Elisabeth von Lichem (EIB, Goldman Sachs) joins Acton Capital in Munich
Munich, 30 January 2020: As of January 2020, Elisabeth von Lichem, former European Investment Bank Group (EIB) and Goldman Sachs AG, joined the investment team of Munich-based growth-stage venture capital investor Acton Capital.
As part of her former role for the Growth Capital team of the Bank of the EU (EIB) in Luxembourg, Elisabeth von Lichem built and managed a €200M equity and hybrid debt portfolio – including co-investments with EIF-backed funds in European tech companies like N26, FlixMobility (FlixBus) and Qonto. Besides sourcing and executing a range of direct growth transactions, she drafted several high-profile policy initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and innovation within the EU.
Prior to EIB, Elisabeth was part of the Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division in Frankfurt, working on international M&A and financing transactions with clients such as Auto1 GmbH, Siemens Audiology (Sivantos) and a range of international PE and VC sponsors.
She earned her MBA degree from Harvard Business School (first year honors) in Boston, an M.Sc. at London School of Economics with Distinction and a Diplôme from Sciences Po Paris where she also completed her undergraduate studies. Elisabeth is an alumna of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung) and an active mentor of the non-profit initiative STARTUP TEENS to support youth entrepreneurship in Germany.
In her new position as Principal at the Acton team in Munich, Elisabeth von Lichem will focus on investing in scalable and defendable business models in Europe and North America.
“Elisabeth brings a broad and unique skillset to the firm. Our portfolio companies will benefit from her deep expertise in M&A transactions and financing tools in every growth stage as well as from her international network,“ says Christoph Braun, Managing Partner at Acton Capital.
“She incorporates Acton’s data-driven approach and our focus on unit economics and sustainable growth. We are very happy to have her on board.”
Acton Capital focuses on growth stage investments in tech-enabled business models such as platforms, marketplaces, fintech, Future of Work or Software-as-a-Service in Europe and North America. Investing since 1999, the Acton team backed and scaled more than 80 companies including Etsy, MyTheresa, HomeToGo, Mambu, iwoca or Audibene. In November 2019, Acton Capital announced the final closing of its fifth growth fund Acton V at $215M.