Who we are
years of Private Equity experience
years of working together (core team)
Partner and Co-Founder
He was part of the team that established 3i in Switzerland between 2000 and 2006 and has invested in several companies across industries and stages of development. Prior he was with Helbling Management Consulting where he led cross-border turnaround and interim management engagements.
He holds an M.Sc. as mechanical engineer of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and a Bachelor of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL).
Felix is a director on the boards of various portfolio companies.
Partner and Co-Founder
Prior to Evoco Michel was at HgCapital, working on a range of strategic and operational projects for portfolio companies, and at 3i, where he was a member of the European buyout team. He began his career at UBS in the M&A advisory business.
Michel holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Berne, Switzerland. He served as an Officer in the Swiss Army’s mechanised infantry units.
Michel is a director on the boards of various portfolio companies.
Lorenzo Gregory Sormani
Lorenzo holds an MBA from INSEAD, an M.Sc. double degree in Business Administration from the ESB in Reutlingen, Germany, and Università Cattolica in Piacenza, Italy, and is a CFA charterholder.
At Evoco, Lorenzo is responsible for our value creation initiatives across our portfolio and sits on the board of multiple companies. He brings a mix of experiences to play from strategy consulting to private equity, and from Interim-COO of a Berlin-based start-up to his background in family business. He also steers Evoco’s efforts for new transactions in the Nordics and Southern Europe.
Director Finance and Operations
Before Evoco, Patrick was COO/CRO and member of the executive management of GZC Investment Management AG, a discretionary alternative investment manager. Prior to that he worked for Swiss Capital Alternative Investment AG in Dublin and Zurich, an asset manager with USD 5 billion assets under management, as well as for AXA Insurance Company in Paris. He began his career as auditor at Ernst & Young, focusing on the banking and asset management sector.
Patrick holds a M.A. in Business Administration from the University of Zurich, is a Swiss Certified Accountant (Swiss CPA), and a FRM Charterholder.
At Evoco, Patrick is responsible for all financial, operational and regulatory matters of the management company and its investment products. In addition, he oversees financial due diligence processes and is involved in the financial planning and monitoring of the Evoco portfolio.
Philipp joined Evoco in 2014 after gaining private equity experience at Capital Dynamics, where he conducted and published a quantitative research project on performance measurement in private equity.
During his studies, Philipp founded and built up the Swiss Private Equity Conference, which today is a leading annual event hosting 250+ senior private equity professionals from all over Europe and beyond.
Philipp holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from University of St. Gallen, and apart from Switzerland, studied in the Netherlands and Colombia.
At Evoco, Philipp leads the deal origination process and financing activities. He develops transactions and leads diverse value creation projects in portfolio companies.
Maximilien holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Neuchâtel and a M.A. in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, with semesters spent abroad at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and the University of Cologne in Germany. Maximilien also passed all three levels of the CFA Program and serves as Officer in the Swiss Army’s infantry units.
Jan joined Evoco in 2018. Prior to Evoco, Jan co-founded an M&A consulting start-up and gained experience in the private debt markets with Ardian in London, where he took part in the review and development of investment opportunities.
Jan holds a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Finance with distinction from the Cass Business School in London, where he headed the Cass Private Equity society. At Cass Jan also became an honorary member of the Beta Gamma Sigma society.
Sébastien joined Evoco in 2019, after gaining experience as Analyst at Goldman Sachs in Investment Management. Sebastien also gathered experience in M&A at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Frankfurt and in Private Equity at LGT Capital Partners, a leading alternative asset manager with over $55bn in AuM.
Sébastien holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, and apart from Switzerland, studied in Hong Kong and in the UK. During his studies, Sébastien notably contributed to the organisation of the St. Gallen Symposium, a global gathering of Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, where he established and maintained contacts with business leaders in Switzerland.
Ebru joined Evoco in 2018. Previously, she worked as an Office Manager for a major Chinese telecommunications company, where she was responsible for 10 offices across Switzerland.
Ebru has a degree as a business assistant and speaks fluent German, English, Turkish and has basic knowledge in French.
Dr Benoît Leleux
Previously, Benoît was Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and Associate Professor and Zubillaga Chair in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Wellesley, USA.
He is the author of “Investing Private Capital in Emerging and Frontier Market SMEs”, “Nurturing Science-Based Start-ups”, “From Microfinance to Small Business Finance” and “A European Casebook on Entrepreneurship and New Ventures”. “Private Equity 4.0: Reinventing Value Creation”, with H. van Swaay and E. Megally was published at Wiley in 2015. He has also written a large collection of award-winning case studies and scientific papers.
He holds a Ph.D. from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.
Peter Pfister has over 19 years of global private equity experience and has spent the last 11 years in Asia. Most recently he was a Managing Director at Pavilion Alternatives Group (formerly Altius Associates) responsible for leading the Asia-Pacific business, overseeing investments, business development and managing client relationships.
Prior to joining Altius, Peter was Head of Asia-Pacific for Deutsche Bank’s private equity business (DB Private Equity). Peter was previously Vice President for LGT Capital Partners, based in Switzerland, where he focused on European investments and business development. Before joining LGT, he worked for Mettler-Toledo in business development and for Caterpillar in corporate planning and product marketing.
Peter holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and an MBA from IMD.
Prior to retiring from the partnership in 2012, Lindsay served on the firm’s Investment Committee and Executive Committee.
He is now the owner of two private businesses and manages a portfolio of other investments, and in addition acts as an advisor to Spring Ventures and a restructuring consultancy.
Lindsay read Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London, and is a Chartered Accountant.
Dr Barbara Frei
Barbara Frei has over 22 years of global experience in top level executive positions. Currently she leads the European operations of Schneider Electric (EUR 25 Billion listed technology group).
She started her career in 1998 as a development project manager for motors and drives at ABB Schweiz AG. Until 2016, she held various senior management positions within the ABB Group, including regional responsibility as Country Manager Czech Republic and from 2010 onwards as Regional Manager Mediterranean in Italy. From 2013, she took responsibility for the worldwide drives and controls business.
She is member of the board of directors at listed Swisscom and SPS.
Barbara has broad experience in automation, power engineering and digitization. She holds a PhD ETH Zurich and an EMBA IMD Lausanne.