Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer

Before founding Novum Capital Partners in 2018, Gabriele was a Managing Director at JP Morgan in Geneva, where he built a client portfolio of over USD 4 billion across 30 families.

Gabriele’s specialty is advising his clients on their full balance sheet including all aspects of wealth planning, portfolio management and credit advice (including mortgage, jet, yacht and art financing, as well as complex credit deals).

Between 2011 to 2016, Gabriele served as a member of the JPMorgan Private Banking Advisory Council. He started his career at BSI in Lugano and moved to Geneva, where he led the bank’s advisory team.

Gabriele holds a degree from Bocconi University in Milan.


Partner & Relationship Manager

Sebastian is a Relationship Manager and Partner of Novum Capital Partners.

Sebastian joined Novum Capital Partners in 2021. He brings extensive experience from his 13 years with UBS’ international wealth management and global family office desks, where he covered sophisticated families across Europe out of Zurich and London. 

Clients entrusted Sebastian with their global wealth situations, and he successfully built one of the largest client portfolios in the Western European market at UBS. Sebastian’s typical clients have complex structures in multiple jurisdictions with its investment and tax considerations. He also assists in family governance and involves the next generation where possible.

He graduated from the Zurich University for Applied Science and is a CFA charter holder. He is fluent in German, English & French with basic knowledge in Croatian.


Partner & Market Strategist

Vittorio joined as a partner at Novum Capital Partners in 2018. In his role as Market Strategist, Vittorio is responsible for the investment strategy and asset allocation.

Previously, he has worked for over 16 years as the multi-asset class fund manager at BSI, where he successfully managed two fixed income and foreign exchange Total Return funds investing across a large array of financial instruments. Most recently, he worked as Portfolio Manager at Core Asset Management, where he was responsible for the asset allocation and portfolio management of a Total Return strategy.

Vittorio holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from LIUC Castellanza.


Partner & Chief Operating Officer

Didier joined Novum Capital Partners in 2019 as Chief Operating Officer.

Previously, he spent 8 years as Chief Operating Officer at SG M&RSA, where he oversaw internal procedures, relations with bank counterparties and AML requirements. He also handled requests for structuring, financing and wealth planning from the company’s key clients. Didier started his career as a corporate consultant in China for European companies, before joining GDP Gestion de Patrimoines in Lausanne.

Didier holds a master’s degree in Management from the University of Lausanne (HEC) and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).



Founding Partner & Chairman of the Board

Cesare is the Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico Società di Navigazione SpA, a publicly listed shipping company. He is also Vice-Chairman of Tamburi Investment Partners S.p.A. (Milan - Italy), Chairman of The Standard Club Ltd. (Bermuda Islands - United Kingdom), and member of the Council and Executive Committee of Confitarma – Confederazione Italiana Armatori (Rome - Italy). He graduated in 1982 from Rome University (La Sapienza) with a degree in Economics.


Founding Partner & Non Executive Board Member

Klaas Meertens is a managing partner of the private equity firm HTP Investments in Amsterdam and a founding partner of the multi-family office Novum Capital Partners in Geneva. He is a member of the supervisory board of Knaus Tabbert AG, the Frankfurt listed European leisure vehicle producer, and acts as a non-executive Board member of EFIC1, a SPAC aiming to invest in European FinTechs, of which HTP Investments is a sponsor and the sole anchor investor.

In 2008, Meertens partnered with Wim de Pundert in HTP Investments to exclusively invest their proprietary funds into private companies. Together they acquired majority stakes in businesses including Knaus Tabbert, Michael Thierry Group, Geiger, Reum, Halberg Guss, Morelo, Oyster, Formtec and UBC. Knaus Tabbert was IPO-ed in September 2020. The company was acquired in 2009 for EUR 12.6 million and its market capitalization at IPO reached EUR 602 million.

Beyond HTP Investments, Meertens and De Pundert have made significant early investments in technological companies, including US based Zillow Group and UK FinTech player Curve.

In 2018, Meertens partnered with Gabriele Gallotti to set-up Novum Capital Partners in Geneva. Novum is a multi-family office catering to UHNW families, with close to 2 billion Swiss francs in assets under management.

Early in 2021, together with Nicholas Aperghis, Meertens initiated and founded EFIC1. It aims to merge with a fast-growing European private FinTech company. Through HTP Investments, Meertens and De Pundert have invested a total of more than 45 million euros in EFIC1 as sponsors and sole anchor investors.

Before Meertens partnered with De Pundert in 2008, he worked for J.P. Morgan in New York, Amsterdam and as of 1997 in London, where he first headed and built their TMT EMEA team and later became head of investment banking for the Benelux and Switzerland. He was also part of the EMEA Investment Banking Coverage management team. While at J.P. Morgan, Meertens initiated many high-profile multi-billion transactions across M&A, ECM and DCM for blue-chip clients.

From 1986 until 1996, Meertens worked for McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam, New York, Brussels, London and Milan, the last 4 years as a partner focusing on transportation and financial institutions.

Meertens studied Physics at the University of Utrecht (BSc) and Management at the Interfaculteit in Delft (MSc).


Founding Partner & Non Executive Board Member

Prior to co-founding Novum Capital Partners in 2018, Alvise worked at BvB & Cie, a Swiss private investment firm, for over 15 years, during which he set up the firm’s London office among other responsibilities. Before that, he was the Head of the Marketing and Client department of Fiduciary Trust in Geneva and held senior Relationship Manager roles at Indosuez, Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild, Credit Suisse and Citibank.

Alvise holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Lausanne.


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