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chemistry

Chemicals:

Perfumes, aromas, fine chemistry, OTC drugs, speciality chemicals


Pierre Kladny
Gabriel Champrenaud

PIERRE KLADNY

Founder & Managing Partner


Expertise

Company management
Fund raising and restructuring
Large senior executive managers network


Entrepreneurship

Founded 5 companies in technology, consumer goods.
Investor in start-ups and well established industrial companies


Serial entrepreneur, Pierre has founded and managed 5 companies. He has sold one of his businesses to a large multinational firm and has divested another one through a management buy-in scheme. He is a former chairman of the association “Le Réseau” helping entrepreneurs in Switzerland and currently serves as Chairman of the French-speaking chapter of SECA (Swiss VC and PE association). Pierre is also the vice-chairman of the industrial holding group Adax in Switzerland and its main financial advisor. He spent 3 years with Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie, Private Bankers in Geneva, initially working on the merger the bank conducted in 2002 and then setting up the bank’s Private Equity Advisory service.

pierre.kladny@valleyroadcapital.com

PATRICK DE HENEY

Managing Partner


Expertise

Financial management and corporate finance
Strong connections within the Swiss Banking industry and Swiss banking authorities


Entrepreneurship

Investor in start-ups and well established industrial companies
Worked at senior level in banking and family-controlled and listed investment holding company


Patrick started his career in London with management consultancy Strategic Planning Associates. He then moved to the Pargesa Group, where for 13 years he was directly involved in capital raising, bond portfolio management and industrial long term investments in the FMCG and watch industries. He subsequently spent 10 years with Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie, Private Bankers in Geneva, 6 of which years as Group CFO.

patrick.deheney@valleyroadcapital.com

STAFFAN AHLGREN

Managing Partner


Expertise

Private Equity operations
Fund raising
International deal flow network


Entrepreneurship

Founded a consulting company.
Large experiences in cross border deals.
Sweat equity investor in several Start-Ups.


When he was 28 years old, Staffan became the CEO of a Swedish listed office furniture company and spearheaded its European expansion. He has more than 25 years of varied entrepreneurial experiences, including CEO positions as well as several board of director mandates. He established the Swiss operations of MVI (Merchant Venture Investments), an international private equity investment pool. Staffan has led a large number of private equity investments, very often with a seat on the board of investee companies. At 50, he joined Credit Suisse headquartered in Zurich as Head of Private Banking for the Nordic Countries.

staffan.ahlgren@valleyroadcapital.com

JONATHAN SCHWARTZ

Executive Vice President


Expertise

Corporate finance transactions
Company operational and financial restructuring
International Private Equity origination and investments


Jon has a thirty year career in the investment arena and corporate restructuring. He has worked throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. He has led more than €3 billion in investment transactions. His restructuring clients include AT&T, Citigroup and General Motors.
Prior to joining ValleyRoad Capital Jon was Chairman of a hedge fund and before that a Partner in Compass Partners Private Equity a €1 billion private equity fund headquartered in London.
Before becoming a private equity partner, Jon was Group Development Director at AMP Limited an Australian Insurance and Investment Company with more than €200 billion in assets under management.

He joined the AMP from Deloitte where he was a Partner for 10 years focusing on M&A, corporate development and restructuring assignments.

jonathan.schwartz@valleyroadcapital.com

ALAIN GUTTMANN

Network Partner


Expertise

Private Equity operations
Fusion & Acquisition
Corporate Strategy
Restructuring and Turn Around Management


Alain started his career as marketing brand manager for Jacobs Suchard (1983-1986), he has held executive positions as partner for ICME management consulting Lausanne and Paris (1986-1996) then Ernst & Young Consulting (1996-2000) where he became Executive Vice President Central Europe and CEO for Switzerland. He then founded SFF financial services and served as managing partner for a private equity fund owned by the Sandoz Family Foundation in the early 2000’s. He currently runs CapDconsulting, a consulting firm in M&A and company turnaround founded in 2005. He is also Chairman of the Board of Bobst Group SA and sits on the board of a dozen other companies. He conducted of participated in over 40 M&A deals in the last 15 years and has very strong competencies in industrial, watchmaking, distribution and many other business areas.

alain.guttmann@valleyroadcapital.com

GABRIEL CHAMPRENAUD

Senior Private Equity Advisor


Expertise

Cross border Private Equity exposure
Hands-on deal involvement
International deal flow network.


He started in Venture Capital at Merchant Venture Investments in 2001. He then joined Leman Capital, a mid-market buyout Private Equity fund. As Associate Director, he managed three investment platforms and co-led several acquisitions. Sent to Hong Kong in 2005, he ran the add-on acquisition of a Chinese company in the watch sector. Two years later, he relocated to Beijing to learn Mandarin and, in 2008, joined Taishan Capital Corporation, a Beijing-based boutique investment bank. There, he brought and led several companies looking for China Mainland investors and target companies. With ValleyRoad Capital since January 2011.

gabriel.champrenaud@valleyroadcapital.com

CHARLOTTE BOURGEAUX

Analyst


Expertise

Renewable energy industry
Hands-on deal involvement


She graduated from HEC Lausanne with a Master in Management and a major in corporate strategy. She then joined the MBA program of Iowa University in the US, where she fine-tuned her interest in corporate finance and financial accounting. Upon returning to Lausanne University, she became Research Assistant, working on the effect of government policies on Entrepreneurship. With ValleyRoad Capital since February 2013.

charlotte.bourgeaux@valleyroadcapital.com

consumer_goods

Consumer goods:

Food & beverage


Patrick de Heney
Pierre Kladny
Jonathan Schwartz

cleantech

Cleantech:

recycling technologies, water treatment and saving technologies


Staffan Ahlgren
Pierre Kladny
Patrick de Heney
Gabriel Champrenaud

distribution

Distribution:

consumer electronics, furniture, textile,  pearls and precious stones, watches


Staffan Ahlgren
Pierre Kladny

energy

Energy:

Alternative energy storage, oil exploration technologies


Staffan Ahlgren
Pierre Kladny
Charlotte Bourgeaux

engineering

Engineering industry:

machine tools, packaging machine, packaging, printing


Pierre Kladny
Gabriel Champrenaud

Banking

Financial Institutions:

Wealth/Asset Management, Banking, Insurance, Structured Transactions


Patrick de Heney
Pierre Kladny
Jonathan Schwartz

it

IT:

Smartwatch, IT services, telecoms


Pierre Kladny

luxury

Luxury:

accessories, clothing industry, musical boxes


Patrick de Heney
Pierre Kladny
Gabriel Champrenaud
Jonathan Schwartz

biotech

Medtech/Biotech:

Cancer treatment, hospital equipment


Pierre Kladny

real_estate

Real estate/Movables:

Flexible space


Patrick de Heney

watchmaking

Watchmaking:

watches, watch components


Pierre Kladny
Patrick de Heney
Gabriel Champrenaud