Team

Our team has been purpose-built since 2002 to execute our strategy across Europe

28

Total Professionals

18

Investment Professionals

17

Nationalities

14

Languages

1

Office 

Emin Aleskerov

Emin began his investing career with Stirling Square, where he was a member of the investment team from 2005 to 2010. He re-joined Stirling Square in 2020 after having worked as an independent consultant and investor in the meantime. He previously held roles at Credit Suisse First Boston, Siemens, and Dicke & Associates Management Consultants. Emin holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a Diplom-Ingenieur in Informatics from the University of Siegen.

Head of Innovation and Sustainability

Career

Credit Suisse First Boston, London
Siemens, Munich
Dicke & Associates, Hamburg

Education

MBA, The Wharton School
Diplom-Ingenieur, University of Siegen

Languages

English / German / Russian

Aurelien Benoit

Aurelien joined Stirling Square in 2016. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts, and Raid Defences in the Industrials sector. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Aurelien holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Diplôme in Economics from Institut d'Administration des Enterprises.

Investment Professional

Career

Goldman Sachs, London
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Paris & New York

Education

MBA, INSEAD
Diplôme, Institut d'Administration des Enterprises

Languages

English / French

Current Portfolio Responsibility

Verescence / Vernet / Isoclima / OHI

Adriaan Bloys van Treslong

Adriaan joined Stirling Square in 2019 from Hannam Investments. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking division of J.P.Morgan, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions in the Natural Resources sector. Adriaan holds an MBA from INSEAD, and both an MSc and a BSc in Financial Economics from Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

Investment Professional

Career

Hannam Investments, London
J.P. Morgan, London

Education

MBA, INSEAD
MSc, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
BSc, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Languages

English / Dutch / German

Enrico Biale

Enrico joined Stirling Square in 2010. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions and Leveraged Buyouts in the Healthcare and Consumer sectors. He began his career at Deloitte within their Assurance and Corporate Finance teams. Enrico holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Laurea in Economics and Business from the University of Genoa.

Investment Committee Member

Career

Goldman Sachs, London
Deloitte, Genoa & Milan

Education

MBA, Columbia Business School
Laurea, University of Genoa

Languages

English / Italian / Spanish

Current Portfolio Responsibility

Itelyum / OFG / OHI

Chris Black

Chris joined Stirling Square in 2008. Previously, he was Business Manager and Financial Controller of the Private Equity division of UBS. Chris holds a BSc in Business Management from King’s College London. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Chief Financial Officer

Career

UBS Private Equity, London

Education

BSc, Kings College London
ACA, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Languages

English

Stefano Bonfiglio

Stefano is a co-founder of Stirling Square. Previously, he was a Partner with DLJ Merchant Banking (“DLJMB”), the Private Equity division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, in New York and London. Before joining DLJMB, Stefano was at Bankers Trust in New York and Milan, where he worked in the Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Acquisition & Structured Finance divisions. Stefano holds an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in International Economics from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a fellow of the Karl F. Landegger Program at Georgetown University and of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Founder, Managing Partner & Investment Committee Chair

Career

DLJ Merchant Banking, New York & London
Bankers Trust, New York & Milan

Education

MBA, The Wharton School
MA, University of Pennsylvania
BS, Georgetown University

Languages

English / Italian / Portuguese / Spanish

Current Portfolio Responsibility

Itelyum / SAR / Axitea
As Managing Partner Stefano maintains broad oversight of the full portfolio

Alessandro Costamagna

Alessandro joined Stirling Square in 2017 from Rhône Group. Previously, he was a Management Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on the Tourism, Financial Services and Industrial Goods sectors. Alessandro holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Chemistry from Imperial College London.

Investment Professional

Career

Rhône Group, London
The Boston Consulting Group, Milan

Education

MBA, Harvard Business School
BSc, Imperial College London

Languages

English / Italian / French / Spanish

Current Portfolio Responsibility

Verescence / AD Industries / Axitea

Manuel Gari

Manuel joined Stirling Square in 2019. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions in the TMT, Consumer & Retail and Healthcare sectors. Manuel holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BSc in Business Administration and Management from ESADE Business School.

Investment Professional

Career

Goldman Sachs, London

Education

MBA, The Wharton School
BSc, ESADE Business School

Languages

English / Spanish / French

Current Portfolio Responsibility

Itelyum

Deanna Garriga

Deanna joined Stirling Square in 2019. Previously, she was a Fund Accountant at MML Capital Partners, and prior to that held roles at Credit Suisse First Boston and Bank of New York in London. Deanna holds a BSc in Accounting from the University of South Africa in Pretoria. She is also a qualified Chartered Management Accountant.

Finance Manager

Career

MML Capital Partners, London
Credit Suisse First Boston, London
Bank of New York, London

Education

BSc, University of South Africa
CIMA, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Languages

English / Spanish

Jonathan Heathcote

Jonathan joined Stirling Square in 2013 from Palamon Capital Partners. Previously, he served as a consultant to Stirling Square from 2007 to 2008. Prior to that, Jonathan worked for European Acquisition Capital and McKinsey & Co. He also served as an Officer within the Royal Marines. Jonathan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford.

Investment Committee Member

Career

Palamon Capital Partners, London
European Acquisition Capital, London
McKinsey & Co, London
Royal Marines Officer

Education

MBA, Harvard Business School
BA, University of Oxford

Languages

English

Current Portfolio Responsibility

AD Industrie / Mettis Aerospace / OFG

Christopher Heine

Christopher joined Stirling Square in 2017. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking division of Morgan Stanley, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions and Leveraged Buyouts in the Healthcare, FinTech and Consumer sectors. He began his career at Accenture Strategy. Christopher holds an MBA from the London Business School and a Diplom in Industrial Engineering from Kaiserslautern University of Technology.

Investment Professional

Career

Morgan Stanley, London
Accenture Strategy, Frankfurt

Education

MBA, London Business School
Diplom, Kaiserslautern University of Technology

Languages

English / German

Current Portfolio Responsibility

OFG

Ben Hopper

Ben joined Stirling Square in 2015. Previously, he worked in the Corporate Finance team at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions and cross-border restructurings. Ben holds an MBA from the London Business School and a BA in Management Studies from the University of Nottingham. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Investment Professional

Career

PricewaterhouseCoopers, London & Johannesburg

Education

MBA, London Business School
BA, University of Nottingham
ACA, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Languages

English

Current Portfolio Responsibility

Assistansbolaget / DOCU Nordic / Mettis Aerospace / OFG / SAR

Julien Horreard

Julien joined Stirling Square in 2008. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking division of UBS, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to that, Julien worked in the Merchant Banking division of BNP Paribas. He began his career in the Investment Banking division of JP Morgan. Julien holds a Diplôme de Grande Ecole from ESCP Europe.

Investment Committee Member

Career

UBS Investment Bank, London
BNP Paribas, New York
JP Morgan, Paris

Education

Diplôme de Grande Ecole, ESCP Europe

Languages

English / French

Current Portfolio Responsibility

Verescence / Vernet / AD Industries / Mettis Aerospace

Ahmed Khamassi

Ahmed joined Stirling Square in 2020. Previously, he worked in the Data Science division of Equinor, where he led transformation through machine learning and data science technology. Prior to that, he worked in the Data Science divisions of Wipro Digital and JP Morgan. Ahmed holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University Belfast and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Tunis.

Head of Data Science

Career

Equinor, London
Wipro Digital, London
JP Morgan, London

Education

PhD, Queens University Belfast
MSc, Ecole Nationale d'ingénieurs de Tunis

Languages

English / French / Arabic

Patric Klees

Patric joined Stirling Square in 2011 from Capvis Equity Partners. Previously, he was an Investment Consultant at D.B. Zwirn & Co. Patric holds a Licentiate in Business Administration from the University of Zurich. He is a qualified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

Investment Professional

Career

Capvis Equity Partners, Zurich
D.B. Zwirn & Co, New York

Education

Licentiate, University of Zurich
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)

Languages

English / German / French

Nicole Langlois

Nicole joined Stirling Square in 2017. Previously, she was in Human Resources at Pantheon Ventures and HgCapital. Nicole holds an MA in Human Resource Management from London Metropolitan University and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Greenwich.

Human Resources Manager

Career

Pantheon Ventures, London
HgCapital, London

Education

MA, London Metropolitan University
BSc, University of Greenwich

Languages

English

Henrik Lif

Henrik joined Stirling Square in 2017 from Segulah. Previously, he was at Nordic Capital, where he worked as both an Investment Professional and as President and CEO of CPS Color Group. He began his career as a consultant with Arthur D Little. Henrik holds an MSc in Economics and Business from the Stockholm School of Economics and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Investment Committee Member

Career

Segulah, Stockholm
Nordic Capital, Stockholm
CPS Color Group, Finland
Arthur D. Little, Stockholm

Education

MSc, Stockholm School of Economics
MSc, Royal Institute of Technology

Languages

English / Swedish / Danish / Norwegian

Current Portfolio Responsibility

Assistansbolaget / Logent / DOCU Nordic / Vision Ophthalmology Group

Faise McClelland

Faise joined Stirling Square in 2020. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking at Perella Weinberg Partners, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions and strategic advisory. Faise holds an MBA from The Wharton School, a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University and a BA in History and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Investment Professional

Career

Perella Weinberg Partners, London

Education

MBA, The Wharton School
MPA, Harvard University
BA, University of Oxford

Languages

English / French

Pascal Monteiro de Barros

Pascal joined Stirling Square in 2016. Previously, he was at MAB Partners, where he was responsible for global business development and key investor relationships. Prior to that, Pascal was a senior fundraising professional at EIM Group. He began his career as an entrepreneur in the mobile telecom and digital printing industries. Pascal holds an MBA from The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BA in History from Hamilton College.

Head of Investor Relations

Career

MAB Partners, London
EIM Group, London
Planet, Lisbon
Telecel, Lisbon

Education

MBA, University of Virginia
BA, Hamilton College

Languages

English / Portuguese / French / Spanish

Gregorio Napoleone

Gregorio is a co-founder of Stirling Square. Previously, he was a Principal at DLJ Merchant Banking (“DLJMB”), the Private Equity division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, in New York and London. Before joining DLJMB, Gregorio was at Bankers Trust in New York and Milan, where he worked in the Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Acquisition & Structured Finance divisions. His previous experience includes executive positions in industrial firms in Europe and Asia. Gregorio completed the ETPJ graduate programme in Japanese management practices at Sophia University in Tokyo and holds a Laurea in Business Administration from Università Bocconi in Milan.

Founder & Investment Committee Member

Career

DLJ Merchant Banking, New York & London
Bankers Trust, New York & Milan
Ferrero Group, Tokyo & Hong Kong

Education

ETPJ Programme, Sophia University Tokyo
Laurea, Università Bocconi

Languages

English / Italian / Portuguese / Spanish

Current Portfolio Responsibility

Isoclima / Vision Ophthalmology Group / OHI / Jeckerson

Matteo Nichil

Matteo joined Stirling Square in 2013. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions. Matteo holds an MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance from Cass Business School and a Laurea in Economics and Finance from Università Bocconi in Milan.

Investment Professional

Career

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, London & Milan

Education

MSc, Cass Business School
Laurea, Università Bocconi

Languages

English / Italian

Current Portfolio Responsibility

Itelyum / Axitea

Giulia Poletti De Chaurand

Giulia joined Stirling Square in 2020. Previously, she was a Management Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where she focused on Financial Services. Giulia holds an MBA from the London Business School, and both an MSc and a BSc in Economics and Social Sciences from Università Bocconi in Milan.

Investment Professional

Career

The Boston Consulting Group, Milan

Education

MBA, London Busines School
MSc, Università Bocconi
BSc, Università Bocconi

Languages

English / Italian

Andreas Theilgaard

Andreas joined Stirling Square in 2020 from The Carlyle Group. Previously, he held roles at Gunvor Group and Rothschild & Co, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions in the Energy sector. Andreas holds a BSc in Management from the University of Warwick.

Investment Professional

Career

The Carlyle Group, London
Gunvor Group, Geneva
Rothschild & Co, London

Education

BSc, University of Warwick

Languages

English / Danish / Swedish / Norwegian

Guglielmo Tosato

Guglielmo joined Stirling Square in 2020. Previously, he worked in Real Estate Private Equity at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on opportunistic real estate transactions. Guglielmo holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BSc in Finance from The Wharton School and a BA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Investment Professional

Career

Morgan Stanley, Milan

Education

MBA, Columbia Business School
BSc, The Wharton School
BA, University of Pennsylvania

Languages

English / Italian / French / Spanish

Romain Wojtowicz

Romain Wojtowicz joined the Investor Relations team in 2021 from Ardian. He has spent the past 9 years at Ardian’s IR team in London, where he headed a team focused on Project Management. Prior to joining Ardian, Romain had been a business school intern at PAI partners in Paris, following his MS in Finance from ICN Business School in Nancy.

Investor Relations

Career

Ardian, Paris & London
PAI Partners, Paris

Education

MS, ICN Business School

Languages

English / French