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PIERRE KLADNY

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

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Founder & Managing Partner

PATRICK DE HENEY

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 as Group CFO.

patrick.deheney@valleyroadcapital.com

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Managing Partner

STAFFAN AHLGREN

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

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Managing Partner

JONATHAN SCHWARTZ

JONATHAN SCHWARTZ

Partner


Expertise

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


Jon has a thirty years 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

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Partner

JEAN-LUC STROHM

JEAN-LUC STROHM

Network Partner


Expertise

Corporate banking
Private Equity
Corporate Strategy


He started in 1964 a banking career with UBS. He served as a Financial and Credit-Risk Analyst in Zurich from 1966 to 1970 and managed a portfolio of commercial loans in Lausanne from 1970 to 1977. In 1978, he was sent to Los Angeles to set up the UBS branch there, which he headed until 1982. Back in Switzerland, Strohm managed the Corporate Banking Department of UBS Lausanne. He left UBS in 1992 to become the Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Canton of Vaud. During his tenure, he was the driving force in setting up the Association of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and Industry, of which he became the first President; he furthermore was at the forefront of the creation in 1997 of Renaissance PME (a Private Equity Foundation) and of the FIT Foundation (a source of early stage funding). From 2002 to 2011, he served as a Director of the Banque Cantonale Vaudoise (BCV) of which he became the Vice Chairman in 2008. He has been a Director of Bondpartners SA since 2007 and sits on boards of various cultural and non-profit entities.

jean-luc.strohm@valleyroadcapital.com

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Network Partner

GABRIEL CHAMPRENAUD

GABRIEL CHAMPRENAUD

Director


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

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Director

CHARLOTTE BOURGEAUX

CHARLOTTE BOURGEAUX

Senior 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

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Senior Analyst

LAURENCE HÄUSLER ZANETTA

LAURENCE HÄUSLER ZANETTA

Accountant


Swiss certified specialist for finance and accounting, Laurence has gained experience within international companies such as Kempinski Hotels SA and medium sized Swiss companies. With over 10 years of professionnal experience in the field of accounting, she has participated in the set up of various companies and has overseen the implementation of internal control for her previous employer, VOX telecom SA.

laurence.hausler@valleyroadcapital.com

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Accountant