The advisory evaluation of investments is carried out by CNL’s eight-member Investment Committee, composed of entrepreneurs and executives with many years of relevant experience.
The Committee meets at least once a month, where it examines investment proposals, suggests alternative investment structures, makes positive or negative recommendations on new investments and monitors the course of existing investments.
Panagiotis Lekkas has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, investment analysis and portfolio management as Head of Asset Management Division at Alpha Finance AXEPEY, Director of the Main Branch at Alpha Private Bank and Co-Founder of CNL. He graduated first in his class from the Athens University of Economics and Business (ASOEE) and holds an MBA (with distinction) from London Business School. He is Chairman of the London Business School Greek Alumni Association and Board Member of the Lilian Voudouri Foundation.
Nikos Chloros in his 25-year career has been a consultant at Cambridge Technology Group (USA), a Senior Analyst at Sumitomo Bank (UK) and a Senior Fund Manager at Alpha Trust Mutual Funds (Greece) before co-founding CNL. Nikos has a degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and an MBA from London Business School.
Dimitris Vareltzidis has 20 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, valuations and restructurings having worked in Alpha Finance, Oxygen Capital, KPMG and Alvarez & Marsal. Dimitris graduated second of his class from the Athens University of Economics and Business (ASOEE) and holds an MBA from London Business School.
Nik Makris has worked in cross asset derivatives marketing (pricing & sales) for JPMorgan (UK) and CreditSuisse (UK), the latter as Vice President covering Greek financial institutions. He has also worked in the start-upscene, developing two own concepts, and as consultant/project manager to 3rd party ventures. Nik has a BSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.
Edmon Airantzis has had a varied career spanning 30 years across consulting (Deloitte), investment banking (Devletoglou AXEPEY) and corporate finance advisory (Grant Thornton,SOL). More recently he has been actively managing gas distribution companies in Romania owned by Emma Capital Investment Group. Edmon studied engineering at Oxford University and holds an MSc and an MBA from Birmingham University
Mr. Sachinis is an experienced chief executive who has led global companies to significant revenue and profit growth and best-in-industry performance.
He has been involved in private equity independently, as a Partner at Global Finance, one of the leading private equity firms in Southeastern Europe, and as an Operating Partner for Advent International, one of the world’s leading global private equity firms.
He was recently Business Development Officer at Aegean Airlines where he steered the team responsible for the growth of Europe’s leading regional airline.
Mr. Sachinis was the Chairman and CEO of DEPA Group, the largest Greek gas company. He led DEPA to excellent performance in a recently liberalized market environment and negotiated and completed two $10 billion supply contracts and multiple successful price revisions with international suppliers. He was also a contributor in the shaping of alternative gas supply routes to Europe.
He was previously President of the McGraw-Hill Companies’ Business Information Group. Under his leadership the Group became one of the top global business-to-business information and media companies in the aerospace and defence, construction and energy industries.
Earlier Mr. Sachinis was President of Platts. He built Platts into the world’s largest energy information services and solutions provider and led Platts into new areas such as electronic trading. Every day $20 billion worth of global energy transactions were based on Platts prices. He also actively promoted transparency and integrity in the global energy markets.
Mr. Sachinis was also Group Vice President of Standard & Poor’s, where he grew key strategic businesses and developed one of them into the largest global financial quote distributor on the Internet.
He is a Member of the Board of Directors of ICAP, an international credit and business information company; of ATHEXClear, the clearing house of the Athens Exchange Group; of ENEXClear, the clearing house of the Greek Energy Exchange; and of the Atlantic Council, an institution devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security.
He holds an engineering degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Agis Hiliarhopoulos has worked for more than 25 years in senior positions in Greece and abroad. During his decade with private equity funds (Bancroft and Global Finance) he led numerous investments/divestments and several BoDs of investee companies. He has also worked in management consulting and served with the HRADF (ΤΑΙΠΕΔ). During the last five years he is managing a ship-owning and ship-management company.
Vlassis Georgatos, CEO of Gregory’s S.A., studied at the Athens University of Economics and Business and took up administrative duties in 1992, having previously worked in all departments of the company. The business strategy he implemented, transformed the family business into a group of companies that holds a leading position in the Greek coffee & snacking shop market and the 9th position in the European ranking with the largest coffee chains. Since 2014, Mr. Georgatos has been also active in the industries of shipbuilding, tourism and real estate.