Our Team - Combining the Best Mix of Strategy, Finance & Execution
Rainer is Founder and Managing Partner of CONSTELLATION. He began his career 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 regarding electronic and wireless applications in future Mercedes Benz products. Furthermore, he was Founder and Head of the Corporate Development of Daimler's industrial activities (AEG) with more than 300 companies.
Responsible for over 1'000 employees within various operative roles in Marketing & Sales, Research & Development, and Production, he was critical 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 teamed up with the CEO and eventual 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 owners. Focusing on Management Buyouts and Buy-&-Build Cases in asset light industries, his passion for entrepreneurial investing drives him to work closely with portfolio companies in order to build market leaders in fragmented 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 and is fluent in English, German, French and some basic Italian and Spanish.
Rainer W. Fröhlich - Founder & Managing Partner
Sandro De Luca - Managing Director
Sandro De Luca founded his first company, when he was a teenager and started his career in Finance with UBS AG in Switzerland, where he completed the graduate trainee program (GTP). He left UBS to join Mountain Partners Group, a Venture Capital firm based in Switzerland, to lead its Co-Investor network and subsequently its international business development.
Sandro is the founder of Caliber Holding, an investment company, which focusses on company building and turnaround cases in the Venture Capital space. Next to Caliber, he co-founded Dott8 Ventures, which is a consulting network focused on Company Building/Business Development of Start-up companies and the Digital Transformation of SMEs.
Sandro enjoys working very closely with entrepreneurs and focuses on the investment management as well as the business development / digital transformation of the CONSTELLATION portfolio.
Sandro holds a degree in Business Administration and International Management from Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan. He speaks German, English, Spanish and Italian and is a passionate road cyclist.
Theresa Dick - Investment Manager
Before joining CONSTELLATION Theresa worked on the capital market in equities. She started her career as a financial analyst in equity research for Bankhaus Lampe in Düsseldorf, where she was responsible for covering German medical device and pharmaceutical stocks, before joining HSBC as an equity sales associate. Here Theresa sold European equities to institutional investors, both on the secondary market but also being actively involved in the book building process for various IPOs on the primary market. Witnessing the role private equity investors play in financing options, Theresa re-oriented her career to get involved in private equity transactions.
Prior to that Theresa interned at Oddo & Cie. in Paris and UBS Global Asset Management in London.
Theresa holds a Bachelor of Science in Management & Strategy, as well as a Master of Science in Strategy & International Business from Aston University (UK) and was honoured with the Beta Gamma Sigma Award for outstanding academic results.
Theresa speaks German, English & French and is a keen traveller.
Philipp is a seasoned Corporate Finance Professional and with a strong track record in building and leading teams, transactional experience in private and public buy- and sell-side lead advisory services, financial due diligence, valuation and accounting, with a focus on the Financial Services Industries. Philipp spent most of his career in Switzerland and the US, but also originated and executed transactions in other parts of the world.
Subsequently Philipp was seconded to PwC US, where he worked on US – European cross-border deals, as well as on US domestic deals. After this assignment he joined UBS Investment Bank in Switzerland as a project manager for Investment Banking Advisory transactions. In 1999 he rejoined PwC to take the lead of the Investment Banking Advisory business. Philipp led this business to a market leading position. At the same time Philipp was a member of PwC’s Global Investment Banking Advisory leadership team, and he acted as relationship Partner of a number of PwC clients.
After having led the Swiss PwC Corporate Finance business for many years, Philipp built and led the PwC Corporate Finance (Investment Banking) business in the US. Under his leadership, the business grew to a size of 100 highly qualified team members. He is specialized in both cross border and domestic transactions on the buy- as well as on the sell-side.
Philipp is Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of FINAPORT Ltd and supports CONSTELLATION with his transaction team.