Chief Executive Officer
Chief Investment Officer
Chief Legal Officer
Head of ECM Croatia
Head of ECM Cyprus
Head of Research and Analytics
Managing director - Portfolio acquisitions
Head of Asset Management
Head of Real Estate
Head of Operations
Savvas has more than 20 years of institutional investment experience and was the founder and CEO of EBI, based in London. EBI was one of the largest independent institutional electronic equity brokerages in Europe with a client base of 400 Institutional clients in over 30 countries. Savvas is a founding Partner of Elements Capital Partners and Chairman of the Board of Directors in ECM. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Famar, a leading European pharmaceutical CMO with manufacturing in Greece, Italy, and Spain. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of DDM Holdings AG, a publicly listed company specialized in the acquisition and management of distressed asset portfolios in Europe. Savvas holds a BA and an MSc from City University Business School, London.
Ales has more than 20 years of work experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining ECM as CEO, he served as CEO of one of the largest private investment companies in the Western Balkan region. Ales holds various board positions including Sava plc, a Slovenian group engaged in tourism and banking, BioRecell Ltd., a high-tech firm specializing in medical device development, Conexio Ltd., a telco infrastructure operator, and of Merkur Ltd, the largest DYI retailer in the region. He previously held management and governance positions in the Industrial Manufacturing, Telecommunication, and Tourism sectors. Ales holds a BA in International Finance from Point Loma University, San Diego, CA.
Dejan has over 20 years of professional experience in capital markets. For the last decade, he has served as the Chief Investment Officer and Board Member at ECM. Currently, he holds several board and chairs investment and audit committee positions in companies managed by ECM internationally. Prior to his current position, he served as a member of the Management Board in different retail asset management companies in Slovenia and Croatia. Dejan spent the early part of his career as a fund manager for one of the largest Slovenian asset management companies and has consecutively received several fund manager awards. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana and is a holder of the CFA designation since 2010.
Andrej has 14 years of work experience in the financial sector. Prior to joining ECM, he has served as a Deputy Director of the Security Market Agency for seven years. Before that, he worked as an associate attorney in a law firm, as a clerk on the appellate court, and as an editor on the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. In the period between 2016 and 2021 he served as member of the council of Slovenian Competition Protection Agency. He is currently Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in ECM Partners. He is also a Management Board Member of ECM Adria, Ltd, an ECM affiliate in Croatia. Andrej holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Ljubljana and has passed his bar exam in 2006.
Nader graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Management Sciences, specializing in Industrial Economics and Statistics. He has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, starting his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in credit derivates. After the crash of 2009, alongside founding a global executive search firm in London, he was heavily involved in Traydstream, a revolutionary start-up FinTech organization that is focused on digitization and automation of the trade finance industry. Nader joined ECM in January 2018. Nader heads up our newly-formed Croatian office and splits his time between London and Zagreb.
Andreas has over 15 years of professional experience in the financial sector. He is heading ECM in Cyprus while he holds several board and management positions in companies managed by ECM ranging from the pharmaceutical to the real estate sector. Prior to his current position, he served as Chief Operations Officer at Elements Capital Partners, as a Corporate Finance Associate at Egnatia Securities, and as a Financial Analyst at GE Capital in London, Brussels, and Munich. He holds a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London, and an MBA from INSEAD (France & Singapore). Andreas holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and is a holder of CySEC’s Advanced Certificate in Financial Services Regulatory Framework.
Robert leads our research and analytics department and has over 20 years of experience in the financial services and business advisory industry. Prior to joining ECM, he has previously worked at SKB Bank, a member of the Société Générale Group, and was a Director at KPMG, leading their business advisory and restructuring team. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana. Robert holds several board positions. Robert has successfully led some of the largest regional restructuring cases as well as several major M&A procedures in the region.
Bor works for the investment team and heads up the asset management function for ECM. He has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked as a risk manager at Slovenian bank and as deputy head of restructuring at Bank Asset Management Company, working on restructuring for large clients prior to joining ECM. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana. Bor has successfully led some of the largest Slovenian restructuring cases as well as some major M&A procedures in Slovenia.
Grega has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry. He also served as a bank consultant for the optimization and evaluation of real estate projects in Slovenia. Currently, Grega is a board advisor at Alpen Opportunity Property Fund. Grega holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana.
Head of Investor Relations
Vesna leads our Investor Relations department and has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining ECM, she was an investment analyst at YIELCO Investments AG, a German Fund of Funds Manager for Alternative Investments. She also gained experience with J.P. Morgan, Zooplus AG, and a factoring company. Between 2008 and 2015, Vesna worked for the Slovenian partner of Dun & Bradstreet as a Financial Analyst. Vesna holds a University Degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, an MBA from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Lea has 6 years of experience working in financial advisory services. Prior to joining ECM, Lea has worked in Deloitte and PwC, where her work focused primarily on corporate finance advisory, including restructurings, M&A Advisory, business modeling, and M&A tax structuring. She has been involved in a wide range of projects, assisting clients from different sectors across the Adriatic region. Lea finished International Full Time Master Programme in Business and Organisation Programme (IMB) at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, specializing in Finance.
Jasna joined us in September 2021 as a Legal Adviser. Previously she spent almost 8 years with the Bank Asset Management Company, where she was working as a lawyer managing and selling receivables and equity investments. Before that, she also worked at the Carmen Dobnik & Attorneys Law Office, Sparkasse bank d.d. and at the Law office Filipov Ltd. ‐ Schönherr. Jasna holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Ljubljana.
Tina has over 20 years of experience in Back Office functions. She is responsible for managing communication with the trustee and asset manager of investment funds, assists with control of alternative investment fund data, reports to external institutions, manages the company's payment transactions, performs bookkeeping and accounting functions, and manages personnel records. Prior to ECM, she has served as an accounting support specialist at Alpen Invest, Ltd. Before that, she worked as a Backoffice manager at AC-Brokerage House, Ltd. She holds a college education as a Business Secretary from the College of Professional Studies DOBA, Maribor.
Eva joined us as Executive Secretary in 2016. Since 2020 she is also the Head of Backoffice in a compulsory settlement of the company Delo Prodaja. Previously, she worked in administrative support to the management and employees in TSC Laba for 6 years. Eva completed her studies at the Secondary School of Economics Ljubljana, Roška, and is enrolled in Entrepreneurship and International Business at Erudio Business School in Ljubljana.
Anze joined us as a Junior Analyst in Q2 2021. Previously, he worked as a Financial Analyst in BV Finance Group, where he was focused on valuation models for Small and Medium Enterprises as well as on calculations of NPV. Anze also completed an internship with ECM Partners in the period of 2017-2018. He is finishing his studies in Bank and Financial Management at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana.
Franci has over 15 years of professional experience in the capital markets, the banking sector, and financial advisory services. Prior to joining ECM, Franci worked at a brokerage house, an asset management company, a pension fund, regulator (Bank of Slovenia), PwC, and two Slovenian banks. He was heavily involved in the restructuring of the Slovenian banking system in the period 2012 – 2015 and the preparation of the legal restructuring framework. At PwC he led some of the largest Slovenian M&A cases (buy side and sell side), NPL and RE portfolio disposals, and restructuring cases. He has also extensive experience in risk management in the banking sector. He holds a Master’s degree in Econometrics from the Faculty of Management, Koper, and holds the FRM certification.
Ziga joined us in March 2022 as a Junior Analyst. Prior to joining ECM, he gained experience at Slovenian savings bank Hranilnica Lon as a credit risk specialist, where he was predominantly responsible for performing credit rating and business analyses as well as second-level financing decision-making process. Previously, he spent four years with PwC Slovenia where his work focused primarily on corporate finance advisory, namely M&A advisory in sell-side mandates, and due diligence and indicative valuations of companies predominantly operating in the SEE and CEE regions. Ziga completed the BSc. in Bank & Financial Management and International Master in Business and Organization both at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana.
Michalis joined ECM in September 2022 as Portfolio Manager and is responsible for the origination and execution of investments and asset management of portfolio companies. He has over 10 years of experience in investments, including in the acquisition, divestment, refinancing and asset management of real assets. Prior to ECM Partners, Michalis worked in infrastructure private equity in London, covering the energy, infrastructure and utilities sectors in Europe. Key sector experience during this time included transactions in regulated utilities, renewables, power stations, water utilities and desalination plants, airports, toll roads, energy from waste and waste management, telecommunications, healthcare, aviation and public-private partnerships. Michalis holds an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and is also an ACA and CFA charterholder.