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Team

Neal Cohen
Neal Cohen
Founder and Managing Director
Neal Cohen founded CoBe Capital in 1994 and has completed numerous acquisitions as a principal, encompassing a wide range of industries and geographical markets. He is involved in all aspects of the firm’s activities and his experience as an operator coupled with broad international transaction experience ensure an expedited decision...

Darren McKenzie Chaffee
Darren McKenzie Chaffee
Managing Director, Global Mergers and Acquisitions
Darren Chaffee, Managing Director of Global Mergers and Acquisitions at CoBe Capital, oversees the evaluation and execution of transactions, including valuation, due diligence and contract negotiation.  He oversees all transactions on a global basis and leads all North American transactions directly.  Prior to joining CoBe Capital, Mr. Chaffee was a Principal with...

Dr. Henning Walf
Dr. Henning Walf
Managing Director, Europe
Dr. Henning Walf has nearly two decades of professional experience in international, cross-border business settings with a focus on mid-cap transactions, operations strategy and restructuring.  Based in Cologne, Germany, Dr. Walf is responsible for CoBe Capital's European activities from an M&A and operations perspective.   Prior to joining CoBe Capital, Dr....

Dr. Knuth Schmidt
Dr. Knuth Schmidt
Director, Operations - DACH
An engineer by training, Dr. Knuth Schmidt has far reaching international business experience from his tenure as the General Manager of a diverse set of manufacturing companies from across the DACH region - Dynamit Nobel Kunststoff, Lista AG , Fridola Tech and TCG-Holding. Dr. Schmidt draws on his engineering and...

Samuel Zurkinden
Samuel Zurkinden
Senior Vice President, European Mergers and Acquisitions
Samuel Zurkinden joined CoBe Capital in autumn 2012 as an Associate in the New York office. Currently based in Switzerland, he is responsible for financial analysis and due diligence on new acquisition opportunities. In addition, he works with CoBe Capital’s M&A and Operations executives on the development and implementation of...

Antonio Valentini
Antonio Valentini
Senior Vice President, Europe
Antonio Valentini supports CoBe Capital's European activities from both an M&A and operations angle. He focuses on the evaluation of investment opportunities across Europe and he assists in the management and operations of CoBe Capital's European operating companies, providing strategic, operational and analytical insights. Prior to joining CoBe Capital, Mr. Valentini...

Christen Paras
Christen Paras
Vice President, Global Business Development
Christen Paras oversees the Global Business Development team at CoBe Capital. She is responsible for originating and evaluating new investment opportunities, building relationships with corporate sellers and investment banks, supporting the M&A transaction process, and managing all marketing and communications for the firm. Prior to joining CoBe Capital, Ms....

Slav Lepenin
Slav Lepenin
Vice President, Operations
Slav Lepenin is a Vice President in our Operations group. He works with our portfolio companies across Europe, providing analytic insight, strategic guidance and support in execution. Additionally, he is actively involved in a portfolio supervisory role for Warendorf - Die Küche.  Prior to joining CoBe Capital, Mr. Lepenin worked for two years as an...

Toni Franco
Toni Franco
Vice President, Europe
Toni Franco, a Vice President in our Operations group, brings to CoBe Capital more than 15 years of professional experience from a variety of industries, where he has supported enterprises in developing and implementing continuous improvement and lean business solutions.  Mr. Franco resides in Barcelona, supporting new acquisitions and assisting...

Mario Stalder
Mario Stalder
Associate, Global Business Development
Mario Stalder is an Associate in our Global Business Development group.  He is responsible for business development and lead generation of M&A opportunities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and North America. Mr. Stalder proactively cultivates relationships with corporations to generate deal flow through a combination of primary research and direct communication. Prior...

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