About us

A well balanced mix of industry experience in «real companies» as well as in the investment industry.

About us

Team

A high-profile network of Industry Partners supports the investment team of Ufenau Capital Partners, comprising experienced entrepreneurs and managers from different sectors. Our Industry Partners will be, depending on the need of a company and in close consultation with the management team, involved in the development of a company.

Ralf Flore

Managing Partner

Prior founding Ufenau Capital Partners, Ralf Flore was 5 years CEO of a publicly listed private equity company and based in Frankfurt and Zurich.

Before this tenure, Ralf was Investment Director at Go Equity in Vienna and was responsible for growth capital and buyouts in the DACH-region. Between 2000-2004, he was Analyst and then Investment manager at Swiss Life Private Equity Partners and Capvis Equity Partners in Zurich.

Ralf Flore started his career as a commercial trainee in a SME company and has a degree in Business Administration.

Dieter Scheiff

Managing Partner

From 2006 until 2009 Dieter Scheiff was CEO of Adecco, the largest global staffing company with sales of above EUR 20bn.

Prior to Adecco, Dieter was CEO of publicly listed German staffing company DIS AG. DIS AG represented a market leading staffing company which he developed via add-on acquisitions until DIS was acquired by Adecco in 2006. Until 2001, Dieter was VP of the European business of the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson Cordis and was leading the German operations as CEO. His career began in 1979 at the US corporation 3M, where he held various management positions gaining insights and experience in different areas.

Dieter has a degree in Business Administration from University of Aachen.

Marinus Schmitt

Partner

Beside taking care of some portfolio companies, he is also responsible for investor relations and bank financing.

Before joining Ufenau in 2006, Marinus Schmitt was Analyst at Quarton International, a leading M&A & Corporate Finance company with focus also on small and medium-sized companies in the D/A/CH-region.

Marinus Schmitt has a master degree in Business Administration from University of Zurich. During his studies, he gained experience in the financial industry (Merrill Lynch, USA) and in logistics (Loxxess, Germany).

Andreas Joehle

Partner

He has over 30 years of operational experience in the healthcare sector and was the global CEO of the listed HARTMANN Group for 6 years before joining Ufenau Capital Partners.

Paul Hartmann AG is a leading international provider of nursing and medical products with sales of EUR 2.5bn and 11’000 employees at more than 70 locations.

Prior Paul Hartmann, Andreas lead the Surgical Division at the Swedish Mölnlycke Health Care Group with sales of EUR 600m and over 5’000 employees and also worked internationally for the Danish Coloplast Group and the 3M Group.

In 2016 he graduated as Certified Director (INSEAD, Fontainebleau), in addition to his studies at INSEAD (Fontainebleau/Singapore), IMD (Lausanne) and Duke University (North Carolina).

Adrian Hess

Investment Director

Adrian Hess manages portfolio companies in operational matters, especially with reporting, as well as he supports the investment team to execute transactions.

From 2003-2011, Adrian was a Credit Analyst at Freiburger Kantonalbank for private and corporate credits and gained valuable experience in financing of small and medium-sized companies.

Parallel to his work at Freiburger Kantonalbank, Adrian Hess has completed a bilingual Bachelor in Business Administration at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft in Freiburg and earned a Master of Advanced Studies in Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich.

Christian M. Kukwa

Investment Director

He manages portfolio companies in operational matters and, as member of the investment team, is responsible for the execution of transactions.

Before joining Ufenau Capital Partners Christian Kukwa gained experience in the field of Private Equity as Investment Manager at the buyout house H.I.G. Capital as well as Head of Strategy and M&A of Versatel Group, a company of the buyout house KKR. Previously, he was at A.T. Kearney, where he advised corporates in the areas of growth strategy and operational excellence. He started his career as an M&A analyst at Lehman Brothers in London.

Christian holds a diploma in Business Administration from University of Cologne and received the CEMS Master in international Management from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen.

Joaquín Alcalde

Investment Director

He manages portfolio companies in operational matters and, as member of the investment team, is responsible for the execution of transactions.

Before joining Ufenau Capital Partners, Joaquín Alcalde gained private equity experience as an Investment Director at the buyout house H.I.G. Capital in Madrid, where he led several LBO and growth transactions throughout Spain. Previously, he was a Consulting Manager at McKinsey&Co, where he advised international companies on strategic and operational matters. Between 2008 and 2012, he worked as an Associate with an US fund and with Abengoa, an international engineering and services company. Joaquín is also an Adjunct Professor at IE University, holding seminars in the field of Finance and Private Equity.

He holds a double degree in engineering from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain, and from Ecole Central Paris in France. He also coursed with honours and distinction an MBA at Columbia Business School sponsored by the Rafael del Pino Foundation.

Richard Lustig

Investment Manager

He supports the portfolio companies operationally as well as the Investment Team in the execution of transactions.

Before joining Ufenau, Richard Lustig was Head of M&A at the Medaktiv Reha Group, a company of the buyout house Auctus Capital Partners, where he also gained experience in the field of Private Equity. From 2007 to 2016 Richard Lustig worked in several positions in the area of IT, audit and corporate finance at the chemical and healthcare group Bayer.

Richard Lustig holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology of FHDW (DE), a Master’s degree of Hult International Business School (US) and a Master in Finance degree of London Business School (UK).

Nathanael Meier

Associate

He supports the investment team to execute transactions as well as with research tasks.

Prior to Ufenau Capital Partners, Nathanael Meier gained experience in project management, accounting as well as financing.

Nathanael Meier earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and his Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Bern.

Kevin Elsässer

Associate

He supports the investment team to execute transactions as well as with research tasks.

Prior to Ufenau Capital Partners, Kevin Elsaesser gained first transaction experience at private equity firm capiton (Berlin). Through various internships at Palladio Partners (Frankfurt) and Commerzbank (Frankfurt) Kevin got practical insights in M&A and fundraising activities.

Kevin Elsässer holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Management and a Master’s degree in Finance from EBS University of Economics and Law (Oestrich Winkel). In addition, he gained experience during his semester abroad at George Washinton University in Washington D.C.

Michael Steckermeier

Associate

He supports the investment team to execute transactions as well as with research and analysis tasks.

Prior to Ufenau Capital Partners, Michael Steckermeier gained first transaction experience at Ernst & Young (Frankfurt am Main) as well as IMAP M&A Consultants (Munich). Through various internships at Horváth & Partners (Frankfurt am Main), BMW AG (Munich) or E.ON AG Michael got insights in M&A, controlling and process optimization activities.

Michael Steckermeier holds a Master degree in Industrial Engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nuremberg. Before his academic career Michael Steckermeier participated at the European Gymnastic Championship.

Martin Castrischer

Associate

He supports the investment team in the execution of transactions as well as with research and analysis tasks.

Before joining Ufenau Capital Partners, Martin Castrischer worked as M&A Analyst at Lazard and Private Equity Associate at Cross Equity Partners.

Martin Castrischer has a Bachelor’s as well as Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Zurich.

Kevin Alder

Analyst

He supports the investment team to execute transactions as well as with research and analysis tasks.

Prior to Ufenau Capital Partners, Kevin Alder completed a bank apprenticeship at Zurich Cantonal Bank (ZKB) and further gained practical experience in the field of strategy consulting and M&A.

Kevin Alder is a candidate for a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. Besides his studies in St. Gallen, he studied abroad at the Wharton School in Philadelphia (USA) as well as at the London School of Economics (GB).

James Meier

Analyst

He supports the investment team to execute transactions as well as with research and analysis tasks.

Prior to Ufenau Capital Partners, James Meier completed a bank apprenticeship at Zuger Cantonal Bank and further gained practical experience in the field of Wealth Management.

James Meier holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Management from the Zurich University of Applied Science. Besides his studies in Winterthur, he studied abroad at the Illinois Instute of Technology in Chigago (USA).

Tobias Welzel

Analyst

He supports the investment team to execute transactions as well as with research and analysis tasks.

Prior to Ufenau Capital Partners, Tobias Welzel gained relevant transaction experience through previous internships at Deloitte (Transaction Advisory Services), CapitalMind (M&A) and ZF Group (Post-Merger Integration ZF/ TRW Automotive).
Additionally, through the foundation of a FinTech Start-up and a non-profit consultancy during his studies, Tobias got insights into financing, marketing & sales and process optimization activities.

Tobias Welzel holds a Bachelor degree in business administration from Konstanz and a Master in Finance from the Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Ignacio Goded

Analyst

He supports the investment team to execute transactions as well as with research and analysis tasks.

Prior to Ufenau Capital Partners, Ignacio Goded completed a Restructuring Services Internship at KPMG and a 2-year Transactions Rotational Program at Ernst & Young. Additionally, through the foundation of an E-Commerce Start-up, Ignacio got insights into financing, marketing & sales and process optimization activities.

Ignacio Goded holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from ESADE Business School. Besides his studies in Barcelona (Spain), he studied abroad at Georgetown University in Washington DC (USA).

Maximilian Huber

Analyst

He supports the investment team to execute transactions as well as with research and analysis tasks.

Prior to joining Ufenau Capital Partners, Maximilian Huber gained transaction experience through previous internships at the investment houses Aurelius and GIMV. Furthermore, he is familiar with commercial topics and strategic corporate management through practical experience at The Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte.

Maximilian Huber holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and a Master of Finance & IT from the Technical University of Munich. During his studies he gained international experience at the University of California Irvine (USA) and at Curtin University (Australia).

Rachid Jellouli

Risk Manager & Compliance Officer

Prior to joining Ufenau Capital Partners, Rachid Jellouli worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers AG in Zurich as an auditor in Asset Management and as a Money Laundering Investigator in the Regulatory & Compliance Service.

Previously, he was auditor in asset management at KPMG Luxembourg.

Rachid Jellouli holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business with a focus on Finance and Accounting from the School of Business and Economics in Maastricht. During his studies he gained international experience at the School of Business and Social Sciences in Aarhus.

Antonia Chorschew

Deputy Risk Management & Compliance

Antonia Chorschew supports the Ufenau Capital Partners team as Executive Assistant.

Before joining Ufenau Capital Partners, Antonia Chorschew completed an internship at CAT Financial Products in the Structured Products division in Zurich. Previously, she worked as Office Manager and Marketing Assistant for Sandvine in Zurich.

Antonia Chorschew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with a focus on Banking and Finance at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur.

Angela Rother

Executive Assistant

Prior to joining Ufenau Capital Partners, Angela Rother worked for various companies as Office Administrator in Australia.

Previously, she was a management assistant at the Belvoirpark Hotel School and Head of Reception at a private bank in Zurich.

Angela Rother completed an apprenticeship as a hotel manageress in Berlin. After her apprenticeship she worked for several years in the reception area of the hotel industry in Berlin and Zurich.

ESG

ESG Investment Principles

Ufenau Capital Partners is committed to the enforcement of environmental and social guidelines and aspects of management organisation (ESG = Environmental, Social and Governance) for the benefit of all our stakeholders. The ESG guidelines are an integral part of our investment process and are reflected in all phases of our investment process – starting with the assessment and selection of companies, followed by the review, transaction and support phase as well as the selection of potential successors. Ufenau Capital Partners strives to apply best practices in all our portfolio companies.

Ufenau Capital Partners AG became a signatory to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2019.

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