Who we are

Who we are

With offices in Milan, London and Madrid, Charme Capital Partners invests across Europe, with a particular focus on Italy, the UK and Spain. The team has a long history of working together in private equity across Europe.

Leadership Team
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    Luigi Sala
    Luigi Sala
    Milan
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    Matteo di Montezemolo
    Matteo di Montezemolo
    London
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    Tommaso Beolchini
    Tommaso Beolchini
    Milan
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    Simone Cavalieri
    Simone Cavalieri
    Milan
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    Matteo Facoetti
    Matteo Facoetti
    Milan
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    Julian Huxtable
    Julian Huxtable
    London
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    Francisco Churtichaga
    Francisco Churtichaga
    Madrid
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    Christopher Fielding
    Christopher Fielding
    London
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    Marco Gelmi
    Marco Gelmi
    Milan
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    Niccolò Gandini
    Niccolò Gandini
    Milan
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    Alessandra Giacomelli
    Alessandra Giacomelli
    Milan
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    Rachele Giacobbo
    Rachele Giacobbo
    Milan
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    Valero Domingo
    Valero Domingo
    Madrid
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    Hugo Tanner
    Hugo Tanner
    London
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    Martyn Evans
    Martyn Evans
    London
Luigi Sala
Luigi Sala
Chairman
Milan

Luigi has been the Chairman of Charme Capital Partners since 2011, having previously served as a Senior Advisor from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the Investment Committee and based in Milan.

Luigi was a leading member of the investment team of Octo Telematics, serving as Chairman and coordinating its successful exit. He is currently Chairman of Bellco. Luigi is fully involved in the analysis and discussion of all investment opportunities and has sourced several proprietary investment targets. Luigi also served as Board Member of Poltrona Frau.

Luigi has been a private equity entrepreneur since 1986. Prior to joining the Firm, he co-founded the fund BS Private Equity in 1988, where he served as the CEO until 2001 and subsequently as Chairman until 2005. In 2006 he co-founded the private equity fund Magenta. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Management and Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.

lsala@charmecapitalpartners.com
Matteo di Montezemolo
Matteo di Montezemolo
Managing Partner
London

Matteo is the CEO and the Managing Partner of Charme Capital Partners, having co-founded the Charme Funds in 2003. After 12 years in Milan, since 2015 he is based in London to personally guide the international investment strategy of the Charme Funds. He is a member of the Investment Committee.

Matteo has been heavily involved in all of Charme’s transactions, notably leading its investment in Poltrona Frau Group, from its origination, buy and build strategy, through to its successful IPO and exit. He was also instrumental in establishing a number of international joint-ventures for Poltrona Frau Group with Mubadala in the Middle East and Tata Group in India; he remains Deputy Chairman. Matteo also served as a Board Member of Octo Telematics and of Bellco. In addition to a prominent role in sourcing, evaluating and monitoring investments, Matteo personally manages Charme Capital Partners’ unique investor base.

Prior to founding the Firm, Matteo worked at Goldman Sachs in London in the Investment Banking Team. He holds a degree in Economics from Bologna University in Italy.

mdm@charmecapitalpartners.com
Tommaso Beolchini
Tommaso Beolchini
Partner
Milan

Tommaso was a Founding Partner of Charme in 2003, based in Milan. He is a member of the Investment Committee and the Board.

Tommaso has actively participated in all of Charme’s transactions. Since 2003, he has been involved in the acquisition, build-up, IPO, international JVs and successful exit of Poltrona Frau Group. He originated and executed the acquisition of Octo Telematics and acts as leading team member for the investment in Bellco, where he is a Board Member. Tommaso plays an active role in sourcing, evaluating and monitoring investments opportunities for Charme. Previously he served as a board member of Poltrona Frau, PF Emirates and Octo Telematics.

Prior to Charme, Tommaso worked in the Investment Banking team of Deutsche Bank and UniCredit. He holds a degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and is a chartered accountant.

tbeolchini@charmecapitalpartners.com
Simone Cavalieri
Simone Cavalieri
Partner
Milan

Simone is a Partner and member of the Investment Committee of Charme Capital Partners, based in Milan.

Since joining Charme in 2009 for Charme II, Simone has sourced, assessed and structured several acquisition opportunities; in particular, he has been actively engaged in the acquisition, management and successful divestiture of Octo Telematics, serving also as a Board member.

Prior to joining Charme, Simone worked for almost 10 years at Merrill Lynch both in London and Milan serving as a Vice President in Investment Banking and advising on several M&A and Capital Markets transactions across a variety of industries. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan.

scavalieri@charmecapitalpartners.com
Matteo Facoetti
Matteo Facoetti
Partner
Milan

Matteo has been the CFO of Charme Capital Partners since 2007 and is based in Milan.

Matteo set up and now runs the administrative and control functions of the Firm. He supervises all legal and regulatory functions, including risk management, anti-money laundering, compliance and internal audit. Matteo also manages legal and administrative relationships with investors and provides constant support to the investment team in the management and implementation of investments and divestments. He is a member of the Investment Committee and Secretary of the Board.

Matteo previously worked as CFO for a number of prominent Italian private equity funds. He holds a degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.

mfacoetti@charmecapitalpartners.com
Julian Huxtable
Julian Huxtable
Partner
London

Julian is a London-based Partner, and leads the Firm's activities in the UK. He is a member of the Investment Committee and member of the Board.

Prior to this, he spent 15 years at Doughty Hanson in London, where he headed up the UK Private Equity team. He was a member of the Doughty Hanson Investment Committee from 2006 until 2015 where he worked on a number of significant investments including Dunlop Standard Aerospace, Balta in Belgium, Moeller in Germany and UK-based VUE Entertainment which was exited in 2013 after the implementation of a successful pan-European buy and build strategy. Julian has extensive Board experience across Europe and has chaired a number of the investments in which he was active.

Before joining Doughty Hanson, Julian spent six years at British Airways in a number of general management roles. Julian has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from the University of Durham and an MBA from INSEAD.

jhuxtable@charmecapitalpartners.com
Francisco Churtichaga
Francisco Churtichaga
Partner
Madrid

Francisco is a partner at Charme Capital Partners, and leads investment activity in Spain. He is a member of the Investment Committee and member of the Board.

He was a Senior Principal at Doughty Hanson from 2006 to 2015 based in Madrid and London and led the private equity team investing in Southern Europe. He was a member of the Investment Committee of the Doughty Hanson Funds from 2008. Among other transactions, Francisco was responsible for investments in USP Hospitales, Quirón and Teknon. He is currently a Board Member of the TMF Group and Volotea S.A. Other previous Board responsibilities have included Eurofiber, TUMI and ONO Cable.

From 1999 to 2006, Francisco held various responsibilities in London and Madrid investing and managing investments on behalf of JP Morgan and successor funds, focusing on the telecommunications and media sectors. Prior to that, he was head of the internet and mobile businesses of Retevisión where he led the launch of Amena mobile.

Francisco has a Master of Science degree from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and an MBA from the Fuqua School at Duke University, US.

fchurtichaga@charmecapitalpartners.com
Christopher Fielding
Christopher Fielding
Partner
London

Christopher is a London-based Partner, and focuses on UK investments. He is a member of the Investment Committee and led the investment in JD Classics in 2016.

Prior to joining Charme Capital Partners in 2015, he spent 9 years at Doughty Hanson in London, where he worked on the acquisition, transformation and exit of VUE Entertainment and the IPO of TUMI on the NYSE, on which Board he sat until its takeover by Samsonite in August 2016. He has board experience in the UK, Ireland and the US and has worked on completed transactions in Spain and Scandinavia.

Christopher began his financial career in the UK M&A team at Citigroup in 2003. He has a degree in Classics from Oxford University and also served in the British Army as a platoon commander in the Grenadier Guards in 1999 and 2000.

cfielding@charmecapitalpartners.com
Marco Gelmi
Marco Gelmi
Investment Manager
Milan

Marco joined Charme Capital Partners in 2015 as an Investment Manager. Based in Milan, he supports the senior team on the origination and execution of transactions across multiple sectors.

Prior to joining the Firm, Marco was a Vice President at Barclays Investment Bank, where he spent 6 years both in Milan and London. Prior to this, he worked in the Strategy and Business Development team at Italian holding De Agostini, and started his career in the Healthcare Investment Banking team at Lehman Brothers / Nomura in London. Marco received a MSc in Finance and a BA in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, and was a visiting student at the University of Edinburgh.

mgelmi@charmecapitalpartners.com
Niccolò Gandini
Niccolò Gandini
Investment Manager
Milan

Niccolò joined Charme Capital Partners in 2014 as an Investment Manager. Based in Milan, he supports the senior team on the origination and execution of transactions across multiple sectors.

Prior to joining Charme Capital Partners, Niccolò spent 5 years as an Associate in the Corporate Department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was responsible for advising primary financial institutions and private equity funds on a broad range of international transactions. His experience is particularly focused on private and public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and company reorganizations. Niccolò holds a M.B.A. from the London Business School (UK), with a specialization in Finance. He is a qualified lawyer in Italy (2012) and in Spain (2013). Niccolò received a MSc and a BA in Business Law from Bocconi University in Milan.

ngandini@charmecapitalpartners.com
Alessandra Giacomelli
Alessandra Giacomelli
Investor Relations
Milan

Alessandra joined Charme Capital Partners in 2008 and supports the administrative and control functions. She is involved in group and fund accounting, financial planning and analysis. Alessandra also supports in the execution of transactions.

Alessandra previously worked for 14 years for a prominent Private Equity fund where she started as an accountant.

agiacomelli@charmecapitalpartners.com
Rachele Giacobbo
Rachele Giacobbo
Investor Relations
Milan

Rachele joined Charme Capital Partners in 2011 and supports the administrative and control functions. She is also involved in group and fund accounting.

Rachele previously worked for 9 years for an insurance company where she started as an accountant.

RGiacobbo@charmecapitalpartners.com
Valero Domingo
Valero Domingo
Principal
Madrid

Valero joined Charme Capital Partners in 2016 as a Principal. He focuses on origination and execution of transactions in Spain. Prior to joining Charme Capital Partners, Valero worked on a number of LBOs within the European private equity industry, having spent three years at Highbridge in London from 2013, and four years at 3i in Spain from 2008. Valero began his career at Acciona Group in 2003, before joining Goldman Sachs as an associate in investment banking in 2006, where he worked between London and Madrid.

Valero has an MBA from Columbia Business School with the highest distinction, and has a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Granada.

VDomingo@charmecapitalpartners.com
Hugo Tanner
Hugo Tanner
Investment Manager
London

Hugo joined Charme Capital Partners in 2015 as an Investment Manager. Based in London, he supports the senior team on origination and execution of transactions across multiple sectors. Prior to joining Charme Capital Partners, Hugo was an Associate at Barclays Investment Bank where he spent more than 3 years in the Natural Resources team. His core focus was advising clients on mergers and acquisitions in addition to capital market transactions.

Hugo has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian (first class honours) from the University of Durham.

HTanner@charmecapitalpartners.com
Martyn Evans
Martyn Evans
Investment Manager
London

Martyn joined Charme Capital Partners in 2016 as an Investment Manager. Based in London, he supports the senior team on origination and execution of transactions across multiple sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Martyn was an Associate at Terra Firma Capital Partners where he spent more than 4 years working in London and Dubai. While at Terra Firma, he worked on successful acquisitions, financings and exits across a variety of industries, and also worked on the implementation of portfolio value-creation strategies.

Martyn has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

MEvans@charmecapitalpartners.com

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