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Alexis Kalmanovitz

Alexis Kalmanovitz

Managing Partner - North America
Based in New York.

Alexis has over two decades of experience in financial information and technology as a principal at Thomson Reuters, an investment banker at ABN AMRO and Putnam Lovell NBF, and a strategy consultant with FinTech companies and private equity firms.

Alexis operates across several FinTech sectors including trading technology, market data, risk management and analytics, asset and wealth management, and alternative investments.

Alexis holds a MA in Economics from McGill University.

Outside of work Alexis is always up for a motorcycle ride in California or a ski trip to Utah.

Email: alexis@zeligassociates.com

Phone: +1 646 707 2272

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Gerd Weissenboeck

Gerd Weissenboeck

Managing Partner - Europe
Based in London.

Gerd has over two decades of experience in cross-border corporate finance in Technology Investment Banking at Citi, ABN AMRO and RBS having advised on over 40 M&A transactions as well as several equity and debt raisings.

Gerd operates across a number of FinTech sub-sectors including capital markets (trading & risk solutions), wealth management, front-end digital banking applications, payment services and technology-enabled financial services.

Gerd holds a MA in International Relations & Economics from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS).

Outside of work Gerd is a passionate off-piste skier, devoted husband and amateur cook.

Email: gerd@zeligassociates.co.uk

Phone: +44 20 7709 3024

Menny Shalom

Menny Shalom

Partner - Israel
Based in Tel Aviv.

Menny has two decades of experience in the technology sector as a founder and CEO for multiple Israel-based technology companies. Prior to joining Zelig, he was founder and CEO of Wayerz, a company providing a digital correspondent banking platform including a complex billing system. He was also founder and CEO of Mipso, a SaaS-based virtual fitting room and styling platform for fashion brands and retailers. Menny also served as Chief of Staff for former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

Menny holds two Master’s degrees: in Banking and Finance from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in Law from Columbia University School of Law. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Accounting from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Outside of work Menny grows olives on his orchard outside of Tel Aviv, producing some of the finest olive oil money can buy.

Email: menny@zeligassociates.co.il

Tel: +97250 222 2755

Roland Pecsenye

Roland Pecsenye

Partner and Entrepreneur in Residence
Based in Munich.

While still at university, Roland founded one of Hungary’s first B2B FinTech companies with three high school friends. Over the next 18 years, Roland managed to grow IND Group from a “garage company” to a leading international digital banking software solutions vendor with nine offices and over 250 employees. Following a successful exit to Vista Equity Partners led Finastra (FKA Misys) in 2014, Roland has been a keen investor in European FinTech startups. He also advises and mentors prominent acceleration and incubation programs.

Roland holds a BA in Business Administration from Euro-Business-College in Munich.

Outside of work Roland enjoys travelling with his family to his ancestral homeland in the Zemplén Mountains in North-East Hungary. Here he cultivates several estates in the UNESCO world heritage site of Tokaj-Hegyalja with its centuries old tradition of naturally sweet white wines and in Gönc with his Pálinka distillery built on family estates producing fruit brandies.

Email: roland@zeligassociates.de

Tel: +49 17 28 94 85 58

Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Partner
Based in London.

Richard has two decades years of continuous corporate finance experience covering M&A and fundraising transactions. He has advised on over 40 corporate finance deals throughout his career with a combined value of c. $200bn. Richard was formerly a senior investment banker in the M&A teams at Barclays Capital and ABN AMRO and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte.

Based in London, Richard has a specific focus on delivering Zelig’s exceptional standards of transaction execution to complement Zelig’s global FinTech sector coverage.

Richard holds a BSc Joint Hons in Economics and Accounting from Bristol University.

Outside work, Richard enjoys long distance running to stay fit enough to keep up with his young family.

Email: richard@zeligassociates.co.uk

Phone: +44 20 7709 3024

Senthil Kumar Venugopal

Senthil Kumar Venugopal

Senior Advisor
Based in London.

Senthil Kumar joined Zelig as Senior Advisor in 2017, bringing over 30 years’ experience in the Technology sector. He actively invests in and advises early stage companies on market expansion and brand development.

Early in his career, Senthil worked at Wipro, Citi and Microsoft. Over the last two decades he has been actively selling and marketing software to the financial services industry worldwide. While at i-flex solutions,  Senthil served as the CEO of Europe and as global CMO. From 2007 to 2017, Senthil worked at Oracle Corporation (after the i-flex acquisition) and held the title Group Vice President and served first as Global Head of Marketing and later as Global Head of Business Development at the newly created Financial Services Global Business Unit.

Outside of work, Senthil loves to travel, play golf and take long walks around Kent and Surrey with his wife.

Email: senthil@zeligassociates.co.uk

Phone: +44 20 7709 3024

Chris Fong

Chris Fong

Vice President
Based in London.

Chris joined Zelig in 2013 and has over a decade of Technology, Media, and Telecom investment banking experience. Prior to Zelig, he was an Associate at Cobalt Corporate Finance in London, and Gemini Partners (Redwood Capital) in Los Angeles.

Chris holds a BS in Business Administration with dual emphases in Finance and International Business from the University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business).

Outside of work Chris enjoys training in martial arts in the morning and sipping Pappy Van Winkel in the evening.

Email: chris@zeligassociates.co.uk

Phone: +44 20 7709 3024

A. Owen England

A. Owen England

Associate
Based in London.

Owen joined Zelig in 2016 having previously worked at HSBC and Strata Partners, where he gained his first exposure to FinTech as a member of the deal team advising Holvi on their sale to BBVA.

Owen holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MSc from the London School of Economics, both in Economic History. He has also completed a certificate course in FinTech offered by MIT.

Outside of work Owen can be found running – having completed the fabled Marathon des Sables ultramarathon – or climbing mountains.

Email: owen@zeligassociates.co.uk

Phone: +44 20 7709 3024

JANNA GONCHAROVA

JANNA GONCHAROVA

Early Stage Venture Capital Affiliate
Based in London.

Janna has over a decade of experience in capital markets and investment management. Most recently she was a VP of  Investment Management at  Rocket Internet, the world’s largest start-up incubator outside the USA and was focusing on online marketplaces, ecommerce and FinTech.  Prior to that Janna worked in a credit focused asset management firm ARAM Global  and in structured credit products at Bank of America.

Janna holds a BSc Summa cum Laude in International Economics and Management and an MSc in Finance from Bocconi University in Italy.

Outside of work Janna enjoys skiing, art and horse-riding.

Email: janna@zeligassociates.com

Phone: +44 20 7709 3024