Meet the Mid Europa Team

Mid Europa is one of the most established independent private equity firms exclusively focused on Central and Eastern Europe. The Firm offers access to the attractive growth opportunity in the Region, representing the fastest growing economies in Europe, via a pan-regional platform comprised of one of the largest, and most experienced, local investment teams.

The Firm, led by a six-strong Partner team and comprising of 22 investment professionals with experience of investing together through multiple cycles, is staffed by local multi-lingual professionals who consistently operate with a Western institutional approach. 

Mid Europa Fund Management Limited ("MEFM"), based in Guernsey and Luxembourg, is the Fund Administrator for Mid Europa Partners' Funds. MEFM provides an exclusive and bespoke administration service for the Funds and their investors. For more information on MEFM, please visit their website www.mideuropafm.com.

  • Robert Knorr
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    Robert Knorr

    Partner, CEO

    Robert is a Partner and CEO at Mid Europa Partners. He chairs the Management Committee of the firm and is a member of the Investment Committee.

    Prior to joining the team, Robert worked with Bankers Trust in London and Deutsche Bank in Milan.

    Education

    B.A. in Economics and Business from the University of Rome ''La Sapienza''

    Masters in Finance from London Business School

    Languages

    Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian, Italian

  • Matthew Strassberg
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    Matthew Strassberg

    Partner

    Matthew is a Partner at Mid Europa Partners. He chairs the Investment Committee and is a member of the Management Committee of the firm. He is also co-head of the Warsaw office.

    Prior to joining the team, he worked in the leveraged finance team at Merrill Lynch in London. Previously, he worked in the M&A department at J.P. Morgan in London and New York. Matthew began his career in New York where he worked at Merrill Lynch and TLC Capital Partners, the investment firm of Reginald F. Lewis.

    Education

    B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago

    M.B.A. from INSEAD, France

    Languages

    Polish, Spanish, French

  • Kerim Turkmen
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    Kerim Turkmen

    Partner

    Kerim is a Partner at Mid Europa Partners.  He is responsible for deal sourcing, executing and monitoring of investments.

    Prior to joining the team, he worked at GMT Communications Partners, a private equity fund specialising in telecommunications and media.  Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch in London.

    Education

    B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London

    M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics


    Languages

    Turkish

     

  • Paweł Padusiński
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    Paweł Padusiński

    Partner

    Paweł is a Partner at Mid Europa Partners and the co-head of the Warsaw office. He is responsible for deal sourcing, executing and monitoring of investments.

    Prior to joining the team, Paweł worked in the Corporate Finance Department at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Warsaw.

    Education

    M.Sc. in Finance & Banking and Strategic Management from the Warsaw School of Economics

    Chartered Financial Analyst

    Languages

    Polish, German

  • Manish Mittal
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    Manish Mittal

    Partner, COO

    Manish is a Partner and COO at Mid Europa Partners.

    Prior to joining the team, he was the Finance Director at Kennet Partners. He has also worked for Advent Venture Partners and he began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

     

     

    Education

    B.Sc. in Mathematics and Chemistry, University of Sheffield, UK

    M.Sc. in Finance, University of Leicester, UK

    Chartered Accountant

    Chartered Tax Advisor
       

  • Alain Beyens
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    Alain Beyens

    Operating Partner

    Alain Beyens is an Operating Partner at Mid Europa Partners and is the Chairman of Moji Brendovi and Hortex.  Alain has served as CEO of Pelican Rouge Group, and prior to that as CEO of StarBev, a leading Central and Eastern European brewing business.

    Alain has more than 25 years of hands-on consumer-focused industrial experience acquired in managing large multi-country and multi-site businesses in corporate and private equity settings.

    Education

    M.Sc. in Commercial Engineering, University of Brussels, Belgium

    MBA, University of Antwerp, Belgium

  • Berke Biricik
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    Berke Biricik

    Principal

    Berke is a Principal at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments.

    Prior to joining the team, Berke worked as a VP within the Consumer Retail Group at Goldman Sachs in London. Previously, Berke worked as an Associate within the corporate finance teams of PwC and UniCredit Markets and Investment Banking in Istanbul.

    Education

    B.A. in Business Administration, Koc University, Istanbul

    Languages

    Turkish

  • Paweł Caruk
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    Paweł Caruk

    Principal

    Paweł is a Principal at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments.

    Prior to joining the team, Paweł worked as a Director at Sino CEEF in Munich and as a Director at IK Investment Partners in Hamburg. Previously, Paweł was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and EY in Warsaw.

    Education

    M.Sc. in Quantitative Methods and M.Sc. in Management & Marketing from the Warsaw School of Economics

    Languages

    Polish, German

  • Marek Rodak
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    Marek Rodak

    Principal

    Marek is a Principal at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments.

    Prior to joining the team, Marek worked at Novator Partners and in the TMT Investment Banking department at J.P. Morgan in London. He also completed internships with Enterprise Investors and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Warsaw.

    Education

    M.A in Finance and Accounting, Warsaw School of Economics

    Languages

    Polish

     

     

     

  • Rustam Kurmakaev
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    Rustam Kurmakaev

    Principal

    Rustam is a Principal at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments.

    Prior to joining the team, Rustam worked at Rothschild and Analysys Mason in London, and completed internships in TARPAN Partners in Prague, and KPMG in Moscow. 

    Education

    MSc in Accounting and Finance, Cass Business School, United Kingdom

    BSc in Business Administration, Empire State College, SUNY, Czech Republic

    Languages

    Czech, Slovak, Russian

  • Bartosz Małecki
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    Bartosz Małecki

    Principal

    Bartosz is a Principal at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments.

    Prior to joining the team, Bartosz worked at Jefferies in London and Bridgepoint, PZU and Ernst & Young in Warsaw. 

    Education

    BSc and MSc in Finance and Accounting, Poznan University of Economics, Poland

    Languages

    Polish

  • Bence Horvath
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    Bence Horvath

    Principal

    Bence is a Principal at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments.

    Prior to joining the team, Bence worked at Barclays and BDO in London, and at Electrolux in Shanghai. 

    Education

    BSc in Finance and Accounting, Budapest Business School

    MSc in Finance and Investment, Durham University

    Languages

    Hungarian

  • Dragos Ardelean
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    Dragos Ardelean

    Investment Executive

    Dragos is an Investment Executive at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments. 

    Prior to joining the team, Dragos worked at Bega in Timisoara, Romania, and Perella Weinberg Partners in London.

    Education

    BSc in Information Management for Business, University College London

    Languages

    Romanian

  • Aneta Biernat
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    Aneta Biernat

    Investment Executive

    Aneta is an Investment Executive at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments. 

    Prior to joining the team, Aneta worked at Goldman Sachs, Hermes, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London, and Rothschild in Warsaw.

    Education

    BSc in Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

    MSc in Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Languages

    Polish, French, German

  • Bogdan Bunea
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    Bogdan Bunea

    Investment Executive

    Bogdan is an Investment Executive at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments. 

    Prior to joining the team, Bogdan worked at Rothschild & Co in London and completed internships at ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, and at Enterprise Investors and Citi in Bucharest.

    Education

    MSc in International Finance, HEC Paris

    BSc in Finance and Banking, Bucharest University of Economic Studies 

    Languages

    Romanian

  • Aleksandar Dragicevic
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    Aleksandar Dragicevic

    Investment Executive

    Aleksandar is an Investment Executive at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments. 

    Prior to joining the team, Aleksandar worked at UniCredit  in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Moelis & Company in London. 

    Education

    BSc in International Economics, Management and Finance, Bocconi University, Italy

    MSc in Finance and Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

    Languages

    Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Italian

  • Adam Gołoś
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    Adam Gołoś

    Investment Executive

    Adam is an Investment Executive at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments. 

    Prior to joining the team, Adam completed internships at Cinven in London, and Rothschild & Co in Warsaw.

    Education

    BEng Engineering Science, University of Oxford

    Languages

    Polish

  • Filip Kisdobranski
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    Filip Kisdobranski

    Operating Executive

    Filip is an Operating Executive at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on driving value creation across the portfolio. 

    Prior to joining the team, Filip worked at Deutsche Bank in London and AXA Equitable in New York.

    Education

    BSc in Management, St Francis College, USA

    MSc in Finance, Bocconi University, Italy

    Languages

    Serbian, Croatian, Spanish

  • Paweł Malicki
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    Paweł Malicki

    Investment Executive

    Paweł is an Investment Executive at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments. 

    Prior to joining the team, Paweł worked at Enterprise Investors and Ernst & Young in Warsaw.

    Education

    BSc and MSc in Finance and Accounting, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

    Languages

    Polish

  • Maciej Michalak
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    Maciej Michalak

    Investment Executive

    Maciej is an Investment Executive at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments. 

    Prior to joining the team, Maciej worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London and Ernst & Young in Warsaw.

    Education

    BSc in Management, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

    MSc in Finance, HEC, France

    Languages

    Polish, French

  • Eugeniu Prodan
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    Eugeniu Prodan

    Investment Executive

    Eugeniu is an Investment Executive at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments. 

    Prior to joining the team, Eugeniu worked at Deutsche Bank in London.

    Education

    BA (Hons) in Business Administration, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad

    MSc in Finance, Bocconi University, Milan

    Languages

    Romanian, Russian

  • Nikola Damiani
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    Nikola Damiani

    Investment Executive

    Nikola is an Investment Executive at Mid Europa Partners and is focused on executing and monitoring investments. 

    Prior to joining the team, Nikola worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London.

    Education

    BSc in International Economics and Management, Bocconi University, Milan

    MSc in Financial Economics, University of Oxford

    Languages

    Croatian, Serbian

  • Zoe Johnston
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    Zoe Johnston

    Assistant Accountant

    Zoe is an Assistant Accountant at Mid Europa Partners, and focuses on the accounts for all Mid Europa's offices.

    Education

    BA Hons in Accounting and Finance from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

  • Nita Dabasia
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    Nita Dabasia

    Human Resources Director

    Nita is the Human Resources Director at Mid Europa Partners.

    Prior to joining the team, Nita held a number of Senior HR roles including at Silverfleet Capital, 31 Group and Actis. 

     

    Education

    MSc in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, London School of Economics

    BSc in Management Studies, Royal Holloway University of London

     

     

  • Amanda Laubscher
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    Amanda Laubscher

    Head of Administration

    Amanda is the Head of Administration at Mid Europa Partners, and is responsible for Human Resources Administration, Office Management and IT across Mid Europa's offices.

    Previously, Amanda worked for Reech AiM Partners and Bregal Capital LLP as Chief Administration Officer.

    Education

    CIPD Level 5 Certificate in Human Resources Management

    CIPD Level 5 Certificate in Learning and Development

    Dipl. Tourism & Hospitality Management, Auckland Polytechnic, New Zealand

  • Francesca Evans
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    Francesca Evans

    Investor Relations Manager

    Francesca is the Investor Relations Manager at Mid Europa Partners, and is responsible for all investor related and operational matters.

    Previously, Francesca worked for Actis as an Analyst in Private Equity Operations and as a Strategic Supply Chain Management Consultant at Accenture.

    Education

    BSc (Hons) in Business Administration from the University of Bath

  • Hiroki Murata
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    Hiroki Murata

    Accountant

    Hiroki is an Accountant at Mid Europa Partners, and focuses on the accounts for all Mid Europa's offices.

    Education

    MA Hons in Japanese from University of Edinburgh

    Languages

    Japanese, Mandarin

  • Martina Redmond
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    Martina Redmond

    Head of Finance

    Martina is Head of Finance at Mid Europa Partners, and focuses on Mid Europa's Funds.

    Prior to this she worked as an Investment Accountant at Lone Star Funds in the Dublin office, a global investment firm acquiring distressed debt and equity assets.

    Education

    B.A. Hons Intl. in Languages from University College Dublin

    HDip in Business from University College Dublin

    Certified Public Accountant

  • Megan Cluett
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    Megan Cluett

    Compliance Officer, Mid Europa Fund Management, Guernsey

    Megan is Compliance Officer of Mid Europa Fund Management Limited and the POI licensed general partners under administration.

    Prior to joining Mid Europa Fund Management Megan was a Senior Administrator at Ogier Fiduciary Services (Guernsey).

    Education

    ICSA Certificate and Diploma in Offshore Finance and Administration achieving Distinction grade

    BTec National Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design at Kingston University, UK

    M.Sc in Corporate Governance at Bournemouth University

  • Gilles Duroy
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    Gilles Duroy

    Director, Mid Europa Fund Management, Luxembourg

    Gilles is a Director at Mid Europa Fund Management Luxembourg S.a.r.l. Gilles provides oversight to the management of Luxembourg structures.

    Gilles has over 10 years experience in the trust sector in Luxembourg.

    Prior to joining Mid Europa Fund Management Luxembourg Gilles worked for Amicorp Luxembourg S.A. as an Account Manager.

     

     

    Education

    B.Sc in Acccounting from Haute Ecole Blaise Pascal in Belgium

    B.Sc in Computer Science from Haute Ecole de Bruxelles in Belgium

     

    Languages

    French

    

  • Suzi Druce
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    Suzi Druce

    Trainee Fund Accountant, Mid Europa Fund Management, Guernsey

    Suzi is a Trainee Fund Accountant at Mid Europa Fund Management Guernsey.

    Education

    Currently studying towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification

  • Steve Ozanne
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    Steve Ozanne

    Assistant Director, Mid Europa Fund Management, Guernsey

    Steve oversees the Fund Accounting team at Mid Europa Fund Management Guernsey and is responsible for the financial books, records, reporting and capital accounts for all Mid Europa advised Fund structures. Steve is a qualified accountant having completed his qualification through the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

    Prior to joining Mid Europa Fund Management Steve worked for Kleinwort Benson (Channel Islands) Fund Services and Ogier Fiduciary Services (Guernsey).

    Education

    Certified Accountant 

     

  • Sébastien Pêcheux
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    Sébastien Pêcheux

    Senior Officer, Mid Europa Fund Management, Luxembourg

    Sébastien is a Senior Officer at Mid Europa Fund Management Luxembourg S.a.r.l. Sébastien provides day-to-day administrative and legal support for the management of Luxembourg structures.

    Sébastien has over 15 years experience in the banking and trust sectors in Luxembourg.

    Prior to joining Mid Europa Fund Management Luxembourg Sébastien worked for Amicorp Luxembourg S.A. as a Senior Officer. 

    

    Education

    B.Sc in Finance & Administration from IFAPME in Belgium

     

    

  • Maxime Quirynen
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    Maxime Quirynen

    Accounting Officer, Mid Europa Fund Management, Luxembourg

    Maxime is an Accounting Officer at Mid Europa Fund Management Luxembourg S.a.r.l.

    Maxime provides day-to-day administrative and accounting support for the management of Luxembourg structures.

    Prior to joining Mid Europa Fund Management Luxembourg, Maxime worked for Amicorp Luxembourg S.A. as an Accounting Officer.

     

     

    Education

    Currently completing a B.Sc in Accounting, Banking and Finance, IEPSCF in Belgium

     

    Languages

    French, Dutch

    

  • Andrew Robins
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    Andrew Robins

    Senior Administrator, Mid Europa Fund Management, Guernsey

    Andy is a Senior Fund Administrator at Mid Europa and a member of the Fund Administration team which is responsible for investor on-boarding, non-financial books and records and processing of calls, distributions, investments, divestments and investor reporting.

    Prior to joining Mid Europa Fund Management, Andy worked as a Company Secretary for State Street Limited (Guernsey).

    Education

    ICSA Diploma in Offshore Finance and Administration

  • Mike Sermon
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    Mike Sermon

    Trainee Fund Accountant, Mid Europa Fund Management, Guernsey

    Mike is a Trainee Fund Accountant at Mid Europa Fund Management Guernsey.

     

    Education

    Currently studying towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification

  • Laura Tardif
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    Laura Tardif

    Administrator, Mid Europa Fund Management, Guernsey

    Laura is a member of the Fund Administration team which is responsible for investor on-boarding, non-financial books and records and processing of calls, distributions, investments, divestments and investor reporting.

    Prior to joining Mid Europa Fund Management, Laura worked at a third-party fund administrator, and prior to that worked at the RBSi group for 15 years both in Guernsey and the UK. 

    Education

    Certificate in Fund Administration and is studying towards the IFA Level 4 International Finance and Administration

  • Sami Tostevin
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    Sami Tostevin

    Senior Manager, Mid Europa Fund Management, Guernsey

    Sami heads up the Fund Administration team, which is responsible for investor on-boarding, non-financial books and records and processing of calls, distributions, investments, divestments and investor reporting.

    Prior to joining Mid Europa Fund Management, Sami worked for a third-party fund administrator in Guernsey. 

    Education

    ICSA Certificate in Offshore Finance and Administration and has achieved ICSA Level 5 in International Finance and Administration

  • Rob Newton
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    Rob Newton

    Director, Mid Europa Fund Management, Guernsey

    Rob is director of the POI licensed Mid Europa III Management Limited, the licensed General Partner to Mid Europa Fund III LP and Zenith Fund, Mid Europa IV Management Limited, the licensed General Partner to Mid Europa Fund IV and Mid Europa V Management Limited, the licensed General Partner to Mid Europa Fund V.

     

    Rob qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers CI LLP working predominantly with Private Equity assurance clients. Prior to joining Mid Europa Fund Management Limited Rob was Manager of Client Accounting at Ogier Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Limited

     

    Education

    LLB in Business Law from Bournemouth University, UK 

    Qualified Chartered Accountant

     

  • Gwen Norman
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    Gwen Norman

    Corporate Governance Professional, Mid Europa Fund Management, Guernsey

    Gwen is a Corporate Governance Professional of Mid Europa Fund Management Limited.

    Prior to joining Mid Europa Fund Management Gwen was a Company Secretarial Supervisor at Praxis Fund Services in Guernsey.

     

     

    Education

    BA in German and Spanish from the University of Bristol

    ICSA Level 4 in International Finance and Administration and is currently studying towards completing the Level 5 qualification. 

  • John Whittle
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    John Whittle

    General Partner, Director

    John Whittle was appointed as a Board Director of the managing entities of the Mid Europa Funds in 2005.

    John is a non-executive director predominantly in Guernsey's fund industry and also holds diectorship postions for two London listed funds.

    Prior to this, John was Finance Director of a large independent fund administrator and  chairman of the NED committee of the Guernsey Investment Fund Association.

    John's background is in large third party fund administration, having worked extensively in high technology service industries with in-depth experience of strategic development and M&A.

     

    Education

    Chartered Accountant

    Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction

     

  • Roger Le Tissier
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    Roger Le Tissier

    General Partner, Director

    Roger Le Tissier was appointed as a Board Director of the managing entities of the Mid Europa Funds in 2005.

    Roger is a consultant to, and holds a number of non-executvie directorships with, leading asset managers, private equity GP's, insurance, pension companies and charities. Prior to this he was the senior partner in the Guernsey office of the law firm Ogier from inception in 1998 until his retirement in 2013. He and the firm specialised in commerical matters including investment funds, international finance, banking, insurance, securitisations and corporate matters and, from a later date, litigation. The firm experienced significant growth since opening and acted for many leading financial institutions.

    Prior to 1998, Roger has had senior positions with a leading fund administrator and the Guernsey Financial Services Commisssion. 

    As a lawyer, Roger has acted for clients in all sectors of the finance industry, but particularly in relation to funds and investment management. His wider practice involved securitisation of vehicles, financial services companies and many of the world's leading banks and financial groups.

     

    Education

    LLB, Law - De Montfort University

    Diploma Law - Universite de Caen

    Barrister - Inns of Court School of Law

     

  • Thierry Baudon
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    Thierry Baudon

    Founder and Chairman Emeritus

    Thierry is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Mid Europa Partners. Until 2016, Thierry led Mid Europa Partners as its Managing Partner. He subsequently became Executive Chairman until the end of 2018. In June 2018 Thierry was elected as Chair of Invest Europe (the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, formerly known as EVCA) for 2019/2020. He has over 35 years of transaction and general management experience, including investing in Central Eastern Europe since 1985. Previously, he headed the International Finance Division of the SUEZ Group, and held senior positions with the EBRD and World Bank/IFC Group. 

     

     

    Education

    M.Sc. degree in Engineering from Paris Institute of Technology (AgroParisTech)

    A.M.P. from INSEAD, France

    M.A. in Economics & Finance from the Paris-Sorbonne University

    Languages

    French, German