Our People

Expertise and experience in the green industrial revolution, emerging markets, financial analysis, company development, all embedded in sound economic and geopolitical analysis

 

Opportunities arise in the new green industrial revolution. WAM and its portfolio companies have a unique advantage, given our skills and our organization.

 

  • The green industrial revolution is here – its turning point has arrived. WAM has been in this field for nearly two decades and now benefits from established contacts which have delivered a great Pipeline.
  • Emerging markets is where much of the growth will take place. Disruptive technologies mean that even mature markets can  sometimes be seen as emerging markets. At WAM, we have a unique experience of emerging markets as well as valuable political contacts.
  • Financial analysis, the structuring of deals and creating financial value are the backbones of WAM.
  • The key is to understand the situation of portfolio companies; together with local management we aim to utilize opportunities and create profitable growth. WAM has its own expertise in this regard as well as a network of industry experts.
  • The world changes. WAM has an in-house economist and a geopolitical expert who identify global trends, direct us and our portfolio companies into profitable ventures and help to identify solutions when trouble hits.

GGF2 investment team

Polina Burnos

Polina Burnos

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Structuring

  • 10 years of private equity experience in the EU, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe
  • Investing in various industries, primarily resource and energy efficiency
  • Successful fundraising, fund formation and structuring of the Green Gateway Fund
  • Diploma in Finance egregia cum laude, President’s scholarship
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation
Dr. Claas Helmke

Dr. Claas Helmke

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Technology

  • 18 years of management and industry experience
  • CEO and director of several early and growth stage companies, annual revenues > €30m
  • Strong background in MENA region
  • First solar power investment in 2000
  • Ph.D. from Newcastle, UK, Dipl.-Ing. from Trier, Germany
Olof Marköö

Olof Marköö

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Corporate Management 

  • 20 years of C-level experience in global industry
  • Multiple board memberships
  • Proven track record of creating sustainable growth and profitability
  • MSc in Industrial & Management Engineering, PED from IMD, Lausanne
Dr. Hans Friedrich von Ploetz

Dr. Hans Friedrich von Ploetz

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Governmental & International Relations

  • Member of the supervisory council of the Baltic International Bank
  • Former member of the supervisory council of DEG and Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Former Ambassador to the UK and NATO
  • Doctor of Law, Marburg University
Marina Shestakova

Marina Shestakova

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Finance

  • 13 years of experience in investment management
  • Certified Financial Analyst
  • Certified Alternative Investment Analyst
  • Risk manager for private and listed investments
  • MA in Economics, BA in applied math with honors, Moscow State University
Jochen Wermuth

Jochen Wermuth

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Business Development 

  • 20 years of investment experience,
  • Founded WAM, oversaw $1bn of investments, adviser of €24bn SWF
  • First solar power investment in 2000
  • Previously Director at Deutsche Bank, EU & World Bank-financed economic advisor
  • MA in Economics, BA Mathematics from Brown University
  • D.Phil. qualifying exams, Oxford University

GGF2 investment advisory council

Ted Shell

Ted Shell

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United States / Vice‐chairman

  • Managing Director at Associated Partners LP, a US PE firm
  • Former General Partner at Apax Partners
Paul Morris

Paul Morris

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Switzerland

  • Set up CVC arm of Dow Chemical Europe and ran it from 1996-2012
  • Invested in over 35 direct deals and took 15 fund LP positions
  • Independent advisor to large corporations who are setting up new CVC units
John M Newsam

John M Newsam

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  • Award-winning materials scientist (formerly ExxonMobil, UC Santa Barbara, Corning)
  • Consultant to Fortune500, materials & biotech companies
  • >15 years venture group experience
  • Serial entrepreneur (8 companies, 4 exits)

WAM management team

Dr Dieter Wermuth

Dr Dieter Wermuth

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Economist Partner

  • Co-founder of Wermuth Asset Management
  • Previously a member of the portfolio allocation committee at Citibank AG, Chief Fixed Income Strategist at West LB and Chief European Economist at Tokai Bank / UFJ in Frankfurt and London, Scientific Staff to the German Council of Economic Experts
Michael Hyuk Choi

Michael Hyuk Choi

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Legal Counsel, Partner

  • 13 years of investment and legal experience
  • Oversaw structuring, legal and compliance issues for previous five WAM Funds
  • Registered lawyer at German bar association
  • Educated at Freiburg and Mainz Universities
Elena Vinnichenko

Elena Vinnichenko

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Head of Middle and Back Office

  • 6 years of Back Office support at WAM
  • The key contact person for liaising with administrators, auditors, directors, banks
  • Diploma in Finance with honour
  • Experience at finance in international companies (BDO, Svenska Handelsbanken)
Patrick Horend

Patrick Horend

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Experienced investment professional with strong experience in investment analysis, execution and negotiation of investments across multiple asset classes with a focus on credit-related investments (corporate, mezz and ABS, RMBS, etc.) and financial institutions (banks, non-banks, insurance companies). Member on 3 different company boards ($65bn AUM insurance company, $300m specialty finance company, $1bn natcat resinsurance company), lead 15+ transaction for cum. $2bn+ invested amount through entire transaction life cycle.

Specialties: Investment screening, financial institutions (banks, non-banks, NBFIs, life/prop-cat insurance), distressed debt, principal investment, credit risk analysis, mezzanine debt, RMBS, MSRs, CLOs, ABS, alternative investments, LBOs, infrastructure investments, project finance, loan structuring, fund of fund Investment, investment due diligence

Natalja Press

Natalja Press

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Head of Operations

  • 15 years’ work experience at the Bundeswehr University

  • Diploma in Business Administration

  • Key person for financial, organizational and HR topics, planning and monitoring of day-to-day running of business

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