Boutique fund manager Arawa Capital has received strong backing from sophisticated investors for its Australian first, wholesale investment fund focused on cyber and national security related businesses.

Graham Cox, founder, and head of investment firm Arawa Capital is leading the ‘National Security Investment Funds’ capital raise and targeted investments into the sector. Arawa is aiming to reward investors by targeting returns of 17% per annum.

Investor interest and awareness has been heightened off the back of last week’s sophisticated cyber-attacks in Australia.

Cox anticipates closing out the initial $50mil capital raising swiftly, which is well on the way to being oversubscribed, based on the registrations received to date.

“Now more than ever after last week’s cyber-attacks, investors are eager to secure an investment position as it is highly protected from market volatility due to the large volumes of annual government spend. The tidal wave of investment being made by all levels of government and the private sector in cyber security and related services provides a strong lead indicator for a strong growth outlook. Our fund unlocks the opportunity for investors to participate in the sector.” says Cox.

Providing leadership, guidance, and unrivalled knowledge of the cyber, intelligence and national security landscape is the former Australian Defence Minister and Minister for Defence Industry, Hon. Christopher Pyne. Pyne joins Arawa Capital as chair of the fund’s advisory board and investment committee.

The fund will capitalise on the forecast $800 billion forecast investment required by governments and businesses across the sector over the next 5 years.

Arawa Capital is a private equity investment company based in Brisbane, Australia. Arawa’s National Security Investment Fund is focused on investments in established, profitable companies requiring growth capital, with immediate solutions designed to prevent and defend against harmful cyber attacks, cope with the aftermath of cyber attacks or disaster and recover from cyber related attacks and other national security companies providing services to the sector.

Arawa’s Fund is targeting growing, small to medium sized companies who are market leaders in their industry segment and can export their high barrier to entry services throughout the ‘Five-eyes’ community.

Expect to see additional funds brought to market by Cox and Arawa Capital as demand and opportunity swells off the back of their inaugural fund and the surge in cyber-attacks as experienced by the Australian government in the past few days.

Investor Registration for the inaugural fund can be found via the Arawa Capital website – www.arawa.com.au.