The Riverside Company has added two industry veterans as advisors to its European team to help identify investment opportunities and contribute to existing investments. Senior advisor Kai Lucks comes to Riverside after 35 years at Siemens, where he ran businesses in fields ranging from engineering to nuclear power to medical equipment. And Michael Sarp brings to Riverside consumer goods industry expertise having spent his entire career as a consumer goods executive.
The Riverside Company has added two industry veterans as advisors to its European team to help identify investment opportunities and contribute to existing investments. They join a growing global team of 10 advisors. As a generalist investor in the lower end of the mid-market, Riverside will benefit from the two Senior Advisors, who bring extensive industry expertise and network connections in the consumer goods, industrial and technology sectors.
Senior Advisor Kai Lucks comes to Riverside after 35 years at Siemens, where he ran businesses in fields ranging from engineering to nuclear power to medical equipment. He will support Riverside‟s transactions in the industrial and technology fields, predominantly across Europe. Lucks spent his last decade as Global Head of M&A Integration at Siemens, where he and his team oversaw approximately 1,500 acquisitions. In 2007, he was elected Head of the Merger Management Institute (German Federal M&A Association), where he continues to serve. This affiliation with the Merger Management Institute will prove invaluable for Riverside‟s „buy and build‟ strategy.
Michael Sarp brings to Riverside a wealth of knowledge in the consumer goods industry having spent his entire career as a consumer goods executive. He will help Riverside identify new opportunities and provide advice to consumer goods companies in Riverside‟s portfolio. Sarp brings high-profile connections, many of which are in Switzerland – one of Riverside‟s DACH priorities. Prior to joining Riverside, he was the CEO of Nordeck International Holding, where he led the firm‟s focus on lower-mid-market high-end brands. Previously, he was CEO of the International Watch Company (IWC), where he drove the development of the firm‟s international brand, and was also Chairman of Swatch Group Germany.
“Senior Advisors have proven instrumental in helping us add value. With their diverse and impressive backgrounds, Kai and Michael will make an immediate impact,” said Riverside Europe Managing Partner Tony Cabral. “Both have a deep understanding of their sectors, and their knowledge and wisdom will strengthen Riverside‟s global position in being better buyers and owners, and ultimately returning stronger results to our investors.”
Working as part of a global team of advisors, both professionals will focus on opportunities and portfolio companies across Europe.
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