations.
Statement on Business Closure
After 12 years working together in politics and business, David Gazard and Jonathan Epstein have decided to end ECG Advisory Solutions Pty Ltd (ECG) and pursue new career paths from 1 August 2019.
Gazard will set up a new political advisory and government relations business - DPG Advisory Solutions - while Epstein will pursue a new venture in the finance sector with Capital Bridging Finance, a boutique lending and funds management business.
We have had a great ride – first working together for a Federal Treasurer in Peter Costello, a former colleague for four years – and then building ECG into one of Australia’s leading government relations, strategic advisory and campaign firms over the last eight years.
We always agreed that when it was time to pursue different interests we would do just that. Importantly, we part as friends and wish each other the best in their new endeavours.
Epstein goes back into the finance sector and will build on his experience with the federal and state governments, the Future Fund and advising some of Australia’s blue chip and offshore companies over the last decade. He said: “There’s never a good time to leave a thriving business, but it’s better to leave a thriving business on a high than one that is not performing. Gaz will stay with his love of politics, campaigning and the provision of strategic advice and will continue to build on the foundation ECG established across the government advisory sector.”
Gazard will continue to offer the same advice under the guise of DPG Advisory Solutions.
“DPG is unbelievably well placed to provide the best possible advice to our clients and to take that forward into the future,” Gazard said. “I’m keen to build on what we’ve created through ECG and carry that forward into the future.”
David has 20 years experience in federal and state government, corporate Australia and the media. He has run numerous successful campaigns and achieved results for a variety of firms and public interests. He has a deep understanding of the public policy process after having worked for a prime minister, a federal treasurer, two federal health ministers and a NSW state leader.
David commenced his career as a finance journalist and worked in the federal press gallery with News Ltd. He retains excellent media contacts and networks. He established and operated his own successful government relations business after heading up government relations for Westpac Banking Corp – one of Australia’s leading banks.
David has broad and deep political and business networks, is skilled in media liaison and is a regular political commentator on ABC and Sky TV.
Jonathan is an economist by background with significant contacts in the financial services and banking industry. He has 15 years of experience in senior financial and economic advisory roles as well as advising at a federal and state government level. He was a senior analyst at Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund – the Future Fund – working in the portfolio strategy, infrastructure and property teams.
Jonathan brings strong strategic insights into the way the financial markets intersect with government having been a strategic adviser to the chairman Australia’s Future Fund and a federal treasurer.
He helped with the creation and establishment of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF). Along the way, he has worked for a federal cabinet minister and a Victorian state leader.He has also held positions at central commonwealth and state public service institutions such as Commonwealth Treasury and Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet