EXPERIENCE AND DEDICATION

The Alpha professionals have successfully invested in private equity, private debt and infrastructure in Europe, the U.S., and the Emerging Markets for more than 15 years; first at Swiss Life Private Equity Partners and following the management team’s spin-out from Swisslife in 2004, at Alpha Associates. Among the many distinguishing features of the Alpha team, are its outstanding team continuity, seniority and long-standing experience in investment selection, execution and management.

SENIOR TEAM

Peter Derendinger, Partner, CEO
Peter Derendinger

Partner, CEO
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Peter Derendinger, Partner, CEO

Peter Derendinger

Partner, CEO

Peter led the management buyout of Alpha Associates from Swiss Life in April 2004 and leads the strategy and operations of Alpha Associates. He has a strong track record and reputation as an M&A, corporate finance and legal advisor and draws upon a broad relationship network in Switzerland and abroad.

Peter is a founding partner of Alpha Associates and prior to the team’s spin-out from Swiss Life Private Equity Partners (SLPEP) was a member and delegate of the board of directors of SLPEP and responsible for the operations of the company from May 2003 to April 2004. After starting his career as an attorney-at-law, Peter held several positions with Credit Suisse, where his last assignment was as Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Corporate Center at Credit Suisse Private Banking. Earlier appointments include Managing Director and General Counsel of Credit Suisse Group and Head of Legal and Tax at Credit Suisse First Boston (Europe) in the early 1990s. Peter holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Fribourg and a Master of Laws from Northwestern University, Chicago.

Petra Salesny, Partner, COO
Petra Salesny

Partner, COO
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Petra Salesny, Partner, COO

Petra Salesny

Partner, COO

Petra oversees a range of operational matters at Alpha Associates and is responsible for the structuring and raising of Alpha’s funds-of-funds and investment programs, investor relations and marketing. Petra has been active in private market investing since 2001 and has a long track record in negotiating and executing fund investments, direct investments and secondary transactions in Europe, the U.S. and the Emerging Markets, as well as structuring client vehicles to meet specific client needs.

Petra is a founding partner of Alpha Associates and prior to the team’s spin-out from Swiss Life Private Equity Partners (SLPEP) was Chief Operations Officer of SLPEP. Previously she was the legal advisor to the private equity team at Bank Vontobel and a consultant for M&A at Helbling CFT International Ltd. in Düsseldorf and Zurich, where she structured and coordinated cross-border transactions of mid-sized companies. Petra is admitted to the New York Bar and holds a Master of Laws from New York University. She graduated from the Law School of the University of Vienna and received a Ph.D. in law from the University of Basle.

Petr Rojicek, Partner, CIO
Petr Rojicek

Partner, CIO
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Petr Rojicek, Partner, CIO

Petr Rojicek

Partner, CIO

Petr heads the investment team and is responsible for the asset allocation, investment strategy and execution of all private equity, private debt and infrastructure funds-of-funds and investment programs managed by Alpha Associates. He has sourced, led, evaluated, negotiated and executed private market investments in Europe, the U.S. and the Emerging Markets since 1998 and serves on the advisory boards of many funds. Petr has a rich network of relationships in the global private equity, private debt and infrastructure investment community.

Petr is a founding partner of Alpha Associates and prior to the team’s spin-out from Swiss Life Private Equity Partners (SLPEP) was Chief Investment Officer of SLPEP. Prior to this he was a member of the private equity team at Bank Vontobel focused on Central & Eastern Europe and worked in investment banking at UBS in Zurich and London, where he was engaged in corporate finance transactions for financial institutions in Emerging Markets. He began his career as a civil engineer in the construction industry and later on worked for American Appraisal, a worldwide valuation consulting firm, in Prague. Petr holds a M.Sc. degree from the Czech Technical University of Prague and an MBA from the Simon School of the University of Rochester.

Jürg Kägi, CFO
Jürg Kägi

CFO
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Jürg Kägi, CFO

Jürg Kägi

CFO

Jürg heads the Finance & Controlling team and is responsible for the financial accounting and reporting for all funds-of-funds and investment programs managed by Alpha Associates. He also oversees the financial matters of affiliated companies within the Alpha Associates Group.

Jürg joined Alpha Associates in 2018 from Itaú Private Bank Switzerland where he was Head of Finance. Previously, he worked for more than 10 years as Senior Manager at Ernst & Young and as Manager at PwC, serving local and international banks as well as asset managers. He holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Zurich. Moreover, he is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant.

Guy Myint-Maung, Partner
Guy Myint-Maung

Partner
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Guy Myint-Maung, Partner

Guy Myint-Maung

Partner

Guy has been active in private equity investing since 2000 and specialises in buyout and venture investments, including in life sciences and medical technology. He is responsible for the due diligence, negotiation, execution and management of fund and direct investments with a geographic focus on the U.S. and the Emerging Markets.

Guy joined Alpha Associates in 2004 and prior to the team’s spin-out from Swiss Life Private Equity Partners (SLPEP) was investment manager at SLPEP since 2000. His previous assignment was with Centre Solutions Zurich, an Alternative Risk Transfer specialist and a subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services. Prior to this, Guy spent four years at UBS in Switzerland, predominantly in business analysis and controlling functions, first at the European operations level, and later at the global level for the corporate banking and corporate finance divisions. Guy holds a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Sussex, an MBA from Manchester Business School and is a CFA Charterholder.

Daniela Hauenstein, Partner
Daniela Hauenstein

Partner
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Daniela Hauenstein, Partner

Daniela Hauenstein

Partner

Daniela has been active in private market investing since 2004. She is responsible for the due diligence, negotiation, execution and management of fund investments with a stage focus on buyout investments and private debt strategies and a geographic focus on Europe and the U.S.

Daniela joined Alpha Associates in October 2004 from family office Luserve, where she was an investment manager focusing on alternative investments and a member of the investment committee responsible for strategic and tactical asset allocation. Prior to her engagement at Luserve, she was a director at Millennium Associates, a boutique M&A company serving the global financial industry. Previously, Daniela spent three years at UBS in Switzerland, where her last assignment was to evaluate and execute projects for the bank in the global private banking and institutional asset management division. Daniela holds an Economics degree from the University of Zurich.

Henry Potter, Partner
Henry Potter

Partner
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Henry Potter, Partner

Henry Potter

Partner

Henry has been active in private market investing since 1992. He is responsible for the due diligence, evaluation, execution and management of fund investments, secondary transactions and direct co-investments in Central & Eastern Europe and Russia/CIS and serves on a number of fund advisory boards in the region.

Henry joined Alpha Associates in September 2008 from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), London. As Senior Banker at EBRD, he helped build EBRD’s private equity fund investment program into the largest in the CEE and CIS region and participated in a number of groundbreaking transactions in the region, including bank privatisations and turnarounds. In addition to his managerial and transactional responsibilities, he oversaw EBRD’s private equity performance data collection and analysis as well as the co-investment program between EBRD and its portfolio funds. Henry holds a B.A. and a M.Sc. from McGill University and the London School of Economics.

Richard Seewald, Senior Advisor
Richard Seewald

Senior Advisor
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Richard Seewald, Senior Advisor

Richard Seewald

Senior Advisor

Richard has been active in private equity investing since 2000 and is responsible for the due diligence, evaluation, execution and management of fund and direct investments with a stage focus on growth capital and buyout investments, and a geographic focus on Central & Eastern Europe and the U.S. Richard draws upon a broad relationship network in the private equity markets of CEE and CIS and serves on a number of fund advisory boards in the region.

Prior to joining Alpha Associates in 2005, Richard was a partner at Benson Oak, a Central European investment banking and private equity group. Earlier in his career, Richard was an associate at CMS Cameron McKenna, a London-based international law firm, where he advised on privatisations, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions while based in the firm’s Prague office. Richard holds an MBA from the University of Chicago School of Business, a Doctorate in Law from New York University and a B.A. in Business from Pace University.

Giovanni Locatelli, Senior Advisor
Giovanni Locatelli

Senior Advisor
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Giovanni Locatelli, Senior Advisor

Giovanni Locatelli

Senior Advisor

Giovanni has been active in private equity investing since 2000 and acts as senior investment advisor to Alpha Associates. He is responsible for the due diligence, evaluation, execution and management of fund and direct investments as well as the sourcing, evaluation, pricing and negotiation of secondary market transactions. His focus is on venture, growth capital and buyout investments in Europe and the U.S.

Giovanni joined Alpha Associates 2004 from SLPEP, where he was a principal in the investment team. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2001 for a year to establish and develop the Asian activities of SLPEP. Giovanni was formerly based in Singapore as a senior analyst for Banque Cantonale Vaudoise. He started his professional career as a portfolio manager with Credit Suisse in Switzerland. Giovanni holds a Master of Science (MSc) in economics from HEC Lausanne.

Aruna Arasu, Head Legal
Aruna Arasu

Head Legal
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Aruna Arasu, Head Legal

Aruna Arasu

Head Legal

Aruna is a Principal at Alpha Associates and heads the legal team. She is responsible for all legal, structuring, tax and regulatory matters of the private equity, private debt and infrastructure funds-of-funds and programs managed by Alpha Associates.

Aruna joined Alpha Associates in April 2008 from the Bar. Previously, she spent three years as an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the London and Beijing offices, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions, financings and tax matters. Aruna is a UK qualified Barrister and Solicitor and completed her undergraduate degree at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Nicolò Buffa di Castelalto, Principal
Nicolò Buffa di Castelalto

Principal
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Nicolò Buffa di Castelalto, Principal

Nicolò Buffa di Castelalto

Principal

Nicolò is a member of the investment team and has been active in infrastructure and private equity investing since 2008. He responsible for the due diligence, evaluation, execution and management of infrastructure and private equity fund investments and secondary transactions. His focus is on brownfield infrastructure and private equity buyout investments.

Nicolò joined Alpha Associates in 2008. Previously he was a senior underwriter at Atradius Credit Insurance NV in Milan, Italy, a global leader in credit insurance services. Earlier in his career, he worked at the syndication desk of Caboto-Banca IMI. Nicolò holds a Master of Science (MSc) in finance and economics from Bocconi University in Milan.

Peter Wolfers, Head Compliance
Peter Wolfers

Head Compliance
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Peter Wolfers, Head Compliance

Peter Wolfers

Head Compliance

Peter is a Principal at Alpha Associates and heads the compliance team. He has been active in private market investing since 2005. Peter is responsible for the risk management and compliance of Alpha Associates and acts as company secretary.

Peter joined Alpha Associates in February 2010. Previously Peter was a private equity investment professional at Horizon21, a Swiss investment manager. Peter started his career at Alpha Associates in 2005, as a member of the investment team, first as Analyst and later as Associate. Peter is a guest lecturer on private equity and member of the managing board of the Swiss Association of Investment Companies. Peter graduated from the University of Zurich and holds an M.A. in Economics and an LL.M. from the University of Münster, Germany.

Christopher Domenghino, Partner
Christopher Domenghino

Partner
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Christopher Domenghino, Partner

Christopher Domenghino

Partner

Christopher is a member of the investment team and has been active in private debt and private equity investing since 2008. He is responsible for the screening, analysis and assessment of private debt strategies and market segments and the due diligence, evaluation, execution and management of private debt fund investments in Europe and the U.S.

Christopher joined Alpha Associates in 2008. Earlier in his career, Christopher was a credit analyst in the proprietary & flow trading units of the fixed income division of UBS Investment Bank in London. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business and economics from the University of Basel and a Master of Science (MSc) in international business and economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

INDEPENDENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Martin Dunnett, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Martin Dunnett

Chairman of the Board of Directors
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Martin Dunnett, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Martin Dunnett

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Martin Dunnett is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alpha Associates. He has been a Senior Advisor in Private Equity for Catalyst in London since 2016. Previously Mr. Dunnett was the lead for fundraising and business development at Warburg Pincus. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. Dunnett led the Private Equity Group within wealth management at UBS. Mr. Dunnett has a B.S. in Management and Administration Sciences from the University of Aston, Birmingham, England.

André Kuy, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
André Kuy

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
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André Kuy, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

André Kuy

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

André Kuy is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alpha Associates. He has been a partner of the law firm Luchsinger Kuy Rechtsanwälte since 2013, and prior to that, an attorney at law and CEO of a corporate law firm in Zurich. From 2004 to 2011, André was chancellor for the city of Zurich. He has an extensive track record in economics, politics and social issues, and has been the president of the Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-Israel. In addition, André was a member of the welfare authority of the city of Zurich from 1994 to 2002, and of the municipal council of the city of Zurich from 1982 to 1990. André holds a Master of law as well as a Ph.D. in law from the University of Zurich, and an Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Berne.

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