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Ivan Vohlmuth

Ivan Vohlmuth - Deputy Chairman, Founding Partner

Ivan Vohlmuth has over 25 years of experience in the financial service industry, across the fields of asset management, M&A, banking and insurance, but most importantly in private equity. He began his career in the manufacturing industry working on the steering systems for rolling mills. Few months after the ”Velvet revolution”, spotting the opening of new frontiers, he moved to the FOREX department of Českoslovenaká Obchodní Banka, now part of KBC. Working together with Nigel Williams and Roman Babka, they developed a brand new capital markets department, where they were behind the first ever convertible bond issue in Czech crowns for the Pilsen Breweries and the first floating rate note issue for Skoda Mlada Boleslav, part of the VW group.

Moving with Nigel and Roman to a JV with Creditanstalt (now part of Unicredit), they established the first ever mutual fund business in the Czech Republic and in 1991, raised a US$ 100 million, close-ended, hybrid public and private equity fund, the Creditanstalt Czech Investment Fund (CCIF), as part of the country’s privatisation program. The fund was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1995. This was followed by a second US$ 50 million fund focused on the energy sectors in 1993. Creditanstalt sold the business to the Czech Agriculture Bank in 1996 with the team exiting at the same time.

The three partners formed Royalton Partners in 1996 and Royalton Partners founded European Direct Capital Management, a JV with State Street Corporation in late 1997. In 1999, they raised a US$ 94.4 million private equity fund focusing on the Central and Eastern European region (CEE). Royalton Partners separated from State Street Corporation and took over sole management of the fund in 2004.

In October 2007, Royalton Partners successfully held a first close on its third private equity fund, Royalton Capital Investors II. The fund had a final close in October 2009 at Euro 98.3 million.

Ivan Vohlmuth holds a degree in technical cybernetics from the University of Pilsen.



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