We are a fully regulated European placement agent representing an exclusive group of asset managers
in private markets and liquid alternatives, whom we
select through an in-depth due diligence process
together with our senior advisors and external
POLARIS is a European Investment advisory Boutique specialised in marketing and fundraising for alternative investment asset managers. We are 100% focused on European investors
POLARIS has considerable experience in the advisory
and viability assessment of fund offerings and can assist with choosing the right fund vehicle to best access the European Market
POLARIS has the expertise in compliant market access and regulatory matters. We can provide consulting services re AIFMD, MiFID II, KAG as well as service provider selection support for on-shore structures (EU-AIF, UCITS), legal opinions and tax advice
POLARIS (Europe) AG is authorized to provide investment advice services as defined under article 3 of the Liechtenstein Asset Management Act, namely personal recommendations to clients in respect of transactions relating to financial instruments
International team with strong passion for alternative investments
FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
Institutional Sales & Manager Selection
Claus is Managing Partner at POLARIS, which he founded in 2008. In his role, Claus is mostly active in business development in the German institutional market and selection of asset managers in the liquid alternatives and private infrastructure space. Before founding POLARIS, Claus was Head of Business Development for Germany and Austria at Harcourt Investment Consulting, Zurich-based alternative investments boutique of the Vontobel Group. Prior to that, Claus was part of the Derivatives Structuring Team at Commerzbank in Frankfurt, where he was responsible for structuring and marketing hedge fund related products. Claus has over 25 years of experience in the industry, is CAIA and CFA charter holder and co-authored three German-language books; “Alternative Investment Strategien", published by Wiley Verlag (2005 & 2013), and "Innovative Investment-Strategien", published by Gabler Verlag (2010). Over the years Claus has published multiple alternative investments related articles, as well as lecturing at the Finanzakademie of the European Business School (EBS). Claus is highly fascinated by new technological developments and therefore it comes as no surprise that he follows the overall development around the topics Crypto Assets, Blockchain and distributed-ledger-technology very closely. In his spare time, he tries to keep up with his younger colleagues with trail running and avoiding injuries during his Krav Maga trainings.
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Institutional Sales & Manager Selection
Stefan is Managing Partner at POLARIS, which he joined in 2014. In his role, Stefan is responsible for business development in institutional markets and selection of asset managers in private equity. Stefan started his career at Akzo Nobel as a financial consultant in Mexico. After returning from Mexico, he joined the private equity team at Partners Group in Switzerland. During his time at Partners Group, Stefan was also a board member of a Spanish perfumery chain, private hospital and direct sales company in Mexico. In 2011, he took on a new opportunity at UBS. As a member of the chief investment office, Stefan was responsible for private market strategies, while also being a principal representative for UBS in Latin America. Stefan holds a master of arts in banking and finance as well as a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). When he is not traveling the world with his Mexican Spanish accent and his 3 kids, Stefan can be found trail running in the Swiss mountains, beating cycling records on Strava or cooking for his family at home.
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Institutional Sales & Manager Selection
Rolf is Managing Partner at POLARIS, which he joined in 2017. In his role, Rolf is in charge of business development in the German institutional market and selection of asset managers in the liquid alternatives space. Rolf co-chaired the German Alternative Investments Association (BAI) from 2010 to 2022. Rolf was first exposed to the world of professional finance as a capital markets consultant with Accenture GmbH, Düsseldorf at the turn of the millennium. He proceeded his career by becoming a Managing Director at the German Alternative Investment Association (BAI) in Bonn. In 2004 Rolf became Head Fund of Hedge Funds at Deka Investment GmbH in Frankfurt and 3 years later he moved to Switzerland where he was appointed Head of Institutional Clients Germany at Man Group Plc., a role he held for nearly a decade. Rolf holds a master degree in economics from the University of Bonn. He is a CFA and CAIA charterholder and lecturer at the Finanzakademie of the European Business School (EBS) since 2004. Rolf is passionate about aviation and dynamic shooting disciplines. Trying to stay in shape he recently added Krav Maga to his workout schedule.
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Marijn is Vice President at POLARIS, which he joined in 2023. In his role, he is responsible for business development in the Benelux institutional market and selection of asset managers in private equity. Marijn began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Associate in the Deals department in Amsterdam. There, he was responsible for company valuations in M&A processes. Two years later, Marijn joined Athos Partners, a private equity placement agent based in Monaco where he was responsible for the sourcing of new fundraising mandates in the Benelux market, management of fundraising processes, as well as the distribution to institutional investors. Marijn holds a master of science in finance as well as a bachelor of science in international business & administration from Tilburg University. In his spare time, he can be found wave surfing and windsurfing. When he is not in the water chasing the perfect wave or wind conditions, Marijn enjoys restoring and driving classic cars.
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Selene joined POLARIS as Marketing Director in 2022. Selene has over 15 years of professional experience in various marketing roles and industries. She started her professional career in San Francisco (USA) working for a sports marketing agency. She later transitioned to a role in the public sector in charge of Public Relations for the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco. Selene moved to Switzerland to study at the University of Lugano and University of St. Gallen and after completing her master's degree in Communication and Economics, she joined a company in the education sector in Zürich (Switzerland) working in the online marketing department. For 8 years she held several Marketing and Sales roles in the company before deciding to take a professional break to focus on her family. Selene has three small children and loves to spend time hiking the Swiss mountains as well as doing yoga and traveling the world with her family.
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SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL MARKETING
Our Social Media Professional Manuel joined our team in 2022. Prior to his master's degree in Media Management from the Stuttgart Media University, he also earned a bachelor of science in Online Media Management and successfully completed a professional training in Marketing Communications. During his professional career, Manuel has already worked with companies such as Bosch, FC Bayern Munich and various agencies. Apart from his passion for soccer, Manuel can be found on the tennis courts of the Stuttgart region or the mountains of his mother's homeland: The beautiful South Tyrol.firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNICATIONS, PR & MEDIA
Silvia is our Communications, PR & Media contact and joined our team in 2022. She has been in financial services for more than 20 years working for listed companies (SMI and FTSE) such as Man Group, Swiss Re and Swiss Life, where she held positions in Corporate Communications, PR & Media, as well as in Marketing and in Sales. Silvia is an economist (BBA, Zurich), has a postgraduate degree in Corporate Communications (EMScom, University Lugano/UCLA) and speaks German, English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian and has started to learn Chinese. She enjoys playing badminton, outdoor running and doing yoga.
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Vanessa joined our team as an Analyst in 2022. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen. Vanessa attended high school in St. Gallen, so it was an easy decision for her to continue her studies at the University of St. Gallen. Besides her excitement for languages, Vanessa likes cooking and playing volleyball. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, who also share her passion for sports, and regularly attends Zumba classes at the firstname.lastname@example.org
CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Anna acts as CCO of POLARIS (Europe) AG, Vaduz, which she joined after the incorporation of the company in October 2022. In this position she is responsible for legal & compliance topics as well as for the risk management of the company. Anna holds several diplomas in legal studies, mainly from Switzerland and Liechtenstein. From June 2016 till August 2022 she advised clients of LLB Fund Services AG on Liechtenstein and European Investment Fund Laws and was a member of various working groups of Liechtenstein Investment Fund Association. Already before joining our Liechtenstein entity Anna got to know POLARIS working part-time for POLARIS Investment Advisory in Zurich. From 2009 to 2016 she held various legal & advisory positions in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, i.a. for CACEIS, Kaiser Partner Trust Services and for a life insurance company. She can communicate in six languages and negotiate in four. She spends her free time walking in the mountains, biking or with piloxing workouts.
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FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES
Evelyn is Director at POLARIS, which she joined since its foundation in 2008. In her role, Evelyn is responsible for POLARIS HR and finance, as well as office management. Evelyn started her professional career in 1995 when she began her apprenticeship at Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, where she later became a Private Client Advisor. In 2000 Evelyn became a corporate client advisor at Commerzbank AG in Ludwigshafen. After 4 years she took on a new challenge as credit analyst at DZ Bank AG in Frankfurt, before moving to Zurich in 2004. In Switzerland, Evelyn covered the role of junior product manager at private banking operations and product coordination corporate & retail banking at Credit Suisse. Evelyn holds the Diplom-Bankbetriebswirtin (Bankakademie). In addition to being a loving mother of two children, Evelyn also takes very good care of her POLARIS colleagues, treating them with healthy food to support their sporty habits.
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Dr. Hemma Fuchs
FINANCE & ACCOUNTING
Hemma is responsible for accounting, finance and controlling at POLARIS, which she joined in 2012. Hemma started her professional career at Ernst & Young as an audit assistant first in Salzburg (Austria) and later in Zurich and Zug (Switzerland). In 2005 she joined Harcourt Investment Consulting AG in Zurich as a Financial Controller. Hemma holds a PhD in Law at the University of Salzburg. Her main hobbies are her four kids, Yoga and staying fit for POLARIS' sport challenges.
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Moritz joined our team as IT Analyst in 2024. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in data science at HSLU after completing his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at the ZHAW School of Engineering. During his studies, he developed an interest in the field of big data. As a result, Moritz continued his professional career in IT consulting and has since successfully completed numerous IT projects in various areas and on various platforms. He is characterized by his great interest in technical topics, data and, above all, automation. With his focus on innovation and data, Moritz strives to explore technologies and data to develop impactful solutions for organizations. Outside of his studies, Moritz enjoys sports and has been playing football for 15 firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Schweikhart, started collaborating with POLARIS in October 2022 as Legal Counsel. He is an independent consultant with over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He advises several clients such as Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (Pimco) and acts as counsel with Lindemann Law, a Zurich based boutique Law firm specialized in asset management. Martin is also an independent director for regulated funds in Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands as well as for regulated financial companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. From 2000 until 2017 Martin worked in several senior positions for Man Group Plc in particular head of Global Sales Strategy and Head of Product Development & Management, Fund Financing & Brokerage. Martin is an experienced senior executive in product development, product lifecycle management, financing, brokerage & distribution with specialist knowledge of mutual funds worldwide in particular UCITS but also alternatives funds in particular hedge funds, private debt and fund linked structured products, fund financing and brokerage. Martin holds a law degree (Zweites Juristisches Staatsexamen) from the University of Mainz, Germany, and a post-graduate qualification as LL.M. from the University of Hong Kong. Martin has been appointed as expert witness for structured hedge fund products by the district court of Zurich and is a qualified lawyer in Germany. During his free time, he enjoys adventurous travel to remote places of the world and all types of exercise to stay fit although he has not the aspiration to match up with his younger POLARIS colleagues.
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SENIOR ADVISOR ASIA
Marc Lau is a Managing Partner at Axiom Asia (www.axiomasia.com) which manages over US$7.0 billion in private equity strategies focused on funds in Asia. Marc is responsible for Axiom’s investments in Japan, South East Asia and Australia. Marc has 17 years of PE experience in Asia in addition to having operational experience in China. Marc was part of the founding investment team at Axiom Asia and works on primary, secondary and co-investment transactions. Prior to Axiom Asia, Marc worked at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (“GIC SI”) in Singapore and San Francisco where he worked on investments in funds as well as companies. After leaving GIC SI in 2004, Marc attended Harvard Business School and worked for Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR) where he was the Deputy General Manager of Jacobs VIE Vehicle Systems, Danaher’s diesel engine brake business in China. Marc led the start-up of the manufacturing plant, managed the transition of a multi-million-dollar product line to China and successfully transitioned the business to a local team he recruited. Marc was also formerly an Analyst at Lazard Frères in New York and has served as a member of the Resource Panel for the Government Parliamentary Committee for Finance, Trade, and Industry in Singapore since 2011. Marc attended Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Departmental Honors and Distinction from Stanford University. Marc reads and writes English and Chinese.
SENIOR ADVISOR INFRASTRUCTURE
Dajana Brodmann is a Senior Advisor of POLARIS since 2022. Mrs. Brodmann started her career at Bayerische Versorgungskammer in Munich in 2005 where she was Deputy Head of Alternative Investments. In 2012 she moved to Düsseldorf where she became the Head of Alternative Investments & Equities at Versorgungswerk der Wirtschaftsprüfer. After 4 years she joined E.ON SE (Group Finance / Asset Management) and took over the responsibility of the Private Equity- and Infrastructure Portfolio of E.ONs CTA. Mrs. Brodmann studied Business Administration and is a CAIA Charterholder. Dajana Brodmann is also a member of the Industry Board at YielCO Investments AG.
Pablo Lopez de Ayala
SENIOR ADVISOR PRIVATE EQUITY
Pablo López de Ayala is an Investment Professional responsible for private equity assets at Omega Capital, one of the main Single Family Offices in Spain. With 15 years of Private Equity experience, Pablo has invested in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific and has ample experience in managing portfolios of private equity funds. Pablo started his career in financial consulting and capital markets but quickly found his passion for private markets. He is a CAIA Charterholder and has lectured on Private Equity and Real Estate at different executive programs in Spain. He has also collaborated with INSEAD in some research projects within its Private Equity and Venture Capital course. Pablo graduated in Economics and Law from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, mastered in Economics and Finance at CEMFI (Bank of Spain) and holds an Executive MBA from IESE Business School.
SENIOR ADVISOR PRIVATE DEBT
John Fraser is a Senior Advisor of POLARIS since 2019. Mr Fraser started his career as a portfolio manager at Merril Lynch Asset Management in 1991, a position he held for six years. From 1997 to 2005 John was Managing Director at Angelo, Gordon & Co, and in 2005 he joined 3i Debt Management US, LLC as a Managing Partner. In 2017 he became Managing Director and Head of Investcorp Credit Management US LLC, a position he held until April 2019. John is currently still supporting the Investcorp Credit Management team in an advisory capacity. In 2022, John joined Tikehau Structured Credit as Chairman. John is a graduate of Cornell University where he read History.
SENIOR ADVISOR LIQUID ALTERNATIVES
Johannes Jasper is a Senior Advisor of POLARIS since 2022. Johannes started his career as a Portfolio Manager at Bayerische Versorgungskammer, Munich, where he was in charge of the hedge fund and commodity investment portfolios. Subsequently, he spent a few years with a German Single Family Office in Frankfurt am Main where Johannes helped to build up the offshore hedge fund portfolio and took care of the liquid absolute return investments. Since 2016, Johannes works as a Senior Investment Professional at Siemens Pensions in Munich, where he is responsible for the UCITS absolute return and offshore hedge fund portfolios. Given his extensive network and knowledge about niche and alpha strategies, Johannes frequently acts as an invited speaker on conferences globally and works as a publisher. Johannes holds a BSc degree in finance from the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, a MSc degree in Portfolio Management from the University of Liechtenstein and is a CAIA Charterholder.
Senior Advisor Private Debt
David Hansen is a Senior Advisor of POLARIS since 2023. David started his career working for Bankhaus Lampe and Santander. In 2020 David joined Kapital 1852 where he played a key role in setting up the Private Debt division and is responsible for its ongoing development. As a fund manager, he is responsible for the entire investment process, from sourcing new opportunities to investment decisions and downstream portfolio monitoring. David has over 8 years of professional experience in Alternative Investments, M&A, Strategy & Governance and Credit & Risk. David holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Cologne.