European Capital Partners (Luxembourg) S.A. has originally been founded in 2010 by Luxembourgish entrepreneurs. With the arrival of Léon Kirch as Partner and Chief Investment Officer in 2014, the company has taken a new dynamic in investment management and more precisely in the management of “Value” oriented European Equities portfolio.

In 2020, in partnerships with Colombo Wealth SA, a Swiss family office founded by Dario Colombo, and Whitestone Partners, an investment firm founded by Frédéric Pouchain and Sandro Ardizzone, European Capital Partners expanded their activities with asset servicing and wealth management.

Our history

ECP’s history is inextricably linked to the entrepreneurial values of our shareholders.

March: Shareholder structure enlarged to Whitestone Partners and Colombo Wealth SA


Obtention of UCITS licence

Obtention of AIFM licence

August: Transformation of ECP European equities strategies into UCITS format
August: shareholder structure enlarged to Léon Kirch

End Dec.: Launch of ECP European equities strategies (SIF format)
Creation of European Capital Partners

Start as a Regulated entity for Private Equity & Real Estate activities of Edison Group

Our Values

As Luxembourg-based company with European ambitions, the following values are at the core of our corporate culture.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurship is an integral part of ECP’s DNA, not only because of our shareholder structure and history but also in our investment approach. Our aim is to place this dynamism and entrepreneurial capacity in the service of our clients and investors.


Our desire for independence is reflected at two main levels

  • Independence of our shareholders towards major financial groups
  • Independence of thought and action in our investment approach

Integrity & Transparency

As investors, you give us a mandate to manage your money or that of your clients. We must properly value this strong mark of trust by guaranteeing you in return our clear commitment to build with you and your clients a long-term fruitful partnership.

Your success is our success!“: Our investment managers have invested a large part of their own money in our investment strategies, sharing with our investors the potential benefits but also the possible failures of our investment decisions.

Likewise, as a partner and member of the Board of Directors of European Capital Partners, Léon Kirch is involved in the definition of the development strategy for the company and the portfolios we are managing, making sure that the interests of our investors are at all times taken into account.

We say what we do and do what we say” is one of our founding principles by which we are committed to provide you, at all times, with a high level of transparency on our activities and investment decisions as well as a high availability to address your needs and answer all your questions.


Any entrepreneurial project requires conviction. Conviction in the sustainability of the project, conviction in the professionalism and expertise of the teams involved… This power of conviction acts as a powerful engine for the development of the company.

Moreover, investing in financial markets also entails a strong conviction power. Our aim is not to propose standardized investment solutions modeled on any market index, but rather to offer an active investment strategy while not being afraid to think outside the box in order to generate alpha for our investors.

This kind of approach requires a strong conviction in the validity of the applied investment philosophy and in the investment decisions we take but it also requires some courage…courage to, sometimes, be contrarian and go against the crowd, to measure the risks linked to our investment decisions but also and above all the courage to remain humble, to take nothing for granted and to admit our own mistake in order to learn from them.

Our Shareholders

Our Corporate Governance

ECP's governance is articulated around the Board of Directors composed of the main shareholders and one independent director.

Léon Kirch

Chief Investment Officer Managing Partner

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Jan Stig Rasmussen

Member of the Board of Directors

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Knut Reinertz

Member of the Board of Directors

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Patrick Hansen

Chairman of the Board of Directors

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Joachim Kuske

Member of the Board of Directors

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Sandro Ardizzone

co-Chief Executive Officer

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