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WHO WE ARE

Rethinking Private Equity

Moonfare is the leading global platform for private equity investing. With a dedicated team of more than 140 people and strong strategic partnerships, we are now active in nearly 20 countries.

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140

Employees

$125M

Series C

30+

Different nationalities

A Global Team of 140 Experts

Moonfare is piloted by a team of talented professionals from leading investment and technology companies including KKR, Apax Partners, J.P. Morgan, BlackRock, Amazon, Microsoft, N26 and Google.

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Sweta Chattopadhyay

Investment Director

Dr. Steffen Pauls

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Steffen founded Moonfare in 2016 with the vision to democratize private investing. He runs the company as Chairman and CEO. Steffen is a serial entrepreneur with a strong background in the private equity industry. Before becoming an entrepreneur Steffen served as a Managing Director of private equity at KKR. While at KKR, he was responsible for the firm’s coverage of the German market. Prior to joining KKR, he was co-founder and served as Chief Executive Officer of firstfive AG. He served as Chairman of The Supervisory Board at A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger Investment GmbH & Co. KG and as a member of the Advisory Board at Versatel, Serbia Broadband and Hertha BSC. Steffen holds a B.A. with high distinction from the University of Mannheim and the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques and a Ph.D. from the University of Trier. He worked as a research assistant at Harvard University where he wrote his master thesis. Steffen lives in Munich with his wife and children.

Dr. Steffen Pauls

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Dr. Lorenz Jüngling

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer

Lorenz oversees Moonfare's Tech, Product, Finance and Legal/Compliance functions. Prior to Moonfare he was responsible for N26's product until it reached unicorn status and most recently worked as a contractor with startup veterans in San Francisco, which equip him with a lot of FinTech experience. Prior to his startup days Lorenz worked for 12 years at McKinsey — six of those years as a partner. Lorenz is a physicist by training and holds a PhD in material science. In his free time he plays blues guitar and is a passionate amateur road cyclist.

Dr. Lorenz Jüngling

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer

Frederik Meheus

Managing Director, Head of Commercial

Frederik had a long-standing career at BlackRock, one of the largest asset managers globally and a pioneer in the investment industry. He worked there for 16 years as Head of Alternatives Sales, Head of EMEA Retail Sales and later as Head of International Distribution Technology.

Frederik Meheus

Managing Director, Head of Commercial

Magnus Grufman

Managing Director, Head of Investments

Magnus runs Private Equity for Moonfare, ensuring that our investors have access to a steady flow of top-tier private equity funds. He brings considerable experience from private equity, both as an investor with Apax Partners, and as an operator in Cole Haan, one of the fund’s portfolio companies. While at Apax Partners, Magnus advised on a number of transactions in the consumer and retail industry. At Cole Haan, a high-end manufacturer and retailer of footwear and leather goods based in New York, Magnus was responsible for building and executing corporate strategy. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Magnus spent several years at J.P. Morgan in London advising on Consumer, Healthcare and Retail transactions. Magnus earned an MSc with a focus in Finance from Stockholm School of Economics and his MBA from Harvard Business School. In his free time Magnus practices his passions of sports, cooking and photography.

Magnus Grufman

Managing Director, Head of Investments

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provides expertise honed from decades of steering global
businesses and hands-on investing in private equity.

Dr. Steffen Pauls

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Steffen founded Moonfare in 2016 with the vision to democratize private investing. He runs the company as Chairman and CEO. Steffen is a serial entrepreneur with a strong background in the private equity industry. Before becoming an entrepreneur Steffen served as a Managing Director of private equity at KKR. While at KKR, he was responsible for the firm’s coverage of the German market. Prior to joining KKR, he was co-founder and served as Chief Executive Officer of firstfive AG. He served as Chairman of The Supervisory Board at A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger Investment GmbH & Co. KG and as a member of the Advisory Board at Versatel, Serbia Broadband and Hertha BSC. Steffen holds a B.A. with high distinction from the University of Mannheim and the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques and a Ph.D. from the University of Trier. He worked as a research assistant at Harvard University where he wrote his master thesis. Steffen lives in Munich with his wife and children.

Dr. Steffen Pauls

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Dr. Steffen Pauls

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Alexander Argyros

Co-Founder

Alexander is a co-founder of Moonfare and supports Moonfare as a Board Member. He brings deep experience as an entrepreneur and investor, having built and invested in companies over the past 12 years. Alexander is also a co-founder of 7 Global Capital, a cross-border technology growth fund with offices in San Francisco and Berlin. Previously, Alexander co-founded Somuchmore, a pan-European health and fitness technology platform that was acquired in 2016. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he was a member of KKR’s Private Equity team having worked on a number of transactions across technology, business services, and energy. Alexander started his career with J.P. Morgan in Investment Banking in New York and London. He has completed his military service in Greece, serving in the anti-aircraft artillery battalion in the island of Limnos and at the army’s command center in Athens. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a dual major in Civil Engineering and Economics from Tufts University (magna cum laude), and obtained his MBA from INSEAD. Alexander lives in Berlin, is passionate about world affairs, and loves the Aegean sea.

Alexander Argyros

Co-Founder

Alexander Argyros

Co-Founder

Dr. Heinrich von Liechtenstein

Professor of Financial Management

Heinrich is a Co-founder of Moonfare and supports Moonfare as a Board Member, strategic advisor and Chairman of Asia. Heinrich is a Professor in the MBA and Executive Programs at IESE Business School and the Chairman of the Munich Campus of IESE. He specializes in entrepreneurial finance, management of wealth and governance of entrepreneurial families. Heinrich is co-author on several publications on private equity. His ongoing research in this field focuses on operational value creation in private equity, impact investing and governance of entrepreneurial families. As a consultant he collaborated with leading families and financial institutions and serves on the board of family controlled foundations. Prior to his academic career, Professor Liechtenstein was engaged in the family-owned Liechtenstein Global Trust (LGT) dealing with ultra high net worth individuals. He also advised families within the Boston Consulting Group and established and sold two successful businesses. Heinrich holds a Ph.D. in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from The Economics School of Vienna, Austria, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from IESE Business School, and a BSc in Business Economics from the University of Graz. Heinrich lives in Barcelona and Munich.

Dr. Heinrich von Liechtenstein

Professor of Financial Management

Dr. Heinrich von Liechtenstein

Professor of Financial Management

Thomas Ebeling

Former CEO of ProSiebenSat.1

Thomas supports Moonfare as a Board Member and strategic advisor. Until recently, Thomas served as Chairman of Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of ProSieben Digital Media GmbH, a position he held since 2009. Prior to joining ProSieben, Thomas served as Chief Executive Officer of multiple divisions of Novartis AG including Novartis Pharma AG, Pharmaceuticals at Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., Novartis Nutrition World Wide, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Division. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Torrent Systems, Inc. Thomas worked with Pepsi-Cola in Germany as a Marketing Manager, before becoming Marketing Director and National Sales and Franchise Director. Prior to working for Pepsi-Cola, Thomas served in several positions at Reemstma Germany. He has been a Member of Supervisory Board at Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (also know as Bayer AG), Member of the Supervisory Board at GfK SE, Member of Advisory Board at UBS Oncology Impact Fund, and Director of Cullinan Oncology, LLC. He serves as a member of the advisory boards of Sivantos, a world leading hearing aid company. Previously, Thomas served as an Independent Director of Lonza Group Ltd and Director of Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Ebeling holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hamburg.

Thomas Ebeling

Former CEO of ProSiebenSat.1

Thomas Ebeling

Former CEO of ProSiebenSat.1

Christian Staub

Managing Director Europe, Fidelity

Christian joined Fidelity in August 2018 as Managing Director Europe and is responsible for managing the wholesale and institutional client-facing businesses across Europe. He serves as a member of the Moonfare advisory board since 2021. Christian worked for some of the financial sector's most respected names including BlackRock, Allianz Asset Management, UBS and PIMCO. He has worked in the US, Asia, where he spent three years, and Europe. He has experience of managing large businesses at scale, as well as broad responsibility for distribution across all business lines in Europe, and global responsibility for major client relationships. He trained initially as an investment analyst and extended his investment knowledge further at PIMCO. Christian graduated in Finance from the University of St. Gallen and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School; he is also a CFA Charterholder.

Christian Staub

Managing Director Europe, Fidelity

Christian Staub

Managing Director Europe, Fidelity

Matt Gatto

Managing Director, Insight Partners

Matt joined Insight in 2010 and invests globally in high-growth businesses across fintech, digital commerce, cybersecurity, and healthcare IT. He has served as a member of the Moonfare advisory board since 2021. Matt graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in finance and engineering.

Matt Gatto

Managing Director, Insight Partners

Matt Gatto

Managing Director, Insight Partners

Our US Advisory Board

With extensive expertise in entrepreneurship and investing, our new US Advisory Board offers proven leadership and a unique understanding of the transformational role Moonfare plays in the democratization of private markets.

Michael Polansky

CEO, Parker Group & Managing Partner Parker Ventures

Polansky co-founded the Parker Foundation in 2010 with acclaimed entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker and currently serves as Executive Director. Prior to joining the Parker Group, Polansky was with Bridgewater and Founders Fund, where he focused on consumer internet and emerging technology. In addition to his work with the Parker Foundation, Polansky is also the Managing Partner at Parker Ventures, CEO of the Parker Group, and a board member of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Polansky is also the co-founder of Avos Capital Management, a privately held investment firm managing tailored portfolios for high net worth individuals and families. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

Michael Polansky

CEO, Parker Group & Managing Partner Parker Ventures

Dean Nelson

Partner, Sageview Capital

Dean Nelson joins Moonfare’s Board with over forty years of experience in venture capital, private equity, and consulting. Nelson served as CEO and Founder of KKR Capstone and as a Managing Director of KKR, a global investment firm that manages investments across multiple asset classes including private equity, energy, infrastructure, and real estate. He is currently a Partner at Sageview Capital, a private investment firm focused on partnering with industry-defining innovators to build enduring software and tech-enabled businesses. He is a member of numerous boards including DISQO, XSELL Technologies, Theatro, Aceable, CallRail, Atmosphere, and 360insights.com.

Dean Nelson

Partner, Sageview Capital

$125M Series C

In November 2021, Moonfare closed a $125 million Series C led by Insight Partners, a leading New York-based private equity and venture capital firm. This brought Moonfare's total funding to $185 million. In addition to accelerating Moonfare's growth strategy, Insight also brings to bear the capabilities and network of one of the world's most prominent venture capital investors.

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Joining forces

In March 2021, Moonfare and Fidelity International, a leading global asset manager, entered into an exclusive strategic distribution partnership. Through this collaboration, our digital platform provides access to Fidelity International’s clients who are aiming to achieve attractive returns by adding alternative investment strategies to their portfolios, while helping us deepen our connections with leading asset managers and banks.

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A strong, growing community

2700

INVESTORS

Being a Moonfare investor means more than just investing in the funds on our platform. You are also joining a circle of like-minded, experienced investors who empower one another through knowledge sharing and leveraging the power of their networks.

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ambassadors

Moonfare has a robust network of ambassadors from 32 countries. Ambassadors are incentivised to leverage the power of their personal and professional connections to grow our community of investors.

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shareholders

We are backed by an outstanding group of leading professionals from the broader PE ecosystem. CEOs, founders and senior executives from companies like Accel, Goldman Sachs and KKR, support us with their capital and their advice.

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general partners

General Partners (GPs) manage the funds we offer on our platform and pick the investments in their portfolios. Moonfare only works with top-tier funds, with strong past performance and a track record of value creation for investors. Less than 5% of funds reviewed meet our rigorous standards.

What our investors say

“As a private investor, Moonfare has become an essential tool in my investment strategy and asset allocation by offering me a unique platform to build a diversified portfolio of top quartile PE and VC funds which form the bedrock of my investment portfolio with a sizeable allocation.”

Henrik Kraft

Vice Chairman Of The Board, Sportlight Technology

“Moonfare is a true disruptor in the value chain of PE, enabling wider access to the asset class, in an innovative and seamless way, while offering a selection of top performing funds otherwise inaccessible.”

Rajaa Mekouar

Founder & CEO, Calista Direct Investors

“I was an early investor into Moonfare’s fund offerings, having made commitments to its first PE funds. The Moonfare team identified the investment teams which suited my investment goals best and through its relationships secured allocations to these sought-after managers.”

Thomas Putter

Former CEO and Chairman Allianz Capital Partners

“Moonfare offers us the unique possibility to cherry pick investments in superior PE funds via special purpose vehicles, thus transparent in reporting, costs, capital flow and duration. Beyond that, the qualified and personalised support from our Moonfare liaison is first class.”

Lien De Leenheer

Managing Director, Family Office

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