Xavier BuckIndependent member of the Board of Directors
Anne CanelManaging Director
Robert DennewaldIndependent member of the Board of Directors
Hans-Peter DienerSenior Advisor
William DrumainAssistant director
Maxence GailliotAssistant director
Olivier GoyOffice Manager
Jean-Philippe HecketsweilerFounding Partner
Salim HelouAssistant director
Hélène KlavuéAdministrative assistante
Jean-Bernard LafontaFounding Partner
Julie Le GoffAssociate
Philippe LepotIT Director
Mikael PetitjeanReporting and Valuation Manager
Salome PerruchonAssistant director
Antoine PineauAssistant director
Geoffroi ReboulFinance Manager
Francesco SilleniSenior Advisor
Sarah StourmAdministrative Manager
Jean-Baptiste VincentCorporate Social Responsibility Officer
Independent member of the Board of Directors
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.
Anne Canel is the CFO 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.
Independent member of the Board of Directors
Robert is a member of the HLD Europe Board of Directors.
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 a graduate of Liège University and is a structural engineer.
Geoffroy joined HLD in 2014. He is an analyst.
He has previous experience in private equity with Garibaldi Participations.
Geoffroy is a graduate of INSEEC Business School and has a Advanced master degree in financial engineering from EM Lyon Business School.
Hans-Peter Diener’s role at HLD is that of a Senior Advisor to those seeking investment opportunities in Switzerland.
Hans-Peter is currently Chairman of the Board of Nüssli. He started his career on the M&A teams at Jacobs Suchard in 1984. Next, Hans-Peter became CEO first of Saurer’s Rotor Spinning division, then of Walter Meier Holding AG and lastly of Bellevue Asset Management.
Hans-Peter is a graduate of ETH Zurich university and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
William Drumain joined HLD in January 2016. He is an associate.
He used to be an associate in the mergers and acquisitions team at Citi, Paris, where he covered the French large-caps market (companies and funds). He also has experience in the mergers and acquisitions team at Citi, London, as well as at Goldman Sachs, Paris, and in private equity at Time for Growth.
Julie a rejoint HLD en 2017, elle est Assistante de gestion.
Précédemment, elle a travaillé pendant 6 ans en tant qu’assistante administrative au sein du Conseil départemental des Hauts-de-Seine.
Julie est en charge de la bonne coordination des bureaux au Luxembourg et soutient les tâches administratives et comptables.
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.
Olivier joined HLD in January 2016, as Office Manager.
He used to work at Editis (Interforum), in the E-Commerce team.
Olivier is a graduate of Lyon’s ESAIL interior architecture school.
Jean-Philippe is a Partner and co-founder of HLD.
He started his career in the mergers and acquisitions department of J.P. Morgan, in London, Paris and New York. Having founded an online platform for businesses to exchange second-hand goods in London, he took over the companies Nature (dietary supplements) and GSX (software development). He has been full-time at HLD since 2010, first as a founder and then taking charge of development.
Hélène Kiavué joined the HLD group in June 2018 as an administrative assistant. She spent 5 years as a management assistant at Unibail-Rodamco Westfied specializing in the holding, development and management of leading assets in the retail sector.
Hélène is a graduate of a management degree and a BTS business communication option advertising.
Jean-Bernard is a Partner and co-founder 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.
Julie Le Goff
Julie joined HLD team in January 2015, as an analyst. She used to be an analyst in the small and mid-caps investment team at Bpifrance.
She also has experience of financial audit and consulting for financial institutions at PwC Luxembourg.
Julie has a Master’s in Finance and Banking Techniques from Panthéon-Assas University, Paris.
Philippe Lepot joined HLD in 2018.
Having started his career in the development of IT solutions in the financial field, he joined MasterCard International. First, he supervised European bank projects and then, he took part in the development of new technological products. He joined Luxembourg in 2011 and started his consultant firm dealing with supporting companies in implementation and utilisation of computer tools.
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.
Reporting and Valuation Manager
Mikael joined HLD in April 2018. He is in charge of companies’ valuation and reporting.
Previously he was in the field of financial auditing and consultant at BDO for holding and funds management companies.
Mikael is a graduate of the Skema Business School with a master of science in Corporate Financial Management.
Salomé Perruchon joined HLD as an associate in August 2015 and is based in Milan.
Having gained some experience of financial management at Hermès, Salomé started out as an analyst in the investment team at Perfectis Private Equity. In 2010, she joined the team at Eight Advisory. She left Paris to join the Milanese consultancy New Deal Advisory in 2014, before starting at HLD as part of our project to expand into Italy.
Salomé has a Master’s in Economics and Finance from Toulouse Business School.
Antoine joined HLD in October 2015. He is an associate.
He previously worked at the strategic consultancy firm Advention Business Partners, where he carried out projects for CAC 40 companies, SMEs and private equity funds. He also has experience in the mergers and acquisitions department of Edmond de Rothschild.
Antoine is a graduate of EMLYON Business School.
Geoffroi joined HLD in November 2016, he is a Finance Manager.
He has previous experience as Marketing & Commercial Support at SGG Luxembourg and he had the opportunity to lead a study in a support office for the creation of small and midsize businesses in France.
Geoffroi is graduated from ICN Business School in accounting and finance and he has the AMF certification.
Francesco Silleni’s role at HLD is that of a Senior Advisor to those seeking investment opportunities in Italy.
Francesco has done various management jobs in planning, sales, marketing and financial management of listed companies, such as ENI, Exxon Mobil, Novartis, Eli Lilly and CMB, in the oil and gas, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and packaging sectors. In 1991, he joined the 3i Group as a Director, to found its Italian subsidiary. Since then, he has successfully dedicated himself to investing in industrial companies, making over 20 investments, six of which have led to the company in question being listed on the stock market. He spent seven years as Chairman and CEO of the private equity division of the UBI Banca group, Italy’s fourth-largest bank.
Francesco Silleni has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Sapienza University of Rome and an MBA from INSEAD.
Sarah joined HLD in 2016, she is Administrative Manager.
Previously, she was a management assistant in the Luxembourg subsidiary of Dierickx Leys, an asset management bank.
Sarah holds a Master’s degree in management and corporate strategy and a Bachelor’s degree in banking and wealth management.
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.
Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
Jean-Baptiste joined the HLD Group in October 2018 as a Corporate Social Responsibility Officer.
He has previous experiences as an assistant project manager in the Berlin based green start-up Fresh Square and then raising funds for the association Les Cols Verts Martinique.
Jean-Baptiste graduated with a master’s in Environment and Sustainable Development from the University College London and with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Toulouse Business School.