Matthias Mathieu — Managing Partner
Matthias is the initiator and founder of Bright Capital. In his responsibility as Managing Partner he is responsible for the investment activities at Bright Capital. He is also a member of the investment committee. Prior to his current role, Matthias served as Managing Director for a Switzerland-based Private Equity firm. Matthias has more than 10 years of operational management experience in the lower mid-market in Germany. Matthias is married and has five children.
Karsten Batran — Managing Partner (Finance & Operations)
Karsten is a founder of Bright Capital and serves as Managing Partner. He is a member of the investment committee and serves as director and member of the board of Bright Capital Asset Management S.à r.l., Luxembourg. Karsten worked with Berenberg Bank, Sal. Oppenheim and Horváth & Partners Private Equity & Investors and in corporate positions at Apcoa Group and BSH Group. Karsten holds a CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst) from EACVA and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Erlangen. He is a passionate skier and mountaineer. Karsten is married and has one son.
Alexander Pröls — Investment Director
Alexander is an Investment Director at Bright Capital, as such he is responsible for origination and the execution of the investment process. Before joining Bright Capital in 2014, Alexander worked as an Investment Analyst for a Munich-based deal-by-deal investor. Previously, he founded and ran his own start-up company and worked for the Family Office Watermark Global in Frankfurt. Alexander holds an M.Sc. in International Business from the University of Maastricht.
Felix Förster — Investment Director
Felix is an Investment Director in the Frankfurt-based deal team and joined Bright Capital in 2018. He is responsible for origination and execution of new investment opportunities for Bright Capital’s credit strategies. Prior to joining Bright Capital Felix worked at HSBC in Frankfurt, London, and Dusseldorf where he focused on the structuring and execution of mid and large cap sponsor-backed LBO transactions across Germany and Austria. Felix holds a Master of Finance as well as Corporate Management and studied in Germany, the US and France.
Dr. Paul Markus Konrad, LL.M. — Director (Fund Administration)
Markus adds over 10 years of experience in valuation and financial performance management to the team. He holds a PhD in the statistical modelling of debt risks and is a publicly certified expert in business valuation. Markus has credentials as CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst) from EACVA and CCrA (Certified Credit Analyst) from DVFA. He studied Law (LL.M.) and Business Administration at the University of Münster and Seville and earned a degree in political science at the Institut d’Etude Politique in Lyon. He is a passionate climber and musician.
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