Team

Hugues Lepic

Hugues Lepic is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aleph Capital Partners and the Chair of its Investment Committee. Prior to founding Aleph Capital Partners in 2013, he was the Head of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Europe between 2009 and 2012 and the Head of the Principal Investment Area (PIA) of Goldman Sachs in Europe between 2006 and 2012.

He joined Goldman Sachs in New York in 1990 and worked there for 22 years. He was a partner of the firm for 12 years. At Goldman Sachs, he spent most of his career building the Principal Investment Area and Merchant Banking franchises in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and established Goldman Sachs as one of the leading principal investors in Europe in private equity, credit and infrastructure investing. He was also a member of the European Management Committee between 2008 and 2012, and between 2002 and 2012, a member of the Investment Committee which supervises Goldman Sachs’ worldwide principal investing activities. He has served on the boards of the following publicly listed companies: Eutelsat Communications SA, Prysmian Spa, Groupe Eurotunnel SA, Iliad SA, Neuf Cegetel SA and PagesJaunes Groupe. He currently serves on the boards of Technicolor SA and Interoute Communications Holdings S.A.

He holds an M.Sc. from Ecole Polytechnique in France and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Bachir Ghabache

Bachir Ghabache is an Investment Professional at Aleph Capital Partners. Prior to that, he was an Associate at Moelis & Company, where he advised on a range of M&A, Restructuring and Capital Markets transactions. Before joining Moelis, he worked at Rothschild & Cie in Paris, focusing on M&A.

He holds a Master in Management from ESCP Europe in Paris and a Master Degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Toulouse.

Ben Freeman

Ben Freeman is the Chief Financial Officer at Aleph Capital Partners. Prior to Aleph Capital Partners, he worked for eleven years at Bridgepoint, a mid-market private equity firm. There he worked for eight years in the non-investment side of the business, ultimately as the Finance Director, and more recently in a portfolio management role. Prior to that he was the Finance Director of an AIM listed investment company.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Manchester.

Christian Loelke

Christian Loelke is an Investment Professional at Aleph Capital Partners. Prior to that, he worked with the M&A Diversified Industrials Group at J.P. Morgan.

He holds a M.A. in Banking and Finance from the University of St Gallen and a M.Sc. in International Management from the ESADE Business School in Barcelona.

Jamie Rahamim

Jamie Rahamim is a Director at Aleph Capital Partners. Prior to joining the investment team, he worked as part of Lord Rothschild’s private equity team at RIT Capital, and was responsible for the origination and execution of PE deals across a broad range of markets and sectors. Before joining RIT, Jamie worked as both an Analyst, and an Associate, in the UK Investment Banking team at UBS, advising on a range of M&A, equity and debt capital market transactions.

Jamie graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA in Modern Languages, and more recently completed his Masters in Finance degree at London Business School.

Jean de Pourtales

Jean de Pourtales is a Managing Director at Aleph Capital Partners. Prior to joining Aleph Capital Partners, he enjoyed a 24 year career at Goldman Sachs in a variety of investing positions. He was most recently a partner in the Merchant Banking Division in London, co-Head of the European Real Estate Principal Investment Area and Global Head of Emerging Markets real estate investment.

After an initial spell in the Mergers and Acquisition advisory business in London, Paris and New York, Jean joined Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment Area at its inception in London in 1992, making a number of investments in the insurance sector and helping to start Goldman Sachs’ European mezzanine business. He joined the Real Estate Principal Investment Area in 1997 to lead the acquisition of UIC, a distressed French bank, by the Goldman Sachs Whitehall real estate funds. Over the ensuing decade, Jean built Whitehall’s French business into the leading real estate private equity franchise in that market, and oversaw the development of Archon Group in Europe, Goldman Sachs’ real estate and non-performing asset loan management subsidiary. In 2007, he moved to Asia as Global Head of Emerging Markets real estate investment, returning to London in 2010 to co-head the European Real Estate Principal Investment Area. Jean was a member of the Real Estate Principal Investment Area Investment Committee, and a member of Goldman Sachs’ Finance Committee, ASEAN Operating Committee, and European Audit and Compliance Committee.

Jean received a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Merton College, Oxford University, in 1988. He is a member of the Merton College Development and Alumni Relations Committee.

Justine Dobbs-Higginson

Justine is a Managing Director at Aleph Capital Partners. She is also a founding partner of Co-Investment Capital, which she launched in 2008, where she has played a pivotal role in structuring and raising capital on eighteen deals up to £100m.

She has almost twenty years’ experience in the financial services industry, including ten years spent in investment banking, were she worked on over 40 deals at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank as a Director, with a particular focus on originating and structuring new issues in Equity Capital Markets for large corporates and private equity firms and then marketing them to international institutions and alternative asset managers, raising in excess of £20bn. Before founding Co-Investment Capital, Justine spent a year working at Palmer/Oakley Capital, a boutique alternative asset management and third party marketing firm.

Justine holds a BA in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College, USA.

Maneesh Sharma

Maneesh Sharma is a Principal at Aleph Capital Partners. Prior to joining the investment team, he worked as an independent investment consultant on a number of private equity investments. He also worked as an adviser to the U.K.’s Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury, providing expertise on financial services regulation and capital provision for U.K. business. Before this, he worked for six years at Lazard, the independent investment bank, first in the structured finance team and then the industrials M&A team, leading a wide-range of financing and M&A transactions. He has also written on the U.K. economy for a leading British think tank.

He holds a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Marie-Chantal Coe

Marie-Chantal Coe is an analyst in the Investor Relations team at Aleph Capital Partners. She began her career in the Merchant Banking division at Goldman Sachs supporting the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Private Equity business. Following Goldman Sachs, Marie-Chantal relocated to New York to help establish Crestview Partners.

She holds a BSc in Business Administration from the University of London and speaks fluent French and English.

Sophie Lanfranc

Sophie Lanfranc is Executive Assistant to Hugues Lepic. She began her career at the publishing house Condé Nast Jonhansens supporting the Publishing Director. Following this, she joined Christie’s, working with the EMEA Business Development Director and then, Discovery Channels, assisting the CEO and COO for the European offices. Lately, she was Executive Assistant to the CEO and Chairman of the Board and the CFO of PrePay Solutions.

She has a degree from the INALCO and studied Anthropology at University Paris VIII. She is fluent in both French and English.

Victor Culebras

Victor Culebras is an Investment Professional at Aleph Capital Partners. Prior to that, he was an Analyst at Lazard where he worked on a number of M&A transactions across the Healthcare and Industrials sectors.

He holds a MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London.