Apricum Partner Charles Lesser

Charles Lesser

Charles Lesser is an energy corporate financier, focused on Apricum’s transaction advisory mandates. He helps companies navigate the energy transition across energy storage, e-mobility, digital energy and merchant risk.

Charles has over 20 years’ experience in energy investment banking. With an outstanding record of achievement, he has advised public and private companies from start-up to FTSE100 on capital raising, M&A, A&D and strategic transactions, and has been recognized with numerous industry awards.

Before joining Apricum, Charles was the managing director and head of natural resources at Panmure Gordon, a British investment bank. He spent seven years at Macquarie Group first as managing director, European midcap equities, and then as head of European energy banking. Prior to that he held the role of board director and European managing director at Tristone Capital, an international energy boutique acquired by Macquarie. He spent the first 9 years of his career in energy at UBS’ investment bank.

Charles holds a master’s degree in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge.

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Nikolai Dobrott

Founder & Managing Partner

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Florian Haacke

Partner

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Charles Lesser

Charles Lesser

Partner

Charles Lesser is a senior corporate financier in the international energy industry. He has over 20 years experience leading a wealth of successful transactions in public and private capital markets, and asset and corporate M&A. His award-winning career includes leading the energy investment banking practices for a number of internationally renowned city firms. He is based in London.

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Florian Mayr

Partner

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Dr. Amer Alswaha

Dr. Amer Alswaha

Senior Advisor

Former head of IPP program, Saudi Electricity Company; senior vice president, Saudi Electricity Company

Paul Arwas

Paul Arwas

Senior Advisor

Former director and VP of energy and chemicals, Arthur D. Little; founder, Arwas & Associates

Karim Asali

Karim Asali

Senior Advisor

Former director BD origination, technical director, First Solar; director project enabling, Desertec Industrial Initiative

Jesse Atkinson

Jesse Atkinson

Senior Advisor and Country Representative USA

Former president Cratus Energy, board member, Alion Energy

Frank Beckers

Frank Beckers

Senior Advisor

Former head of project finance and advisory at First Abu Dhabi Bank; former senior advisor to McKinsey & Company; held several senior positions in project and asset finance at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and Dubai.

Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Senior Advisor

Former VP business development, First Solar; head of technology commercialization and industry collaboration, KAUST; director of system engineering and power electronics, DDS

Matt Black

Matt Black

Senior Advisor

Chairman, Solar Energy UK;  COO, Solivus;  MD, Innovo Group; former investment director, Armstrong Capital Management Limited; senior investment director, Foresight Group

Dietmar Blank

Dietmar Blank

Senior Advisor

Former commercial and contracts engineer / IWPP senior engineer, EWEC, ADWEC, ADWEA

Philipp Braukmann

Philipp Braukmann

Consultant

Master's in international trade, finance and development; former intern, KfW DEG

Chris Bryan

Chris Bryan

Director

Former vice president, business development – renewable energy, ORIX; investment banking associate, Evercore; senior associate, valuations advisory, PwC

Joseph Ciccone

Joseph Ciccone

Senior Consultant

Master's in materials chemistry; former industrial consultant, CNH Industrial, COO Gaia Membranes

James Clark

James Clark

Senior Advisor

Bachelor's degree, King's College, London; senior advisor, Green Future investments; co-founder, Obair partners; board advisor Comparis.ch 

Corentin de Ricaud

Corentin de Ricaud

Director

Master's in finance and strategy; former investment officer, European Investment Bank; financial advisor, ENGIE; analyst, BNP Paribas

Daniel Domingues

Daniel Domingues

Senior Advisor

Founder & CEO, Planno; former head of regional growth renewables, Dutco Group; founder & former executive director, Sirius Energy; former director of business development, Enviromena

Dr. Horst Dietz

Dr. Horst Dietz

Senior Advisor

Member of the supervisory board, ABB AG, Solon SE, Bilfinger Berger; former CEO, ABB AG

Dr. Garry Felgate

Dr. Garry Felgate

Senior Advisor

Former partner, Orion Innovations; chief executive and executive board member, Energy Retail Association; managing director, AEA Technology Group; director, The Carbon Trust; director, KPMG

Heinrich Grabowski

Heinrich Grabowski

Senior Advisor

Former member of EMEA senior leadership team, Novell; CIO, Rütgers/ Evonik; management consultant, Arthur D. Little

Philip Grabowski

Philip Grabowski

Consultant

Master's in management; former strategic management assistant, CNH Industrial; intern, Grant Thornton AG

Lorenz Haberstig

Lorenz Haberstig

Senior Consultant

Master’s in business innovation; former consulting associate, Charles River Associates;  former consultant innogy

Frank Haugwitz

Frank Haugwitz

Senior Advisor

Former director, Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co; former EU renewable energy manager, EU-China energy & environment programme; technical director, GTZ, China

Laura Hoffmann-Ostenhof

Laura Hoffmann-Ostenhof

Senior Consultant

Master's in energy systems, Bachelor's in physics; internships at Oxford Net-Zero, TopCap Holding, Generali Versicherung

Dr. Detlev Hoge

Dr. Detlev Hoge

Senior Advisor

PhD in physical chemistry. Former manager P&L, R&D, IT at Volkswagen, manager VARTA Batterie AG

Cate Holtz

Cate Holtz

Talent Acquisition and Development Manager

Former marketing and communications manager, Apricum; communications strategist, Ikon Communications, strategic planner, MEC

Julie Horn

Julie Horn

Senior Advisor

Master’s in business engineering; Master's in international management; former head of segment strategy, Solar Edge

Krzysztof Ignaciuk

Krzysztof Ignaciuk

Partner

Former senior manager, Strategy& / PwC; senior manager, Santander; engagement manager, McKinsey & Company; associate, Goldman Sachs; analyst, Merrill Lynch

Patrick Kallab

Patrick Kallab

Senior Consultant

Master's in business administration; Bachelor's in engineering; former senior consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

Despina Kavouna

Despina Kavouna

Analyst

Bachelor's in economics; former senior anaylst, Ernst & Young

Robert Kellner

Robert Kellner

Senior Advisor

Master's in Business Administration; founder and managing partner of VUCANION; former consultant, Accenture

Dr. Hendrik Kienert

Dr. Hendrik Kienert

Principal

PhD in climate physics; former senior consultant, Bain & Company

Solbin Kim

Solbin Kim

Associate and Country Representative South Korea

Master's in renewable energy engineering and management; former consultant, innogy Consulting

Erik Klaassen

Erik Klaassen

Principal

MBA, Master's in energy science, Bachelor's in chemistry; former manager, E.ON Inhouse Consulting; consultant, Ecofys

Horst Kruse

Horst Kruse

Senior Advisor

Former Director Sales Asia, Photovoltaics, Schott Solar; Director Marketing & Sales South East Asia, Angewandte Solar Energie (ASE) GmbH

Saravana Kumar

Saravana Kumar

Consultant

Master’s in management and mechanical engineering; former simulation engineer, QuEST Global

James Kurz

James Kurz

Project Manager

Founder and director, SolarNowa; former investment manager and business development manager, Saxovent

Dr. Oliver Langefeld

Dr. Oliver Langefeld

Senior Advisor

PhD in mining engineering; professor for underground mining methods and machinery at Clausthal University of Technology

Jesselyn Malimata

Jesselyn Malimata

Project Manager

Master's in management and engineering of environment and energy; Bachelor's in chemical engineering; former commercial planning specialist and energy trader, AES

Valentin Matelot

Valentin Matelot

Associate

Master's in management and international finance; former investment banking associate Credit Suisse

Cécile Mayorga Poati

Cécile Mayorga Poati

Executive Assistant

Bachelor's in history and French; former risk and compliance associate, intelligence and cyber security consultancy S-RM

Dr. Richard Mazuski

Dr. Richard Mazuski

Senior Consultant

PhD in physical chemistry; former associate, McKinsey & Co.

Alex Metz

Alex Metz

Director

Master's in sustainable energy futures, Imperial College London; former associate director, Guidehouse

Martin Milinski

Martin Milinski

Marketing & Communications Manager

Master's in comparative studies for social sciences; former media relations and campaign manager for Alstom

Dr. Beatrice Möller

Dr. Beatrice Möller

Senior Advisor

Senior legal counsel specialized in corporate, banking and energy law; former M&A lawyer, Linklaters; banking lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; legal advisor; MVV Energie

Christian Müller-Elschner

Christian Müller-Elschner

Senior Advisor

Founding partner, Deutsche Ventures; former COO, Younicos; senior vice president, T-Systems; partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Gretta Marija Nikkare

Gretta Marija Nikkare

Consultant

Master’s in business administration, Master’s in energy systems; former investment analyst, Exor N.V.

Dr. Elena Nikonova

Dr. Elena Nikonova

Senior Advisor

PhD in applied mathematics, former chief strategy officer, Eleport; former director of global partnerships, ENGIE; former director of global partnerships, Shell Recharge

Thomas Obermeier

Thomas Obermeier

Senior Advisor

Owner and CEO, TOMM+C;  head of business development, EEW Energy from Waste GmbH; former CEO, Schwarze Pumpe GmbH

Christian Orr

Christian Orr

Analyst

Bachelor's in mathematics and economics; former M&A lead, Fuse; former analyst, Getir

Per Hornung Pedersen

Per Hornung Pedersen

Senior Advisor

Member of management board, Suzlon Energy; former CFO, NEG Micon/Vestas; CEO, Suzlon Energy; CEO, Repower; CEO, Pelamis Wave Power

Matteo Pellandino

Matteo Pellandino

Consultant

Master's in finance; former intern Banca Sella CIB; former intern, Apricum

David Perez Lopez

David Perez Lopez

Senior Advisor

Master’s in industrial engineering; former global head of renewables and sustainable energies, Capgemini

Alexandra Popova

Alexandra Popova

Project Manager

Master's in energy systems; former project manager, McKinsey & Co.

Parrvathee Rejitha

Parrvathee Rejitha

Team Assistant

Master's in English and American studies; former online trainer, Berlitz; lecturer All Saint's College, Kerala

Joachim Rupp

Joachim Rupp

Senior Advisor

CEO, Detra Solar; former managing director, Viessmann PV + E-Systems; senior manager, Samsung; marketing manager, Hitachi

Hoora Sarajan

Hoora Sarajan

Senior Industry Specialist

Master's in renewable energy systems; Bachelor's in energy and process technology, Bachelor's in physics; former student researcher, PVcomB at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Prof. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer

Prof. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer

Senior Advisor

Professor for electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Project leader, division for electrical energy systems, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg

Wassef Sawaf

Wassef Sawaf

Senior Advisor

Co-founder and CEO, Wayu Limited; former co-founder and chairman Yellow Door Energy; co-founder and CEO Adenium Energy Capital

Miriam Schmeling

Miriam Schmeling

Office Manager

Former Team Assistant, August Storck KG; Office Manager, Technical University Berlin

Tobias Schuett

Tobias Schuett

Senior Advisor

Founder and CEO of DZ4; former VP asset finance and leasing and renewables / structured products, Deutsche Bank

Dr. Benjamin Silcox

Dr. Benjamin Silcox

Senior Consultant

PhD in chemical engineering; former analyst Goldman Sachs & Co.

Janet So

Janet So

Senior Advisor

Director, Trinergy M&A Advisory; Director, Translink Corporate Finance; former senior consultant for PR firms; former consulting director for McGraw Hill’s AviationWeek / MRO Exhibition in Beijing

Kai Stepputat

Kai Stepputat

Consultant

Master's in industrial engineering and management from the Technical University of Berlin. Working student at Enertrag and Enervis energy advisors

Moritz Sticher

Moritz Sticher

Senior Advisor

Cofounder and managing director, GA Power Group; former managing director, Quast Nahrath Group; cofounder and managing director Credence Power Group; business development manager Europe, SolarPark Korea

Richard Stuebi

Richard Stuebi

Senior Advisor

Founder and president, Future Energy Advisors; former board member ESA; former VP, US strategy & group technology, National Grid; managing director, Early Stage Partners

Giovanni Sturiale

Giovanni Sturiale

Vice President

Master's in corporate finance and banking; Bachelor's in banking and finance; former credit analyst intern, Factorit, Italy

Krishnappa Subramanya

Krishnappa Subramanya

Senior Advisor

Chairman, FICCI solar energy task force & SEMI PV advisory panel; fellow, IETE; former CEO, Tata BP Solar

Dr. Yoshihisa Tawada

Dr. Yoshihisa Tawada

Senior Advisor

Former chairman, Kaneka SolarTec Corporation; chairman, Japan Solar Energy Society; director, PV Power Generation Technology Research Association

Daan Terpstra

Daan Terpstra

Senior Advisor

CEO, Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance; manager, renewable energy and BESS products, Vattenfall; analyst, Nuon; consultant, Energie Makelaar

Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber

Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber

Senior Advisor

VP, ISES; former CEO, Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS); director, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE; professor of physics and applied sciences, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

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