Investment Team

Our Team - Combining the Best Mix of Strategy, Finance & Execution
 
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Rainer W. Fröhlich - Founder & Managing Partner

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.

Rainer majored and researched in Climatology and Nanotechnology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He also holds international patents in mobile communication and is fluent in English, German, French and some basic Italian and Spanish.

 

Raffael Rupprechter - Principal & CFO

Prior to joining CONSTELLATION, Raffael worked as an investment professional for more than 11 years. He started his career as Analyst at Cross Equity Partners and was ultimately promoted to Partner and CFO. He was responsible for various buy-out projects in the DACH region. As a Partner, he was involved in the entire investment lifecycle from acquisition to strategic development and exit, and served as advisor and board member of several portfolio companies. In his role as CFO, he was responsible for IT, accounting, tax, regulatory and compliance of the Cross group.

Raffael holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of St.Gallen as well as a CEMS master’s degree in International Management.

 

Andrea Fritschi - Principal & COO

She started her career at Swiss Re in corporate development and risk management, integrating the reinsurance business of GE. Later she spent 7 years in the private equity investment teams of Swiss Re and BlackRock Private Equity Partners. She was responsible for investments in European and US private equity fund managers and led several business transactions related to a strategic partnership with an external Asset Management platform.

 

Prior to joining CONSTELLATION, she was Founder and Managing Director of a company in the health tourism field, introducing a retreat business model to European hotel operators. 

Andrea holds an MBA from IMD and a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the University of Applied Sciences Zurich.

 

Stefan Jochum - Investment Director

After joining CONSTELLATION he was soon assigned as CFO to the first portfolio company of the CONSTELLATION V Fund, the Swiss E-Mobility Group AG, in order to develop the framework for a buy & build strategy. Stefan returned to CONSTELLATION and manages the financial side of the portfolio companies.

Stefan started his career in 2015 at Wegmüller AG, a renowned family business in Switzerland. He began working as assistant to the CEO and was later promoted to CFO and CPO. He optimized the business’ cost structure, as well as the Gross Profit margin by implementing efficient purchasing processes und reporting systems before seeking new challenges within the private equity industry.

 

Stefan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg. In addition, it has completed a CAS in Accounting & Controlling from the University of St. Gallen.

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Theresa Dick - Investment Manager

Theresa joined CONSTELLATION as an Associate and was since promoted to Investment Manager. In May 2019 Theresa joined the Board of Directors of CONSTELLATION V GP S.à r.l..

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).

 

Noah Weber - Analyst

Before joining CONSTELLATION Noah worked at Franz Haniel & Cie. as Private Equity/M&A Investment Analyst and had gained experience at a hedge fund after starting his career in the manufacturing industry at Hilti AG in Liechtenstein.

During his bachelor's degree he studied business administration at the University of St. Gallen and the Rotterdam School of Management.

 

David Fürsich – Analyst

After gaining valuable M&A experience he joined CONSTELLATION to experience the other side of the table. Prior to that, he gained experience in portfolio & asset management and worked in a tech-startup.

 

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Zurich.

 

Anton Kallenbach - Analyst

Prior to joining Anton gained valuable deal experience in M&A where he supported CONSTELLATION on various acquisitions. Anton also gained experience in management consulting and risk management practises.

Anton holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, including a semester as visiting student at ESSEC Business School in Paris.