Strong values, mutual respect, extensive experience

Our purpose

We believe that entrepreneurship is the engine of the economy.

We seek to support entrepreneurs and ambitious management teams with capital, insight and expertise in order to build excellent, future-proof businesses that positively impact society and which people are proud to work for.

We respect the trust that our investors put in us. We work to safeguard their investments and provide superior risk-adjusted returns in a responsible manner, consistent with our values. We trust and support each other as a team and have fun working together.

Our Values

Trust

Trust is at the core of both our investing strategy and our relationships – we do what we say we will do.

Integrity

We act with integrity at all times, with all people and in all situations. We can be demanding of others, but in exchange we will hold ourselves to the same standards.

Empathy

We act with empathy towards one another and with everyone who has a stake in our business. We listen and we care. We look to find a solution that is optimal and fair to all stakeholders.

Humility

We are not entitled to succeed. Although we believe that our approach distinguishes us from others, we realise that we must prove our value in every interaction.

Respect

We respect each other and our stakeholders. We encourage respectful dialogue, openness and transparency. We seek to ensure that we maintain the dignity of everyone with whom we interact.

Our team

We are a close-knit, highly experienced team of private equity investors, with a long history of working together

  • Razzak Akbar

    CFO

    Razzak is the CFO of the firm. Previously, Razzak was the Finance Director at ESO Capital. Prior to this, he worked at Deloitte in both their London and Bermuda offices specialising in clients within the private equity and alternative investments space.

    Razzak graduated with a First Class honours degree in Computer Science with Management from Kings College London and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He also has an MBA with Distinction from London Business School.

    Razzak Akbar

    Razzak Akbar

    CFO

    Razzak Akbar

    Razzak Akbar

    CFO

  • Jolie von Arnim

    Head of Investor Relations

    Jolie von Arnim is the Head of Investor Relations at Freshstream. Previously, Jolie was Co-Head Investor Relations at Copper Street Capital. She was also a founding member and Head of Investor Relations at Strategic Industrial Capital Partners (SICP) (2013-2016) and Audley Capital (2005-2013). Mrs. von Arnim started her career in finance in Equity Research at Deutsche Bank.

    Jolie earned her B.A. degree with Honors at Princeton University and her MBA from Columbia Business School.

    Jolie von Arnim

    Jolie von Arnim

    Head of Investor Relations

    Jolie von Arnim

    Jolie von Arnim

    Head of Investor Relations

  • Clair Buckingham

    Office Manager

    Prior to joining Freshstream, Clair worked as an Executive Assistant at Bregal Capital and 3i.

    Clair holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of the West of England.

    Clair Buckingham

    Clair Buckingham

    Office Manager

    Clair Buckingham

    Clair Buckingham

    Office Manager

  • Tom Carroll

    Director

    Previously Tom was an Associate at Bregal Capital and prior to that started his career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

    Tom graduated from Imperial College London with a First Class MSci degree in Physics.

    Tom Carroll

    Tom Carroll

    Director

    Tom Carroll

    Tom Carroll

    Director

  • James Cartwright

    Principal

    Previously James worked at Eight Roads in the Principal Investments team, where he focused on healthcare services and technology investments. Prior to that, James worked at Bain & Company in South Africa and Nigeria.

    James graduated from the University of Cape Town with an honours degree in Finance and Economics.

    James Cartwright

    James Cartwright

    Principal

    James Cartwright

    James Cartwright

    Principal

  • Rayhan Davis

    Chief Investment Officer

    Rayhan is the Chief Investment Officer of the firm. Previously, Rayhan was a Managing Director and a member of the founding team of TowerBrook, being part of TowerBrook’s spin-out from Soros Private Equity Partners, which he joined in 2004. Prior to TowerBrook, Rayhan worked at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.

    Rayhan graduated from Oxford University with a First Class Masters degree in Chemistry, coming top of his department in his final year.

    Rayhan Davis

    Rayhan Davis

    Chief Investment Officer

    Rayhan Davis

    Rayhan Davis

    Chief Investment Officer

  • Reza Fardad

    Partner

    Reza Fardad is a partner of the firm.

    Previously, Reza was a Partner of Clavis Advisors, a corporate finance advisory boutique which he co-founded in 2010. Prior to Clavis, Reza worked at Silver Point Capital where he was involved in a number of distressed debt and private equity investments. He began his career in investment banking at Citigroup working on mergers and acquisitions in the energy and chemical sectors and subsequently moved to Corporate Structured Finance.

    Reza received an MSc in Finance and Economics from the LSE where he also achieved a First Class BSc in Economics.

    Reza Fardad

    Reza Fardad

    Partner

    Reza Fardad

    Reza Fardad

    Partner

  • Lodewijk de Graauw

    Partner, Head of Portfolio Operations & ESG

    Lodewijk de Graauw is Head of Portfolio Operations & ESG for the firm.

    Previously, Lodewijk was a partner at Bain & Company, where he led the European turn-around practice.

    He also worked in India (Delhi) and Australia (Perth), where he was a founding member of both offices.

    Prior to, and during his time at Bain, Lodewijk was an entrepreneur, having owned and operated several start-up companies.

    Lodewijk graduated from Tilburg University with two Masters’ degrees (cum laude) in Economics and Computer science, and earned his M.B.A. with distinction from INSEAD.

    Lodewijk de Graauw

    Lodewijk de Graauw

    Partner, Head of Portfolio Operations & ESG

    Lodewijk de Graauw

    Lodewijk de Graauw

    Partner, Head of Portfolio Operations & ESG

  • Gilles Gradassi

    Director

    Previously Gilles worked as an Associate at BregalCapital for two years. Prior to that, Gilles was at Credit Suisse in the European M&A and Industrial/Energy teams.

    Gilles received an MSc in Industrial Engineering from EcoleCentrale Paris.

    Gilles Gradassi

    Gilles Gradassi

    Director

    Gilles Gradassi

    Gilles Gradassi

    Director

  • Nick Mansell

    Financial Controller

    Nick is the Financial Controller at the firm. Previously, Nick worked as an audit manager at Deloitte in London specialising in banking and capital markets clients.

    Nick graduated with a First Class honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

    Nick Mansell

    Nick Mansell

    Financial Controller

    Nick Mansell

    Nick Mansell

    Financial Controller

  • Adam McLain

    Partner

    Adam is a Partner of the firm. Previously, Adam was the European General Counsel and a Managing Director at TowerBrook, where he worked from 2011 to 2015. Prior to TowerBrook, Adam worked at Sullivan & Cromwell for nine years.

    Adam received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he finished first in his class, and his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.

    Adam McLain

    Adam McLain

    Partner

    Adam McLain

    Adam McLain

    Partner

  • Marike Stribos

    Associate

    Previously Marike worked at Barclays in Amsterdam in the Benelux coverage team.

    Marike received two MSc degrees (cum laude) in Finance & Investments and Accounting & Financial Management from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and earned her double major B.B.A. in Finance and Management with high distinction from the University of Iowa as a Division I student-athlete.

    Marike Stribos

    Marike Stribos

    Associate

    Marike Stribos

    Marike Stribos

    Associate

  • Patrick Smulders

    Managing Partner

    Patrick is the Managing Partner of the firm. Previously, Patrick was a member of the founding team of TowerBrook, being a Managing Director and Investment Committee member since its inception, and was part of TowerBrook’s spin-out from Soros Private Equity Partners, which he joined in 2004. Prior to TowerBrook, Patrick was a co-Founder and Senior Partner at Doughty Hanson.

    Patrick earned his A.B. from Harvard College and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

    Patrick Smulders

    Patrick Smulders

    Managing Partner

    Patrick Smulders

    Patrick Smulders

    Managing Partner

  • Victoria Swann

    Legal Counsel

    Before joining Freshstream, Victoria worked as a corporate lawyer in the private equity team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in London.

    Victoria is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales. She has an LLB law degree from the University of Bristol and obtained a distinction in the Legal Practice Course from BPP Holborn.

    Victoria Swann

    Victoria Swann

    Legal Counsel

    Victoria Swann

    Victoria Swann

    Legal Counsel

  • Jiri Taecke

    Principal

    Previously Jiri worked at Morgan Stanley in London and New York in the Benelux coverage, Basic Materials and M&A teams.

    Jiri received an MSc in Corporate Finance from Ghent University and a MSc in Finance from Vlerick Business School.

    Jiri Taecke

    Jiri Taecke

    Principal

    Jiri Taecke

    Jiri Taecke

    Principal

  • Paul Tutein Nolthenius

    Principal

    Previously Paul worked at Credit Suisse in the EMEA Technology, Media and Telecom team.

    Paul received his MSc in Econometrics (cum laude) from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

    Paul Tutein Nolthenius

    Paul Tutein Nolthenius

    Principal

    Paul Tutein Nolthenius

    Paul Tutein Nolthenius

    Principal

  • Eline Veekemans

    Analyst

    Before joining Freshstream, Eline worked as an Analyst in the Infrastructure M&A team at Macquarie Capital.

    Eline holds an Advanced Master in Finance from ESCP Europe and an MSc in Business Economics from KU Leuven.

    Eline Veekemans

    Eline Veekemans

    Analyst

    Eline Veekemans

    Eline Veekemans

    Analyst

  • Alexander Wijs

    Associate

    Previously Alexander worked at Morgan Stanley in London and New York in the Benelux Coverage and Transportation & Infrastructure teams.
    Alexander holds an MSc in Finance from ESADE Business School and a BSc in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
    Alexander Wijs

    Alexander Wijs

    Associate

    Alexander Wijs

    Alexander Wijs

    Associate

  • Alexandra Campbell

    ESG Coordinator

    Prior to joining Freshstream, Alexandra worked as an Executive Assistant for a private individual as well as in the property industry.

    Alexandra holds a BA in Anthropology & Sociology and a MA in Management from Durham University.

    Alexandra Campbell

    Alexandra Campbell

    ESG Coordinator

    Alexandra Campbell

    Alexandra Campbell

    ESG Coordinator

Venture Partners


  • Marc van der Lubbe

    Venture Partner

    Marc is a Venture Partner and works across mostly the Benelux as well as the UK with a primary focus on origination.  Previously, he was a senior advisory banker at Citigroup and Evercore for over 20 years and ran his own advisory business serving both private equity funds and entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries before joining Freshstream. He has worked in the UK, Germany and Japan. Marc has a degree in Finance from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

    Marc van der Lubbe

    Marc van der Lubbe

    Venture Partner

    Marc van der Lubbe

    Marc van der Lubbe

    Venture Partner

  • Giuseppe Silvestri

    Venture Partner

    Giuseppe is a Partner of Clavis Advisors, a corporate finance advisory boutique which he co-founded in 2010. Prior to Clavis, Giuseppe worked at Silver Point Capital where he was involved in a number of distressed debt and private equity investments. Previously, Giuseppe was part of the investment team at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. He began his career in the Private Equity Group at Lehman Brothers.

    Giuseppe holds a magna cum laude degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University.

    Giuseppe Silvestri

    Giuseppe Silvestri

    Venture Partner

    Giuseppe Silvestri

    Giuseppe Silvestri

    Venture Partner