Secureprime Investment Group

THE TEAM

We have a dedicated team of investment experts with strong track records in asset management, market research and investment advisory. Our team has strong expertise in identifying market trends and unique, attractive investment opportunities for private clients, families, and financial intermediaries. Having deployed various investment solutions for sophisticated clients, our team has the required knowledge and experience to structure complex investment vehicles that deliver consistent risk-adjusted returns.

LEADERS IN ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT SOLUTIONS

Secureprime Team Members

Craig Elliott, CFA

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Craig has more than 20 years of experience in asset management in several locations around the world: Paris, Boston, NYC, London, and Panama City.

Tobias Andersen

CHAIRMAN

Tobias has in excess of 20 years of investment management experience in alternative assets with major financial institutions.

Branko Mihaljevic, CFA

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

Branko has more than 20 years of experience in financial market research, portfolio management, and investment advisory.

Aksel Kristensen

Chief Marketing Officer

Aksel has several years of experience in asset management in the United States, and in Panama.

Amparo Mendez

Chief Administrative Officer

Amparo has more than five years of experience in business administration and accounting.

Till Schulte

Chief Operating Officer

Till Schulte has several years of international experience in sectors such as project finance, financial audit and risk management. 

Artur Friedrichs, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Artur Friedrichs has been part of the Secureprime team for the past three years, focusing on portfolio management and investment analysis.

Bennet Thiele

Portfolio Manager – Real Estate

Bennet has over 25 years of real estate backed underwriting experience, specializing in origination and the management of debt positions in development finance and short-term finance.

Patrick O’Sullivan

Head of Litigation Funding

Patrick has more than 20 years professional experience having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

Olivia Byrne, CFA

Portfolio Manager - European Secured Lending

Olivia has 16 years of senior corporate, asset and real estate backed underwriting experience as the managing director of a team of 10 underwriters…

Ivo de Lange

Sales Director - Switzerland

Ivo has experience in business development, sales and relationship management, and counts on a strong network of financial professional in the French and Italian parts of Switzerland.

Yasmijn Koster

Sales Representative

Yasmijn has experience in business development and counts on a strong network of financial professionals in Latin America.

Leentje Vos

Head of Legal

Leentje has general knowledge in corporate and business law that she gained while working at Magic Circle law firms in Paris and London.

Joel Wigren

HR & Administration - Switzerland

Joel Wigren has more than 19 years of experience in the financial sector, working for leading international institutions such as AXA Group, Credit Suisse and most recently CrèditAndorrà Financial Group.

Gustav Ahlgren

Chief Financial Officer

Gustav has over 15 years’ extensive internal-finance experience in South Africa, Ethiopia, the UK, the USA and Panama.

 

Laura Medina

Marketing Assistant

Laura has experience in marketing, research and communication positions at multinational corporations in Panama.

Kristofer Männik

Investment Director

Youssef has 10 years’ experience in Real Estate in several locations: London, Paris and Casablanca. His background includes RE private equity, advisory and valuation.

Anastasia Kukk

Associate Credit Analyst

Anastasia has over 2 years of experience working in the debt financing sector both on the sell-side and buy-side. 

Craig Elliott, CFA

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Craig has more than 20 years of experience in asset management in several locations around the world: Paris, Boston, NYC, London, and Panama City. He has worked in several banks, such as BNP Paribas, Lehman Brothers, State Street Capital, and Credit Andorra. His focus has been on the construction and management of portfolios for clients with a focus on alternative investments. In his previous experience at State Street London, Craig was a managing director in his global head of equity sales research position. He was a member of the European executive committee and oversaw 25 people located in New York City, London, and Hong Kong. 

Craig has a master’s degree from IPAG Business School in Paris and an MBA from Darden School of Business (University of Virginia), and is a CFA charterholder.

Tobias Andersen

CHAIRMAN

Tobias has 20 years of investment experience in alternative asset management. Tobias’s previous experiences include responsibilities at Fidelis Insurance Holdings Ltd., a London and Bermuda based insurance company where he was group chief investment officer managing $1.5bn of assets. Previously, he was global head of investment at Platinum Capital Management Ltd., a global asset management platform, where his responsibilities included overseeing the firm’s actively managed funds (hedge funds, equities, volatility, and commodities).  

Tobias’s early career included spells at BNP Paribas SA, Lazard LLC, GLG Partners LP, and Signia Wealth. Tobias graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques and Institut d’Administration des Entreprises, both in France, from INSEAD (France-Singapore), and has successfully passed all three levels of the CFA Charter holder exam.

Branko Mihaljevic, CFA

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

Branko has more than 20 years of experience in financial market research, portfolio management, and investment advisory. He worked several years as a financial analyst, strategist and investment advisor for Credit Suisse in Zurich, New York and Panama. Before joining Secureprime Investment Group in April 2019, he was the chief investment officer of Credit Andorra and its Multi Family Office, Private Investment Management in Panama. 

Branko has a master’s degree in Management and Economics from the University of Zurich and is a CFA charterholder. 

Aksel Kristensen

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

Aksel has several years of experience in asset management in the United States, and in Panama. Aksel’s previous experiences include portfolio management and financial advisory for high-net-worth-clients. Before joining Secureprime Investment Group as the chief marketing officer, he worked for a broker dealer in Miami where he oversaw the equity desk and mutual fund desk. 

Aksel passed the FINRA Series 7 & Series 66, and graduated from both Lindenwood University and the University of Poitiers in marketing.

Amparo Mendez

Chief Administrative Officer

Amparo has more than five years of experience in business administration and accounting. Before joining Secureprime Investment Group in April 2018 as head of administration, Amparo worked for several years at Nyssen Consultores, an accounting firm located in Mexico, where she was in charge of overseeing clients’ accounting and administration, preparation of financial statements, calculation, and tax reporting.

Amparo is a graduate of the Morelos State University in Mexico and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Till Schulte

Chief Operating Officer

Till Pinedo has several years of international experience in sectors such as project finance, financial audit and risk management. He has worked at big institutions such as BBVA Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Madrid, Spain. He also has experience in a multilateral development bank in Beijing, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), where he worked as a Private Investment Operations Analyst. At AIIB he was responsible for the due diligence and approval processes of different projects ensuring the coverage of economic, financial and technical issues.

Till holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, a Master’s degree in Auditing and Accounting from CUNEF Madrid and an MBA in International Management from Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo.

Artur Friedrichs, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Artur Friedrichs has been part of the Secureprime team for the past three years, focusing on portfolio management and investment analysis. He was the former head of Asset Management for Global Bank, second largest Panamanian owned bank, where he oversaw investment advisory for institutional and high net worth clients, covering fixed income, equities, and alternative investments. Artur was also part of the team that created and managed the bank’s fixed income mutual fund, which focused on credit strategies in the America’s region. Furthermore, as a member of the investment committee, Artur was responsible for the analysis of all investment products available to clients, as well as monitoring US$ 1.3 billion in total client assets.

Artur has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and minors in Economics and International Business from The Pennsylvania State University. Artur is also a CFA Charterholder.

Bennet Thiele

Portfolio Manager – Real Estate

Bennet has over 25 years of real estate backed underwriting experience, specializing in origination and the management of debt positions in development finance and short-term finance.  As well as establishing and managing teams in these areas.  Most recently, Bennet held the role of the Head of Lending for a bespoke London-based private debt fund with AUM of over GBP 150M.  Prior to this, Bennet was the Managing Director of Structured Finance at a specialist UK lender with AUM of over GBP 250M.  Bennet has previously worked at Arbuthnot Latham & Co. Ltd, Private Bank; Singer & Friedlander; Adam & Company; and Lloyds Bank Plc.  Bennet is responsible for executing and monitoring of Katch’s Real Estate Lending Strategy.

Bennet has a BA (Hons) and BSc. (Hons) in Financial Services; is an Associate of the Chartered Banker Institute (ACIB / ACBI) (2006) and holds the Certificate in Mortgage Advice & Practice (CeMAP).

Patrick O’Sullivan

Head of Litigation Funding

Patrick has more than 20 years professional experience having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He went on to work in several structured finance roles where he was responsible for the execution of over £2 billion worth of structured finance arrangements. He subsequently worked as an Investment Director at Octopus Investments in London where he sat on the Investment Committee for its specialist debt fund with £850 AUM.  In his most recent role he was responsible for the due diligence and oversight of all litigation funding deal-flow at the Newport Group.  Whilst there Patrick worked on the building of cases and funding of claims with a total face value of in excess of £450m.

Patrick has a Master’s Degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from City, University of London [formerly Cass Business School] and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Olivia Byrne

Senior Debt Underwriter

Olivia has 16 years of senior corporate, asset and real estate backed underwriting experience as the managing director of a team of 10 underwriters within a London-based Challenger Bank and partner at a Euro 500M pan-European private debt fund. Olivia has 20 years through the cycle lending experience across Europe, with a focus on the UK and DACH regions, having previously worked at PwC, Hermes Pensions Management, Henderson Asset Management, Indigo Capital LLP and B&C PLC.

Olivia has an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is a CFA Charterholder (2003).

Ivo de Lange

Sales Director – Switzerland

Ivo has experience in business development, sales and relationship management, and counts on a strong network of financial professional in the French and Italian parts of Switzerland. He has worked for Credit Suisse, UBS, and for a hedge fund.

Ivo holds a BSc in Physics, a MSc in Actuarial Sciences and an MBA from the New York University. He is member of the Beta Gamma Sigma society.

Yasmijn Koster

Sales Representative

Yasmijn has experience in business development and counts on a strong network of financial professionals in Latin America. Her previous experiences include finance consultant at Michael Page Central, where she was in charge of business development for Central America and recruitment for financial positions, and also worked as an account manager for an insurance brokerage company serving corporate accounts such as Copa Airlines.

Yasmijn holds a master’s degree in Finance from the Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) of Spain.

Leentje Vos

Head of Legal

Leentje has general knowledge in corporate and business law that she gained while working at Magic Circle law firms in Paris and London. Her previous experiences include working as a Trainee in Capital Markets at White & Case Paris and as a Consultant in White Collar Crime and Financial Law at Cohen & Gresser London. She also gained experience in the Legal Department of the private bank Edmond de Rothschild Paris.

At Secureprime, she oversees the Group’s legal aspects as well as the evaluation of investment opportunities for Secureprime Litigation Fund.

Leentje holds a master’s degree in International Private Law and Business Law from Paris II Pantheon-Assas, a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Law and Business Law from Duke University School of Law, and is licensed to practice as an Attorney and Counselor-at-law in the State of New-York.

Joel Wigren

HR & Administration – Switzerland

Joel Wigren has more than 19 years of experience in the financial sector, working for leading international institutions such as AXA Group, Credit Suisse and most recently CrèditAndorrà Financial Group, where he held different senior positions in Controlling, Finance, Operations and Administration, especially in Private Banking. Joel Carlos holds a degrees in Business Administration and a title of Executive Master of Corporate Finance (EMCF) from the Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ. He speaks German, Spanish, English, French and Italian. He is associated to the Secureprime Investment Group since early 2019 and responsible for HR and Administration of the Swiss subsidiary.

Gustav Ahlgren

Chief Financial Officer

Gustav has over 15 years’ extensive internal-finance experience in South Africa, Ethiopia, the UK, the USA and Panama. He held a few positions which included Financial Manager for several small to medium-sized companies. He was the Treasury Analyst for a listed, global company where he was responsible for managing the group’s cashflow. He also had his own accounting firm for 6 years. Gustav has successfully implemented structures, systems, and processes for cashflow management, stock management, as well as financial management resulting in increased profitability.

Gustav has a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Management Sciences from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, a Diploma in Management Accounting through CIMA and up until relocation to Panama, a General Tax Practitioner registration with the South African Revenue Service.

Laura Medina

Marketing Assistant

Laura has experience in marketing, research and communication positions at multinational corporations in Panama, such as the World Food Programme, OMD and Selina. In her previous experiences, Laura performed tasks related to market research, data analysis, customer service, digital marketing and report implementation. She also managed her own entrepreneur company of sustainable tourism for two years.

Laura has a BSc in Communications Studies with a minor in Psychology from Florida State University, where she graduated as Summa Cumm Laude. She holds a Certificate Diploma in Project Management given by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Kristofer Männik

Investment Director

Kristofer has 10 years’ experience in Real Estate in several locations: London, Paris and Casablanca. He has a background in RE private equity but also in advisory and valuation. Kristofer worked in major companies as CBRE, Catella and Altus group where he covered a majority of Pan European locations with an accent on UK, Western and Southern Europe. He also recently focused on asset classes as logistics, residential, living and hotels.

Kristofer has a master’s degree in corporate finance & investment banking from INSEEC business school.

Anastasia Kukk

Associate Credit Analyst

Anastasia has over 2 years of experience working in the Debt financing sector both on the sell-side and buy-side. Prior joining Secureprime Investment Group as an Associate Credit Analyst, Anastasia worked in the Leverage Finance team at Mizuho Bank gaining an extensive knowledge on corporate debt transactions, portfolio management and credit analysis. She started her career within Altimapa Capital, a Corporate Finance boutique specialized in debt products. 

Anastasia holds two Master degrees from Edinburgh University and Vlerick Business School respectively focusing on Capital Markets and Financial Management.