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.
Senior Investment Analyst
Matthias Kubli joined the Tiger Asset Management team in 2023 as Senior Investment Analyst . He previously co-founded Alprime Capital based in Zurich, Switzerland in 2018 and was co-portfolio manager for the global long/short event-driven equity fund until 2022. He has previously worked as Investment Analyst for Progressive Capital Partners in Baar, Switzerland. Prior to that, Matthias worked as Venture Analyst at Mountain Partners Thailand in Bangkok and from 2013 to 2015 as portfolio manager assistant for a long-only equity fund at Carnot Capital in Zurich. Matthias started his career in 2006 at the Cantonal Bank of Schaffhausen.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Moreover, Matthias is a CFA charter holder.
Dr. Richard Müller
Legal & Operations
Richard Müller acts as Legal & Operations advisor for Tiger Asset Management since 2020. He was COO and Head of Legal & Compliance at Blackwall Capital Investment from 2017 to 2023. He previously worked as an Operations, Business Development and Legal & Compliance consultant for Stone Milliner Asset Management. From 2006 to 2014, Richard was a 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 (LBS) and holds a Ph.D. in Capital Markets Law from the University of St.Gallen (HSG).
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.
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.
Member of the Board
Tom Alzin, the Spokesman of the Board of Management at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, joined the Board of Tiger Asset Management AG in 2023. Tom who joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2004 became a Managing Director in 2011 and a Member of the Board in March 2021. He will remain in his role at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG where he was involved in numerous successful private equity transactions over the last 19 years.
Tom Alzin holds a degree in Business Administration from the HEC Lausanne and received a degree from London School of Economics & Political Science.