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Our funds are advised by one of the longest established, largest and most experienced Directs investment teams globally.

Our partners’ background is as investors in growth companies, coupled with years of operating experience as founders or CEOs running these businesses. Thanks to that history, we have led, managed and chaired quite a number of growth companies through the corporate life-cycle, including all types of events from investment to reorganization and M&A.

ROLAND DENNERT

Managing Partner

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Roland Dennert

Roland is a Managing Partner. He is located in Munich and leads our transaction origination activities while serving on a number of boards. He started his private equity career at 3i Group doing technology and mid-market buyout deals. Before 3i, Roland was a strategy consultant with Roland Berger and The Boston Consulting Group in Paris, as well as a robotics engineer with Hitachi Ltd. in Japan.

Roland holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Master of Electrical Engineering from ETH Lausanne, Switzerland.

Title Managing Partner
Function Portfolio & Origination Management
Location Munich
Email rdennert [at] cipiopartners.com

WERNER DREESBACH

Managing Partner

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WERNER DREESBACH

Werner is a Managing Partner. He is located in Munich and leads our portfolio management functions while serving on a number of boards. He was Senior Principal of Atlas Venture, Boston/London, a global VC firm focused on IT, Communications and Life Sciences, and member of its Global Management and Investment committees. Before, Werner was VP Strategic Development for NASDAQ-listed Viasoft Corp., following the sale of his company, R&O Software-Technik, one of Europe’s largest system software developers. Werner founded R&O in 1984 after a career in IT strategy consulting.

He holds a MSc in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology from Bonn University.

Title Managing Partner
Function Portfolio & Origination Management
Location Munich
Email wdreesbach [at] cipiopartners.com

DR. HANS-DIETER KOCH

Managing Partner, Director

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DR. HANS-DIETER KOCH

Hans-Dieter is a Managing Partner and serves as a Director to our Luxembourg entities. He is located in Munich and leads our funds’ operations and investor relations while serving on a number of boards. He was CEO of b-business partners BV, the global growth equity investment arm of Investor AB/Wallenberg Group, Stockholm.  Previously, he was CEO of GE Capital IT Solutions, Europe, responsible for 7,000 staff and US$4bn in revenue. Hans-Dieter assumed that role following the sale of his company, CompuNet AG, Europe’s largest IT service provider, to GE Capital. Prior to co-founding CompuNet, Hans-Dieter was with McKinsey, Deutsche Bank and Matuschka Group.

He holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Frankfurt University.

Title Managing Partner, Director
Function Operations & Investor Relations
Location Munich, Luxembourg
Email hdkoch [at] cipiopartners.com

CHRISTOPH N. KOSSMANN

Director

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CHRISTOPH N. KOSSMANN

Christoph is a Director of our Luxembourg entities. He is located in Luxembourg and co-leads our Luxembourg operations. He has been a Managing Director of SGG, a Luxembourg based family office and investment services provider, since 2006. Prior to this role, Christoph served as a Senior Officer at Sal. Oppenheim’s Luxembourg headquarters with responsibilities for the group’s corporate and trust activities. Before that, he was a Member of the Executive Board of Luxembourg based EXPERTA Corporate and Trust Services S.A. of Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg.  Earlier in his career he worked as a lawyer admitted to the Berlin courts.

He holds a law school degree from Freiburg University.

Title Director
Function Luxembourg Operations
Location Luxembourg
Email ckossmann [at] cipiopartners.com

DIANA MEYEL

Managing Partner

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DIANA MEYEL

Diana is a Managing Partner and the company’s Chief Financial Officer. She is located in Munich and leads fund structuring & administration as well as transaction structuring and is also responsible for investor relations. She works selectively with our portfolio on finance and M&A related projects. Prior to Cipio, Diana was a Finance Manager at Wellington Partners, the pan-European venture capital firm and worked as a Senior Risk Analyst for Dresdner Bank group nka Commerzbank in Germany and Bogotá, Colombia.

Diana holds a degree in Banking Administration from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Title Managing Partner
Function CFO & Transaction Structuring
Location Munich
Email dmeyel [at] cipiopartners.com

CARLO SCHLESSER

Director

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CARLO SCHLESSER

Carlo is a Director of our Luxembourg entities. He is located in Luxembourg and co-leads our Luxembourg operations. Carlo has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SGG, a Luxembourg based family office and investment services provider. Carlo began his career as tax advisor at Kredietbank Luxembourg, an international wealth manager and also worked for Arthur Andersen in Luxembourg.

He holds degrees from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, Master in Economics and ESSF Brussels, Belgium, Diploma in upper taxation studies.

Title Director
Function Luxembourg Operations
Location Luxembourg
Email cschlesser [at] cipiopartners.com

CHRISTOPH WEDEGAERTNER

Partner

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CHRISTOPH WEDEGAERTNER

Christoph is a Partner. He is located in Munich and has responsibility for both portfolio management and realization initiatives. Before Cipio, he managed the private equity direct and fund investments of a family office and previously, he was an investment banker based in the UK and in the US, where he advised growth and mid-market companies across a number of industries in M&A and financing transactions.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master in Management from ESCP-EAP, Paris.

Title Partner
Function Portfolio & Origination Management
Location Munich
Email cwedegaertner [at] cipiopartners.com

BRIGITTE BRANDT

Financial Accountant

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BRIGITTE BRANDT

Brigitte is a Financial Accountant. She is located in Munich and oversees all accounting matters. Furthermore, she assists in the fund administration and controlling area. Prior to joining Cipio Partners, Brigitte was with Wellington Partners, the pan-European Venture Capital firm. Previously, she worked with telematics service provider, Truck24, where she was responsible for all accounting and reporting. Early in her career, she worked as an assistant tax accountant at regional firms Fehlner and Koschkar & Schollmeyer.

Brigitte is a Certified Financial Accountant.

Title Financial Accountant
Function Accounting & Controlling
Location Munich
Email bbrandt [at] cipiopartners.com

SOPHIE von EBERHARDT

Executive Assistant

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SOPHIE von EBERHARDT

Sophie is an Executive Assistant. She is located in Munich and assists the team with general administrative, finance and investor relations matters. In addition, she is in charge of organizing the annual investors’ day. Before joining Cipio Partners, Sophie worked as a personal assistant at FOCAM AG, a multi-family office, and was several years self-employed as an event manager in Berlin and Munich.

Sophie has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW).

Title Executive Assistant
Function Office Management and Finance Support
Location Munich
Email seberhardt [at] cipiopartners.com

DENNIS KOERNER

Senior Analyst

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DENNIS KOERNER

Dennis is a Senior Analyst. He is located in Munich and assists the finance team with fund controlling and reporting as well as in due diligences and portfolio management topics. Dennis started his career at Cipio Partners in Luxembourg where he worked for three years before moving to Munich.

He holds a Bachelor degree in International Business from Maastricht University.

Title Senior Analyst
Function Financial Analysis & Due Diligence
Location Munich
Email dkoerner [at] cipiopartners.com

 

ELLEN KOSKA

Executive Assistant

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ELLEN KOSKA

Ellen is an Executive Assistant. Located in Luxembourg, she assists the directors in all operational and administrative matters and handles the day-to-day business of the Luxembourg entities. Before joining Cipio Partners, Ellen worked as a Junior Corporate Officer at SGG, a Luxembourg based family office and investment services provider.

Ellen holds a Master degree in Business from the University of Trier.

Title Executive Assistant
Function Office Management & Administration
Location Luxembourg
Email ekoska [at] cipiopartners.com

DAVID KREPPEL

Senior Analyst

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DAVID KREPPEL

David is an Analyst. He is located in Munich and assists the finance team with fund controlling and reporting as well as in due diligences and portfolio management topics. David started his career as a Research and Teaching Associate at University of Trier.

He holds a Master in Mathematics and Finance from University of Trier.

Title Senior Analyst
Function Financial Analysis & Due Diligence
Location Munich
Email dkreppel [at] cipiopartners.com

FAY MARGO

Marketing & IR

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FAY MARGO

Fay is responsible for marketing and investor relations. She is part of the Luxembourg team and assists the firm in various aspects regarding IR, PR and marketing, as well as deal origination. Before Cipio, Fay was with Arbor Square Associates, a private equity investment advisory firm. In her earlier career as an editor covering private equity, Fay wrote for Private Equity International, The Economist, the Financial Times Group, Coller Institute of Private Equity and France unquote.

She holds BA and MA(Res) degrees in French and Italian from the University of Leeds.

Title Marketing & IR
Function Marketing & IR
Location Luxembourg/London
Email fmargo [at] cipiopartners.com

VITO MARINELLI

Financial Accountant

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VITO MARINELLI

Vito is a Financial Accountant. He is located in Luxembourg and is in charge of accounting, internal and regulatory reporting. Prior to joining Cipio Partners, Vito worked for different chartered accountant companies. He was responsible for a portfolio of companies and was in charge of accounting, tax, VAT and reporting.

Vito is a Financial Accountant.

Title Financial Accountant
Function Accounting & Controlling
Location Luxembourg
Email vmarinelli [at] cipiopartners.com

DAVID MES

Venture Partner

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DAVID MES

David is a Venture Partner. Located in San Jose, California, he assists with the portfolio management of a select number of our US portfolio companies. Outside his work for Cipio, David is a managing partner at a Silicon Valley growth equity firm. David, having previously been a senior principal with Cipio, joined us from NESBIC CTE, a European investment firm, where he invested in Software and Digital Media companies. Previously, David was an investment banker with BNP Paribas and Lehman Brothers.

He holds an MBA from Wharton and graduated from IEP Paris’ Masters in Economics and Finance and in Political Sciences. David also earned an undergraduate law degree from Sorbonne University.

Title Venture Partner
Function Portfolio Management
Location San Jose, California
Email dmes [at] cipiopartners.com

KERSTIN PLANITZER-ZIPF

Head of Legal

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KERSTIN PLANITZER-ZIPF

Kerstin is our Head of Legal. She is located in Munich and supervises all legal, corporate and administrative functions relating to our funds and portfolio. Before joining, Kerstin was Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel at b-business partners, the growth equity affiliate of Investor AB, where she ran fund formation as well as all new-investment activities. Prior, Kerstin headed Finance and Legal at GE Capital IT Solutions Europe and handled all M&A and restructuring work.

She holds an MBA from Technical University of Berlin.

Title Head of Legal
Function Legal & Corporate Affairs
Location Munich
Email kplanitzer [at] cipiopartners.com

SYLVIA SEGL

Team Assistant

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SYLVIA SEGL

Sylvia is a Team Assistant. She is located in Munich and assists the team with administrative matters. Furthermore, she schedules appointments, plans and organizes business trips and is in charge of the organization of internal and external conferences and board meetings. Before working for Cipio Partners, she was a Front Desk Secretary at leading law- and consulting firms such as Reed Smith LLP in Munich as well as a business class Cabin Manager for private airlines.

Sylvia is a qualified hotel professional as well as a foreign language correspondent.

Title Team Assistant
Function Office Management
Location Munich
Email ssegl [at] cipiopartners.com

LUCIA SPIETH

Legal Counsel

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LUCIA SPIETH

Lucia is a Legal Counsel. Located in Munich, she advises acquisitions, financing rounds and exits of portfolio companies. Lucia started her career at the international law firm Clifford and Chance in the corporate/M&A team. After leaving Clifford and Chance she opened her own law office and is since then advising clients in all aspects of corporate matters.

Lucia graduated with the 2nd state exam in law from Munich University.

Title Legal Counsel
Function Legal Affairs
Location Munich
Email lspieth [at] cipiopartners.com