Team

Management

Stefan Herzog

Telefon: +49 (0) 89 4114 725 - 70
E-Mail: Stefan Herzog

Stefan Herzog was a founding partner of VCM Capital Management GmbH, Munich, in 1991 and was Managing Director of the company until 2009. During his tenure at VCM Capital Management, the company grew from its inception to a managed volume of EUR 1.6 billion and managed over 30 funds of funds in venture capital, mezzanine and buyouts in Europe, the US and Asia. From 2008 to 2010 he was a member of the management board of Sal Oppenheim Private Equity Partners GmbH, Cologne. Stefan Herzog began his professional career with several years as an investment manager with the Matuschka Group.

Stefan Herzog has more than 25 years of experience in venture capital and private equity. He acts as managing partner of Upside Equity Advisory since 2011 and a member of the Board of Upside Beteiligungs-AG since 2012.

Stefan Herzog studied business administration at the European Business School in Wiesbaden, Paris and London. He has served on the advisory boards of numerous private equity funds, including Index Ventures, Geneva, and Sofinnova Ventures, Menlo Park.

Martin Daubenmerkl

Telefon: +49 (0) 89 4114 725 - 72
E-Mail: Martin Daubenmerkl

Prior to founding Upside, Martin Daubenmerkl was Investment Director in the private debt division of DB Private Equity (previously Sal. Oppenheim Private Equity Partners) from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that, he worked for VCM Capital Management for over five years, most recently as Senior Investment Manager. In these positions he was a member of the advisory boards of numerous private debt funds.

Martin Daubenmerkl has 18 years of experience in private equity and private debt. He acts as a Managing Partner of Upside Equity Advisory since 2011 and as a member of the Board of Upside Beteiligungs-AG since 2021.

Martin Daubenmerkl graduated in Business Administration at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg and is CFA Charterholder.

Supervisory Board

Thomas Schwartz

Telefon: +49 (0) 89 4114 725 - 60
E-Mail: Thomas Schwartz

Thomas Schwartz was a founding partner of VCM Capital Management GmbH, Munich, in 1991 and was Managing Director of the company until 2009. During his tenure at VCM Capital Management, the company grew from its inception to a managed volume of EUR 1.6 billion and managed over 30 funds of funds in the areas of venture capital, mezzanine and buyout in Europe, the US and Asia.

Prior to that, Thomas Schwartz was a partner in the venture capital division of the Matuschka Group until 1991 and was responsible for numerous venture capital programs in the USA and Asia. At the beginning of his professional career, he worked at Bayerische Vereinsbank AG until 1984 as Head of the Foreign Credit Secretariat, responsible for foreign loans of decisive importance at Board level.

Thomas Schwartz has more than 25 years of experience in venture capital, private equity and mezzanine.  Since 2011 he acts as a managing partner of Upside Equity Advisory, from 2011 to 2016 he was member of the Board of Upside Beteiligungs-AG.

Thomas Schwartz studied law in Munich and Lausanne and was a member of the advisory boards of numerous investment companies, including TA Associates, Boston, and Wellington Partners, Munich.

Dr. Dominik Meyer

Dominik Meyer is co-founder and partner of the Swiss private equity placement agency Axon Partners. Previously, he was Managing Director of various private equity funds of funds in Switzerland, including the first fund of funds for Central and Eastern Europe. Dominik is on the advisory boards of numerous private equity funds in Europe and the USA. In addition, he led over 20 secondary transactions in the private equity sector with a transaction volume of over € 1.5 billion and successfully raised capital for a total of 19 private equity funds.

Dr. Jan Wiechmann

During his 14 years with Equistone Partners GmbH, Munich, a private equity firm focused on German SMEs, Jan Wiechmann was responsible for eight successful investments from sourcing, execution and support to exit.

Prior to that, he worked for Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, Frankfurt, for several years. Jan began his career as a business analyst at Premiere Medien GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg.

Florian Schulte

Florian Schulte is Managing Director of Family Office S.K. Management- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Baden-Baden. Previously, he was Managing Partner of Deltavista Group, Zurich / Karlsruhe and CEO of arvato infoscore, Baden-Baden. Florian began his career at McKinsey & Co. in Frankfurt.