PRIVATE EQUITY WORKING WITH ENTREPRENEURS
since 25 years
CONSTELLATION cooperates at “Eye Level” with entrepreneurs, founders, and management. We want to solve our clients’ problems by sitting on the same side of the table. Through this method, we gain a more comprehensive understanding of our partners situation from the entrepreneurs point of view, which leads to mutual understanding and trust. This relationship improves the quality of the collaboration and investment decisions.
CONSTELLATION supports the business planning process and, if needed, actively supports selected entrepreneurs in the day-to-day execution of the business with scalable resources. In addition, CONSTELLATION’s Partners and Investors always take personal stakes in the company. As a result we truly share and act on an “Eye Level” with the entrepreneur. This solid and comprehensive relationship builds unique companies and provides outstanding investment opportunities for selected investors.
For over 25 years, CONSTELLATION has intensively worked with gifted entrepreneurs all over the world Since 10 years CONSTELLATION CAPITAL successfully invested in 10 "Asset Light" Companies
CONSTELLATION cooperates at “Eye Level” with entrepreneurs, founders, and management. We want to solve our clients’ problems by sitting on the same side of the table. Through this method, we gain a more comprehensive understanding of our client’s situation from the entrepreneur’s point of view, which leads to mutual understanding and trust. This relationship improves the quality of the collaboration and investment decisions.
CONSTELLATION’s broad business experience enables our clients to rely on the firm’s thorough knowledge and worldwide network in a number of industries and functions. We offer our clients a uniquely diverse and seasoned expertise, which we will not “spread too thin” for the sake of a large client base. Consequently, we are as selective when choosing our clients as they are when choosing us.
CONSTELLATION supports the business planning process and, if needed, actively supports selected entrepreneurs in the day-to-day execution of the business with scalable resources. In addition, CONSTELLATION’s General Partners and GP Investors always take stakes in CONSTELLATION funds. As a result we truly share and act on an “Eye Level” with the entrepreneur.
BUILDING POWERFUL CONSTELLATIONS
"Constellation has a large array of skills available both with its industry partners, Angel Group and its global network of partner companies and investors"
We actively seek opportunities to work with third parties that provide the highest available value-added. For every situation, we build the most powerful constellation by combining our own skills, the power of our networks and the leverage by the best available third parties.
Education and Lifestyle
Revenues EUR 10 to 100M
Rainer Fröhlich is a partner at and founder of Constellation. He started his career as with McKinsey & Co in Switzerland, where he led various strategic and operational studies. He left McKinsey to join the CEO of AEG-Daimler Benz to lead a highly regarded and later implemented strategic study about electronic and wireless application in future products from Mercedes Benz. Furthermore, he was founder and head of the corporate development of Daimler's industrial activities (AEG) with more than 300 companies.
In various operative roles with functional responsibilites in Marketing&Sales, Reserach&Development and Production with up to for 1000 employees he was critical eg in the restructuring, reorientation and successful sale of the mobile solutions arm of the Daimler Benz group to MATRA Communication, today EADS, cooperating with Nokia and Alcatel. He then joined the CEO and later Chairman of the Bertelsmann Media Group as deputy head of corporate development before founding and building Constellation.
Rainer emphasizes working closely with entrepreneurs as well as business owner as as investors and focuses on management buy outs and buy & builds in asset light industries to build market leaders in fragemented markets. He holds a degree in Physics from ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich and has significant research experience. He also holds international patents in mobile communication.
Dr. Marcel Rüegg founded a multi-family office in 2011 serving successful Swiss-based entrepreneurs in different private and corporate financial matters.
Before starting his entrepreneur career he ran J.P. Morgan's private bank in Zurich for four years. Before that, he held different management positions such as seven years as Head Private Banking Baden at Credit Suisse and later serving as Country Head Germany and Austria.
Thanks to his broad know-how Dr. Rüegg was frequently involved in special overall bank projects as well in the private banking training programs to teach and improve the quality of the private bank client consultancy process.
During his PhD thesis in financial mathematics at Stanford University, he worked as a risk analyst at UBS and later at Swiss Re responsible for the integration of credit and market risks.
He holds a masters degree in Theoretical Physics from ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich and speaks English, German, Italian, French and some basic Spanish.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Christian Speiser was a Partner with McKinsey and Company working in Zurich, Tokyo and Taipei. His assignments involved solving organizational, strategic and operational problems for European, Asian and American clients. His portfolio over time included chemical and pharmaceutical industries, engineering and machinery as well as aviation and financial institutions. He also headed the European practice for Post Merger Management.
He left McKinsey to take over as head of a Swiss paper manufacturer. His task was to restructure the paper company’s balance sheet and diversified operations within a set period. All operational units where eventually sold to industrial buyers.
In 1997 Christian joined the leading reinsurance company Swiss Re as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Board Committee. In line with the growth in size and scope of Swiss Re he established the appropriate group wide Financial Governance. His responsibilities over time included Strategic Planning, Strategic Asset Allocation and Information Technology for the Swiss Re Group. He was initiator and founding Chairman of an industry joint venture in the area of Electronic Risk Exchanges. In 2004 he left Swiss Re to become an independent Investor and Advisor.
Christian graduated in Economics and Operations Research from the University of St. Gallen. During his studies he was also employed as a systems analyst with Fides Informatik and IBM.
Christian has been counseling Constellation for several years.
HANSPETER DIENER - BOARD MEMBER
Hanspeter Diener was previously CEO and Partner at Bellevue Group AG which he joined in 2007. Prior to this, he was CEO of WMH Walter Meier Holding AG from 1996 to 2007. Before joining WMH he was CEO of Saurer Rotorspinning Division from 1991 to 1995 and earlier EVP of Jacobs Suchard in their M&A team from 1984 to 1989. During his long professional career, Hanspeter Diener has worked in the areas of strategy, mergers & acquisitions and finance for international listed companies, in which he successfully led international companies as CEO in various sectors for 18 years. As CEO in the finance sector (asset management), he expanded his professional horizons. During this time, Hanspeter Diener was responsible for several successful turnarounds. In recent years, he has supported international private equity companies in their portfolio strategy, in addition to his work as a senior advisor for various administrative board mandates.
After graduating from ETH Zurich and joining a prestigious business consultancy, Hanspeter completed his education with an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Reto Donatsch’s career within the Credit Suisse Group started 30 years ago in the wealth management business.
In 1989, as a Director of the Credit Suisse Geneva region, he moved to management functions in the area of wealth-, asset-management and trading. In 1993 he became a member of the executive board of Bank Leu in Zurich, in charge of the private banking. Bank Leu, the oldest Swiss bank, had been taken over by Credit Suisse in 1990.
Reto became CEO of Bank Leu in 1996 and was additionally called to the executive board of Credit Suisse Private Banking a year later. The intensifying of the competition, the increasing expectations of the shareholder and the dramatic increase in corporate governance regulations lead to an ongoing pressure to reorganize the business. Fortunately the financial markets were improving at the same time, allowing for substantially increasing the financial results.
In 2003 Reto moved to the board of directors of Bank Leu until 2007 when he retired to become an independent adviser and investor.
Reto graduated from the University of Geneva as an economist. He worked and lived in New York/USA, Lausanne – Geneva – Zurich/Switzerland.
NETWORK & PARTNERSHIPS
CONSTELLATION’s global Network is its most valuable resource. Our Network encompasses institutional investors, government agencies, several successful technology industry entrepreneurs, current and former CEOs, founders of technology companies and various prominent families.
Our Partners bring to our enterprise considerably more than their business skills and/or their capital. Given our global Network, we benefit from the wide range of access and information provided by our partners’ entrepreneurial and managerial expertise, industry contacts, due diligence support, and deal flow.
Career with Constellation
Private Equity Internship (3-6 Months)
We are looking for entrepreneurial-minded individuals who complement our values.
· Academic achievement at a University level (FH or University) in a business-related discipline
· Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
· Team-oriented with an entrepreneurial mindset
· Advanced/fluent command of the English language
· Solid knowledge of MS Office
· Prior experience in private equity or related fields (M&A, consulting, accounting) is an advantage
· Supporting the investment team analyzing investment opportunities
· Market research and relevant sector and business analysis
· Support in company valuations as well as daily business operations
· Support for Fund reporting and controlling
If interested, please send your CV and a Letter of Recommendation by email to:
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