Organization & governance

Our organization

At SVC – Ltd. for Risk Capital for SMEs (SVC Ltd.) we value a lean organizational structure characterized by expertise and independence. 

Helvetica Capital AG has been responsible for investment portfolio management on behalf of SVC Ltd. since September 2015. The company is managed at the strategic level by a broadly based Board of Directors that is supported by an operations team. Investment decisions are made by an independent Investment Committee.* 

organisational structure

Team

Elios Elsener

CEO

Elios Elsener is COO of Corporate & Investment Banking at Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for the operational management of the business unit. He is also in charge of two product areas, ESOS (Employee Share Ownership Service) and Escrow Services, for corporate clients in Switzerland. In addition, Elios Elsener is closely involved with the digitalization of the corporate client business. Together with his team, he initiates and drives forward innovative projects in conjunction with the Digital Solutions & Delivery unit.

Before taking up his current position, Elios Elsener was COO of Solution Partners, a unit within Private Banking that focuses on initiating, structuring, and delivering complex solutions for sophisticated client segments within the bank. He has been employed by Credit Suisse since 2003 and has worked in various roles.

Elios Elsener has a degree in business administration (licentiatus rerum politicarum) from the University of Bern. He was promoted to Managing Director as of January 1, 2018.

Roger Winistörfer

COO

Roger Winistörfer joined the team of SVC – Ltd. for Risk Capital for SMEs in June 2017. Since 2011, he has worked as a Relationship Manager for Credit Suisse Group with additional project tasks in establishing the new Swiss legal entity and has other experience in advising private and corporate clients, including BPS (Suisse) and Graubündner Kantonalbank. 

Roger Winistörfer studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Chur and has a Certificate of Advanced Studies in project management from the Swiss Association for Organization and Management (SGO).

Board of Directors

Didier Denat

Chairman

Didier Denat is Head of Corporate & Investment Banking and a Member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. Prior to assuming his current role, Didier was Head of Solution Partners and a member of the Management Committee of the Swiss Universal Bank. Solution Partners is a team of experts focused on originating, structuring and delivering complex solutions to key client segments of Credit Suisse.

Before moving to Zurich in 2016, Didier was Co-Head of Global Financial Sponsors and was based in London. He also held the position of Head of the Leveraged Finance and Sponsors Group in the EMEA region. Before joining Credit Suisse, Didier spent nine years at Citibank in various locations (Zurich, New York, London and Paris).

Didier is a Swiss and French citizen. He holds a degree (cum laude) in Management and Strategy from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Andreas Gerber

Vice-Chairman

Andreas Gerber joined Credit Suisse in 1989 and has been Head of SME Business Switzerland since April 2015. His professional career has taken him from advising major clients listed on the stock exchange, via managing corporate client business in the Bern market area, to serving as Head of SME Region Mittelland from 2006. In September 2010, he moved to Zurich, where for four years he led the corporate client business of Region Zurich and Schaffhausen.

He has a degree in Business Economics (University of Applied Sciences) and is a graduate of the Executive Program of the Swiss Finance Institute in Zurich and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover (USA). He was promoted to Managing Director in 2009.

He lives in Uitikon-Waldegg, is married, and is the father of two sons.

Dr. Beat Brechbühl

Member

Dr. Beat Brechbühl is a lawyer with a postgraduate qualification from the University of Chicago Law School and Managing Partner of Kellerhals Carrard, a leading Swiss firm of corporate lawyers with over 160 attorneys and with offices in Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Lugano, Sion, and Zurich as well as branch offices in Binningen and in Shanghai/PRC.

He has a broad range of experience in company law and in many types of M&A transaction, particularly private equity funding, cross-border transactions, and joint ventures. He also advises companies on capital market-related legal issues (IPOs, for example) and corporate governance, acting as an "external legal department" for SMEs in their day-to-day operating business. Beat Brechbühl is a director of several Swiss companies and a founding member/Secretary of the Swiss Venture Club (SVC). In addition, he teaches entrepreneurship to master's degree economics students at the University of Bern. 

Thomas Grotzer

Member

Thomas Grotzer is General Counsel and a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. Before assuming his current role, he was General Counsel of the Private Banking and Wealth Management division of Credit Suisse Group. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Neue Aargauer Bank, a 100% subsidiary of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.

Before he joined Credit Suisse in 2011, he held various positions at UBS, notably as General Counsel for APAC Wealth Management (in Hong Kong) and as Head of Compliance for the Investment Bank Switzerland. Prior to that, he worked at major law firms in Zurich, Geneva, and San Francisco.

Thomas Grotzer is a Swiss national, holds a licence to practise law in Zurich, and has degrees from the University of Zurich (lic. iur.) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (Master of Laws).

Ralph Bloch

Member

Ralph Bloch is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Swiss Universal Bank (SUB), based in Zurich. He is the Head of Solution Partners within Premium Clients and member of the Premium Clients Management Committee.

Mr. Bloch joined Solution Partners, a unit providing investment banking solutions to UHNW clients, in 2007.

Mr. Bloch joined Credit Suisse in 1999 working in the Equity Capital Markets (ECM) departments in Zurich, London and New York where he was involved in M&A, equity derivatives, convertibles and equity related offerings (IPOs, block trades, ABBs).

Mr. Bloch holds a degree in Finance & Economics from the University of Zurich.

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* Decisions to invest in fintech companies are made by a special investment committee with the involvement of Credit Suisse.

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