Team

Oliver Niedermaier

Chairman & CEO
  • Experienced entrepreneur, investor, and board member with a 15-year track record of building, developing, and operating sizeable global P&Ls via holding companies, consolidation plays, minority/JVs, subsector serial acquisitions, and startups.
  • 20 years of investment experience; led, co-led, and participated in 50+ minority and control acquisitions in Europe, US, and Asia ranging from a few million to $1 billion.

Kenneth Katz

Head of Asia Investment
  • Private equity investment executive and portfolio company CEO with 18 years’ experience investing in Asian emerging markets.
  • Hong Kong-based with pan-Asian transaction experience in multiple Asian Funds; led Emerging Markets Partnership and Lazard’s Asia PE group

Lalit Matai

Operating Partner
  • Southeast Asian garment operations executive with over 20 years of experience with leading manufacturers.
  • Oversaw the 10x expansion and successful IPO of Trisula Corporation, one of the leading garment/textile firms in Indonesia.

Catia Cesari

Operating Partner
  • Luxury brands Corporate Development and M&A executive with over 20 years of experience.
  • Led the M&A departments of Gucci Group, Labelux (Jimmy Choo, Bally, Belstaff), and Coty Beauty. Previously Director of M&A at General Electric and in global private equity firms.

Phil Courtenay

Operating Partner
  • 40+ years of experience in the apparel sourcing and manufacturing industry.
  • 15 years in senior executive roles with Adidas, including as SVP of Global Sourcing.

Scott Clark

Head of Business Development
  • 30+ years’ experience in Southeast Asian business development, deal origination, capital markets, and alternative investments.
  • Previously a Director of Private Banking at Barclays, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley.

Markus Ableitinger

Strategic Advisor
  • Private equity investment executive with 20+ years’ experience in direct and fund investments.
  • Previously developed and executed the Asia Pacific investment strategy and business for Capital Dynamics; led investments of $1.3+ billion in Asia Pacific-focused private equity buyout, growth capital, venture capital, and special situations vehicles.

Andrew Leventhal

Head of Operations
  • Oversees all US operations, including finance, investor relations, brand relations, and technology and innovation.
  • Over 10 years’ experience in management consulting, PE/VC, startups, and advisory to growth stage companies.

Sam Chung

Vice President of Investments
  • 10+ years of experience across corporate finance and capital markets.
  • Previously in investment banking at J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital Markets, as well as in corporate finance at General Motors and ExxonMobil.

Ishan Dev Arora

Analyst
  • Previous experience with Global Emerging Markets, AGC Partners, and Ernst & Young.
  • BA in Economics with minors in Mathematics and Business Studies, New York University.

LaVonda Janvier

Finance and Office Manager
  • Previously held roles in HR, recruiting, and as a Deployment Manager for EY supporting Assurance and Advisory services.
  • BS in Economics, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Advisory Board

Alexander Soros

Development Strategy

Brian Behlendorf

Technology Innovation

Asad Hussaini

Regional Strategy, Middle-East

Bruce Klatsky

Apparel & Manufacturing

Niko Canner

Organizational Design

Oliver Niedermaier

Chairman & CEO

Oliver is the founder of TAU and serves as Chairman & CEO. He also chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to launching TAU, Oliver served as an Operating Partner at Advent International, a global private equity firm with over $32B assets under management, where he co-invested in Equiniti and served as a non-executive director from buyout in 2007 to IPO in 2015.

Concurrently, Oliver served as the CEO of DF King Worldwide, a global financial communications and stakeholder management firm he founded in 2007.

Previously, Oliver served as a Member of the Global Executive Management Board at Computershare (ASX: CPU), the world’s largest share registry business and a leading financial markets technology provider. He joined Computershare when it acquired Pepper Technologies, a technology and consulting business he founded in 1998.

Oliver received a PhD in Strategic Management (magna cum laude) and a Masters of Business Administration-equivalent degree (first in his class) from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, where he today serves as the Advisory Board Chairman of the LMU Entrepreneurship Center. He is also a Board Director of both the World Policy Institute and the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Oliver was appointed a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum in 2010, and continues to be an active member of the community.

In 2005, Oliver and his wife established the Tashi Foundation for Bhutan, a nonprofit organization affiliated with UNICEF that is dedicated to children’s education. Oliver splits his time between TAU’s Hong Kong and New York offices.

Kenneth Katz

Head of Asia Investment

Kenneth Katz serves as TAU’s Managing Director and Head of Asia Investments, bringing 18 years of private equity and direct investment experience in control, minority, turnaround and distress situations, as well as senior executive roles in portfolio companies. Dedicating most of his investment career to global emerging markets, Ken has resided in Asia for 14 years and is currently based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining TAU, Ken served as the Executive Chairman and CEO of Global Beauty International, a private equity-owned retail business with a pan-Asian presence in 14 countries. Ken lead efforts to rebuild and reposition this 25-year old group that had pioneered the Asian beauty and wellness category.

Previously, Ken headed private equity activities for Lazard Asia Investments with particular focus on managing a $300 million Asia regional, distressed asset portfolio. Driving strategic focus and guiding various business restructurings, Ken successfully led multiple exits generating above-market gains. Prior to Lazard, Ken joined Emerging Markets Partnership, manager of the AIG Infrastructure Funds, with $6 billion under management. While based in Singapore with EMP, Ken led Asia deal teams in Southeast Asia, Korea, India and China originating, executing and managing investments across sectors including power generation, oil & gas, transportation & logistics, energy distribution, telecommunications, heavy manufacturing and agribusiness. Ken also had responsibilities for regional investor relations and investor reporting. Before joining EMP, Ken spearheaded and managed the Asia Pacific direct investment business for Edison Capital as its Singapore-based Head of Asia Pacific Investments. Ken launched the firm’s first Asian office and managed its direct investment team, originating and overseeing equity, quasi-equity, mezzanine and other structured investments across multiple industries including power generation, chemicals, telecommunications, water treatment and healthcare facilities. He was a member of Edison’s Global Investment Committee and also led regional reporting, administration, corporate compliance, and government relations functions. Ken began his investment career in commercial real estate principal investments at Weyerhaeuser Company, where he had responsibilities for a multi-state real estate portfolio.

Ken has served on the board of directors of publicly listed firms in the United States and Hong Kong and on the boards of numerous private companies. He has also served as an Asia advisor for US-based multinationals. As a principal investor, Ken acquired, expanded and successfully exited from an Asia regional food manufacturing company. Ken earned his MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and his BA in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lalit Matai

Operating Partner

Lalit Matai serves TAU as an Operating Partner focused on deal origination, due diligence, and post-investment transformation improvements.

An apparel, textile and fashion retail industry professional since 1992, Lalit has spent the last two decades understanding the dynamics of international apparel and textile markets, as well as the fashion retail industry and supply chains. Having worked between eastern and western cultures and business practices, Lalit leads dynamically from a cross-cultural competence.

Lalit spent the last 17 years working with the Trisula Group in Indonesia. Trisula Group has operations in textiles, apparel, fashion retail, furniture, and property development. His key role was to strategize international market expansion for the Trisula Group and its subsidiaries. As Group Director, Lalit led Trisula Group’s apparel operations, achieving tenfold expansion over his time with the company. In 2012, Trisula Group’s apparel and fashion retail operations were listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange. Until July 2014, Lalit served as director on both the Trisula Corporation board and the publicly listed Trisula International TBK board. Prior to joining Trisula, Lalit was involved in the apparel industry elsewhere in India, Taiwan and Indonesia.

Lalit received the equivalent of a Masters of Business Administration from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, India and a Bachelor in Business Studies from Delhi University.

Lalit believes it is crucial to develop and maximize human capital for sustainable long-term success in any organization. He has deep faith in human potential and trusts that transformation is possible in individuals, businesses, and societies. Lalit works from the paradigm that the ultimate business of any business is “People” and leads by cultivating valuable human relationships. To support human potential development, Lalit pursued professional coach training with Newfield Network in Colorado, USA in 2009. Lalit is a certified ontological and transformational Coach.

Lalit lives in Jakarta, Indonesia with his wife and two teenage boys. Lalit has faith in spirituality and enjoys an occasional game of golf.

Catia Cesari

Operating Partner

As Operating Partner of TAU Europe, based in Geneva, Catia is focused on deal origination, due diligence, and post-investment transformation improvements of TAU’s European investments. A fashion, beauty, and luxury industry professional, Catia contributes a unique combination of Direct Investment, Sustainability, and Change Management expertise spanning over 20 years, within GE, Gucci Group, JAB Holding, and Private Equity across US, Europe, Japan, and China. She strongly believes in sustainability, ESG transparency and responsibility as a catalyser and a cultural pillar to foster innovation.

Most recently Catia was Member of the Executive Committee and SVP Corporate Development at Coty, Inc., a $12B NYSE listed beauty-company with fragrance, cosmetics, and skincare products, whose major shareholder is JAB Holding.

Previously, as Chief M&A and Human Capital Officer of JAB Luxury (belonging to JAB Holding) Catia co-created, with the CEO and CFO, a new luxury group from inception which included brands such as Jimmy Choo, Belstaff, and Bally.

In the early 00s, Catia was on the M&A team of Gucci Group led at the time by Domenico De Sole, Bob Singer, and Tom Ford, acquiring several brands such as Boucheron, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen.

She launched her private equity career as a Principal at First Reserve Corporation, the #1 US-based energy sector private equity firm.

Catia started off at KPMG before embarking on a decade at General Electric, where she was involved in structuring complex transactions and in integrating newly acquired businesses in the energy industry as part of Jack Welch’s Business Development team in the US.

With a Masters Degree in Economics and Management from the University of Florence, and post graduate degree in Corporate Finance from Kellogg Management School, Catia is also a certified CPA. She is FSA certified in the UK, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and recently earned a Non-Executive Director Diploma from the Financial Times School of Management.

Phil Courtenay

Operating Partner

As part of the TAU team, Phil will focus on evaluating and assisting portfolio companies with a wide array of growth opportunities ranging from manufacturing efficiency and capabilities, to enhanced marketing and brand relationships.

Prior to TAU, Phil was the SVP of Apparel Sourcing for the Adidas Group. Based in Hong Kong, he managed global sourcing operations for Adidas, Reebok, and TaylorMade brands, where he implemented standard minute costing and planning across the global supply chain, enabling improved factory efficiency, production accuracy, and waste elimination. He also implemented automation, robotics, and other new technologies to enhance efficiency and improve product quality.

Before that, Phil was VP of Development for Adidas, where he implemented fast and lean development, halving the time from concept to market. At Adidas, Phil worked closely with several external organizations, such as the Better Cotton Initiative, Dycoo (waterless dyeing), Parley for the Oceans, and others to ensure that Adidas maintained its leadership position in sustainability in the apparel industry.

Before joining Adidas in 2002, Phil was based in China as Managing Director of a medium-sized manufacturing company with operations in China and Laos focused on supplying sportswear and fashion brands in Europe and the US. Prior to 2000 Phil worked firstly with Marks & Spencer and then within their supply chain at Dewhirst group and Courtaulds. During his period as a Marks & Spencer supplier Phil focused largely on developing new supply bases in Morocco, Indonesia, and China, producing high quality apparel with a strong focus on building world-class manufacturing capabilities aligned with employment best practices. Phil has also worked closely with the University of Westminster to develop the first merchandising degree course at the London College of Fashion on digital product development.

Scott Clark

Head of Business Development

Scott Clark is a partner at TAU and serves as Managing Director of Business Development, bringing over two decades of experience working with Southeast Asian entrepreneurs.

Formerly a Director of Barclays Private Bank in London, Scott had specific responsibility for SE Asia business-families undertaking liquidity events for generational businesses. Scott’s focus was on providing succession solutions, which included originating solutions around growth equity, and with a team-based approach, looking for partnerships with incumbent investors that had a cultural-fit. With further focus on deal origination, Scott undertook roles in New York at Merrill Lynch International and Morgan Stanley. Scott’s introduction to Alternative Investments started in London over 25 years ago, as Director of Limited Partner Sales, for European Hedge Fund Manager, and General Partner, Rudolf Wolff & Co Ltd.

Scott currently serves on the Board of Bream Tail Farm, a working farm in New Zealand using the principles of sustainable management, to oversee 675 acres of farmland and 459 acres of rare native forest. Scott attended Auckland University of Technology studying Business Administration.

Markus Ableitinger

Strategic Advisor

Markus serves as Director of Business Development and a Strategic Advisor to TAU. Markus has 20 years of private equity-related investment experience in direct and fund asset management business in Western Europe, Russia, Ukraine, and Asia Pacific.

Previously, Markus developed and executed the Asia Pacific investment strategy and business for Capital Dynamics, a global private equity asset manager. Markus was also responsible for new Asia Pacific product development for global institutional investors. At Capital Dynamics Markus led investments of over USD$1.3 billion in Asia Pacific private equity in buyout, growth capital, venture capital, and special situation situations managers. Previously, Markus worked for INVESCO Central Eastern Asset Management as an operating partner in Russian and Ukrainian private equity portfolio companies in consumer related businesses. Prior to INVESCO, he led the Moscow auditing and tax department of Puender Group (then Clifford Chance), Moscow. For the past two years Markus has been a strategic consultant for one of largest ‘Third Wave Coffee’ concepts in the Philippines.

Markus earned his MBA from the Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and his BA in business administration from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Andrew Leventhal

Head of Operations

Andrew Leventhal brings over 10 years of experience in consulting, finance, and operations in early and growth stage companies. In his role as TAU’s Head of Operations, he oversees a number of internal and external initiatives and manages the firm’s day to day operations.

Previously Andrew served as the Vice President of Operations for Oak Street Health. Oak Street Health owns and operates primary care clinics for seniors throughout the Midwest. At various points during his tenure, Andrew led marketing, IT, Infrastructure, and Growth for Oak Street Health. He played a pivotal leadership role in helping the company grow from 4 to over 600 employees, build 15 clinics, and raise several rounds of capital from angel and institutional investors.

Prior to Oak Street Health, Andrew completed his MBA with honors at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. While pursuing his MBA, Andrew co-chaired the Emerging Markets and the Chicago African Business Groups. He also co-founded the Emerging Markets Summit, an annual event that brings together professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, and students from six different continents.

During this period, Andrew worked with private equity funds based in Chicago and Nairobi, Kenya, assisting with portfolio strategy and operations. He also co-founded g.Maarifa, a Kenya-based interactive mobile education technology platform.

Before business school, Andrew spent three years as a management consultant overseeing projects in the energy, telecom, industrial construction, and healthcare industries, including multiple projects in South Africa and Australia. Andrew left consulting in 2009 to start a London-based trading firm’s US operations for a year and a half, during which time he helped lead significant growth initiatives for the firm. He subsequently spent a year traveling the world to understand different emerging markets and the challenges of operating businesses in such environments.

Andrew holds a BA in English from Davidson College, an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Sam Chung

Vice President of Investments

Sam Chung was most recently in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in New York City where he was involved in a number of M&A and capital markets transactions.

Prior to that, he was in corporate treasury at General Motors Company in New York City.

He started his career in corporate finance and engineering at ExxonMobil Corporation in Texas.

Sam received MBA from the University of Chicago and BS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ishan Dev Arora

Analyst

Ishan Dev Arora is an Analyst based in TAU’s New York office.

Prior to joining TAU, Ishan worked with Global Emerging Markets Group, AGC Partners, and Ernst & Young in a variety of roles.

Ishan received his BA with honors in Economics and minors in Mathematics and Business Studies from New York University.

LaVonda Janvier

Finance and Office Manager

LaVonda joined TAU in 2017. Prior to joining TAU, LaVonda held roles in HR, recruiting, and as a Deployment Manager for EY supporting Assurance and Advisory services.

LaVonda graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a BS in Economics.

Alexander Soros

Development Strategy

Alexander Soros is the managing partner of Soros Brothers Investments. In 2012, he established the Alexander Soros Foundation, which supports civil rights, social justice, and educational causes. He also created the Alexander Soros Foundation award for Extraordinary Achievement in Environmental and Human Rights Activism. The inaugural award went to Liberian activist Silas Siakor.

Soros is the founding chair of the board of directors of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, a leading progressive Jewish domestic lobby in the United States. He also serves on the board of the Soros Economic Development Fund and on the advisory board of Global Witness. Soros is a graduate of New York University and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

Brian Behlendorf

Technology Innovation

Brian Behlendorf is Managing Director at Mithril Capital Management in San Francisco. His career has been a mix of technology start-up, public policy, and non-profit tech leadership.

Behlendorf was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. Most recently he was a Managing Director at Mithril Capital Management in San Francisco.

Behlendorf serves on the Boards of the Mozilla Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Benetech, three organizations using technology to fight for civil liberties, open technologies, and social impact in the digital domain. Prior to Mithril, Behlendorf was Chief Technology Officer at the World Economic Forum.

Behlendorf also served for two years at the White House as advisor to the Open Government project within the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and then later as advisor to Health and Human Services on open software approaches to health information sharing. Before that he has founded two tech companies (CollabNet and Organic) and several Open Source software projects (Apache, Subversion, and more).

Asad Hussaini

Regional Strategy, Middle-East

Asad Hussaini is Managing Partner at ZAFCOMM a UAE based commodities trading house established in the early 1990’s.

A serial entrepreneur, Asad has founded a multitude of startups and has taken positions expanding across F&B, tech, automotive, product distribution, and real estate enterprises.

resent Asad serves on the Board of the Emirates German Foundation, Emirates Swiss Real Estate Company, Gravity Hospitality Group & ANSAB Transport. Asad is an active advisor to members of Middle Eastern Royal Families. Asad was educated at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Bruce Klatsky

Apparel & Manufacturing

Bruce J. Klatsky served as CEO and Chairman and of the Board Directors of Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH), from 1993 until June 2007. During his 13 years as CEO, he led the transformation of a 120 year-old shirt company into one of the largest apparel and footwear companies in the world.

Mr. Klatsky joined PVH in 1971 as a merchandising trainee after graduating cum laude from Case Western Reserve University and studying law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He worked in various capacities at PVH, and after 16 years was named President of the company in 1987. In 1993 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.

As CEO of PVH, Mr. Klatsky oversaw the operations and strategic development of a multi-division NYSE-traded public company with approximately 20,000 employees, annual sales in excess of $2 billion, and brand revenues of approximately $6 billion. At PVH, Mr. Klatsky’s oversight grew the company’s market capitalization from approximately $300 million to more than $3.5 billion. In 2002, he led the successful acquisition and integration of Calvin Klein, adding the brand to a roster of companies that included Van Heusen, G.H. Bass & Co., Gant, Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole, Arrow, BCBG Max Azria, Chaps, Sean Jean, Michael Kors, and Donald Trump.

One of Mr. Klatsky’s responsibilities at PVH was the transformation of the company from a domestic manufacturer of footwear and apparel to a global producer. He accomplished this by opening factories and developing a variety of sourcing relationships around the globe. This was achieved simultaneously with his advocacy for worker rights and protections, as well as advising various government agencies on trade matters.

Mr. Klatsky served as Vice Chair, Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch. As a recognized leader in the apparel and footwear industries, he worked with three Presidential administrations. He served on President Clinton’s White House Apparel Task Force to help advance reforms intended to improve working conditions around the world. He also served as an advisor on U.S. trade policy to both the Reagan and H.W. Bush administrations.

In late 2005 and 2006, utilizing a platform provided by the Aspen Institute, he developed a proposal for USAID to assist in the creation of an export processing zone in the Gaza strip. This in an effort to promote regional stability by providing increased employment opportunities and an economic engine for growth, thereby replicating the model that has assisted in the evolution of many developing nations.

Mr. Klatsky co-founded a private equity company in March 2006, LNK Partners, to identify and support strong management teams in building outstanding consumer and retail businesses.

Niko Canner

Organizational Design

Niko Canner founded Incandescent in 2013, building on nearly twenty years as an advisor to leaders of many of the world’s major companies.

Niko was co-founder and Managing Partner of the consulting firm Katzenbach Partners and then Senior Partner at Booz & Company following the sale of Katzenbach to Booz in 2009. Niko was most recently a member of the Management Committee of Bridgewater Associates.

Niko was named one of ten “new gurus” by Fortune magazine in November 2008, featured as a “rising star” in Fortune’s 2009 “40 Under 40” issue, and named as one of the top twenty five in the consulting profession by Consulting Magazine in 2010.

Niko began his consulting career at McKinsey & Company, where he was a founding member of the McKinsey Change Center. He subsequently co-founded Mitchell Madison Group’s Organization Practice. Niko is a co-founder and Director of Goodstone Group, a leading executive coaching firm; a founding investor and board member of Journelle, a lingerie retailer; and a Director of Sevident, an early-stage company applying nanotechnology to the diagnostics industry.

Niko earned an A.B. in economics, summa cum laude, from Harvard College and completed graduate work in philosophy at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. He serves on the Advisory Council of Acumen. He initiated and co-leads China 2024, a twenty-year longitudinal study of the development of business leaders in China, is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a member of the US-Japan Leadership Program.