Neil Sunderland has collaborated with Montreux Equity Partners since the firm’s inception.
He has extensive expertise in social networks, e-commerce, media and payment systems and has also regularly invested in health care and the life sciences.
Neil was an early investor in Adyen BV (a leading international payments company) and in Xing AG (the German-speaking world’s leading social networking platform for professionals (Tech DAX, Frankfurt Stock Exchange), which he chaired for many years. He has also served on the boards of many other public and private companies, including Leica plc. (London Stock Exchange), Saurer AG (Swiss stock exchange), Cosa Liebermann SA, Quadriga Worldwide Limited, Adconion Media Group Ltd. and RELX Swiss Holdings SA. He was a member of Terra Consilia, the business advisory board of Terra Firma Capital Partners, London.
Neil began his career at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology providing advisory support to Swiss industry. He subsequently joined Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS Ltd.) where he became responsible for International Corporate Finance at the bank’s headquarters in Basel. During his commercial and investment banking career, he served variously as Executive Director of Swiss Bank Corporation International, London, CEO of Elders Finance and Investment Company, Melbourne, Australia, and was a member of the Chairman’s Committee of Elders IXL plc.
Neil is the owner and Executive Chairman of Adinvest AG, a Swiss private investment company which he acquired as a vehicle for direct investments and financial consultancy. Clients have included: The InterContinental Hotel Group, the Schmidheiny Group (Leica plc., Cosa Liebermann SA, Landis & Gyr AG, Bridgewater Resources Corp. Inc., etc.) and the Tettamanti Group (Saurer AG, Financial Group of North Atlantic SA, etc.) as well as Alcan Aluminum Ltd., Ascom AG, Bechtel Enterprises Inc., Smorgon Steel Pty. Ltd. and Wachovia Bank.
Past professional association appointments include: Deputy Chairman of the Australian Merchant Bankers Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Private Equity and Corporate Finance Association, a member of the standing selection committee for a Professor of Finance at the University of Melbourne and a board member of the Anglican Homes for the Elderly Association.
Neil holds a B.Sc.(Eng) with honors in chemical engineering and an M.Sc. with distinction in Management Science from Imperial College, London University. He subsequently studied economics and mathematical optimization techniques at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology where he completed his doctoral thesis (Dr.sc.techn) in 1973 (Paul Haupt Verlag).