Investment & Operations Teams

Local teams across Continental Europe combining entrepreneurial spirit and blue-chip DNA with >150 years of combined investment experience

Pablo Álvarez Couso

Director

Pablo joined Ergon in 2013 and has been involved in several transactions, including Palex, Indo, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand and Benito.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 5 years at Mercapital, one of Spain’s leading private equity firms. He began his career in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch in Madrid, focusing on the energy and power sector and the overall financial sponsor coverage.

Pablo received his double degree in Law and Business Administration at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE E-3; Spain). He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Office:Madrid

Email:pa@ergoncapital.com

Jori De Baerdemaeker

Associate

Jori joined Ergon in 2019 and has been involved in several transactions, including Sofico, CompaNanny, TMC and Vanreusel Snacks.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 2 years in the Private Equity team of Bain in Brussels.

Jori received his MSc in Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). Jori is fluent in Dutch, English and French

Office:Brussels

Email:jd@ergoncapital.com

Sakinah Bah

Assistant

Sakinah joined Ergon in 2018.

Prior to Ergon, she worked at Wey Technology as an Office Manager.

Sakinah is fluent in French and English.

Office:Paris

Email:sb@ergoncapital.com

Jessica Bazilepo

Assistant

Jessica joined Ergon in 2017.

Prior to Ergon, she worked at ALD Automotive as an Insurance Claims Officer and at Atos Worldline as a Customer Care Officer.

She graduated in Public Relations & Reception at Syntra Brussels (Belgium). Jessica is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

Office:Brussels

Email:jb@ergoncapital.com

Fabrizio Bertozzi

Principal

Fabrizio joined Ergon in 2015 and has been involved in several transactions, including Dolciaria Acquaviva, Indo, svt, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, IPE Visionnaire and Nicotra-Gebhardt.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 3 years at Barclays in London and Milan, working in the Investment Banking Division (M&A Italian coverage).

Fabrizio received his University Degree in Business Administration at Bocconi University of Milan (Italy). He is fluent in Italian and English and speaks conversational French.

Office:Milan

Email:fb@ergoncapital.com

Loïc Cerfontaine

Deputy CFO

Loïc joined Ergon in 2012.

Prior to Ergon, he was Senior Auditor at Deloitte where he joined in 2009.

He received his Master in Business Engineering at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium).

Loïc is fluent in French and English and speaks conversational Dutch.

Office:Brussels

Email:lc@ergoncapital.com

Riccardo Collini

Partner

Riccardo joined Ergon in 2007 and has been involved in several transactions, including Dolciaria Acquaviva, Indo, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, IPE Visionnaire, Nicotra-Gebhardt and ZellBios.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 4 years as Investment Manager at BS Private Equity, one of Italy’s historical private equity firms. He began his career in the M&A division at Morgan Stanley in London and Milan.

Riccardo received his University Degree in Business Administration at Bocconi University of Milan (Italy). He is fluent in Italian and English.

Office:Milan

Email:rc@ergoncapital.com

Denis Fraenkel

Director

Denis joined Ergon in 2011 and has been involved in several transactions, including Haudecoeur, Vanreusel Snacks, Keesing, Larcier Holding and Elitech Group.

Prior to Ergon, he was active in real estate investing and spent 2 years at Morgan Stanley in London, working in the Investment Banking Division (Benelux coverage).

Denis received his BSc in Economics at the London School of Economics (UK). He is fluent in French, Dutch, English and Hebrew.

Office:Paris

Email:df@ergoncapital.com

Julia Friedrich

Assistant

Julia joined Ergon in 2019.

Prior to Ergon, she worked as a Les Clefs d’Or Concierge in different luxury Hotels in Germany and Switzerland.

Julia is fluent in German and English.

Office:Munich

Email:jf@ergoncapital.com

Patrick Gavoty

Director

Patrick joined Ergon in 2012 and has been involved in several transactions, including Haudecoeur, Looping, Sausalitos, De Boeck University and Corialis.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 5 years at Goldman Sachs in London, working in the Investment Banking Division (Consumer Retail).

Patrick received a MSc in Business Administration at ESSEC Business School (France). He is fluent in French and English and speaks conversational Spanish.

Office:Paris

Email:pg@ergoncapital.com

Marta Grabowska

Finance & Accounting Assistant

Marta joined Ergon in 2019.

Prior to Ergon, she worked at McKinsey & Company Luxembourg Inc. as a Receptionist-Office Administrator and at KPMG as a Tax Accountant Assistant.

Marta is fluent in Luxemburgish, German, English and French. She also speaks conversational Polish.

 

Office:Luxembourg

Email:mg@ergoncapital.com

Sarah Haghighi

Associate

Sarah joined Ergon in 2020.

Prior to Ergon, she worked in M&A advisory in Milan at Vitale & Co and DVR Capital for five years. Before that, she worked in Deloitte’s restructuring department in Milan and in BNP Paribas’ M&A division in Paris.

Sarah holds a Master of Finance and Strategy from Sciences Po Paris. She is a native French speaker and is fluent in English and Italian.

Office:Milan

Email:sh@ergoncapital.com

Laurence Hendrickx

Assistant

Laurence joined Ergon in 2013.

Prior to Ergon, she worked as a Front Desk Officer in a hotel and at Jetairfly as a Flight Attendant.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in kindergarten education at Leonard de Vinci High School (Belgium). Laurence is fluent in French and English and speaks conversational Dutch.

Office:Brussels

Email:lh@ergoncapital.com

Bas Kea

Principal

Bas joined Ergon in 2019 and is mainly focused on investments in the Netherlands. He is currently involved in CompaNanny and TMC.

Prior to Ergon, Bas worked at Avedon Capital Partners in Amsterdam, where he joined in 2015. He began his career in Investment Banking at the Benelux team of Lazard in 2010.

Bas holds a MSc in Financial Law (LL.M) and a MSc in Accounting & Control from RSM Erasmus University. He is fluent in Dutch and English and speaks conversational German.

 

 

Office:Brussels

Email:bk@ergoncapital.com

Pieter Lambrecht

Partner

Pieter joined Ergon in 2007 and has been involved in several transactions, including Sofico, CompaNanny, TMC, Vanreusel Snacks, Keesing, Larcier Holding, De Boeck Education and Joris Ide.

Prior to Ergon, he was at GE Capital in London, where he joined in 2003, occupying positions in financial management, private equity and leveraged finance.

Pieter holds degrees from Stanford University (US), London School of Economics (UK) and KU Leuven (Belgium) and has completed his CFA-designation. Pieter is fluent in Dutch, English and French and speaks conversational German and Spanish.

Office:Brussels

Email:pl@ergoncapital.com

Emanuele Lembo

Managing Partner

Emanuele joined Ergon at its foundation in 2005 and has been involved in several transactions, including Palex, Dolciaria Acquaviva, Indo, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, IPE Visionnaire, Benito, ZellBios, Seves, La Gardenia, and Stroili.

Prior to Ergon, he was at BCC Capital, an Italian M&A boutique and private equity investor, where he joined in 2001, after 3 years at Sofipa, an Italian merchant bank. He began his career at Barilla, the world leading pasta and bakery company, where he spent 8 years followed by 3 years as Business Development Manager at Birra Peroni, the leading Italian beer brewery.

Emanuele received his University Degree in Business Administration at Bocconi University of Milan (Italy). He is fluent in Italian and English, and speaks conversational French and Swedish.

Office:Milan & Madrid

Email:el@ergoncapital.com

Wolfgang de Limburg

Managing Partner

Wolfgang joined Ergon in 2005 and has been involved in several transactions, including Haudecoeur, svt, Keesing, opseo, Looping, Sausalitos, Elitech, Larcier Holding, De Boeck Education, ZellBios, Joris Ide, Corialis, and King Benelux. He is also independent board member of VPK Group and Immobel.

Prior to joining Ergon, he was CEO of Laboratoires Sterop Pharmacobel, a medium-sized pharmaceutical company located in Belgium, which he joined in 2003. Before that, Wolfgang spent most of his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers in New York and London, where he culminated as co-head of the European M&A Healthcare team.

Wolfgang holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business (US), a Bachelor in Business Engineering and a Master in Applied Economics and Management from the Louvain School of Management (Belgium). Wolfgang is fluent in French, English and Dutch.

Office:Brussels, Paris & Munich

Email:wl@ergoncapital.com

Nils Lüssem

Partner

Nils joined Ergon in 2014 and has been involved in several transactions, including svt, opseo and Sausalitos. He is also independent board member of Oras Oy.

Prior to Ergon, Nils worked at IK Investment Partners in Hamburg, where he joined in 2007. He began his career in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch in Frankfurt and London.

Nils studied in Germany, Argentina and the US and received his MBA from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. He is fluent in German, English and French and speaks conversational Spanish.

Office:Munich

Email:nl@ergoncapital.com

John Mansvelt

CFO, AIFM Conducting Officer

John joined Ergon in 2012.

Prior to Ergon, he was a Senior Manager at KPMG in Belgium, in the Audit department, where he joined in 1998 and seconded for 2 years in Canada.

He received his Degree in Economics at the Louvain School of Management (Belgium) and was designated as a certified auditor by the Institut des Réviseurs d’Entreprises (Belgium). John is fluent in French, English and Dutch.

Office:Brussels & Luxembourg

Email:jm@ergoncapital.com

Pablo Marín

Associate

Pablo joined Ergon in 2019 and is currently involved in Palex and Indo.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 4 years in the Investment Banking Division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Madrid (M&A) and London (Consumer and Retail).

Pablo studied in Spain and Italy and received his MSc in Civil Engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). He is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, English and Italian.

Office:Madrid

Email:pm@ergoncapital.com

Simon Morren

ICT Manager

Simon joined Ergon in 2012.

Prior to Ergon, he was a consultant at Technodata Italia and Trade and Training, and an IT Manager at Nycomed (now Takeda Belgium).

He received one Master in Communication and one in Management at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and has several Microsoft certifications. Simon is fluent in French and English.

Office:Brussels

Email:sm@ergoncapital.com

Michaël Pastorini

Associate

Michael joined Ergon in 2018 and is involved in Haudecoeur.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 4 years as an Associate in the Transaction Advisory Services Division of EY in Paris.

Michael received his MSc in Banking, Finance and Insurance at Paris-Dauphine University (France) and his MSc in Finance at the London School of Economics (UK). Michael is fluent in French and English

Office:Paris

Email:mp@ergoncapital.com

Loïc Pergola

Junior Financial Controller

Loïc joined Ergon in 2020.

Prior to Ergon, he was Auditor at PwC Luxembourg where he joined in 2018.

He received his Master of Business Engineering at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium). Loïc is fluent in French and English.

Office:Brussels

Email:lc@ergoncapital.com

Finn Pilath

Associate

Finn joined Ergon in 2018.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 2 years in the Healthcare Investment Banking team of Deutsche Bank in London.

Finn studied in Germany, Spain and the UK and received his MSc in Finance at ESADE Business School (Spain). He is fluent in German and English.

Office:Munich

Email:fp@ergoncapital.com

Roberta Prederi

Assistant

Roberta joined Ergon in 2011.

Prior to Ergon, she worked at myQube as Personal Assistant and at Bi-Qem as Office Manager.

Roberta is fluent in Italian and English.

Office:Milan

Email:rp@ergoncapital.com

Jean Florent Quinonero

Associate

Jean-Florent joined Ergon in 2020.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 5 years in Investment Banking at DC Advisory within their French team.

Jean-Florent studied in France and received his MSc in Financial Engineering at the Sorbonne University. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Office:Paris

Email:jq@ergoncapital.com

Leticia R. Balsón

Assistant and Administration of Investor Relations

Leticia joined Ergon in 2007 and has 23 years of professional experience.

Prior to Ergon, she worked at Grey Advertising as an Office Manager and at Procter & Gamble as an Executive Assistant.

Leticia is fluent in Spanish and English.

Office:Madrid

Email:lr@ergoncapital.com

Sefora De Stephanis

Assistant

Sefora joined Ergon in 2007.

Prior to Ergon, she worked at MIDA as Assistant for executive search and recruitment and at IDT Italia as Office Manager.

Sefora is fluent in Italian and English.

Office:Milan

Email:sd@ergoncapital.com

Viktor Stoll

Analyst

Viktor joined Ergon in 2020.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 1 year in the Investment Banking team of Bank of America in Frankfurt.

Viktor studied in Germany and Sweden and received his MSc in Finance at WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management. He is fluent in German and English.

Office:Munich

Email:vs@ergoncapital.com

Alexandre Trinel

Risk & Compliance, AIFM Conducting Officer

Alexandre joined Ergon in 2020.

Prior to Ergon, he was Conducting Officer in charge of Compliance Risk and Legal, compliance officer and MLRO at Circle Partners. Before that, Alexandre spent his career in Audit at Deloitte Luxembourg seconded for two years in Chicago and PWC Luxembourg which he joined in 2008.

Alexandre holds a bachelor in Business and Finance from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and a Master degree in Finance and Management at EDHEC BBA Business School (France). Alexandre is fluent in French and English.

 

 

Office:Luxembourg

Email:at@ergoncapital.com

Paul Ung

Valuation and Financial Reporting, AIFM Conducting Officer

Paul joined Ergon in 2020.

Prior to Ergon, he was a Conducting Officer in charge of Valuation and Risk Management at KJK Management. Prior to that, he was an auditor at EY Luxembourg working in the private equity department.

He received a MSc in Corporate Finance from EDHEC Business School (France).

Paul is fluent in French and English and speaks conversational Mandarin.

Office:Luxembourg

Email:pu@ergoncapital.com

Herbert Vanden Eynde

Principal

Herbert joined Ergon in 2015 and has been involved in several transactions, including Sofico, TMC, Vanreusel Snacks, Keesing, and De Boeck Education.

Prior to Ergon, he worked NPM Capital, a Benelux private equity firm, in Brussels.

Herbert received his Master in Engineering at the KU Leuven (Belgium), his MSc in Management and Strategy at the London School of Economics (UK) and has completed his CFA-designation. Herbert is fluent in Dutch, English and French.

Office:Brussels

Email:hv@ergoncapital.com

Line Van de Velde

Assistant

Line joined Ergon in 2020.

Prior to Ergon, she worked as Executive Assistant at Room to Bloom.

She received a Master’s Degree in Languages and Literature and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Line is fluent in Dutch, English and French.

Office:Brussels

Email:lv@ergoncapital.com

Johannes Witt

Principal

Johannes joined Ergon in 2015 and has been involved in several transactions, including svt, opseo and Sausalitos.

Prior to Ergon, he spent 3 years at The Blackstone Group in the M&A and Restructuring Advisory team in London and Frankfurt. He started his career at Nomura in London, working in the TMT Investment Banking Team.

Johannes received his Diplom-Kaufmann, Diplôme Grande École and Master in Management at ESCP Europe in Germany. He is fluent in German and English.

Office:Munich

Email:jw@ergoncapital.com

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