Who is Telemos?

European mid-market private equity investors.

Our evergreen capital allows a flexible and long-term partnership approach.

We have a strong entrepreneurial family heritage and experience.

Nimble organisation with quick decision making.

Targeted sector focus.

Significant capital available to support growth.

We are engaged, interested in your business, and always keep open and inquisitive minds.


We are a team with a strong enthusiastic entrepreneurial family heritage and experience.

Philippe Jacobs

Executive Chairman

Philippe is also Co-Chairman of Jacobs Holding, a major Swiss-based family controlled investment company. He previously was at Aalto Invest, a value-focussed investment firm acquired by Man Group, and spent time in investment banking at UBS and RBS. He holds an M.Sc. Finance from Imperial College and a BA from St Gallen.

Jacob Polny

Chief Investment Officer

Jacob - pronounced [Yakob] - joined Telemos in 2017. Prior to that he spent nine years at global investment firm TPG, where he co-headed the European consumer, retail & leisure sector and was responsible for the Nordic region. Before TPG he was with Altor, the Nordic mid-market private equity firm, where he was involved in a number of investments across business services and industrials. Jacob started his career at Goldman Sachs, in the European investment banking team. He has an MBA from Columbia University and read PPE at Oxford University.

Sean Carney


Sean joined Telemos after heading a significant London-based single-family office, and being COO of The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. His earlier career was in corporate finance/investment banking with Merrill Lynch, HSBC and Goldman Sachs. He holds an US Law Degree from the University of Chicago and an honours BA in economics from Harvard College.

Nils Hagerstål

Vice President

Nils joined Telemos in 2018. Prior to that, he spent 5 years at Blue Water Energy, a global Energy-focused private equity firm based in London. He was previously an Associate within Terra Firma Capital Partners’ investment team, focusing on deal execution and portfolio company management. Nils started his career in the investment banking teams at Rothschild & Cie (Paris) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch (London), focusing on M&A, Debt Advisory and Restructuring transactions. He holds an M.Sc. in Management from EDHEC.

Dipesh Mahtani


Dipesh joined Telemos in 2018. Prior to that, he was an Associate at Rothschild in London, where he spent over three years as part of the Healthcare M&A team, working across Healthcare Services, Pharma and MedTech. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Classics from Oxford University (New College).

Bertrand Fontaine


Bertrand joined Telemos in 2017. Prior to that, he was an associate at J.P. Morgan in London where he was part of the Benelux M&A and Corporate Finance team. He holds an MSc. in International Business from HEC Paris and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Business Management and Political Science from Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles.

Alex Stevens

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Alex joined Telemos in 2018, having previously been an Executive Assistant at Warburg Pincus. Prior to this she was a Parliamentary Researcher for an MP, based in Westminster. She has a BA in Politics from the University of Newcastle.