Jean-Bernard is a Founding Partner of HLD.
Having earned his stripes in the personal staffs of government ministers, Jean-Bernard joined the merchant bank Lazard in 1993. Following three years as a mergers and acquisitions consultant for major French companies, he joined BNP as Strategy Director, then becoming Head of Capital Markets and, finally, Chairman of Banque Directe. He was recruited by Wendel in 2001, as Managing Director and then Chairman of the Board. He turned Wendel around, in particular by making the investments in Editis and Bureau Veritas.
Is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and of Mines ParisTech.
Cédric Chateau joined HLD Group Europe as a Partner and Chairman of the Investment Analysis Committee on January 1st, 2020.
Graduated from the School of Management of Lyon, Cédric Chateau began his career in the consulting firm Deloitte in 1998.
In 2001, he decided to join the field of Private Equity throughthe investment fund PAI Partners.
In 2005, he was appointed Partner at Advent International, in charge of the entire French market and with a strong exposure to Emerging Markets (notably China and India).
14 years later and after 18 years of experience in Private Equity and more than a dozen performed transactions, he has joined HLD Group Europe.
Anne Canel is Managing Director at HLDAE and joined HLD in 2015.
Having started her career in Paris, at IGS and then KPMG, she became Finance Director at the Fondation de France. She moved to Luxembourg, where she worked at PwC and then at Banque de Luxembourg, where she was heavily involved in the launch of the Fondation de Luxembourg, before setting up her own financial consultancy and helping various clients with their relationships with both private financiers and banks.
Anne completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance at Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies in 1995 and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Paris Institute of Political Studies in 2016; she is also a chartered accountant.
Gabriel is a Partner since 2018.
He has 25-year experience in investment, especially in private equity. After join 3i company in 1989, Gabriel Fossrier co-founded and is the General Director of Perfectis Private Equity since 2000.
Gabriel is a graduate of Institut Supérieur de Commerce de Paris, Advance Management Program from INSEAD and Cercle des Hautes Etudes Européennes organized by ENA.
Alessandro joined HLD as partner in November 2018. He is based in Milan and is heading HLD’s operations in Italy.
Alessandro has a 25 years experience in private equity investments on the Italian market. He started in 1992 as an analyst in Chase-Gemina and moved to IMI-ABN AMRO in 1994. From 1997 to 2003 he was investment director at Arca Impresa Gestioni and then joined Clessidra as Partner at its start in 2003. In Clessidra, the largest Italian middle market private equity country fund, he was directly involved in several investments, board seats and exits, besides in the capital raising of three funds totaling €2.5bn. In 2016 Alessandro left Clessidra and launched ClubInvest, an innovative investment structure for private investors. In April 2018 he also raised a €110mln Italy stock exchange listed investment vehicle together with a primary US institutional sponsor.
Alessandro is a graduate from Bocconi University in Milan.
Xavier Buck is a Luxembourg entrepreneur and investor who, over the last 20 years, has made a name for himself in the field of information and communication technologies. In particular, he founded the domain name registrar EuroDNS and the hosting company Datacenter Luxembourg in 2000. In 2012, he created the Dicé Invest investment vehicle to enable him to support and invest in start-ups and companies with potential. He sits on numerous Boards of Directors and advisory boards.
Jean-Hubert joined HLD as a Partner in March 2015.
He started his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen in 1994, and then joined the mergers and acquisitions department of Société Générale in 1998, before moving to Rothschild & Cie in 2000. He then joined Astorg Partners in 2006, handling investments in Staci, Trescal and Metalor, as well as 13 build-ups in the world.
Jean-Hubert is a graduate of Mines ParisTech.
Christine Fornaroli spent 10 years in private banking in Luxembourg.
Founding and Managing Partner of her own company which provides tailor-made services to individuals and businesses, she also gained a strong expertise in real estate investments.
Having a dual nationality Luxembourgish and Belgian, she is fluent in 6 languages and has developed a deep, personal understanding of cross-cultural issues.
Christine is a Certified Board Director currently serving on the board of different companies in Luxembourg, France and Italy.
She joined HLD Group as an Independent Board Member in December 2019.
Following a 13-year career in the Luxembourg steel industry, Robert joined a major German cement manufacturer to take charge of the prefabricated concrete division. In 2006, he carried out an MBO (management buyout) of his division, and then took it over in 2010. Active as a business angel for numerous start-ups, Robert has also run the Fedil Business Federation Luxembourg for 10 years.
Robert is also on the Board of Petroteq Energy Inc.
Robert is a graduate of Liège University and is a structural engineer.
Viviane Clauss has 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector in France and Germany, and in the financial sector in Luxembourg (Private Banking and Investment Funds).
After graduating from the EM Business School University of Strasbourg), she specialized in business development, marketing, communication and digital. She is the Marketing Director of Banque de Luxembourg since 2000 and she is behind the launch of the Women & Heritage initiative within the Bank.
She joined HLD Europe’s Board of Directors in January 2020.