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  • Jean-Marie Laurent Josi

    CEO
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 20

    Jean-Marie has an MBA from the Solvay Business School (Brussels). He started his career with Cobepa in 1988, developing the M&A activities, and was responsible for Cobepa's investments as member of the Management Board. He was a partner of PAI Partners and non-executive director of Mobistar and GIB Group.

    Jean-Marie is non-executive director of Babilou, Degroof Petercam, Carmeuse, International SOS, JF Hillebrand, Le Pain Quotidien, Sapec, Socotec, Van Oord and Zetes.

    Languages
    French, Dutch, English
  • Charles-Henri Chaliac

    Member of the Executive Committee
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 18

    Charles-Henri is a graduate from HEC Paris and Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. Before joining Cobepa in early 2014, Charles-Henri was a Managing Director at Fondations Capital, a French Private Equity firm which manages c. €600 million dedicated to controlling buyouts in the French middle market. He joined Fondations Capital at its inception in 2007 from the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley where he advised financial sponsors on large cap acquisitions and financing mandates across a variety of sectors in Europe.

    Charles-Henri has been involved in lead roles in the execution of majority and minority investments and in the subsequent implementation of value creation strategies in portfolio companies alongside entrepreneurs and/or managers. He has held numerous board seats over the years and is currently Chairman of the Board of Staci and Vice Chairman of the Board of Exclusive Group.

    Languages
    French, English
  • Peter Connolly

    Managing Director Cobepa North America
    Phone
    (+1) 917 620 9126

    Peter holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame. He started his career at Deloitte and later worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York in the investment banking division. Most recently, he worked for Summit Partners in Boston since 2004 leading growth equity and growth buyout investments as co-head of the healthcare team. Peter joined Cobepa in 2015 to lead our investment activities in North America.

    Peter is currently a director of CareCentrix and SolutionReach and was a past director of MedSpring Urgent Care, Associations, Bartlett Holdings, ABILITY Network and Aurora Diagnostics.

  • Christian de Haaij

    Member of the Executive Committee
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 41

    Christian is an MBA graduate from the Solvay Business School where he also obtained a Master in International Tax Management. He started his career with Arthur Andersen in Brussels office and subsequently moved to Citigroup Global Corporate & Investment Bank in Brussels and then London from 1989 to 1996, before joining The Boston Consulting Group in 1996 in the Brussels, Paris and New York offices. He joined Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Department in London in 2000 as Managing Director responsible for the Belgium market and moved to Paris in 2012 as co-CEO Investment Banking for France, Belgium & Luxemburg and Gerant of Goldman Sachs Paris Inc & Co. He joined Cobepa early 2017.

    Christian is non-executive director of Socotec.

    Languages
    French, Dutch, English, Italian
  • Xavier de Walque

    Member of the Executive Committee - CFO
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 32

    Xavier has an MBA from the Solvay Business School. He started his career in 1988 as adviser to the Belgian Vice-Prime Minister in charge of the Budget, before joining Cobepa in 1991 where he led the Belgian Corporate Finance activities. Between 2001 and 2011, he worked for Dexia Group where he held various executive management positions, lastly as Vice-Chairman of the Management Board and CFO of Dexia Bank Belgium, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dexia Insurance Belgium. Since May 2011, Xavier is Chief Financial Officer of Cobepa.

    Xavier is non-executive director of JF Hillebrand, Sapec, AG Insurance and Cofinimmo.

    Languages
    French, Dutch, English
  • Dirk Broekhuyse

    Executive Advisor
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 18

    Dirk has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Technology Delft. He started his career with RBS in London where he was director of leveraged finance. In 2003, he joined PAI Partners where he worked on buy-out transactions. He joined Cobepa in 2005 and is primarily focusing on executing transactions.

    Dirk is non-executive director of HG International.

    Languages
    Dutch, French, English, German
  • Hiram Claus

    Investment Director
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 32

    Hiram holds a Master's Degree in Business Engineering and a Master in Operations & Technology Management from Ghent University. Having started his professional career in 2002 as IT project manager for an export company in Nigeria, he joined Fortis early 2003 as international management trainee. He subsequently focused on M&A transactions as senior associate with Fortis Corporate Finance & Capital Markets (Brussels). He joined Cobepa in 2007.

    Hiram is non-executive director of Carrières du Hainaut and HG International.

    Languages
    Dutch, French, English
  • Gilles Davignon

    Investment Director
    Phone
    (+1) 646 881 7134

    Gilles holds a Master’s Degree in Business Engineering from Solvay Business School. Prior to joining Cobepa in 2009, Gilles started his career in 2004 at ING Group in Brussels and Singapore. He then moved to London at J.P. Morgan where he worked in the M&A group covering the Benelux countries. Gilles was a non-executive director at Babilou, SGG and TechnoMarine. He moved to New York in 2015 to start up Cobepa's investment activities in North America.

    Languages
    French, Dutch, English
  • Aurélien Delavallée

    Investment Director
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 20

    Aurélien holds a Master's Degree in Business Engineering from Solvay Business School. He started his career with Deloitte in 2003 as a financial auditor. In 2006, he moved to the Corporate Finance department of Deloitte where he focused on M&A transactions. Aurélien joined Cobepa in 2010.

    Aurélien is non-executive director of Exclusive Group and Socotec.

    Languages
    French, Dutch, English
  • Alexander De Luca

    Senior Investment Manager
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 32

    Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) from Imperial College London and an MBA from INSEAD. He started his career with Jefferies in London in the Investment Banking Division advising TMT clients. Subsequently he joined McKinsey & Company where he focused on advising large multinationals and financial sponsors on strategy, growth and other value creation topics. He joined Cobepa in 2016.

    Alex is non-executive director of Babilou.

    Languages
    English, Italian, French, Spanish
  • Konrad Grieger

    Senior Investment Manager
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 40

    Konrad holds a Master’s Degree in Management from ESCP Europe. Before joining Cobepa, he worked for almost three years at the Paris office of BC Partners, a pan-European large cap private equity firm, focusing primarily on investment opportunities within the French market. Prior to this, he worked for more than two years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Paris conducting various strategic assignments with a focus on private equity clients. Prior internship positions include Morgan Stanley and Cinven. He joined Cobepa in 2017.

    Languages
    French, English, German, Slovak
  • Nicolas Beudin

    Investment Manager
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 40

    Nicolas holds a Master's Degree in Business Engineering from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and attended a graduate program in International Finance at Yonsei University (Seoul). After having started his career at the Korean branch of BNP Paribas CIB, Nicolas worked as investment analyst at Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL). He joined Cobepa in 2016.

    Languages
    French, English, Dutch, Korean
  • Lars Lapp

    Investment Manager
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 18

    Lars holds an MBA from the University of Cologne as well as a joint CEMS Master from the University of Cologne and the Stockholm School of Economics. He started his career as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Lars joined Cobepa in 2016.

    Languages
    German, English, French
  • Romain Boulanger

    Investment Officer
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 32

    Romain holds a Master's Degree in Business Engineering from the Solvay Business School. After a summer internship at McKinsey & Co and an off-cycle internship at Goldman Sachs, he joined the Cobepa team early 2017.

    Languages
    French, English, Dutch
  • Matthew V. Raimondi

    Senior Associate
    Phone
    (+1) 203 246 5772

    Matt holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He started his career at The Parthenon Group, a management consulting firm based in Boston. Prior to joining Cobepa, Matt worked for Audax Private Equity in Boston. Matt joined Cobepa’s New York City office in 2016.

  • Lorenzo Salieri

    Senior Advisor (Italy)
    Phone
    +39 335 122 77 93

    Lorenzo is a private equity entrepreneur, investor and advisor with more than 20 years of investing experience. Before founding his own advisory firm, Lorenzo was a Partner at 3i Group Plc for 15 years, with the responsibility for 3i Group private equity investment activity in Italy. He helped to invest more than €3 billion of equity in a number of landmark private equity transactions in Italy and Europe. Lorenzo joined 3i Group in 1997 and prior to this he was an Associate for Unicredit Investment Banking for 5 years. Lorenzo serves on the Board of a number of private companies. He holds an MBA from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Economics degree with Honors from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. Lorenzo joined Cobepa in 2017.

    Languages
    Italian, English, French
  • Friedrich Hecker

    Senior Advisor (Germany - Austria - Switzerland)
    Phone
    +49 172 2424 266

    Friedrich holds a diploma in economics from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. He started his career with Roland Berger Strategy Consultant in Munich and then became Managing Director with TÜV SÜD, Germany. He Subsequently joined the Executive Board of SGS SA in Switzerland first as regional COO and then as Executive Vice President. In 2009 Friedrich took the helm as COO and then as CEO for TÜV Rheinland AG, Germany. In 2012 he became CEO of ROSEN Group AG, in Switzerland. Friedrich is member of the Board of Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Inc, US and member of the Board of OPUS GROUP AB (PUBL) in Sweden. Friedrich joined Cobepa in 2016.  

    Languages
    German, English
  • Diane Verhaegen

    Legal Officer
    Phone
    +32 2 213 32 40

    Diane holds a Master’s Degree in Law from UCLouvain and an LL.M. from the College of Europe (Bruges). She started her career as a trainee in the Business Law team of the European Commission’s Legal Service. In 2011, Diane joined White & Case LLP, where she worked as a lawyer in the Belgian Transactional Practice Department and focused on advising corporates and private equity funds on M&A transactions. Diane has qualified as a lawyer of the Brussels Bar in 2013. She joined Cobepa in 2014.

    Diane is in charge of Cobepa's legal and administrative affairs.

    Languages
    French, Dutch, English, Spanish

Cobepa S.A.

Cobepa S.A.
Rue de la Chancellerie 2, box 1
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: 
+ 32 2 213 32 10
Fax: 
+ 32 2 513 17 02

Cobepa North America Inc.

Cobepa North America Inc.
Tower 49
12 East 49th Street
New York, NY 10017
United States
Tel: 
+1 (646) 679 5177