Leadership Team

Martin Blessing

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Blessing

Chief Executive Officer

  • UBS: Former Co-President Global Wealth Management and member of Group Executive Board
  • Commerzbank: Former CEO; oversaw the creation of CommerzVentures; also, former Executive Board Member of Corporate Banking and Private Clients
  • Serves on the Board of Danske Bank Group and is an industrial advisor to HG Capital
  • Comdirect: Former Chief of Supervisory Board
  • Advance Bank: Former CEO
  • Dresdner Bank: Former Co-Head, Private & SME Clients
  • Worked at McKinsey, lastly as a Partner advising companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Experienced CEO and strategic leader with eye for innovation & mega-trends in Financial Services
Involved in Commerzbank rights issue and other capital markets activities, as well as the integration of Dresdner Bank into Commerzbank
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Ben Davey

Chief Investment Officer

Ben Davey

Chief Investment Officer

  • Barclays Ventures: Founder and former CEO
  • Barclays: Former Group Head of Strategy
  • Barclays Investment Bank: Former Chief Strategy Officer; former Head of Financial Institutions Group for EMEA, Investment Banking
  • Rothschild: Former Co-Head of UK Financial Institutions Group
Strategic FinTech investor and financial-services adviser with extensive public and private transaction track-record
Advisory and execution transactions include the IPOs of OneSavings Bank, Virgin Money UK and TBC Bank
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Nick Aperghis

Chief Financial Officer

Nick Aperghis

Chief Financial Officer

  • Aperghis & Co: Founder and Managing Partner of Aperghis & Co
  • Deutsche Bank: Former Head of Benelux Investment Banking
  • Worked at JP Morgan within FIG EMEA
Experienced IPO and M&A professional with broad expertise in leading companies to public markets
Involved in the IPOs of ABN AMRO and a.s.r. as an advisor
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Klaas Meertens

Non-Executive Director

Klaas Meertens

Non-Executive Director

  • HTP Investments: Managing Partner
  • Novum Capital Partners: Partner
  • Worked at JP Morgan, ultimately as its Head of Investment Banking for Benelux and Switzerland as well as a member of the Investment Banking Coverage management team
  • Worked at McKinsey & Co, , ultimately as a Partner focused on transportation and financial institutions
  • Highly successful private equity investor after a career in investment banking and management consulting, with material financial commitment towards making EFIC1 a success
  • IPO-ed Knaus Tabbert AG on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange as the company’s shareholder
Highly successful investor with career in investment banking, consulting & private equity; with real financial commitment towards making EFIC1 a success
Involved in the IPO of Knaus Tabbert as a key investor
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Clara Streit

Operating Partner

Clara Streit

Operating Partner

  • Serves on the Boards of Deutsche Börse, NN Group, Vonovia, Vontobel and Jerónimo Martins
  • Served on the Boards of UniCredit and Coface
  • From 2001 to 2007, Lead Partner of the Financial Institutions Practice of McKinsey’s German and Austrian offices. From 2006 to 2009, Chair of the Global Partner Election Committee. Elected Partner in 1998 and Senior Partner in 2003
Expert in corporate strategy, customer experience and business transformation, with vast experience in regulated environments
Involved in the IPO of Vonovia as a member of the Supervisory Board
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Hélène Vletter-Van Dort

Chairwoman, Independent
Non-Executive Director

Hélène Vletter-Van Dort

Chairwoman, Independent
Non-Executive Director

  • Intertrust: Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, also at the time of its IPO
  • NN Group: Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board
  • Dutch Central Bank: Former member of the Supervisory Board
  • Barclays Bank: Former non-executive member of the Board
  • Practiced law at Clifford Chance, is Professor of Financial Law & Governance at the Erasmus School of Law and former Judge of the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam
Expert on corporate governance matters, with vast experience in regulated environments
Involved in the IPO of Intertrust N.V. as Chairwoman
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Jan Bennink

Independent
Non-Executive Director

Jan Bennink

Independent
Non-Executive Director

  • D.E. Master Blenders: Former non-executive Chairman at the time of its IPO, and interim CEO (post-IPO)
  • Sara Lee: Former Director and Executive Chair
  • Numico: Former CEO
  • Danone: Former Executive Committee
  • Held a variety of leadership positions with Joh A. Benckiser and P&G, serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Coca-Cola European Partners and Wonderflow and as an Executive Partner at Xn Capital. Served on Boards of Boots, Dalli-Werke, Kraft Foods and on the Advisory Board of ABN AMRO
Track-record of operational enhancement and shareholder value-creation
Involved in the IPO of D.E. Master Blenders 1753 N.V. as Chairman
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Chris Figee

Independent
Non-Executive Director

Chris Figee

Independent
Non-Executive Director

  • KPN: CFO
  • ASR: Former CFO at the time of its IPO
  • Held various positions at insurers Achmea and AEGON
  • Worked at McKinsey, lastly as a Partner in the Financial Institutions Practice
Expert public-market CFO with a strong capital markets track-record and with extensive experience in regulated environments. He co-led the successful IPO of ASR in 2016 and drove the insurer’s domestic consolidation strategy
Involved in the IPO of ASR N.V. as CFO
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EFIC1 is Supported by the Affiliated Organisations Aperghis & Co and HTP Investments.