Private Equity,
Done Differently

We are a uniquely focused private equity firm that partners with talented management teams to build market leading B2B Software & Services businesses across Europe and North America.

Our Approach

Focus

We invest with high conviction and commitment in a limited number of companies to ensure we are fully aligned with the teams we back and have the best chance to succeed together.

Investor-operator team

Our team is a mix of highly accomplished investors and industry executives who have leadership experience with some of the world's most successful B2B companies. We engage as one team and bring a strategic and industry leader’s perspective to all phases of our work.

Industry specialists

We invest exclusively in B2B software, tech-enabled and information services, where our team has built deep domain knowledge over many decades as investors and business leaders.

Long term

Our strategy is to build innovative businesses that stand the test of time, offering our capital, industry knowledge, focus, and commitment to drive long term growth and differentiation.

Entrepreneurial

We back ambitious teams operating in dynamic markets, and we bring an entrepreneurial spirit to our partnership with them. Our founders and most experienced team members work directly with our portfolio, enabling us to be decisive and transparent as partners.

Team

Joseph Schull

Co-founder, Managing Partner

Simon Begg

Co-founder, Partner

Andrew Sukawaty

Co-founder, Partner

Don Robert

Co-founder, Partner

Alexandre Michelson

Investment Principal

Al Monserrat

Partner, Commercial

Caroline Watteeuw

Partner, Technology

Dean Forbes

Partner, Commercial

Neil Patel

Investment Principal

Clay Gibson

Investment Principal

Rousol Al-Timimi

Vice President

Deniz Sezgi

Associate

Michaela Smart

Research Associate

Ritu Singh

Finance Director

Lillie Allen

EA & Operations

Joanna Coates

EA & Operations

Portfolio

Corten Capital I is invested in two platform companies.

Ekco

In October 2022, we invested in Ekco, an entrepreneurial, founder-led European cloud and cybersecurity provider headquartered in Dublin and serving customers in the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Founded in 2016, Ekco has scaled rapidly through an ambitious and highly successful buy-and-build programme. Ekco is a trusted partner to its customers, managing their end-to end IT infrastructure and cybersecurity needs with a team of highly skilled and dedicated engineers. Corten's investment is enabling Ekco to pursue its growth journey while continuing to enhance its exceptional service for customers.

Matrix42

In July 2021, we invested in Matrix42, a leading provider of Digital Workspace Management software headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany. The Matrix42 platform automates mission-critical IT and business support processes and workflows, while delivering operational efficiencies and an enhanced employee experience. Matrix42 provides a secure, scalable, user-friendly, and easy to implement solution to a wide range of organisations across Europe. Corten's investment is enabling Matrix42 to accelerate its internationalisation and complete its transition to a subscription and cloud-based revenue model.

Investors

We are backed by some of the world's most distinguished investors - leading university endowments, large family offices and charitable foundations who have decades of experience investing in private equity and who are aligned with our model of sustainable long term growth investing. Our investors also include a group of "friends and family" investors who have worked with us across a wide range of investments over many decades. Our first fund, Corten Capital I, was closed in April 2020 and is capitalised at €512M. We are currently investing from Corten Capital II.

Values

Integrity

We conduct ourselves with integrity and intellectual honesty in everything that we do

Excellence

We take pride in the quality of our work and hold ourselves to the same high standards that we expect of our partners

Challenge

We believe the best results come from a willingness always to challenge ourselves and those with whom we work

Diversity

We respect difference and think that the best ideas and outcomes emerge from diversity in our team's background, experience and thinking

Teamwork

We have individual roles and responsibilities but work as one team towards a common goal

Openness

We strive to create an environment of trust and transparency both internally and externally