About & Team

INDEPENDENT
CAPITAL GROUP

About & Team

INDEPENDENT
CAPITAL GROUP

About

INDEPENDENT
CAPITAL GROUP

Independent Capital Group AG is an asset management and investment advisory firm with offices in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland.  It is regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

 

Our core competencies are investment management and advisory, including the management of investment funds, real estate investments and debt financing, and family office services. Clients are institutional investors and high net worth individuals as well as their advisors.

 

With our approach of Pragmatic Sustainable Investing we strive to maximize long-term risk-adjusted investment returns by integrating sustainability criteria in the investment process across asset classes, free from ideologies.

Independent Capital Group AG was established in 2005 by Dr. Mirjam Staub-Bisang, her brother, Roman Staub, and Prince Michael of Liechtenstein with the purpose of delivering excellence in investment management. Over the years, we developed our proprietary approach of Pragmatic Sustainable Investing and established the company as a leading authority in sustainable and responsible investing. In 2014, we further strengthened our capacity to deliver Pragmatic Sustainable Investing by taking on board the team of Gateway Capital Group, a specialist asset management firm focused on energy and commodity investments. In 2017, we integrated the manager of two alternative investment funds. In 2018, a change in leadership took place in the course of a management buyout transaction involving senior management and new partners.

We are

Dedicated Investment Professionals

INDEPENDENT CAPITAL GROUP

Our Team

Stephan Schelling

CEO, PARTNER
  • Prior CIO and Portfolio Manager with Swiss ALP Asset Management AG, investment specialist for alternative investments  with UBS and Goldman Sachs
  • Swiss Finance Institute, Executive Program
  • Bsc in Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences, Chur, Southeast Switzerland

Dietrich Joos

HEAD ASSET MANAGEMENT, PARTNER
  • Prior founder of Gateway Capital Group AG in 1997; senior portfolio manager with F. Hoffmann-
    La Roche AG; financial analyst, UBS AG
  • Economist (lic. rer. pol.), University of Basel

Reto Michel

HEAD FAMILY OFFICE, PARTNER
  • Prior securities specialist key clients with UBS AG in Zürich; controller with Georg Utz Holding AG, Bremgarten, Switzerland
  • BSc in Business Administration, Major in Management Consulting and Controlling, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • CFA Charterholder
  • Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM)

Mirko Kräuchi

HEAD COMPLIANCE & RISKMANAGEMENT, PARTNER
  • Prior accountant with Schroder & Co Bank AG, Zurich
  • BSc in Business Administration, Major in Banking and Finance, ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • CAS Financial Market Law, University of Zurich

Adi Wenzel

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER, PARTNER
  • Prior founding partner at a FINMA regulated and awarded asset management company in Zurich
  • Portfolio manager with Baloise Insurance and Bank Sarasin & Cie AG (head asset management equities international)
  • Economist (lic.rer.pol.), University of Basel
  • Certified International Investment Analyst CIIA

Christoph Rentsch

Head Private Equity
  • Executive Board Member TargImmune Therapeutics, Board member ACM Biosciences
  • Prior member of EC and CFO Santhera Pharmaceuticals and Polyphor, MP Caperis Ltd, Head Group Funding and Capital Markets F. Hoffmann La Roche AG, CFO Alusuissse-Lonza America Inc., ECM group Credit-Suisse
  • Oxford University, Capital Markets Programme
  • Economist, University of Applied Sciences, Basel

Pablo Gonzalez

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER
  • Prior MD and portfolio manager with Gateway Capital Group, Basel; equity sales trader with UBS AG investment Banking
  • BSc in Business Administration, Major in Finance and Controlling, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • CFA Charterholder

Cyrill Joos

ANALYST
  • Prior research analyst with the commodities and energy investment firm Gateway Capital Group, Basle
  • BSc. in Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, Basle
  • Bachelor thesis on “Analysis of cost ranges of new energy sources”

Hamilton von Portatius

HEAD REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS
  • Prior fund manager with Sal. Oppenheim in Frankfurt, Germany; real estate finance executive with Wachovia Bank in Frankfurt, Germany
  • BSc (hons) Economics, Buckingham University (UK), Immobilienökonom (real estate economist) (EBS)

Nadia Weitnauer

FOUNDATION AND OFFICE MANAGER
  • Prior team leader media design at W4 Marketing AG and graphic designer at Brandpulse AG and Luminess in Zurich
  • BA in Design and Communication, Ravensbourne College, Kent, London; commercial degree Handelsschule Basel

INDEPENDENT CAPITAL GROUP

Our Team

Stephan Schelling

CEO, PARTNER
  • Prior CIO and Portfolio Manager with Swiss ALP Asset Management AG, investment specialist for alternative investments  with UBS and Goldman Sachs
  • Swiss Finance Institute, Executive Program
  • Bsc in Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences, Chur, Southeast Switzerland

Dietrich Joos

HEAD ASSET MANAGEMENT, PARTNER
  • Prior founder of Gateway Capital Group AG in 1997; senior portfolio manager with F. Hoffmann-
    La Roche AG; financial analyst, UBS AG
  • Economist (lic. rer. pol.), University of Basel

Reto Michel

HEAD FAMILY OFFICE, PARTNER
  • Prior securities specialist key clients with UBS AG in Zürich; controller with Georg Utz Holding AG, Bremgarten, Switzerland
  • BSc in Business Administration, Major in Management Consulting and Controlling, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • CFA Charterholder
  • Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM)

Mirko Kräuchi

HEAD COMPLIANCE & RISKMANAGEMENT, PARTNER
  • Prior accountant with Schroder & Co Bank AG, Zurich
  • BSc in Business Administration, Major in Banking and Finance, ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • CAS Financial Market Law, University of Zurich

Adi Wenzel

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER, PARTNER
  • Prior founding partner at a FINMA regulated and awarded asset management company in Zurich
  • Portfolio manager with Baloise Insurance and Bank Sarasin & Cie AG (head asset management equities international)
  • Economist (lic.rer.pol.), University of Basel
  • Certified International Investment Analyst CIIA

Pablo Gonzalez

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER
  • Prior MD and portfolio manager with Gateway Capital Group, Basel; equity sales trader with UBS AG investment Banking
  • BSc in Business Administration, Major in Finance and Controlling, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • CFA Charterholder

Cyrill Joos

ANALYST
  • Prior research analyst with the commodities and energy investment firm Gateway Capital Group, Basle
  • BSc. in Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, Basle
  • Bachelor thesis on “Analysis of cost ranges of new energy sources”

Hamilton von Portatius

HEAD REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS
  • Prior fund manager with Sal. Oppenheim in Frankfurt, Germany; real estate finance executive with Wachovia Bank in Frankfurt, Germany
  • BSc (hons) Economics, Buckingham University (UK), Immobilienökonom (real estate economist) (EBS)

Nadia Weitnauer

FOUNDATION AND OFFICE MANAGER
  • Prior team leader media design at W4 Marketing AG and graphic designer at Brandpulse AG and Luminess in Zurich
  • BA in Design and Communication, Ravensbourne College, Kent, London; commercial degree Handelsschule Basel

INDEPENDENT CAPITAL GROUP

Board of Directors

Adrian Hirzel

CHAIRMAN, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • Attorney at Law, LL.M., with Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd
  • University of Zurich, Admission to the Bar in Switzerland, Boston University, School of Law (LL.M.)

Pierre Jaccoud

VICE-CHAIRMAN, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • Founder of Pierre Jaccoud Consult LLC
  • Prior various positions within F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd

Dietrich Joos

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • Prior founder of Gateway Capital Group AG in 1997; senior portfolio manager with F. Hoffmann-
    La Roche AG; financial analyst, UBS AG
  • Economist (lic. rer. pol.), University of Basel

INDEPENDENT CAPITAL GROUP

Board of Directors

Adrian Hirzel

CHAIRMAN, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • Attorney at Law, LL.M., with Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd
  • University of Zurich, Admission to the Bar in Switzerland, Boston University, School of Law (LL.M.)

Pierre Jaccoud

VICE-CHAIRMAN, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • Founder of Pierre Jaccoud Consult LLC
  • Prior various positions within F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd

Dietrich Joos

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • Prior founder of Gateway Capital Group AG in 1997; senior portfolio manager with F. Hoffmann-
    La Roche AG; financial analyst, UBS AG
  • Economist (lic. rer. pol.), University of Basel
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