The Client Solutions Key Management
Thomas von Hohenhau
Head of Client Solutions
Member of the Group Executive Management
Thomas von Hohenhau combines broad business experience in the fields of private markets, investment funds, portfolio management and open wealth platforms. Prior to working for VP Bank, he was Chief Client Officer and CEO Switzerland at Deposit Solutions, a leading international fintech company for open banking solutions. From 2009 to 2016, he worked for Bank Julius Baer, where he held a number of international management positions, most recently Head Portfolio Management International. Thomas holds a Master of Arts in Banking & Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Zurich (UZH).
“It always seems impossible until it`s done” – Nelson Mandela
Head of Client Solutions Access Partners
Philipp Schneider heads the Access Partners team within VP Client Solutions. Previously, Philipp was co-founder and managing partner at a leading peer-to-peer lending platform, which systematically connects Swiss companies seeking financing with investors. Prior to this, Philipp held various positions within UBS Investment Bank, most recently as a marketer within the Solutions and Financing Group. Philipp holds a Master of Arts in Quantitative Economics and Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
“Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.” – Archimedes
Head of Private Investment Partners
In over 25 years, Ulrich Knopp has gained in-depth international experience in investment banking, corporate finance and private banking. He has worked for UBS, Credit Suisse, Bank J. Safra Sarasin, Deutsche Bank and an M&A boutique specialising in banking M&A in Zurich and London. His focus is on investment and private banking or a combination of the two. Ulrich holds a diploma in business administration from the Koblenz University with additional coursework in US Universities like Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago.
“The most successful transactions are the ones that make you smile as you think about them.”
Head of Collective Private Markets Investments
Donat Wild has 17 years of investment and industry experience. He headed the fund research department at VP Bank AG and built the research-based advice and structured products buy-side desk at LGT Bank AG. Prior to this, Donat gained broad experience at Commerzbank, Dresdner Bank and Bankhaus Reuschel. Donat holds a diploma in Business Administration from Munich Business School and is a CFA charterholder.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
CEO VP Fund Solutions (Luxembourg) SA
Torsten Ries joined VP Fund Solutions (Liechtenstein) AG in 2013 before moving to Luxembourg in 2016 to set up VP Fund Solutions (Luxembourg) SA’s Private Equity and Real Estate Fund Business. In 2019, he was promoted to member of the Management Board. Since 2021, he has headed our Luxembourg entity as CEO. Torsten holds a Master of Business Administration and an LLM in Banking and Securities Law.
“The only constant in life is change.” – Heraclitus
Head of Fund Client & Investment Services
Ralf Konrad joined VP Bank Group in 2008. He is responsible for VP Fund Solutions’ Client and Investment Management business across both locations. Ralf is also local CEO of VP Fund Solutions (Liechtenstein) AG and a member of the Bord of Directors of VP Fund Solutions (Luxembourg) SA. Previously, he held several positions as a senior proprietary trader and fund manager. Ralf holds a Master of Science degree from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and is a certified Hedgefund Consultant (EBS/BAI).
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Will Rogers
Dr. Céline Wong
Head of Philanthropy & Impact
Having been named among the Top 100 Women in Fintech in Singapore and following a career in digital strategy at a global Swiss bank, Céline Wong joined VP Bank to head up our Philanthropy & Impact business. Céline has gained experience in the entrepreneurial business development field and served as a trustee to Infinitus Foundation in the family office. She holds a PhD in Politics and Finance and an MBA from INSEAD.
“Making this place a better world through philanthropy and a sustainable lifestyle is a conscious choice to leave a meaningful legacy.”
Head of Client Solutions Office
Sebastian Heinrich supports the Head of VP Client Solutions in the management of day-to-day operations and on specific strategic projects. He joined from PwC, where he advised the Tax & Legal Board on corporate and business development matters. Sebastian worked in investment banking / M&A for many years and has vast international banking experience. He holds a Master in Economics from the University of Mannheim and a Master of Arts in Business Law from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
"Speak with Honesty. Think with Sincerity. Act with Integrity."
Dr. Martin Jonasch
Head of Client Solutions Operations
Martin Jonasch, a Liechtenstein citizen, has +10 years of experience in the investment fund industry. He worked for the financial market authority and other management companies before joining VP Group in 2012, where he is now in charge of all CSL operations. Martin holds a PhD of the Vienna University of Economics and is lecturer at the Uni-versity of Liechtenstein.
”The most important thing about success is its repeatability.”
Head of Client Solutions Legal, Risk & Compliance
Carmen Gwarek is responsible for the VP Client Solutions Legal, Risk & Compliance department. In addition to many years of experience in product development of funds (traditional and alternative investments) and insurance companies, she has an extensive background and experience in international tax law – particularly taxation of financial instruments – and legal, compliance and risk topics. Carmen holds an LLM in International Taxation and an LLM in Banking and Securities Law from the University of Liechtenstein, where she is also a lecturer.
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”– Winston Churchill