Catherine McCormack will be joining Jarden Australia as a Managing Director and Head of Natural Resources and Utilities.
The story of Ron Jarden and the firm he founded.
We are New Zealand's leading investment and advisory group and have been behind exceptional people and ideas for nearly 60 years. Learn more by watching our story.
Learn more about our history
Ron Jarden was an average Kiwi who refused to be average. Ron wore the black jersey for the first time in 1951 and during a tour of Australia he was branded a genius when he scored 88 points over six matches. Ron retired at just 26 to start a business. That business was Jarden. Nearly 60 years later, Ron’s values still guide everything we do.
In 1961, Ron Jarden opened his first office – in the fitting room of a menswear store. By age 31, he was the youngest member of the Wellington Stock Exchange and was building the company that would one day help develop New Zealand’s capital markets.
Bryan Johnson joined Ron in 1966. With technical smarts and logical thinking, charisma and entrepreneurial spirit they helped to make the business become a significant player in the capital markets.
Ron’s life was tragically cut short in 1977 when he passed away. Bryan Johnson and the other partners carried on Ron’s vision, continuing to lead the firm’s growth and performance and building the Jarden brand into something that has endured over time.
Jarden had built a strong position with the leading corporates in New Zealand. From the sale of state-owned enterprises to the first Treaty settlements, Jarden played a major part in the big economic stories of the decade.
1990 - 2000s
Jarden had a crucial role in some of the major business deals of the 90s and 2000s, working with New Zealand’s growing companies. We also expanded our offerings to reflect those of a full service financial institution, covering investment banking, capital solutions and wealth.
In the last ten years, our firm has continued to grow. We became joint owner of property finance provider Pearlfisher Capital, and also hold a majority stake in investment fund manager, Harbour Asset Management. In 2018, we acquired Direct Broking, helping thousands of Kiwis invest for themselves. We also purchased brokerage firm OMF. In 2020, we expanded into the Australian market and received carbonzero certification from Toitū Envirocare.
We are the leading advisory group on both sides of the Tasman. Our services range from investment banking to capital solutions and wealth management. We look after companies, institutions, family trusts, entrepreneurs, iwi groups, farmers and individuals. And just like we’ve always done, Jarden connects people, insights and capital to deliver exceptional outcomes.
Behind exceptional people and ideas since 1961.
Our story began in 1961 when Ron Jarden had the idea to create New Zealand’s leading independent investment and advisory group. For nearly 60 years now, Ron’s vision has remained true to our company – delivering the best possible outcomes for our clients through strategy, expertise, networks and an unwavering commitment to realise the potential of the people and companies we partner with.
A leading advisory group on both sides of the Tasman, Jarden connects people, insights and capital to deliver exceptional outcomes. Our services range from investment banking to capital solutions and wealth management.
In New Zealand, we look after more than 50,000 Kiwis including family trusts, charitable trusts, companies and other entities, entrepreneurs, Iwi groups, farmers and individuals. In Australia, our team includes some of the best minds in the country’s investment banking sector, enriching our on-the-ground knowledge across regional and global markets.
We are proud of our talent and proven experience. Our in-depth market expertise across New Zealand and Australia provides our clients with access to world-class research, industry expertise, securities distribution, securities trading execution and debt and equity underwriting capabilities.
Local knowledge, global reach.
Our regional offices are deeply embedded in our communities, helping make Jarden’s global perspective and expertise available across New Zealand. With offices throughout the country from Auckland to Queenstown, and across the Tasman in Sydney, you’ll find one of our advisers is always within reach.
Passionate about realising your potential
With market-leading investment-banking expertise in both New Zealand and Australia, we offer the best of both worlds: unmatched talent and on-the-ground experience, plus in-depth access to world-class research, industry expertise, securities distribution, securities trading execution and debt and equity underwriting capabilities.
Long term and committed
Supporting the growth of ventures is what drives us. Whether it’s private, public sector, iwi or other groups, we help them get the finance they need to grow safely. How we do this does not come from a set formula. Every business is different, so our advice and financing solutions are individualised to each client’s individual debt and equity needs.
Connecting people to their future
For nearly 60 years, we have been helping clients achieve their financial goals, delivering solutions that are tailored to their specific needs via a robust research-based process. We pride ourselves on building enduring client relationships based on trust, integrity and exemplary service.
Grow and manage your investments online
Our mission is to empower self-directed investors with the right digital tools and products to achieve their investment goals. Direct broking is the only New Zealand platform to offer clients free access to real-time research on listed companies in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong, through our partnership with Share Clarity.
News & Insights
On 15 October Jarden celebrated ‘Save the Kiwi Day,’ an initiative to support community partner Kiwis for kiwi in its mission to take our national icon from endangered to everywhere.
Investment and advisory firm Jarden has today unveiled a heavyweight line-up of 10 research analysts who are joining Jarden Australia’s market leading team.