Alexander von Mellenthin

Founded European and African focused corporate finance and investment company Melcofin & Co. (previously Mellenthin & Co.) in 1998, of which he is managing partner and was one of the founders of Paarl Equity in 2005, a private equity platform for wealthy families in German-speaking Europe.

He has over 30 years of investment banking experience in both Europe and selective African countries and has been advising French, German and South African corporates and also some early-stage technology businesses. In addition advises large South African and European family investors and has selectively invested with such families in businesses.

Director of companies, is a member of the Baden Badener Entrepreneur talks in Germany and was appointed a Senior advisor to GGA – Good Governance for Africa. Has developed a particular strong cross-border focus, be it between French, German and English-speaking markets.

Further to having undertaken his banking studies in Germany and a 2 year management trainee programme at Commerzbank (Frankfurt), he subsequently worked as a manager at Standard Merchant Bank (Johannesburg) and was a senior Corporate Finance/banking member at S.G. Warburg & Co. (London). Prior to having set-up his own advisory and investment business, was also a board member of Yamaichi Europe (London). He is fluent in English, German and French.

Sandrine Richard

Sandrine has over 25 years of corporate finance experience mostly in cross-border M&A transactions between French and German speaking markets. Sandrine is based in Paris.

She is specialized in complex mid cap M&A, distressed M&A, and restructuring transactions in France and Germany with a strong Industrial focus. She has complementary experience in fund raising assignments.  Sandrine has a wide network of contacts with Corporates, PEs, Family Offices, Institutional Investors, and other counterparts in France and Germany.

Between 2018 and 2021, she was Managing Director at ODDO BHF responsible for initiation and lead execution of French and German Corporate Finance assignments (sell side, buy side, financing, carve-outs, distressed M&A/restructuring, and equity fund raising). Previously, she had spent over 20 years in Corporate Finance at DC ADVISORY and predecessor CLOSE BROTHERS (based in Paris and Frankfurt). Between 1998 and 2008, she was Partner at CLOSE BROTHERS in Germany with a Food and Beverages focus.

Since 2014, Sandrine is member of the Supervisory Board of a French independent books publishing company.

Sandrine is fluent in French, English, and German. She is a graduate from ESCP Business School (Paris – Oxford – Berlin).

Guido Wulf

Guido commenced his career with Peters Associates AG and subsequently worked for a German mid-cap private equity fund. He joined Melcofin in 2007. He is a graduate of University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and holds a Master of Arts HSG in Economics.

Guido manages M&A/corporate finance transactions of Melcofin & Co. within German-speaking Europe. Guido is fluent in German, English, French and Italian.

In addition to his corporate finance and M&A activities Guido is an active investor in smaller German family-owned businesses.

Guido’s particular area of specialization is within the Technology/IT sector, the professional service industry and the health care sector. He is based in Frankfurt am Main/Germany.

Ticha Pfupajena

Ticha was born in London and raised in Zimbabwe. He has over 25 years of professional experience gained in South Africa, the UK and Zimbabwe.

For the past 13 years he has worked exclusively in corporate finance leading engagements for top-rated companies including Deloitte, PwC and Nedbank. Ticha has executed projects across a wide range of sectors including telecommunications, financial services, information technology and retail, among others.

Ticha is a qualified chartered accountant.

Mike Rosholt

After an earlier career as a global management consultant Mike Rosholt now has over 13 years in cross-border M&A, capital markets and corporate finance experience and has spent many years managing  and originating deals across Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on East African markets.

During this time he has gained specific competencies in the industrial, mining, managed-services, financial services, technology, agro-processing and property sectors.

Mike holds a MBA from the University of Chicago (Booth School of Business).

Juan Nicolàs Piñeros Petersen, Associate Partner

Juan Nicolàs has over 20 years of corporate and investment banking expertise BHF Bank (now called BHF Oddo) and previous head of M&A at BHF

At Melcofin, Juan Nicolàs is responsible for the coverage of German Mittelstand companies in wide-ranging industries (building, chemicals, automotive, retail and furniture industry). He also advised large German family-owned businesses on German and cross-border transactions.

Juan Nicolàs is also Chairman (non-executive) of supervisory board of ProfitlichSchmidlin AG, a German asset management company.