The Milestone team
consists of 5 investment professionals, supported exclusively by 6 operating partners, notably for the deal sourcing, the deal execution and the management of investee companies (if they hold a NED position; 1 to 2 NED per investee company).
Luxembourg : +352 621 225 802
Suisse : +41 79 128 20 44
Erick Rinner (53), Managing Partner, has spent 25 years in private equity with Milestone and 8 years in acquisition finance with Société Générale. Erick’s investments have included business to consumer products, outsourcing services, IT services, specialist retail, business services, healthcare and industrial services sectors. He has completed 9 platform investments and more than 30 acquisitions, including 5àSec and Cadum. Erick sits on the boards of Swania, ITX and Milestone Investisseurs and his past directorships include Interfloor, Cadum, 5àSec, WinnCare, IXEurope and Renaissance.
Erick’s core skills include initiating change at board level, negotiation, advising management teams on value creation and leadership. He sits on the board of companies in London, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Erick trains leaders and executives in global companies for corporate mindfulness techniques. He received an MBA (Award for Excellence) from Columbia University, and is also a graduate of Audencia Business School in France. Erick is an executive and life coach; he practices Buddhist meditation, yoga and is a mindfulness teacher.
Belgique : +32 497 38 31 45
FR : +33 6 61 96 91 08
Olivier Antomarchi (48), Partner, has more than 17 years of experience in the lower-mid cap private equity, and has worked more than 17 years with Erick Rinner, at Milestone and within the Société Générale’s Structured Finance Group, in New York and Paris. In 2000, he became CEO of Ludopia Interactive, a direct marketing services company he created with the support of French venture capital funds, and sold it in 2003.
He is a graduate from HEC Business School (1996). Olivier enjoys football and lives in Brussels with his wife and three sons. Olivier sits on the board of Paul Dehaen, Swania, ITX and Milestone Investisseurs, and his former directorships include Néothermie, Cadum, WinnCare and 5àSec.
Jérôme Fournier Le Ray
FR : + 33 6 26 13 44 01
Astrid de Chassey
FR : +33 6 14 81 49 31
Astrid de Chassey (34), Investment Manager, joined Milestone in January 2020. She spent 3 years in private equity in London working for CapVest, a pan-European fund investing in food, healthcare and essential services. She worked on several transactions, including the acquisition of Karro Food Group and the debt refinancing of Mater Private Healthcare. She also sat on the Board of Irish hospital group Mater Private Healthcare. Before that, she did 4 years of investment banking at UBS in London. She graduated from ESCP Europe.
Since then, Astrid did a one-year stint developing social-environmental projects in Madagascar. She moved to Paris two years ago, where she has been spending time with asylum seekers and is studying philosophy and theology.
Emmanuel Floret (50) worked 8 years as CFO and Operating Partner in a large cap healthcare private equity fund and 12 years within corporate development (M&A) departments of large industrial groups in Switzerland, France and the UK, in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.
Recently, Emmanuel worked as the interim CFO of ITX. He graduated from ESDES Business School in Lyon with a Masters in finance and business administration. Emmanuel is based in Geneva.
Christophe de Buchet
Philippe Croppi (54) has built his career in the world of Mergers & Acquisitions and entrepreneurship. After a 10 years’ experience in the investment banking sector (M&A departments of HSBC and Societe Generale), Philippe was Managing Partner of Close Brothers (now DC Advisory) for also 10 years. He created then Easton Corporate Finance (now Clearwater) of which he was Managing Director for 10 years.
He has carried out numerous transactions in France and abroad with investment funds (LBO) and Industrials. Philippe graduated from ESCP (1988) and holds a post-graduate degree in Economics from Paris-Dauphine University (1989). Philippe became Operating Partner of Milestone in 2018.
Jim Soleymanlou is the Founder and Managing Partner of RainMakers Private Equity, and has been behind the development of the firm and the execution of transactions.
Under Jim’s leadership, RainMakers made a name for itself by being a pioneer in advising on complex transactions, and by being several years ahead of the game, time and again foreseeing changes within the PE/VC asset class, innovating transactions which became mainstream only several years later.
Prior to founding RainMakers in 2004, Jim held various positions in the field of interest rate and equity derivatives.
Jim started his career in 1988 as a derivatives technologist, working with Sophis and Société Générale CIB, developing trading and risk management models.
From 1994 to 2003, Jim held senior management positions at companies such as Opt4 Derivatives in Berkeley, California, as well as Login SA and SunGard in Paris, France. In 2003-04, Jim served as an Expert Witness for the French Department of Justice.
Jim holds an MSc in Computer Science from University of Paris VI, and an MBA from University of Chicago.
If you are an institutional investor or a family office interested in our investment model, you can contact Jim Soleymanlou at Rainmakers PE who is responsible for our investor relations.
USA : +1 415 946 8960