Asteria stregthens its Private Debt team

February 2, 2021

In December 2020, Asteria Investment Managers ("Asteria") entered a strategic partnership with Obviam, an asset manager with over 20 years of experience in impact investing. The new entity employs 50 professionals in Geneva and Bern and has asset under management of over 1 billion spanning across 500 companies and 70 countries. To strengthen its team, Asteria has recently hired Pierre Husser and Sarunas Kubilickas as Senior Private Debt Investment Managers and Dajana Turujlija as new Head of Legal and Compliance.

To further its development and to serve its investors, Asteria appointed two new Senior Private Debt Investment Managers, Pierre Husser and Sarunas Kubilickas. Asteria will soon launch its first Private Debt fund allowing clients to invest in financial inclusion, sustainable farming, green and social infrastructure. Asteria’s team will be completed by a new Head of Legal and Compliance, Dajana Turuljija.

Asteria, launched in October 2019 by the REYL Group and Katia Coudray, CEO, is an independent asset manager dedicated to social and environmental impact investing. Its team of experienced professionals offers institutional investors exposure to a wide range of asset classes focused on impact and performance generation. Asteria has developed an integrated proprietary impact, ESG and fundamental research tool supported by an innovative big data technology platform.

Asteria’s Private Debt Team grows with the arrival of two experienced Senior Investment Managers, Sarunas Kubilickas and Pierre Husser. They join Fabio Sofia, Investment Manager, and add extensive experience in the fields of developing finance, renewable and infrastructure.

Sarunas Kubilickas has more than 14 years’ experience in the financial sector in private equity, venture capital, M&A, corporate finance, business development, and C-suite positions. Prior to joining Asteria, Sarunas worked at Triodos Investment Management, a Private Equity firm in the Netherlands as Senior Investment Manager and Member of Investment Committee for Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. His professional experience also includes nine years at Société Générale in Paris as Investment Manager for Corporate M&A and Private Equity transactions.

Pierre Husser has 11 years of banking and asset management experience in London focusing on private and public debt investments in renewable energy and infrastructure. Prior to joining Asteria as Investment Manager, he was for five years a member of the M&G Investments Project and Infrastructure Finance team. Pierre also worked five years at Nord/LB within the Structured Finance Infrastructure EMEA team. Pierre began his career in Project finance at Crédit Agricole CIB.

Sarunas Kubilickas, Senior Investment Manager, added: "I am delighted to be joining Asteria, which is an exciting entrepreneurial and human venture that brings together a great team of seasoned investment professionals and focuses on delivering positive impact to people and planet by combining performance with fundamental social and environmental values."

Pierre Husser, Investment Manager, added: " Following a decade long spent in asset management and banking, I am excited to be joining the impact asset manager Asteria. Rarely in a career does the opportunity arise to play a key role in developing a Private Debt offering in renewables and infrastructure. I am delighted to becoming part of such entrepreneurial, growth-oriented firm that aims to combine performance with social and environmental impact."

In addition to this new Private Debt Team, Asteria has appointed a Head of Legal and Compliance as of February 1st, 2021 This function has been until now provided by the REYL Group.

Dajana holds a master’s degree in Business Law from the University of Paris II Assas and is a member of the Paris Bar. She is an experienced Lawyer with over 10 years of experience in banking and asset management. Dajana’s background combines both legal and financial experience. Dajana worked for Gide Loyrette Nouel as Associate, where she advised arrangers, dealers or issuers for listed corporates and public institutions. Later at UCAP wealth management/Union Capital Group, Dajana was Head of Legal and Compliance. In her role, Dajana was in charge, among other duties, of dealing with legal, compliance and operational aspects relating to investment funds’ set-up, transfer, liquidation and distribution.

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