- We have been the pioneer in industrial Buy & Build in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for over 20 years.
- Our team’s professionals have broad industrial and operational experience, forming a whole greater than the sum of its parts and making us unique.
Thierry Biggoer launched his career at an industrial holding company specialized in medium-sized industrial businesses and worked for UBS before joining CGS in 2016.
He has several years of experience in the strategy development and implementation for mid-sized industrial companies, as well as in the integration of international group companies. Portfolio companies’ management value Thierry as hands-on, supportive partner. The execution of company transactions round up his profile.
Thierry holds a Master of Arts in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and is a certified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
Jonas Bumbacher joined CGS at the start of 2017. Before this move, he was a project manager at Credit Suisse in Zurich and Melbourne in M&A. Later, he helped found and develop a new team focusing on direct private equity investments in infrastructure.
He has many years of M&A experience working with medium-sized companies, including integrating companies into a larger group, and has gained a deep understanding of engineering companies thanks to his years spent assisting them. Jonas also has experience in the area of start-up and venture capital. His business development skills set also includes strategy development and implementation, process definition, and project management.
Jonas holds a Master of Arts in Banking and Finance from the University of St.Gallen (HSG) and is Certified Teacher for Business Education.
Antonio Cives joined CGS in 2006 and has been a Managing Partner since 2017. During this long career, he has built multiple industrial groups. Before CGS, Antonio was on the transaction advisory services team at Ernst & Young in Switzerland and accompanied multiple M&A transactions in industrial business areas.
He has a deep understanding of the needs of medium-sized companies in the German-speaking region and their strategic potential. Antonio’s profile is rounded off by his many years of experience in the areas of M&A, integration, and group-building and his expertise in operational value enhancement. His industrial experience lies in plastics, tool-building, machinery, equipment, and accessories.
He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Basel and completed the Program for Executive Development at IMD business school in Lausanne.
Christoph Haller joined CGS in 2010 and was appointed Managing Partner and CFO in 2012. Before CGS, he worked 17 years for the Holcim group, a global market leader in the construction materials sector, where he held various management positions.
He has many years of broad-ranging experience as a manager in various finance and controlling positions and has accompanied numerous M&A transactions and integration processes at the executive level. His ability to fully grasp and shape the core and support processes of industrial enterprises makes him a competent partner for those responsible within the portfolio companies and for the CGS team.
Christoph holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), with a major in Finance and Controlling. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Rolf Lanz has been a Managing Partner at CGS since 2000. In this role, he assisted the development of the Electronicparc group, which he put on the Zurich stock market through an IPO. Rolf then built up the Maag group into the market leader in plastics processing and steered it to the exit. He is currently in charge of various portfolio groups.
Before joining CGS, he was the CEO and a member of the board of directors of an international trading company. Rolf has gained extensive experience as CEO and CFO in a variety of industries, especially in construction supplies, electronics, and machinery.
Thanks to his many years working in industries, he has developed expertise in defining the corresponding strategies in the portfolio companies and knows the processes in industrial, medium-sized enterprises. This is the sine qua non to be able to successfully implement strategies.
Rolf holds a Master of Business Administration and a PhD from the University of Zurich (UZH), where he wrote a dissertation entitled Controlling in SMEs.
Marcel Rossmann has been with CGS since the start of 2019, supporting the development of the current portfolio companies as well as new acquisition projects. He has worked as an M&A advisor for Lazard in Frankfurt as well as for a leading M&A boutique in Munich.
His work of several years in the M&A area has included projects in the technology and industry sector on the financing and sell side. Experience with Berkshire Hathaway, Standard Chartered, and Ernst & Young round off his finance and assessment expertise.
Marcel holds a Master in Advanced Finance from the IE Business School Madrid.
Heinz Saurenmann joined CGS in 2015. His extensive experience covers multiple facets of governance and compliance, particularly in the manufacturing, automotive and aviation industry.
He is responsible for the administration of the Investor Relations division, including regulation, compliance, and reporting.
Heinz is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Louis Theiler joined CGS as an Analyst at the end of 2018 as part of the Investment Team. Before joining CGS, he worked for a private equity fund in the DACH region as well as a leading M&A boutique in Zurich.
He has several years of experience in transactions involving small and medium-sized companies as well as extensive experience in developing and implementing Buy & Build strategies. Having grown up in a family with a 150-year-old business to run, he is intimately familiar with the challenges of medium-sized companies and serves as a competent partner for strategy development.
Louis holds a Master of Science in Finance & Investments from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Giorgio Vannotti joined CGS in 2009. Prior to this, he held various international positions in sales and business development in the electromechanical industry and managed two foreign subsidiaries in the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. He has successfully helped build various groups since starting at CGS.
Giorgio has many years of experience in various medium-sized family-managed companies in the mechanical and electromechanical industry as well as in machine and plant engineering. Drawing on his wide-ranging international experience, he skillfully brings the different cultures together during the successful development and integration of company groups.
Giorgio holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and a Master of Business Administration from SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas.
Sandro Wiesendanger joined CGS in 2015 after having worked as a project manager at Zetra International in the areas of M&A and strategy advisory for medium-sized companies. Previously, he gained professional experience at Goldman Sachs, among other companies.
His soon-to-be ten-year career working in and for medium-sized companies around the world has helped him build up a broad spectrum of expertise. Whether strategic development and implementation, M&A process implementation, or process and procedure definitions are involved, Mr. Wiesendanger is a competent and valued resource partner for the managers in the portfolio companies.
He holds a Master of Arts in Banking and Finance from the University of St.Gallen (HSG).
Thomas Anderegg joined CGS as a Partner in 2016. Prior to this, he held positions as CEO, board member, sales and marketing vice president and branch manager with a number of industrial companies in Switzerland and Mexico.
He has extensive expertise in different industries, such as plastics processing, machine and plant engineering for plastic products, foodstuffs, and packaging. His strengths lie in improving the operational performance of businesses and bringing together different companies, especially those of different cultural regions.
Thomas holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH).
Markus Laesser joined CGS in 2019 and supports the CGS portfolio companies in operational excellence areas, focusing on digitalization and Industry 4.0. Before this move, he gained many years of international experience working as CEO and in other executive positions in general management, sales, marketing, and IT for companies including IBM, Microsoft, T-Systems, Dätwyler, and Oerlikon.
He has steered multiple business areas throughout structured transformations and change processes into customer-focused organizations. Extensive experience in sales excellence and in the management of global organizations in production and distribution as well as ICT and services rounds off his profile.
Markus holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), with a major in Marketing. He is also an alumnus of INSEAD’s executive programs Transition to General Management and Leading Digital Transition and Innovation, as well as of the Advanced Management Program of the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT).
Timo Serke joined CGS in mid-2018. Before this move, he held various posts at KPMG in Frankfurt am Main and Zurich in M&A, transaction services, and strategic advisory.
Several years of experience in developing strategies for companies and groups and implementing them as well as in accompanying buy and sell transactions, flanked by project management expertise, round off his profile.
Timo holds a Master of Science in Banking and Finance from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). He has also completed a degree in Banking.
Robert Suter joined CGS in 2019 and assists the CGS portfolio companies in the area of operational excellence. Before CGS, he gained many years of international experience as board member, CEO, and managing director of owner-managed and listed companies, especially in machine, plant, and electrical engineering, the chemicals and plastics industry, aerospace, and consumer goods and real estate.
Robert has extensive experience in strategy & organization, change management & restructuring, the global development of sales networks, and production sites as well as in project and process management in research & development, engineering, and production.
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) as well as an Executive MBA from the University of St.Gallen (HSG).
Marc Trippel joined CGS in 2017 after having gained extensive experience in industrial transactions and restructuring projects at Zetra International. His career started at Goldman Sachs.
Over the ten years of his work with medium-sized companies, Marc acquired a comprehensive understanding of industrial processes and served repeatedly in management roles in operations. Aside from this operational know-how, he has many years of M&A experience on the buy and sell side. The portfolio companies’ managers value him as a pragmatic and reliable sparring partner.
Marc’s Master of Arts in Banking and Finance obtained from the University of St.Gallen (HSG) is flanked by a Master of Advanced Studies in Real Estate from the University of Zurich (UZH).
- We turn companies into international industrial groups in carefully selected niches using a consistent Buy & Build approach.
- Together with the companies, we draw up strategies for their long-term, sustainable development.
- We help companies implement the strategy and contribute our operational experience to achieve outstanding added value.
- We invest in small to medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (the DACH region) with turnovers ranging from EUR 10 to 80 million.
- As “Business Builders” we transform the companies into market-leading industrial groups in their niche, usually with two to four add-on investments worldwide.
- We only invest in industries in which we have operational experience: automation, construction supplies, industrial equipment, plastics, machinery, apparatus, and accessories as well as measurement and control systems/sensors.
CGS has invested to date in a great deal more than 30 individual companies, forming them into over a dozen industrial groups.
The five groups we have sold as yet are holding their ground successfully in the market: Bourdon-Haenni, Electronicparc, Maag, Schöttli, and mdexx.
“We built up a strong company during the years of our partnership with CGS.”
Ueli Thürig, Maag CEO
After their time together at Hilti, Rico Casparis, Peter Gloor, and Udo Schreyer founded CGS in 1995. Initially active in restructuring, the first fund in 1999 formed the foundation of today’s success. From the outset, the focus was on small to medium-sized companies with the goal of forming them into international groups using a clear Buy & Build strategy and the team’s industrial experience.