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Our funds are advised by one of the longest established, largest and most experienced investment teams in its space 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 is responsible for both new investments and portfolio management. 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 is responsible for both new investments and portfolio management. 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 CFO/COO. 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/COO & 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

Managing Partner

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CHRISTOPH WEDEGAERTNER

Christoph is a Managing Partner. He is located in Munich and is responsible for both new investments and portfolio management. 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 Managing Partner
Function Portfolio & Origination Management
Location Munich
Email cwedegaertner [at] cipiopartners.com

ALEXANDER BRAND

Venture Partner

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ALEXANDER BRAND

Alexander is a Venture Partner. He is located in Munich and is responsible for both new investments and portfolio management. Before joining Cipio, Alexander has co-founded windeln.de SE, grew the business as its CEO to more than 200m€ in revenues and took the company public at the Frankfurt stock exchange. Previously, he worked for Siemens AG in various management roles and, before that, was a co-founder of 12snap AG. He started his career in management consulting at A.T.Kearney.

Alexander holds a Master of Science from Stanford University and a Diploma in Industrial Engineering from TH Karlsruhe, Germany.

Title Venture Partner
Function Portfolio & Origination Management
Location Munich
Email abrand [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 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. 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

KERSTIN PLANITZER-ZIPF

Director Finance & Legal

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KERSTIN PLANITZER-ZIPF

Kerstin is our Director Finance & Legal. She is located in Munich and supervises all legal, corporate and administrative functions relating to our funds and portfolio. Prior to Cipio, 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 Director Finance & Legal
Function Legal & Corporate Affairs
Location Munich
Email kplanitzer [at] cipiopartners.com

SANDRA SCHUERKMANN

Executive Assistant

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SANDRA SCHUERKMANN

Sandra is an Executive Assistant. She is located in Munich and assists the team with general administrative matters. In addition, she co-organizes the annual investors’ day. Before joining Cipio Partners, Sandra was shop manager for her own cake design retail business, held several office management roles within the Bavarian medical association and started her career as a landscape architect.

Sandra has a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Design and Ecology from the University of Sheffield.

Title Executive Assistant
Function Office Management
Location Munich
Email sschuerkmann [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

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