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Facile

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Investment Year
2014
Sector
Consumer
Location
Italy
Fund
Fund III
Status
Current

Facile is Italy’s leading price comparison website.

Facile has built a strong position in Italy’s fast-growing online price comparison market, and helps over 1.5 million Italians to save money every month. After broadening its offer, it now offers price comparisons on gas and electricity, broadband, bank accounts, loans and mortgages as well as its core car insurance comparison service.

We originally acquired a majority stake in Facile in September 2014, using our existing knowledge of the sector to move quickly and secure the management’s backing early in the process. After four years of strong growth we sold a majority stake to EQT in June 2018, but remain investors through Fund III to take advantage of the further growth potential.

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MARKET DYNAMICS

The Italian price comparison market is relatively undeveloped versus other markets such as the UK and Germany.

At the time of acquisition, online penetration of the car insurance market was at only 10%, versus 80% in the UK, providing substantial growth potential, and Facile’s position as the market leader means it is well-placed to take advantage of future market growth.

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Testimonial

Oakley’s support and sector knowledge has been of immense help during a period of rapid growth at Facile.

Mauro Giacobbe
Facile CEO

Oakley team

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Alex Collins

Partner
David Keech

David Keech

Investment Director

Peter Dubens

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Peter Dubens is the founder and Managing Partner of the Oakley Capital Group, a privately-owned asset management and advisory group comprising Private Equity, Venture Capital, Corporate Finance managing approximately €3.0 billion.

Peter founded Oakley Capital in 2002 to be a best of breed entrepreneurially driven UK investment house, creating an ecosystem that supports the companies Oakley Capital invests in whether they are early stage companies or established businesses.

David Till

Senior Partner & Co-Founder

David Till co-founded the Oakley Capital Group in 2002 with Peter Dubens. David plays a key role within the group and has overall responsibility for operations, finance, due diligence, compliance and fund formation.

David worked with Peter Dubens on the development of 365 Media Group plc and Pipex Communications plc where he led all the 26 acquisitions and disposals between 2002 and 2007. In 2007 following the sale of both 365 Media Group plc and Pipex Communications plc, Peter and David launched Oakley Capital Private Equity.

David holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from Essex University. He started his career in the British Army, then later qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and worked in industry as a finance director, before returning to the profession holding senior M&A roles.

Alex Collins

Partner

Alex joined Oakley in 2007 and has over 19 years of private equity investment and operational experience Alex’s focus at Oakley is primarily on deal origination, execution, portfolio management and realisation.

Alex began his career at GE Capital in 1995 before being seconded to Advent International for two years as Associate Director. He subsequently joined Henderson Private Capital as Principal. Alex joined Oakley in 2007 from Wharfedale Capital where he was a Partner involved in purchasing secondary assets.

Alex holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economic History from Union College, New York.

Rebecca Gibson

Partner

Rebecca joined Oakley in 2014 and has over 16 years of private equity investment experience. Rebecca’s focus at Oakley is deal origination and she leads all marketing and investor relations activities.

Prior to joining Oakley, Rebecca was a Partner at Cinven. During her 12 year career at Cinven, she led and worked on deals in the healthcare, consumer and service sectors across Europe, and assisted with several successful fundraisings. Prior to joining Cinven, Rebecca spent five years working as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in the UK and South Africa.

Rebecca holds a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

David Brickell

Partner

David joined Oakley in 2013 and has over 15 years of principal investing, M&A and operational experience. David’s focus at Oakley is primarily on deal origination, execution, portfolio management and realisation.

David started his career at Credit Suisse’s Principal Transaction Group in 1998 in New York and London, before moving to Morgan Stanley in London where he focused on media and telecoms M&A and private equity. He then moved to Candover, where he was an Investment Director involved in a wide range of prospective, completed and exited deals and he also jointly set up Candover’s Asian operations in Hong Kong. He subsequently spent four years as the co-founder and COO of a SaaS internet start-up before joining Oakley in 2013.

David holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD Business School in France/Singapore, and an MA (Oxon) in Law from Pembroke College, Oxford.

Arthur Mornington

Partner

Arthur joined Oakley in 2017 and has over 15 years of private equity investing experience. Arthur’s focus at Oakley is primarily on deal origination, execution, portfolio management and realisation.

Prior to joining Oakley, Arthur was a Partner at Charterhouse Capital Partners where he worked for 10 years. During his time at Charterhouse he was involved in the origination, execution and management of a number of the firm’s successful investments – especially in the media, education and business services sectors. He started his career at Bain & Company and has also worked at BC Partners and Exponent Private Equity.

Arthur holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford.

Ralf Schremper

Partner

Ralf joined Oakley in 2017 and has more than 15 years of M&A and investment experience. Ralf’s focus at Oakley is primarily on deal origination, execution, portfolio management and realisation.

Prior to joining Oakley, Ralf served as a Member of the Executive Board and Chief Strategy and Investment Officer of DAX-listed ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, the publicly listed German media company. In this role, he was directly responsible for the Company’s strategic acquisitions in recent years, significantly contributing to the expansion of ProSiebenSat.1’s digital entertainment and commerce portfolio. Previously, he held senior positions at Bertelsmann, RTL Group, and was founder and CEO of an online education start-up.

Ralf holds a PhD in Finance (summa cum laude) from University of Bochum and a Master in Business Administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from University of Cologne.

Steven Tredget

Partner

Steven joined Oakley in 2017 and has more than 18 years of investment banking experience. Steven’s focus is fund raising, communications and investor relations for Oakley and its portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Oakley, Steven was a founding partner of investment bank Liberum Capital. Over 9 years he raised equity capital for hundreds of companies and advised on public market listings. He began his career in 1997 at Collins Stewart, where he held equity research and sales roles.

Steven holds a BSc (Hons) in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University

Arnaud de Cremiers

Partner

Arnaud joined Oakley in 2019 and has more than 19 years of M&A and investment experience.

Prior to joining Oakley, Arnaud was a Partner at Adams Street where he worked for 15 years. During his time at Adams Street, he led over $4 billion in investment across 90+ distinct primary fund commitments, whilst also working on fundraising activities and relationship management of both potential and existing clients. Prior to this, he spent three years at Access Capital Partners gaining exposure to European venture capital and mid-market buyout fund investments.

Arnaud holds a Master of Administration from Neoma Business School and a Master of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Paris.

Vicente Castellano

Operating Partner

Vicente joined Oakley in 2017 and has over 17 years of experience in managing, developing and coordinating global leading retail brands. Vicente’s focus at Oakley is to lead and develop the portfolio companies, with a current focus on North Sails Apparel, and origination, with a particular focus on Spain and the consumer sector.

Prior to joining Oakley, Vicente worked as Managing Director at Hackett London, where he managed the development and growth of the brand to become an international player.

Prior to this, Vicente was Licensees and International Director for Pepe Jeans London and Director at Coach Europe JV and had been Board Member in Pepe Jeans Group since 2005. During these 17 years Vicente has actively participated in the growth and performance of the group and been involved in three successful buy outs from different Private Equity Groups.

Vicente holds a BA in Business Administration and Finance from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and was part of INSEAD Young Managers Programme.

Amjid Zaman

Chief Financial Officer

Amjid joined Oakley in 2008 and has over 18 years of operational finance experience in the technology, media and financial services sectors. Amjid’s focus at Oakley is managing all financial and business planning activities within the Oakley Group.

Prior to joining Oakley, Amjid was Group Financial Controller at Pipex which executed a buy and build strategy of telecoms and hosting companies followed by sale of the integrated businesses. He started his career at Deloitte and has also worked at Singlepoint (Caudwell Group) and Pembroke VCT.

Amjid qualified as a chartered accountant in 1997 and holds a BA (Hons) in Engineering Science from Exeter College, Oxford.

Aaron Kienwald

Head of Legal - Funds

Aaron joined Oakley in 2020. Aaron is responsible for the group’s legal and regulatory functions with a particular focus on its funds, working closely with the investor relations and deal teams.

He started his career in the private funds team at SJ Berwin where he qualified as a solicitor and went on to work at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, advising the Oakley Capital Group on fund-related work since 2015. Aaron also spent some time working at Bridgepoint Capital as part of its investor relations team.

Aaron holds a History degree from King’s College London and is a qualified solicitor.

Marcus Biggs

Head of Legal - Corporate

Marcus joined Oakley in 2017 and has 21 years experience advising on legal matters with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, equity financing and company law. At Oakley, Marcus provides legal support and guidance to the Group.

Prior to joining Oakley, Marcus was a counsel at City law firm SJ Berwin (which later became King & Wood Mallesons). At SJ Berwin, Marcus led numerous transactions for both private equity and strategic investors, as well as overseeing a large number of Stock Exchange listings and public market fundraisings.

Marcus has an LLB in law from Exeter University and also attended Exeter University’s law school.

Maritz Theron

Risk and Compliance

Maritz joined Oakley in 2019 and is responsible for Luxembourg Operations and the Risk and Compliance functions within the Oakley Group. He has over 13 years of financial risk and compliance experience in banking and specialised finance.

Prior to joining Oakley, Maritz managed compliance analytics and reporting at the Butterfield Group following its NYSE listing, and advised on balance sheet management, liquidity risk and forecasting whilst under private equity ownership of Carlyle and CIBC. He started his career at Nedbank and Old Mutual Specialised Finance in South Africa.

Maritz is a qualified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Associate of the International Compliance Association (AICA), and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

David Keech

Investment Director

David joined Oakley in 2010 and focuses primarily on deal execution and portfolio management. During his time at Oakley, David has worked with a number of Oakley’s online assets, including Emesa, Verivox, Facile and Casa & atHome. In addition, David is currently working with AMOS, which is the platform investment for a roll-up in the higher education sector.

Prior to joining Oakley, David worked at KPMG Corporate Finance for four years advising on mid-market M&A transactions in the Consumer and Healthcare markets in the UK and Western Europe.

David holds the ICAEW’s Advanced Diploma in Corporate Finance and an MA (Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford.

Fred Raikes

Investment Director

Fred joined Oakley in 2011 and focuses primarily on origination, deal execution and portfolio management. During his time at Oakley, Fred has worked on Oakley’s investments in WebPros, TechInsights, North Sails, Daisy Data Centres and Time Out.

Prior to joining Oakley, Fred worked for PwC’s Debt and Restructuring Advisory team where he advised clients on raising debt for mid-market M&A, refinancing existing facilities and credit ratings.

Fred qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 and holds a BA (Hons) in Business & Management from Exeter University.

Sam Fenton-Whittet

Investment Director

Sam joined Oakley in 2015 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management. During his time at Oakley, Sam has worked on Oakley’s investments in Career Partner Group, Schülerhilfe and Inspired and Time Out Markets.

Prior to joining Oakley, Sam was Speechwriter and Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. He previously worked in a number of finance positions in HM Treasury, including as senior adviser responsible for coordinating the government’s £40bn annual capital budget.

Sam holds an MA (Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford.

Sascha Günther

Investment Director

Sascha joined Oakley in 2018 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management with a focus on the German-speaking region.

Prior to joining Oakley, Sascha was Vice President at ProSiebenSat.1 where he led on multiple investments in the Technology, Media and Consumer space. Previous to this, Sascha worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, advising on Retail & Consumer and Private Equity.

Sascha holds an MBA from the London Business School and a degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Technische Universität München, Germany.

Hayley Whitehead

Investment Director

Hayley joined Oakley in 2016 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management. During her time at Oakley, Hayley has worked on Oakley’s investments in Career Partner Group, TechInsights, Schülerhilfe and Casa &atHome. Hayley also coordinates debt financing across the portfolio.

Prior to joining Oakley, Hayley worked in leveraged finance advisory at Rothschild where she advised sponsors on a range of financings, from acquisition-related to stressed and restructuring. She also previously worked at CIBC World Markets in Toronto.

Hayley holds a BCom, Major in Finance and General Management from McGill University and is a CFA® charterholder.

Tom Twiney

Investment Director

Tom joined Oakley in 2014 and focuses primarily on deal execution and portfolio management. During his time at Oakley, Tom has worked on the acquisitions of Damovo, Parship and WebPros. Tom has also managed the implementation of the iLevel portfolio management system.

Prior to joining Oakley Capital, Tom was Head of Commercial Finance at Daisy Group plc and has experience of pricing, project finance, budgeting and monthly reporting.

Tom is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics with Computer Science from Durham University.

Luke Frizoni

Investment Manager

Luke joined Oakley in 2013 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management. During his time at Oakley, Luke has worked on Oakley’s investments in North Sails, Daisy Group and Career Partner Group.

Prior to joining Oakley, Luke worked in the Transaction Services team at Deloitte LLP in London, where he provided financial due diligence to corporate and private equity clients undertaking M&A and public transactions.

Luke is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Studies from Cass Business School, City University London.

Jonathan Clapham

Investment Manager

Jonathan joined Oakley in 2015 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management. During his time at Oakley, Jonathan has worked on Oakley’s investments in Casa & atHome and Plesk.

Prior to joining Oakley, Jonathan worked at Canaccord Genuity, advising mid-market private equity houses and corporate clients on a variety of public and private company transactions. Previously Jonathan worked in PwC’s Corporate Finance team where he advised on M&A deals across a range of sectors.

Jonathan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Manchester University.

Lovis von Andrian

Investment Manager

Lovis joined Oakley in 2016 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management. During his time at Oakley, Lovis has worked on Oakley‘s investments in WebPros, TechInsights and Parship.

Prior to joining Oakley, Lovis worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, working on fund investments and deal origination, primarily in Russia, Turkey and the Baltics States. Previously, Lovis worked in PwC’s Transaction Services team in London, where he provided financial due diligence to corporate and private equity clients undertaking M&A transactions in the TMT sector in the UK and Germany.

Lovis is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc (Hons) in Management from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Konstantin Synetos

Investment Manager

Konstantin joined Oakley in 2018 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Oakley, Konstantin worked at OPTrust Private Markets Group in London, working on direct and fund investments across Private Equity and Infrastructure in Europe. Previously, Konstantin worked at Jefferies in London, where he advised on M&A transactions in the Industrials sector across Europe.

Konstantin holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School in Paris and Singapore and a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics with Economics from University College London (UCL).

Mike Mutsaers

Investment Associate

Mike joined Oakley in 2018 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Oakley, Mike worked at Bain & Company, working on corporate strategy and re-organisation projects across a range of industries, as well as multiple commercial due-diligence projects as part of the private equity practice. Previously, Mike worked at Slaughter and May, where he focused on corporate and M&A advisory, as well as debt and equity capital markets.

Mike is a qualified solicitor and holds a BA (Hons) in International History from the London School of Economics.

Jamie Wilman

Investment Associate

Jamie joined Oakley in 2019 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Oakley, Jamie worked at OC&C Strategy Consultants in London and Munich, working on commercial and vendor due diligence, across retail, leisure, FMCG, technology and B2B sectors.

Jamie holds an MA (Cantab) in English Literature from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Daniel Wolfgarten

Investment Associate

Daniel joined Oakley in 2019 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Oakley, Daniel worked at Perella Weinberg Partners in London, where he advised on M&A transactions in the Industrials sector across Europe.

Daniel holds a MSc and BSc in Business Administration and Management from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

 

Cristina Popescu

Investment Associate

Cristina joined Oakley in 2019 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Oakley, Cristina worked at Barclays Bank in London and focused on investment grade and leveraged loan origination in the UK. Previously, Cristina worked in Barclays’ loan syndication team, where she focused on arranging and underwriting transactions across the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany and the Benelux region.

Cristina holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD Business School in Paris and Singapore, is a CFA® charterholder and holds a BSc (Hons) in Management from Warwick Business School.

Emilio Avati

Investment Associate

Emilio joined Oakley in 2020 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Oakley, Emilio worked at Bain & Company, working on strategy and commercial due-diligence projects across the TMT, FMCG, education and public sectors. Previously, Emilio worked at Eurazeo Growth in Paris and Monitor Deloitte in Milan.

Emilio holds an MSc in Strategic Management from HEC Paris and a BSc (Hons) in Political Economy from Kings College London.

Christina Schrettle

Investment Associate

Christina joined Oakley in 2020 and focuses primarily on deal origination, execution and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Oakley, Christina worked at special opportunity fund CSP, working on direct investments across the capital structure. Previously, Christina worked in Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Finance division in London and Frankfurt, where she advised on acquisition financing transactions across Europe.

Christina holds an MSc from ESADE Business School in Barcelona and a B.A. in International Management from University of Applied Sciences Augsburg.

Radhika Johal

Fund Financial Controller

Radhika joined Oakley in 2016 and primarily focuses on fund finance and business operations.

Prior to joining Oakley, Radhika was Audit Senior Manager at BDO working with a range of mid-market private equity clients.

Previously, Radhika was Manager at EY working in Transaction Services and Audit Practices, where she provided financial due diligence and audit services to private equity clients.

Radhika is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Business Information Systems from University of Manchester.

Danien Theron

Senior Fund Officer

Danien joined Oakley in 2013 and primarily focuses on the development and operations of the Luxembourg office, financial reporting and analysis, transfer pricing and fund finance support in the Oakley Group. She has over 13 years of experience in private equity and audit (banking, investments, media, hospitality, wholesale distribution).

Prior to joining Oakley, Danien worked at KPMG Bermuda in the Investments and Banking Audit division. She started her career at PwC in South Africa.

Danien is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Emmanuel Rasolohery

Fund Accountant

Emmanuel joined Oakley in 2020 and primarily focuses on operations, fund accounting and financial reporting.

Prior to joining Oakley, Emmanuel was Financial Manager at Cushman & Wakefield Luxembourg for five years. His role at Cushman included a jurisdictional relocation of accounting operations and establishment of a new team in Luxembourg. During his ten years of industry experience, Emmanuel also worked as senior real estate accountant at BNP Paribas Luxembourg.

Emmanuel holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and Accounting from IFCE business school in Strasbourg.

Anna Simpson

Investor Relations Manager

Anna joined Oakley in 2015 to help develop the Investor Relations function. Anna’s responsibilities include assisting with fundraising activities, communicating with and reporting to investors and keeping the wider investment community updated on Oakley’s activities.

Prior to joining Oakley, Anna started her career with Ernst & Young LLP in the Financial Services Assurance practice. She worked primarily on audits of large life insurance companies. Post qualification, Anna transferred to EY’s Restructuring practice and worked across a variety of sectors.

Anna is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc Joint Honours in Economics and Mathematics from Newcastle University.

Alice Nicholls

Brand and Investor Relations Executive

Alice joined Oakley in August 2016 and assists with investor relations activities, including fundraising, communicating with and reporting to investors, as well as assisting with the public relations (PR) function. She is also responsible for maintaining and developing the Oakley brand.

Alice graduated from the University of Exeter where she obtained a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Geography.

Rosanna Heward

Investor Relations Analyst

Rosanna joined the Investor Relations function at Oakley in 2020. Rosanna’s responsibilities include assisting with fundraising activities, communicating with and reporting to investors and keeping the wider investment community updated on Oakley’s activities.

Prior to joining Oakley, Rosanna started her career with Deloitte LLP in the Audit and Assurance practice. She worked primarily on audits of internationally and dual listed clients.

Rosanna is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol.

Sasha Goff

Compliance Manager

Sasha joined Oakley in 2013 and assists in monitoring compliance across the Oakley Group, writing policies for the firm and ensuring that they are up to date with changes in laws and regulations. Sasha also conducts in-house annual training for Anti-Money Laundering.

Prior to joining Oakley, Sasha worked as a Paralegal at Berwin Leighton Paisner in the Litigation department and before that also as a Paralegal at Rosling King LLP.

Sasha has completed both the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course, and holds a BSc (Hons) in Social Policy from Bristol University.

Nargiz Filmanova

Compliance Officer

Nargiz joined Oakley in 2020 with a primary focus on implementation of the Group-wide compliance programme and establishing regulatory compliance requirements of Oakley Capital Funds and management companies in Luxembourg.

Prior to joining Oakley, Nargiz worked for Arendt Regulatory and Consulting, the regulatory advisory firm in Luxembourg. She focused on regulatory reporting and compliance services including customer due diligence for alternative investment funds, AIFMD, FATCA and CRS reporting. Previously, Nargiz also worked for BDO and Deloitte in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Nargiz holds an Msc in Wealth Management from the Luxembourg School of Business / University of Luxembourg. She completed a graduate certification from Singapore Management University in Wealth management, with a main focus on the Asian market. She also holds a BSc in International Relations and International Law from Baku State University.”

Joshua Stephens

Legal and Compliance Team Assistant

Josh joined Oakley in 2019, and assists in monitoring compliance across the Oakley Group.

Prior to joining Oakley, Josh worked as a Tutor and in the corporate department at Thomson Reuters Practical Law.

Josh attended Durham University and holds a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Classics, as well as an MA in Law.

Inna Lozinskaya

Senior Executive Assistant

Inna provides research and executive support to the private equity team.

Educated in Russia and the UK, Inna is bilingual and prior to joining Oakley she worked with a corporate broker in the City.

Helene Kutz

Team Assistant

Helene joined Oakley in July 2018. She completed her apprenticeship to become a Hotel Specialist in Berlin and has been working for over 10 years in hotels around the world.

Hannah Gowing

Team Assistant

Hannah joined Oakley in October 2018. She graduated from The University of Brighton where she obtained a Business Management BA (Hons) degree.

Laura Snow

Team Assistant

Laura joined Oakley in October 2019 and provides admin and team support to the Private Equity team. She graduated from Newcastle University in 2018 where she obtained an English Literature and Classics BA (Hons) degree.

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