Diorasis \ˈdaɪəˈsɛs \ noun (Greek = clairvoyance) 1 a: the power to perceive things in the future b. the ability to see things that others cannot
Diorasis International SA is a private alternative investment advisory firm established in Luxembourg in 2010 investing on behalf of its partners and for its own account in private equity transactions across key sectors in Southeastern Europe and, on a more opportunistic basis, beyond.
The retreat in bank lending and liquidity along with the contraction of domestic demand in our home markets has led to an unprecedented opportunity for identifying and investing in post financial crisis survivors.
Diorasis has access to patient capital and acquires majority or strategic minority stakes in strategic sectors, actively collaborating with capable management teams that have been starved of growth capital and providing them a runway to operationalize their strategic vision and create value.
|Protein||Attractive fundamentals supporting protein demand and sustainable supply paint a bright backdrop for long-term growth and resilient prices.||
|Shipping||It is our belief that there are always opportunities to generate returns in this sector, such as through countercyclical plays or in specialized classes.||
|Hospitality||Attractive valuations in prime locations present opportunities to tap into new segments of the market and to capitalize on emerging trends.||
|Consumer||Our region’s culinary legacy is vast and has garnered global attention for its health benefits and simplicity – consumer preferences that are here to stay.||
|NPLs||Banks are forgoing long-terms returns for short-term optics.||
Diorasis is a dynamic, hands-on investor focused on the continuous improvement and innovation of its portfolio companies by leveraging local knowledge, applying appropriate technologies, and enhancing access to global demand.
With a proven track record, unique industry insights, on the ground presence, and credibility, Diorasis has demonstrated the wherewithal and requisite sensitivity to execute complex transactions and to bridge the interests of various stakeholders in challenging operating environments.
Our team’s breadth and depth of local and international experience offers critical insights into all aspects of our businesses. Key strategic advantages of the team include:
- Proven experience and track record in structuring, executing, monitoring and exiting international investments across a wide range of sectors.
- Holistic understanding of global socioeconomic and geopolitical trends and their impact on production, transportation, logistics, and consumption.
- Global network of premium relationships including business leaders, C-level executives and investment professionals
- Execution, business development, and operating experience
Constantine Papadimitriou: Chairman/CEO/Partner, Constantine is currently CEO/CIO of General Oriental Investments SA, investment manager of Cavamont, the privately held group founded by Sir James Goldsmith. He has over 28 years of successful development and management of a globally diversified investment portfolio, which currently ranks in the top quartile of the Cambridge Endowment Universe. Constantine also serves as Chairman of the Greek School of Geneva and Lausanne. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Geneva.
Nicholas Lykiardopulo: Director Brand Development, Nicholas is a leading figure in the international shipping business. At his family shipping business, Neda Maritime, he advised on the completion of a total of $3 bn in purchases, disposals and financing of shipping assets, and in the purchase and subsequent sale of two mid-size UK businesses. He has also advised on numerous investments in financial products, both on behalf of Neda as well as in his role as Director of The UK Mutual Steamship Association of Bermuda. Nicholas holds an MA from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
David Cowling: CFO/Partner. David is currently CFO of General Oriental Investments SA, investment manager of Cavamont, the privately held group founded by Sir James Goldsmith Previously. He was Finance Partner and board member of Cinven, the European Private Equity house, where he was responsible for the accounting, reporting, tax, legal, I.T. and human resources divisions. He was also a trustee of the Cinven Foundation, a charitable foundation supporting mainly education-related programmes. Mr. Cowling commenced his career in industry as a business management trainee of British Coal Corporation where he gained experience in marketing, treasury, finance, investment management and audit before taking up a position with their in-house pension fund investment management company. Mr. Cowling holds an Economics degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Julien Brenier: Executive Accounting and Compliance Director. Julien has 12 years experience in accounting, tax and compliance regulations in Luxembourg. Julien started in Deloitte S.A. Luxembourg till 2011 and joined General Oriental (Services) Ltd, (administrator of Cavamont, the privately held group founded by Sir James Goldsmith) as Corporate Accounting Manager. Julien holds master degrees in Finance & Management and in Accounting & Audit in France, as well as Certificate of Chartered Accountants and Tax Certificates in Luxembourg.
Mathieu Potier : Mathieu is currently the Finance Manager of General Oriental (Services) Ltd, the administrator of Cavamont, the privately held group founded by Sir James Goldsmith that he joined in 2010. He previously worked for Caceis Bank Luxembourg in the fund accounting department where he was co-leading a team of accountants. Mathieu holds a masters’ degree in Economics and Public Laws.
PACBO EUROPE Administration et Conseil: advisory and managing company in Luxembourg represented by Patrice Cochet. Patrice is director and advisor for various companies (wealth management, patrimonial & financial engineering, corporate governance and operational management). Patrice holds a master degree in private law.
George Momferratos: Executive Partner, George is a seasoned Corporate Finance professional and has held various executive roles over 27 years in New York (with Mobil Oil and Royal Cruise Lines) and Athens (with Egnatia Bank, Factoring Hellas, and the National Bank of Greece). Before the founding of Diorasis, George was a partner with Ernst & Young, heading the Transaction Advisory Services Teams across Central and Southeastern Europe between 2002 and 2012. George holds a BSc degree from Leicester University, and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Yiannis Bravos: Executive Director, Yiannis has 23 years of experience in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking. Prior to joining Diorasis, he co-founded PPB, a local investment boutique, where he was responsible for corporate advisory and private equity investments. Upon the sale of PPB, Piraeus Bank recruited him to manage and restructure the private equity and non-core participations portfolio. Yiannis began his carrier with HSBC and later moved to Bank of America where he was VP for the SE European coverage team. He holds a BSc degree from the American College of Greece.
Andreas Sotiropoulos: Executive Director, Andreas has 19 years of experience in financial, agricultural and consumer products. Most recently, he advised the Board of FMN plc, Nigeria’s largest food and agribusiness, and helped deploy over $500m as part of FMN’s upstream and downstream integration programs. Previously, he managed the agric supply chain at Southern Star Shipping, and was an Associate in Citigroup’s financial sponsors’ team in London and New York. He has contributed extensively to the WEF’s Enabling Trade Initiative and holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA from Princeton.
- Press release for 2015 acquisition of Bitsakos Aquaculture SA
- How to provide a protein-rich diet to a growing population (The Economist, 31 August 2017)
- Global fish industry set to scale record in 2017 (Financial Times, 6 September 2017)
- Aquafarming is booming (Swissquote, 19 October 2017)
- Almost Every Kind of Wild Fish Is Infected with Worms
- The state of world fisheries and aquaculture - 2018
- Why Children and Pregnant Women May Want to Eat More Fish (The New York Times, 30 October 2019)
- Aquaculture projects can have big impact beyond food production (Undercurrent News, 6 December 2019)
- PEs go toe-to-toe in Greece as Philosofish builds second-largest bass, bream player (Undercurrent News, 20 December 2019)
- Η Philosofish ο νέος ισχυρός παίκτης στην ιχθυοκαλλιέργεια (Kathimerini, 27 December 2019)
- Philosofish: The Next Big Fish In The Aquaculture Sector (ESM, 9 January 2020)
- Philosofish: Οι «Υδατοκαλλιέργειες Γ. & Π. Μπιτσάκος Α.Ε» αλλάζουν επωνυμία (BusinessNews, 10 February 2020)
- Up and coming bass, bream player officially launches new name, Philosofish (Undercurrent News, 14 February 2020)
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