Managing Partners

Guna Mahalingam

Executive Chairman

Mr. Mahalingam is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Strategic Swiss Partners. With roots in Switzerland and Malaysia Mr. Mahalingam has over 30 years' entrepreneurial experience in the International Financial Services Industry and has developed a truly multicultural sensitivity, building an enormous global network of financial specialists and business partners. Mr. Mahalingam is a Member of the Executive board and Senior Advisor of Finance and Investments for the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce in Zurich. He is a certified Private Equity Specialist (CPRES) and member of the International Academy of Business and Financial Management (IABFM). Apart of SSP Mr. Mahalingam is Member of the Executive board of Burel Industries Ltd Malaysia and  Strategic Advisor for Gulf Islamic Investment LLC in the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Urs Lustenberger

Managing Partner,
Head of Legal Affairs

Dr. Urs Lustenberger is a Managing Partner, Global Head Legal at Strategic Swiss Partners. Dr. Lustenberger is the long-serving president of the Swiss Asian Chamber of Commerce frequently consulted by governmental, legal and economic councils and frequently speaks at governmental and legal conferences on Asia-Pacific business topics and regularly holds presentations in the field of international commercial arbitration in Asia and Europe. Dr. Lustenberger was admitted to the Zurich bar, and all Swiss Courts in 1988. He has also acted with several law firms across the course of his expansive career. Since 1993 he holds the PhD in Law from the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Dr. Lustenberger is Partner at Lustenberger Attorneys at Law with his main practice area in International Commercial Arbitration and Litigation, Competition Law, Trust and Estates Law, General Corporate Law, Real Estate and Insolvency Law.

Thorsten Dueser

Managing Partner,

Head of Investment Banking

Mr. Thorsten Dueser is Managing Partner and heads the Investment Banking Team at Strategic Swiss Partners. Founder of Switzerland based Solution Partners Global, Thorsten is an independent advisor to entrepreneurs, their companies and families. His holistic financial and strategic advice is based on a career of 28 years in investment banking and wealth management at JP Morgan and Credit Suisse in London, New York, Frankfurt and Zürich. His successful track record includes the establishment of leading client franchises for CS in targeted industries and countries for both the Investment Banking and the bank`s Wealth Management divisions, the development of innovative internal and external collaboration platforms and the nurturing of long term client relationships through transformative transactions as well as idea-based dialogue. Thorsten is a member of the advisory boards of Bodmer Capital and a UK based energy/clean tech company in formation. He studied economics/business administration at Hamburg University, St Gallen University (HSG) and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) which also included a scholarship tenure in Tokyo at the Japanese Ministry of Finance. Since 1989 he is a Personal Member of the London based think-tank Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

Fabian Mahalingam

​Managing Partner, 

Head of Business Development

Mr. Mahalingam is Managing Partner and heads the Business Development Team at Strategic Swiss Partners. He accomplished his education in the Assurance & Financial Services industry at Skandia Leben Zurich with distinction before moving to the Wealth Management industry with 1291 Switzerland Group. Later he joined Engel & Völkers, a renowned luxury Real Estate Agency and gained profound knowledge of the international Real Estate industry. Since 2017, Mr. Mahalingam is heading SSP's worldwide business development team. Client Relations and Business Development, specialising in Private Equity and M&A transactions, are his expertise. High multicultural sensitivity and excellent communication combined with strong organisational and negotiation skills are his strengths.

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Partners

Dr. Mathias Rodenstein

​Partner,
Senior Project Manager

Dr. Mathias Rodenstein is a partner and Senior Project Manager of Strategic Swiss Partners. He holds a PhD in Science from ETH Zurich and a Master of Science in Physics from TU Dresden having spent part of his studies at EPFL Lausanne and St. Petersburg State University. His professional skills expand over a vast field of business sectors. Dr. Rodenstein began his professional career at a Swiss strategy consultancy company, leading the development of an international CHF 500m+ business expansion project before joining PwC, Zurich as Senior Project Manager in the Financial Services. His analytical risk management approach combined with his passion for technology and science and his strong networking skills led him to head large scale company projects, As Senior Investment Manager at the British Embassy in Berne, besides leading 50+ yearly projects, Dr. Rodenstein maintained public relationships, the coordination of official events and ministerial visits as well as the support of business development for large Swiss companies, such as Nestlé and UBS, overseeing a combined project portfolio of over CHF 1.5 billion.

Markus Helbling

Partner, 

Marketing & Communication

Mr Markus Helbling is Partner Marketing & Communication at Strategic Swiss Partners. He is founder and Managing Director of CLUE Solutions Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CLUE offers Swiss companies expertise in business consultancy and relevant services in the implementation and support of offshoring in Malaysia. The company also offers public relations, marketing and communication services. Markus has years of proven experience in the areas of general management, project management, business development, communication and marketing. In Switzerland, he worked for big name media companies like CH Media, Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) and Ringier, for over twelve years. He holds a master's degree from the University of Bern and an executive master in communications management from the University of Lugano. Markus Helbling has been a Board Member of the Swiss Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (SMCC) since 2017 and has been elected as a Vice Chairman of SMCC in 2020.

Maurus Bossi CFA

Senior Advisor Investments

Mr. Maurus Bossi is Business Advisor to Strategic Swiss Partners. Mr. Bossi is CIO of Pactum AG, a FINMA regulated Swiss asset manager. He is also the founder, chairman and CEO of Valinor and has more than 20 years of experience in institutional asset management (traditional and alternative investments) and has gathered vast experience in business and project management and as a board member of various companies over the years. Mr. Bossi started his entrepreneurial career 2001 as a co-founder, chairman and CEO of AlphaSwiss Group, after leaving his senior management position at Zurich Cantonal Bank Asset Management. He holds a degree in economics and business administration, awarded by the University of Zurich and is a CFA charter holder. His expertise covers all aspects of the traditional & alternative investment management business from investment advisory to product development/structuring & implementation, portfolio & risk management, manager selection & due diligence as well as quantitative & qualitative analysis. His interests include new disruptive technologies (AI, blockchain, crypto-currencies, VR, cloud, etc.) and digitalization.
 

Professor Rob McCusker

Senior Advisor Compliance

Professor Rob McCusker is a senior advisor for compliance and member of the Global Advisory Board of Strategic Swiss Partners. Professor Rob McCusker is the Transnational Crime Director at Dubai Vigilance Group. Rob has   demonstrable professional  expertise in  transnational (cross-border) crime, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and counter-procurement fraud. Rob is recognized and utilized as a provider of lateral rather than vertical thinking and is valued by clients for advocating proactive rather than reactive  solutions. Rob has proven ability to design, manage and disseminate the results of a variety of projects within budget and within allotted timeframes and has a highly developed and recognized capacity to identify, create and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders within government, law enforcement, intelligence and business organizations both nationally internationally.

Leon Reynauld

Partner, 

Head of Business Development –
Asia Pacific

Mr. Leon Reynauld is a Business Development Manager with Strategic Swiss Partners. With the exposure gained working on power project’s assignments (Independent Power Producer) attached to his father’s organization, SPR Energy (M) SdnBhd and Tewet Aktiengesellschaft, Berlin, he can easily manage the project management process, including project memorandums and portfolios, negotiation between various parties concerned and A to Z support of proposals to bankers/ lenders / investors with an aim to achieve a successful implementation of the projects. Being born into a mixed family, as well as beginning his education in international private establishments and later joining the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia, Mr. Reynauld represents the best of the young professionals in the international world of business.

Céline Kawohl Ohlmeyer

Partner, 

Senior Relationship Manager

Céline Kawohl Ohlmeyer studied in France, Germany and Switzerland, and is fluent in French, German and English. Céline now has over 20 years’ experience and a strong track record of building customer relationships and new businesses. Open-minded, curious and lively, Céline’s personality and skills have always led her to forge relationships across backgrounds and cultures, listen to what people have to say and connect the dots. She is as interested in people as in business, and took this to a professional level by becoming a certified coach (accredited by the International Coaching Federation). Céline started her career in Germany, where she became a retail expert in the luxury industry, gaining robust commercial skills and international experience. Based in Switzerland since 2014, Céline has travelled extensively to support a number of new Swiss and international projects, with a focus on the renewable energy and health care sectors.

Benedikt Rieger

Partner, ​

Senior Relationship Manager

With long-time experience heading projects across numerous markets, Mr Benedikt Rieger has made the valuing, negotiating and closing of international business deals an expertise. Latest, he was responsible for the organisation and business development of Switzerland’s largest and most prestigious sports event the ATP Swiss Indoors Basel. Currently he is running a fast growing consultancy and is partnering with some of the very best companies in the fields of M&A, private equity, asset management and real estate. Excellent communication skills, a high profile network and relations to international investors across different sectors have made him a sought-after partner for many widely ranging projects. To date, the list includes investment advisory, private equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, real estate, business development, sponsoring, project leadership, marketing and sales.

Lucius Giese

Partner, 

​Senior Relationship Manager

With over 10 years in the financial industry, Lucius has an outstanding know-how in the areas of insurance and banking. The last few years before joining the SSP team, he led a sales organization at one of the largest Swiss insurance companies. His extraordinary network of investors and within the start-up scene makes him a sought-after person for both sides. In addition to the European and Asian markets, he also has a good understanding of developments in the US market due to his lengthy stay in Silicon Valley.

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