About us

PMB Capital’s clients are industrial families, business owners and entrepreneurs. We are a merchant bank. We sit on the client side of the table. We are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their strategic and financial objectives. We have revived the merchant banking tradition of occasionally underwriting and investing alongside our clients. We operate globally from our offices in London, Frankfurt and Luxembourg.

We are advisors and investors.

 

PMB Advisory

Our advisory offering is focused on M&A and the provision of private investment capital. Where appropriate we will assist our clients in engaging with larger or specialist firms to enhance the execution of a particular mandate.

We are supported by a number of deeply expert Senior Advisors, chosen for their specific domain expertise as well as their knowledge of, and access to, influential decision takers in selected regions of the world.

Many of our advisory clients are both business owners and investors, and we have facilitated a significant volume, over USD 1 billion, of direct equity investment within this community over the past years. This results from the expressed preference of both sides for the “private to private” market avoiding the exigencies of private equity.

PMB Invest

Given our success in sourcing attractive opportunities for our clients, we have chosen to establish our own vehicle, PMB Invest. The purpose of PMB Invest is to commit capital alongside our clients in some of the most exciting transactions we encounter through our proprietary deal flow.

PMB Invest makes minority investments alongside lead investors we trust, who deliver both diligence expertise and a clearly defined positive impact on the underlying business via their sector knowledge and market position.

We are currently investing out of Fund I, with equity cheques of €5-15m from the fund and up to €100m, including co-investment from our investors.

Meet the team

Richard Briance

Richard Briance

Co-Chairman

Richard Briance is a founding member of PMB Capital with many years of experience in the private banking world. He was previously Chief Executive of Edmond de Rothschild Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Geneva-based banking group (2010-2015). He was Chief Executive and latterly Deputy Chairman of Hawkpoint Partners (1999-2010).

Prior to joining Hawkpoint Richard had twenty-five years’ international investment banking experience, as Chief Executive of WestMerchant Bank, Vice Chairman and global head of fixed income at UBS and Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston. He has served on the board of Mint Hotels and Oxford Analytica.

Richard has a wealth of experience in the charitable sector, having served as a trustee of Policy Exchange; as Chairman of Trinity Hospice, the UK’s oldest hospice; as a trustee of Floreat Education and on the board of trustees at the London Children’s Ballet. Richard is on the board of trustees at the Legatum Institute, an international think tank based in London, and is Chairman of the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.

Richard is married to Lucille, who founded London Children’s Ballet over 25 years ago. He has four grown up children and divides his time between London, Gloucestershire and Nantucket (sadly not much of his time).

Christoph Ladanyi

Christoph Ladanyi

Managing Partner

Christoph Ladanyi’s focus area at PMB Capital is on corporate finance, alternative assets and direct investments.

Previously he was founding partner of Edmond de Rothschild Private Merchant Banking LLP (2012-2015). Before that he was Managing Director of Barclays Wealth and Head of the European Private Wealth business of Lehman Brothers (2004-2011).

Prior to that he was Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in London and Frankfurt (1990-2000); and Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch in New York (1985-1989).

Christoph has structured and implemented numerous direct investments in the alternative asset space in sectors such as Bio-tech, Software, Alternative Energy, Forestry and the Art Market both for clients and on his own account. He sits on several boards and advisory committees.

Konstantin Mettenheimer

Konstantin Mettenheimer

Co-Chairman

Konstantin Mettenheimer advises international business owners, families and investors on strategic and investment issues long term and with a keen eye for business and family issues alike. He offers an uncommon blend of successful leadership and advice and sits on the board of some privately owned businesses and private trust companies.

Konstantin was previously Chairman of Edmond de Rothschild Group in Germany and partner of Edmond de Rothschild Private Merchant Banking LLP, London (2013-2015). Prior to that he was global chairman (Senior Partner) of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the international law firm with 5,000 employees. Under his leadership the firm almost doubled profit per share. He had joined the firm in 1986.

With an MBA from Wharton and as a qualified lawyer and tax adviser in Germany he combines a deep knowledge of commercial and legal issues. He received his doctoral degree at Goethe University Frankfurt in 1987. He is Chairman of Common Purpose Germany and member of the Kuratorium of the Goethe University Frankfurt. He was awarded the medal of honour by Bucerius Law School in 2008. Married, with three children, Konstantin also served as an officer in the Bundeswehr and the US National Guard.

He speaks English, French and German, and is married to Dorothée, a practicing lawyer. Together they have three children and share a passion for horses – Dorothée favours dressage, whereas Konstantin is very much a cross-country and hunting man.

Henrik Schliemann

Henrik Schliemann

Managing Partner

Henrik Schliemann has been advising international families and business owners on corporate finance, structuring and strategic initiatives for over 25 years.

He was previously a founding partner of Edmond de Rothschild Private Merchant Banking LLP (2013-2015) and before that Head of International at Hawkpoint Partners (2001-2012). Prior to joining Hawkpoint, Henrik worked in investment banking as Managing Director at Merrill Lynch (1998-2000), Director at Baring Brothers (1994-1997) and Vice President at JPMorgan (1988-1993).

Henrik sits on a number of family advisory boards, is a director of Iridium Communications Inc. and is a trustee of the Philip Breuel Stiftung, a charity supporting children from deprived backgrounds in his native town of Hamburg. Henrik received his BA in economics and finance from the University of Pennsylvania where he currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Program for Business and International Studies.

Henrik is married to Joana, a producer of films and cultural content, with whom he has three (fairly) grown up daughters. He divides his time between homes in London and Provence and far too much time at airports.

Advisors

Ian Molson

Independent Chairman

Ian Molson

Independent Chairman

R. Ian Molson was born and grew up in Montreal, Canada and is currently a director of a number of private equity, investment and other companies which include Cayzer Continuation PCC Ltd, Central European Petroleum Ltd (Deputy Chairman), Healthpoint Capital LLC, JCB Service and RM2 (Chairman).

Ian served as Chairman of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Marsden Hospital Charity from 2010 to 2016. From 1999 to 2004, he was deputy chairman of the board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Molson Inc., a Canadian public corporation founded in 1786. Between 1977 and 1997, he was employed by Credit Suisse First Boston, one of the leading investment banking and securities firms in the world. From 1993 to 1997, he served as co-Head of their Investment Banking Department in Europe, a position which encompassed all corporate finance, corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions businesses in Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.

He graduated from Harvard University (BA Honors) in 1977.

Dominic Shorthouse

Independent Member

Dominic Shorthouse

Independent Member

Dominic has a long history in private equity. He is currently an active private investor based in London.
Dominic was founder and managing partner of the mid-market private equity firm, Englefield Capital from inception in 2001 until its sale in 2010 to the Brenninkmeijer family.  Prior to founding Englefield Capital he was a partner of Warburg Pincus & Co. and co-head of their European business for many years.  As an investor, he has been involved in most sectors of the economy and invested in businesses at all stages of development. As a board member, Dominic has played a role on more than 50 boards based in the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Italy, Ireland, China and the U.S.  He started his career at Morgan Stanley in London.

Dominic graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Latin and Greek Literature and Philosophy, and has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.  In addition to his business activities, Dominic is Deputy Chair of The Anna Freud Centre serving child and adolescent mental health.