At Second Squared our mission is to invest behind and support tomorrow’s CEO and business owners to buy the companies they want to run, grow and scale.


  • Value the talented entrepreneur as the primary driver of value, not the ”deal”
  • Assist talented entrepreneurs to develop themselves, their search fund and search process
  • Connect talented entrepreneurs to searcher-friendly consultants, advisors and investors that they will need to complete their transaction
  • Assist the talented entrepreneur with ongoing personal and professional development to be successful as the CEO
  • Connect them to the mentors and advisors that they may require in their operational phase.

Our People

We enable searchers to find faster, invest wiser, and transition businesses into the next generation of leaders. We do this by creating the conditions and environment for Searchers and Search Funds in Australia to thrive.

We partner with talented entrepreneurs who have the desire, energy, skills, character and experience to be great leaders of small to medium businesses.  We enable them to find a business that they can run and own and create value for themselves, their investors, and Australia as a whole.

Lui Pangiarella

Lui is an experienced facilitator and executive coach particularly in the areas of organisational performance, strategy, culture and leadership development.

Over his career, Lui has had significant involvement in corporate development activity (mergers, acquisitions and divestments) in a range of industries covering transport and logistics, retail, chemical manufacturing, professional services, marine and civil engineering, laboratory services, subscription-based technology services, and for-purpose organisations.

Lui has been featured in the media as a commentator on business and entrepreneurship, also regularly writing about changes and trends within the industry. He is passionate about bringing new concepts and opportunities to the Australian industry.

As a business and executive coach for more than 10 years, he has worked with small businesses to grow and ultimately position the owners for a successful handover to new owners.

He is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.


Ak Sabbagh

Ak is an experienced business owner and founder, board advisor, director, corporate and business coach. He plays a pivotal role in enabling leaders across a diverse range of sectors to grow their businesses to the next phase of development and achieve challenging commercial objectives.  A significant part of that growth is focussed on business succession and transition.

His experience has led him to be invited as a keynote speaker on a variety of specialist topics including leadership and employee engagement, brand positioning, product and channel development, the role of the CEO, and growing the value of assets. Along with Lui, he is a commentator in the media on business and entrepreneurship.

He is the founding President of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (Asia Pacific Region), established in July 2018.

He is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.