DANIEL GROSSMANN

FOUNDER

Daniel Grossmann has a strong legal, operational and investment background in the consumer, retail and digital space.

Prior to co-founding Kharis Capital, he lead direct investments and internal developments for consumer-focused family investment firm Verlinvest for over 7 years. He started his career as a lawyer in Digital, Media and Technology at Allen&Overy. Daniel later joined a specialty retail PE firm managing offline and online investments in Europe and Asia, subsequently gaining valuable operational and marketing experience as key executive in a turn-around situation.

His creative mindset, dynamism and results-driven approach allows him to meaningfully contribute to the various investments he sources and manages.

Daniel remains an advisor to Verlinvest, and is a director of various companies, including Valtech, Brandtone and Toluna. Throughout his professional career, Daniel has lived and worked in London, Hong Kong and Miami.

The founders

The founders bring a unique combination of private equity expertise and years of experience managing and partnering with prominent family offices

The team

Our investment and support team comes with relevant investment, advisory and operational backgrounds, and is located in our offices in Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Laurent Vermer

Investments

Laurent Vermer is an experienced investment executive and operator with specific sector expertise in consumer goods and the agroindustry. He joined Kharis Capital to lead selective investments in the consumer space, while maintaining his own consulting and investment activities in the global food- and agroindustry.

Prior to joining Kharis Capital, Laurent was an investment director with BeCapital, a private equity fund launched by Cobepa, which he helped raise and focused on European cleantech companies.

From 2004 to 2009, he served with AB InBev in M&A and sales management roles. Prior to that, he was working in M&A and Project Financing for Suez Energy, first in Brazil, then in Italy.



Laurent holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD and a BA degree from Solvay Business School. He is fluent in Dutch, French, English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

 

Alexander Carlier

Investments

Alexander Carlier* joined Kharis Capital in September 2015. He participates in the analysis and valuation of new investment opportunities, develops financial models for operational and investment purposes and provides support to the management of portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Kharis Capital, Alexander worked as Manager Business Modelling at E&Y in Brussels. Prior to that, he held similar positions in the consultancy and banking industry. During his career he was involved in many transactions on behalf of private equity funds and corporate clients across several industries (energy, consumer goods, infrastructure, etc.).



Alexander holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Sciences with a major in Accountancy and Taxation, in addition he is a Charted Financial Analyst.

*as permanent representative of Calibrated Capital bvba

David Douénias

Compliance officer

David is in charge of administration, finance and data management.

David created a consultancy company in 2012, which focuses on organizational and finance support, assisting companies in a variety of sectors, including in computer retail sector (Redcorp) in cobalt production (GTL) and in the finance industry (Kharis).

David started his professional career as Sales & Finance Manager in Solbena, a textile company in Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo). After 10 years in DRC he founded a Brussels-based trading company, CRE, in 1999 and then 4 years later Zefood , a food production factory specialized in “dietary” meals.

He is also a co-founder and member of the board in PaperBrick, an investment company focusing on real estate certification.



David holds a master degree in management (“ingénieur de gestion”) from the Solvay Business School, which is part of the Université Libre de Bruxelles , and a “post graduate in international trade.

David is a member of Rotary club since 1989 and golfing is his main hobby. *permanent representative of Douenias C. & T. sprl

Lionel Schreiber

Group CFO

Lionel Schreiber joined Kharis Capital in 2016. He is a seasoned investment professional with cross industry and functional experience.

Prior to Kharis, Lionel worked for McKinsey & Company (management consulting), Cobepa (private equity) and Engie China (investments in energy projects).

Lionel graduated from Imperial College London and HEC Paris and is a Certified International Investment Analyst. He is fluent in English, Dutch and French.



Rajaa MEKOUAR-SCHNEIDER

Investments

Rajaa brings 20 years of PE and industry experience in Consumer- and Food-related sectors across Europe and emerging markets, where she developed long- term trust-based relationships and networks, in particular with Family Offices and entrepreneurs. She joined Kharis Capital in 2016 to head the Syndicate and Partnerships. Before Kharis, Rajaa was the founding partner of Maera Capital, an advisory and co- investment boutique dedicated to private investors with a focus on consumer and agribusiness investments.

There, she sourced, executed and monitored a number of direct investments on behalf of international family offices and companies. Rajaa ´s Private Equity career started at Draper Fischer Jurvetson, the leading US Venture firm before joining Lazard European Private Equity Partners, of which she was a founding principal.

She became later an Associate Director at Change Capital Partners (www.changecapitalpartners.com), a PE fund that focused on European mid cap investments in the consumer/FMCG/retail sectors. ?



Rajaa ´s first work experience was at Procter & Gamble where she led brand management projects in the Household Products division in France, the UK and Germany during 4 years.

She holds a number of mandates as a non- executive director with family investment holding companies and is a Trustee of Positive Planet UK, a registered charity. Rajaa is a graduate of HEC Grande Ecole in France and holds an INSEAD MBA.

She speaks English, French, German, Spanish and Arabic.

She is the elected Chairwoman (2018-2020) of Luxembourg Private Equity Association (www.lpea.lu). As such, she is a regular guest speaker at PE conferences in Europe and is a mentor for young talents keen to enter the PE industry.

 

Marc Benatar

Investments

Marc Benatar has a strong corporate development, operational and investment background in the healthcare and consumer space. Prior to joining Kharis Capital, he worked over 8 years with 3i in the London and Paris offices focusing on the healthcare and consumer spaces. He then spent over a year with in a family owned private equity firm on consumer transactions. He started his career in corporate development with Waste Management and then General Electric for over 10 years across Europe where he held broad range of international managerial positions lead numerous acquisitions and divestitures.



His extended network, multi country deal making experience and hands-on operational exposure allows him to secure and manage transactions with a genuine ability to contribute to the performance of the businesses alongside the leadership teams. Marc was raise in Democratic Republic of Congo and graduated from Solvay Business School in 1992

J. William Tavelli

Ecosystem Development

J. William Tavelli, a California native based in Zug, is our Swiss Office Representative driving Kharis' Organizational Ecosystem.

J. William brings with him over 20 years of international financial & marketing expertise and has been responsible for actively leading connectivity among our Family Office Investor base since 2015.

Prior to joining Kharis, J. William served for seven years as Country Marketing Officer at Citigroup Private Bank's UHNW Division in Zurich & Geneva; subsequently joining Swiss Red Cross International Events to coordinate their fundraising efforts through Corporate & Donor Partnerships. He continues to sit on the Board of several nonprofit organizations.



J. William, fluent in both French and German, is a graduate of the American Graduate School of Business in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland from where he holds Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of International Business Administration degrees. 

Seta Luleci

Office Manager Brussels