Founder & Investment Advisor
Matthias Rutsch is founder of Tiger Asset Management – advising the alternative catalyst value fund since 2008. From 2006 to 2008, Matthias was responsible as co-portfolio manager for three long/short equity funds at Absolute Capital. Prior to this, he worked for eight years at several banks in London, New York, Cologne, Hamburg and Frankfurt. Matthias worked for Credit Suisse First Boston in Equity Capital Markets and M&A in Frankfurt and London as well as at Sal. Oppenheim, where he was involved in various public takeover transactions. Additionally, Matthias has gained equity research experience at The Bank of New York in New York and Vereins- und Westbank in Hamburg. Matthias graduated from University of Hamburg in Germany with a “Diplom-Kaufmann”, specializing in Corporate Finance, Banking and International Management.
Senior Investment Analyst
Peter Irblad joined the Tiger Asset Management team in 2012 as Senior Investment Analyst. Prior to this, he was Head of Research at Tortuga Financial Services AG in Rapperswil, Switzerland. Before Tortuga, he co-founded Sharp Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund based in Zug, Switzerland. From 2005 to 2009 he worked for Absolute Capital, initially as Head of Research and later as the portfolio manager for the European Catalyst Fund, an event driven long/short fund. He also worked for Deutsche Bank and Alfred Berg as an equity research analyst covering primarily Telecom, Media and IT/Internet. Peter graduated from University of Stockholm in Sweden with a M.Sc. in Finance.
Dr. Richard Müller
Legal & Operations
Richard Müller has acted as a Consultant to Tiger Asset Management since 2020. He was COO and is Head of Legal & Compliance at Blackwall Capital Investment from 2017 onwards. He previously worked as an Operations, Business Development and Legal & Compliance consultant for both Blackwall Capital Investment and Stone Milliner Asset Management. From 2006 to 2014, Richard acted as a Managing Partner in Zurich and New York at 47 Degrees North Capital Management – a fund of hedge funds specialized in emerging funds, and from 2002 to 2006, he was an Investment and Transaction Manager at Man Group – within the Hedge Fund Ventures team (strategic and seed investments). Richard started his career in 2000 with Bain & Company in Zurich and Frankfurt as a Strategy Consultant in financial services. Richard received a Masters in Finance (M.Sc.) from London Business School and holds a Ph.D. in Capital Markets Law from the University of St.Gallen.
Melanie Scola joined the Tiger Asset Management Team in 2021 as Administrative Assistant. She started her career as a commercial trainee in a legal firm working in administration. In 2006, Melanie graduated from the International School of Tourism Management in Zurich, including a 12-month traineeship at a hotel reception desk. Afterwards, Melanie worked eight years for Estée Lauder as a planning & purchasing assistant until she became a mother of three kids.
Susanne Rutsch began her career in the hotel industry and worked for several years as a sales manager for a 5-star hotel in Frankfurt. In 1995 she moved to the financial services industry and worked in various relationship management positions at well-known asset managers such as Flemings, Merrill Lynch, Schroders and Lupus Alpha in Frankfurt. Since 2009 she has supported the Tiger Asset Management team in the areas of Human Resources and Administration, and in 2019 became a member of the board of Tiger Asset Management.
Chairman of the Board
Rico Back, the former CEO of Royal Mail Group & Co-Founder of GLS has joined the Tiger Asset Management Team in 2021. Businessman and entrepreneur Rico Back has been a leading figure in the global parcel industry for over three decades.
Prior to becoming CEO of Royal Mail, Rico was CEO of Royal Mail Parcels, responsible for the group’s international activities, including letters, as well as the national parcel business. Rico attended Royal Mail’s main board from 2002 onwards. He also served as CEO of GLS for 18 years. In 1989, he had co-founded German Parcel, a national parcel service provider in Germany, later rebranded as GLS. In 1999, Rico led its sale to Royal Mail and continued to expand its network to build a pan-European parcel service. Under his leadership as CEO and Chairman, GLS became the leading ground-based deferred parcel company in continental Europe.