WE ARE BROOKSTREET EQUITY PARTNERS

MEET OUR TEAM

We are a unique, commercially motivated and flexible Private Equity/Venture Capital (PEVC) investment group supporting companies which experience transformational growth in asymmetric markets

 
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Key Team Members

 
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OMIROS D. SARIKAS, MBA, FRSA, MCISI, Liveryman
Founding Member and Managing Partner

Coming from a line of Greek Minor Asia entrepreneurs, Omiros focused in the art of deal making and entrepreneurial leadership from an early age. He has had an American and English secondary education (ACS, Tasis), trained at IVY League and Russel Group business schools (Harvard, LBS, LSE, CBS) and admitted to professional bodies (CISI, BVCA, WCIB). He worked in London, Zurich, and New York,where he completed landmark engagements for funds and investments banks.

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GEORGE V. BOLOS, MBA

GEORGE V. BOLOS, MBA
Founding (Non-Executive) Member, C-Level Exec, Manager and Entrepreneur

Seasoned entrepreneur and C-level executive, George is a Founding Partner and formerly Chairman of Tickethour which was acquired by the world leader in the sector (Ticketmaster: LiveNation, NYSE, 2016 MK $5.4 billion), which he positioned and sold with Omiros. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President at the President's Office of Eurosport and before that as General Director of the Athens Olympic Games 2004 where he was decorated with the Olympic Order Award by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Count Jacques Rogge. Prior, he was the CEO of Continent Hellas of Carrefour Group and before that the CEO of Corina Foods of PepsiCo Group. He started his career with Nestle after studies at Northeastern University.

 
DR LEONID SHAPIRO

DR LEONID SHAPIRO, MD PhD
Investment Strategy & Due Diligence

Leonid is the Managing Partner and founder of Candesic, a leading European advisory for PE/VC with over 200 deals track record. His personal experience involves over 70 engagements. Leonid works for over a decade now with PEVC firms advising their Investment Teams. Clients include global funds (like Bain, BC Partners) and family offices. A number of PEVC engagements were done together with Omiros. He previously worked at McKinsey & Company, specializing in private equity strategy. Leonid’s entrepreneurial ventures include being the COO of a $126m software company and the CEO of a telecommunications firm. He holds an MD from Duke University, a PhD from Oxford University and a BA from Cornell University. He trained in Corporate Finance at the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

 
KONSTANTINOS G. MARAMENOS

KONSTANTINOS G. MARAMENOS, MBA, MIF
Origination Management

Konstantinos worked at Kantor, the leading local advisory (formerly Booz & Co. affiliate), where he focused on corporates and privatizations for the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED). Konstantinos specializes in strategic origination, business analysis, modelling, financial due diligence and valuations. He collaborated on sell/buy-side engagements with Deloitte and the Investment Bank of Greece. Prior to that, he was a Financial Analyst at Nestle. He is an alumnus of the University of Piraeus (MBA) and London Business School (MiF), where he was mentored by Omiros. He trained in PEVC at the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

 
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DAVINIA SMITH
Risk Management

Davinia has over 20 years of experience in the global Alternative Funds and Corporate Trust industries with particular experience in Real Estate (RE) and Private Equity (PE). Davinia has held regulated positions in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar, and the BVI and was most recently a Strategic Relationship DIrector and Head of Cayman Islands at Alter Domus. Prior she held roles with Lloyds Bank and Computershare. She has extensive experience on PE and M&A including Palamon's acquisitions (e.g. The Rug Company, Happy Socks, Il Bisonte) and Macquarie's acquisition of Green Investment Bank and the Nat Grid gas lines. Davinia has also sat on a number of RE Boards including regulated Jersey Funds, the GP of 22 Bishopsgate the tallest tower in the City of London and the Acquisition Board of Pinewood Studios.

 
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KONSTANTINOS TSITSIS, MSC
Financial Analysis

Konstantinos serves as a Financial Analyst contributing in corporate asset reviews supporting financial and valuation modelling. Prior to joining Brookstreet he worked for a London based family office evaluating hedge fund investments and before that gained experience at Eurobank Asset Management, the leading mutual fund and institutional asset management company in Greece. He holds a BSc from the University of Piraeus and an MSc in Investment Management from Cass Business School. Konstantinos is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute.

Independent Senior Professional Advisors

 
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STEPHEN CLARK, FCIB
Advisor, Investment Management

Stephen has over 40 years experience in Wealth Management, Investment Banking and Fund Management. He has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gerrard Investment Management, Oppenheimer International and Narodny Bank/VTB Capital where he became Chairman. He spent 27 years at NWB Group holding senior executive positions. He is a Non Executive Director of Nutmeg, Access Bank UK and a NHS Trust.

 
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PIERRE F. SUHRCKE, MBA
Advisor, Venture Capital

Pierre was global co-Head at Deutsche Bank Ventures and held senior management positions in the bank. He acquired with his partners ABS Ventures (DB`s venture portfolio) and was responsible for building up several global leaders such as RiskMetrics, Adeptra, Trema in the FinTech space and to deliver high returns (46-48% IRR) to his investors. He is a Managing Partner of Acorus Capital and an alumnus of the University of Trier.

 
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CHRISTOS MEGALOU, MBA
Advisor, CEO Banking

Christos is CEO of Pireaus, the largest bank in Greece. A senior international banker who has worked with Barclays in Athens and London, Credit Suisse in London, managed Eurobank Ergasias SA and was senior advisor to Fairfax Financial Holdings. Christos was Chief Executive Officer of Eurobank Ergasias SA, Chairman of the Executive Board of Eurobank Ergasias SA and Vice Chairman of Board of Eurolife, the insurance arm of Eurobank Ergasias SA.

 
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PANOS PAPAZOGLOU, MBA
Advisor, CEO Big 4

Panos is the Head of EY Greece. Having joined Ernst & Young in 1988, Panos is the Country's Managing Partner since July 2010. He also holds the role of the CSE South Cluster Leader (since January 2011) and CSE Markets Leader (since January 2015). His technical experience spans a wide range of services, including audits, privatisations, IPOs, placements, and European Commission funded projects. Panos is a Member of the BoD at the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, a Member of the Institute of Economic and Industrial Research, the Greek CEO Club and Endeavor Greece.

Independent Advisors
& Entrepreneurs in Residence

 
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KONSTANTINOS MACHERAS, MBA
Advisor, EIR, CEO Experience

Konstantinos Macheras, former CEO of AB Vassilopoulos, joins Brookstreet Equity Partners LLP as CEO-in-Residence Advisor. Mr Macheras took AB Vassilopoulos from 15 stores and a turnover of $117m to 330 stores and a turnover of $2billion. Konstantinos Macheras is the President of the Institute of Retail Consumer Goods and Former EVP of Delhaize Group & CEO of Southeastern Europe and Asia. Previously he served for 14 years at Mars Inc. in Holland, Greece and Italy. He holds a BSc from Piraeus and an MBA from Roosevelt University of Chicago. Mr Macheras was named Officer in the order of King Leopold II by the King of Belgium Albert II.

 
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MARIOS N. SHACOLAS, CTC
Advisor, EIR, CEO Experience

Mr. Marios N. Shacolas has been the Chief Executive Officer of Cyprus Trading Corporation Plc since September 11, 2015. Mr. Shacolas serves as an Executive Vice President of N.K. Shacolas (Holdings) Limited. He has been an Executive Chairman of Cyprus Trading Corporation Plc since April 28, 2015 and served as its Chairman since June 2014. He serves as an Executive Non-Independent Director of Woolworth (Cyprus) Properties Public Ltd. He serves as a Director of MTN and other companies. He serves as Executive Director of Ermes Department Stores Plc. He served as Non Executive Director of ITTL Trade Tourist and Leisure Park Plc until July 23, 2015. Mr. Shacolas studied Business Administration in the USA, where he also obtained a post-graduate degree.

 
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SPYROS CAPRALOS, MBA
Advisor, EIR, Chairman Experience

A former swimming champion of Greece from 1969 to 1974 and two times Olympian in water polo (1980 and 1984), Mr. Spyros Capralos was elected in June 2019 a member of the International Olympic Committee. He is a member of the Olympic Solidarity Commission, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and a member in the Executive Board of European Olympic Committees.  During his IOC history, he has served in the past as a member of the IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission and as an expert of the IOC Culture and Olympic Education Commission.

Moreover, he has been Chairman in EOC Olympic Culture & Education Commission, Chairman in EOC Coordination Commission for the 1st European Games “Baku 2015”, Chairman in EOC Coordination Commission for the 2nd European Games “Minsk 2019”, Member in ANOC Events Commission, General Secretary of State and City Manager in Olympic Games Athens 2004, Executive Director in Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Athens 2004, Chef de Mission of Greece in Atlanta 1996, Member & President of Olympic Preparation and Vice-President of the Greek Swimming Federation.

Beyond being a accomplished sportsman, Mr. Capralos is a distinguished businessman as well, being the Chairman of Starbulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ:SBLK), having served in the past as the company’s CEO.  He has been President of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges, Chairman and CEO of the Athens Exchange, Executive Chairman of National Bank of Greece and VP at Bankers Trust Company in NY, Paris, Milan, London and Athens. He is serving on the BoD of Euroclinic (Chairman) and of GEK Terna. Mr. Capralos has been awarded the Olympic Order and the Order of merit by the Republic of Azerbaijan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Athens and an MBA from INSEAD. 

 
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SAKIS ROUVAS
Advisor, EIR, Media Press & Social Impact

Born and raised in the island of Corfu, Sakis Rouvas started his music career in 1991, at the Thessaloniki Song Festival. Since then, he has been steadily at the top of the Greek music scene and show-biz with numerous distinctions in different fields, as he has received the best New Singer, the Best Song, the Best Stage Performance as well as many other awards. Sakis has the privilege to be followed by a vivid crowd of passionate and enthusiastic pool of followers (on and off-line) in the largest fan club in Greece that no other artist has achieved till today.

His multitalented personality has been demonstrated through his leading roles in cinema, ancient drama and Hollywood movies, as well as through his participation in popular TV shows and large-scale events, including the 2004 Athens Olympics Closing Ceremony and the Eurovision Song Contest, as a participant in 2004 and 2009, and as a host in 2006.  

During his career he has partnered with selected top brands in legendary campaigns. He is the only Greek singer ever to have been offered to be the face of soft drinks giant, Pepsi. He has also become the face for the Greek campaign of mobile phone giant Vodafone, just like David Beckham and Michael Schumacher did in the respective international campaigns. Parallel to his career, Sakis has demonstrated a long-term commitment to supporting Children in need, while being himself a caring father of four kids.  A true star, an iconic figure with massive appeal to all age groups, a fashion icon and the No1 trend-setter, Sakis Rouvas is one of the most influential personalities in Greece.

 
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BRUNO BRANCO
Advisor, EIR, Unicorn Founder

Bruno Branco is the 1st Brazilian Unicorn Founder and was part of the 1st Brazilain Company that that listed in NASDAQ. He is a world famous Technology entrepreneur and executive. With over 14 years of market experience, he has co-founded two of the most prestigious EduTech companies in Brazil. From 2010 to 2014: Aprova Concursos established itself as one of the country’s top tech players, with over 5 million active users on-line. From 2014 to 2018: SAE Digital merged with competitors to form Arco Platform (NASDAQ: ARCE), the first company in Brazil to ever be publicly listed on the NASDAQ and an EduTech Unicorn currently trading at USD 1.5 billion. He is an OPMer (Owner/President) at Harvard Business School, a cohort of Unicorn Founders, Fund Managers, Presidents and CEOs. He is also a member of the Board of the Brazilian private schools association and committed to the Great Schools Platform.

Independent Industry Leaders

 
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DIMITRIOS TZILILIS, CFA
Advisor, Portfolio/Investments

Dimitrios is a seasoned private equity professional, with 15+ years experience in SME investing. He spent 9 years in Barclays Ventures (Barclays' captive lower mid-market fund) lately as the Portfolio Director.  In 2011 he co-founded Encore Capital, a London-based firm investing in entrepreneurial growth businesses.  Dimitrios is advising Brookstreet on CEE matters.  Dimitrios holds degrees from Imperial College, London and the University of Macedonia, Greece and is a CFA Charterholder.

 
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ANDREAS KOUTSOURIS, MSC
Advisor, Portfolio/Operations

Andreas is an established Board level Executive and Advisor, with over fifteen years experience in leading transformations.  He was a Senior Director with AlixPartners and prior to that, he was with Ernst & Young and A.T. Kearney.  Currently he is the CEO of an ultra-luxury retailer and of Ithaka Capital Partners. Andreas is an alum of Rotterdam School of Management, a Fellow of the European Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals and an accredited member of the Institute for Turnaround.

 
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PHILIPPOS KASSIMATIS, MBA
Advisor, Foreign Exchange (FX) and Derivatives

Philippos is a Partner at Maven Global and co-founder of Panthir Capital UK.  Previously he was Global co-Head of FX Structuring at Barclays Capital, and before that he was with Merrill Lynch both in New York and latterly, London focusing on M&A, Derivatives and European FX. Philippos is an alumnus of Athens College, the University of Oxford and Yale University.

 
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ERAN GILAD
Advisor, Venture Capital

Eran is Managing Partner at Scopus Ventures, an Los Angeles based Venture Capital fund creating Unicorns. He started his career at the IDF and continued scaling organizations for two decades. Before making the leap into entrepreneurship, he was management consultant at Bohlin & Stromberg Sweden focussing on M&A and growth strategies. Since then he has been building and growing successful B2B companies. Today, Eran finds his passion at helping entrepreneurs who truly swing for the fences. He holds an Engineering degree from England, an MBA from Lund, Sweden and is an OPMer (Owner/President) at Harvard Business School, a cohort of Unicorn Founders, Fund Managers, Presidents and CEOs

 Independent Regional Advisors

 
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NICHOLAS G. KARAMBELAS JD
USA, Washington DC, American-Hellenic Institute

Nicholas G. Karambelas is a founding partner of Sfikas & Karambelas, LLP and practices in United States with correspondent offices in Greece and Cyprus. He practices in the areas of business organization, law of investments, international trade and e-commerce. He has written numerous articles on commerce and Hellenic investments including the Comparative Guide to Business Entities in Greece for USA investors and the Guide to Legal Aspects in United States for Foreign Investors. He has also authored a three-volume treatise entitled “Limited Liability Companies: Law, Practice and Forms”. Mr. Karambelas holds a Juris Doctor from Fordham University Law School and a Masters from Columbia University. He Chairs the American Hellenic Lawyers’ Society of Greater Washington, D.C. and is a Board Member of the American Hellenic Institute and the American Hellenic Institute Foundation. In 2015 Mr. Karambelas was honoured by the Hellenic Lawyers Association of New York as its "Attorney of the Year”.

 
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PHILIP J.G. AMMERMAN

Greece/Cyprus

Philip started his career as an investment advisor and restructuring consultant with experience in Europe and the former Soviet Union since 1992. As a Consultant at Kienbaum Development Services (KDS), the non-EU branch of Kienbaum und Partner he was based in Dusseldorf, Germany and worked on projects in Cyprus, Czech Republic and Zambia. In 1995, he co-founded Navigator Consulting Group, specialising in business restructuring and corporate growth. In 2010, co-founded Navigator's business incubator, and is actively working as a business angel and accelerator for tech sector entrepreneurs both within Navigator as well as external partners. Currently a Managing Director of the European Consulting Network, a Managing Partner of Navigator Consulting Group and Numenor Capital Partners in Cyprus as well as the former Team Coordinator for Greece at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He holds a Bachelor's at Princeton (A.B.), and read HRM management at Cornell and Fintech at Oxford.

 
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MARIANNA SKLIRI
Middle East

Marianna has 25 years of professional experience, ten of which have been within Global Banking Custodians and Financial Service providers in Europe. Born in Greece, she read Accounting & Finance at the American College of Greece and started her career at SPIE BATIGNOLLES, a member of the JV project for the Olympic Metro and then moved to BNP Paribas Securities Services and worked in Greece, France and Belgium. In 2005 she moved to the UK and successfully completed executive roles within Morgan Stanley, as Manager of Client Service Corporate Actions Division, in Risk Metrics International Proxy Voting Services, as Executive Relationship Manager and finally in JP Morgan Chase, as Head of the Client Relationship Team, EMEA Region, Worldwide Securities Services.

Following her family move to Doha in 2009, she has since advised Qatar Government and Private Institutions in organisational and growth projects. As a Managing Consultant of Black Leaf Qatar, a niche consultancy and advisory firm based in Doha, she is responsible for Strategic Business Development, Project Assurance and Stakeholder Management.

 
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MAHMOUD EL SAKKA, MPA
North Africa

Mahmoud is General Manager and Head of the Investment Banking & Corporate Finance Division at Arab African International Bank (AAIB). He has 30 years experience in investment banking and corporate finance. Mahmoud holds a BA in Business from Cairo University, an MA in Banking and Finance from the University of Wales, and an MPA from the American University of Cairo and trained at Harvard.