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. He also holds the positions of Chief Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Previously, Razzak was the Finance Director at ESO Capital, which he joined in 2012. 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 is also currently completing his Executive MBA 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

  • Nicolas Brenninkmeijer

    Associate

    Previously Nicolas worked as an analyst at JP Morgan for two years before joining Freshsteam as an intern.

    Nicolas received a MSc in Economics and Strategy from Imperial College London.

    Nicolas Brenninkmeijer

    Nicolas Brenninkmeijer

    Associate

    Nicolas Brenninkmeijer

    Nicolas Brenninkmeijer

    Associate

  • Tom Carroll

    Principal

    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

    Principal

    Tom Carroll

    Tom Carroll

    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 is 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

    Lodewijk de Graauw is Head of Portfolio Operations 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

    Lodewijk de Graauw

    Lodewijk de Graauw

    Partner

  • Gilles Gradassi

    Principal

    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

    Principal

    Gilles Gradassi

    Gilles Gradassi

    Principal

  • Irmo Holslag

    Partner

    Irmo is a Partner of the firm. Previously he was an entrepreneur and business owner, having owned and operated a health food restaurant business based in New York. Prior to that, Irmo was a Principal at TowerBrook where he worked from 2008 to 2013. Prior to TowerBrook, Irmo worked at JP Morgan.

    Irmo received his MSc in Business Economics (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam.

    Irmo Holslag

    Irmo Holslag

    Partner

    Irmo Holslag

    Irmo Holslag

    Partner

  • 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

  • Giuseppe Silvestri

    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

    Partner

    Giuseppe Silvestri

    Giuseppe Silvestri

    Partner

  • 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

  • Jiri Taecke

    Associate

    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

    Associate

    Jiri Taecke

    Jiri Taecke

    Associate

  • 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