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Rudolf Hengl

Rudolf Hengl, from Munich, Germany, has a University Degree in  Economics. After his studies Rudolf joined FEC Financial Engineering GmbH in Hamburg, Germany, as a senior consultant in the structured derivative products department advising High Net Worth Individuals, Family Offices and large institutional investors on structured product investments.

After leaving FEC Rudolf joined Hinduja Bank in Zurich, Switzerland, in a similar role advising the Bank’s clients on structured products and yield enhancement solutions. Rudolf was also a member of the Investment Committee and headed an in-house sales team of three people. Upon leaving Hinduja, Rudolf founded RH Capital Investments GmbH, Switzerland, specialized in brokering, consulting and sales of structured and bespoke investment products for Institutional Clients.

Prior to joining Birch Wealth Solutions in a client relationship and business development role, he was a sales director at Kepler Cheuvreux in Zurich, Switzerland, where he continued to advise private and institutional clients on structured products and investment solutions providers.

Rudolf has extended knowledge of the Swiss financial eco-system, and has a large network within the financial hubs in Geneva and Zürich. Through Rudolf clients retain access to high end investment providers and Private Banks in Switzerland.

Rudolf is a co-founder and CEO of Swiss Funding Forum AG (www.swissfundingforum.ch), a strategic business partner of Birch Wealth Solutions.

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Derrick van Vught

Derrick van Vught, from Berlin, Germany, is a seasoned banker with more that 20 years of international wealth management experience.

Derrick studied at the University of Mannheim, Germany, Economics and Finance, and Economics at the University of Moscow.

Derrick started his career at Man Investments in Pfäffikon, Switzerland, as a sales Director. His next step was at Credit Suisse, Zürich, Switzerland, where he entered the Wealth Management arena.

Standard Charted bank Singapore was his next stop before joining the CIS/Russia team at UBS Singapore. In 2013 Derrick joined Banque Pictet & Cie in Hong Kong. Derrick returned to Europe in 2016 to join Birch Wealth Solutions as specialist senior consultant. As a solutions provider Derrick has a strong focus on asset protection (Tax & Legal) structuring and supporting entrepreneurial clients with their Wealth Management and financial requirements. Derrick has a large network under the ‘financials’ and the legal and tax eco system in Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Derrick is married and has a daughter and son. Among German, English and Spanish, Derrick is also fluent in Russian, Han Chinese and several other languages.

Chris_A_Pedersen_Birch Advisory BoardChris A Pedersen

Chris Pedersen, from Arhus, Denmark, is a seasoned Investment Specialist and focuses on international entrepreneurial clients. At Birch Wealth Solutions, Chris is responsible for alternative investments and deal sourcing.

Chris began his career in the financial sector at the US stockbroker Salomon Smith Barney, where he handled institutional clients as well as wealthy individuals. Later he became part of the CitiGroup Wealth Management division in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with responsibility for derivatives and stock trading.

After having gained experience at the exchange at Euronext, he moved to Switzerland, where he worked as Private Banker for LGT Bank and GS Banque with the responsibility for Nordic and British (U)HNWI clients. Chris has also been employed as a specialized wealth manager in Switzerland focusing on tailor-made investment strategies.

Chris has 20 years of experience in the financial sector, and has obtained trading authorization on the New Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and EuroNext and holds a PCG in Business Administration.

Chris is married and has a son. He speaks Danish, English and French.

Pétur has been a key advisor to international corporate and private clients for over twenty years. Hé had been based in Luxembourg and Sweden and had led project teams in a variety of demanding business transactions. His early career includes management and CEO positions in Europe and the USA.

Pétur is especially focused on start-up / early-stage tech and AI companies as an advisor for Financial, Legal and Tax matters.

Pétur has co-founded several ventures and served on the Boards of companies in industries including finance, technology, telecom, engineering, energy, mining, software, retail and real estate.

Pétur is the Founder and Executive Chairman of FIDESTA and is also active in Social Enterprising, i.e. founder of Driving Sustainability (www.drivingsustainability.org)

Pétur is married and has three daughters. He speaks Icelandic, Swedish and English.

Advisory Board members

Matti Copeland

Matti Copeland

Matti Copeland from Helsinki, Finland, is an Off Counsel Advisery Board Member to Birch Wealth Solutions. He brings with him over 15 years of capital markets and investment banking experience with Citibank in New York, Nordea and Danske in Helsinki. After his banking career, Matti served as a Partner at Deloitte (Helsinki, Finland), an Investment Director at Capman (Helsinki, Finland), a Managing Director at Aura Capital, and most recently as Executive Director at EY in Helsinki, Finland.

Matti is also an active investor and serves on many Boards in the start-up sector. Between 2008-2014 Matti served on the Board and as a Head of Strategy and M&A of Basware Oyj, a Helsinki listed software company.

Matti holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Helsinki School of Economics, Aalto University. He is an Alumni President of the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Finland, having graduated from Stanford Executive Program in 2000.

Matti is married and has a daughter and son. Matti is a native Finnish and English speaker.

Christian Jakovlew

Christian, a native of Helsinki, Finland, has held international senior management positions in global companies. Christian is a global citizen and multicultural executive having lived and worked in various countries in the Americas, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe.

Currently Christian holds several board- and executive management positions globally. He has gained experience in investment banking, especially in the Baltic’s, Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia. His special expertise includes e.g. general management, sales and marketing, mergers and acquisitions, turn-around-management and globalization of companies. He understands various business environments and cultures and speaks several languages.

Christian founded Excellentia Partners ltd., Helsinki, Finland, in 2000. The firms’ focus is mainly on strategic advisory, M&A, financing as well as turn-around management. The company maintains a network of professionals in comprehensive management advisory. Clients include both Nordic and International companies.

Earlier in his career Christian worked in Pharmaceutical field in both Sweden and Finland with global responsibilities. He spent three years building business in Latin America and India for the a Finnish Pharmaceutical company. In Japan and Switzerland Christian was a representative of Reuter’s. In Sweden he has been lecturing in Sigtuna Humanistiska Läroverk near Stockholm, Sweden.

Christian is a graduate (international business administration) from Uppsala University, where he studied in Swedish, English and French. He has attended several management and leadership courses around the world.

Christian is married and has a daughter and son.

Tjerk Jouke de Vries

Mr. Tjerk J. de Vries from Groningen, The Netherlands, is a former Notary at PlasBossinade Notaries, Groningen, The Netherlands. He was appointed as a notary in 2001 and has worked in the notary practice of PlasBossinade Notaries, the leading law firms in the Northern part of The Netherlands, until 2020. PlasBossinade Notaries take care of the legal affairs of many large to mid-sized companies, local governmental bodies, institutions and private investors in the Northern part of the Netherlands and beyond.

Since the beginning of 2020 Tjerk is managing director of Keijser Capital BV in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and is the president of the board of Keijser Capital Switzerland AG, Zurich, Switzerland.

Tjerk is a graduate (Notarian and Fiscal law) of Groningen University in the Netherlands. He is married and has three children.

Tjerk accepted recently an Off Counsel Advisery Board Membership at Birch Wealth Solutions.

Tjerk is married and has 2 daughters and a son. Tjerk speaks Dutch, English and German.