Sarmis
Team

We pride ourselves with a highly skilled, complementary and cohesive team, having top local / international experience and qualifications.

Cezar Scarlat

Cezar Scarlat

Managing Partner

Cezar is a Founding Partner of SARMIS Capital. He sits in the Investment Committee and the Management Committee, and serves as the Chief Executive Officer, being responsible for the full investment cycle. He is an appointed Board member of Corporate Office Solutions (COS) and Smart ID Dynamics.

Cezar has 20 years work experience, out of which 16 in Private Equity and Investment Banking, and has spent the most recent 15 years in Romania/CEE. Before co-founding SARMIS, he served as Senior Partner and Head of Romania for Abris Capital Partners, being a member of the Investment Committee and Management Committee, responsible for deal sourcing, execution and monitoring in South Central Europe. As Board Chairman and Member of the Supervisory Board for various portfolio companies directly acquired and expanded under his leadership (Cargus, Urgent Curier, Pehart Group, Green Group, among others), he helped them reach a joint yearly turnover of over €350m upon his departure, some expanding over five fold over his tenure and becoming local and regional champions.

Before Abris, Cezar served as an investment professional with Bridgepoint Capital for over 4 years, having worked on a multitude of private equity transactions across Europe covering healthcare, consumer, business services, media and telecom, industrials and financial services. Before Bridgepoint, he was part of the M&A team at Nomura Investment Bank, covering the Central and South Eastern Europe region and being in-charge of the Romanian market. He started his career with Arthur Andersen in Romania, followed by 3 years with PwC in the UK.

Cezar holds an MBA degree with triple major in Finance, Marketing and Operations from Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania (USA), and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s prestigious OPM program. He speaks fluent Romanian, English and French. 

Bogdan Patrascu

Bogdan Patrascu

Partner

Bogdan is a Founding Partner of SARMIS Capital. He sits in the Investment Committee and the Management Committee, and serves as the Chief Financial Officer, in addition to being closely involved in the deal analysis and monitoring. 

Bogdan has 18 years of consulting experience, out of which 16 years with PwC and 13 years of dedicated deal advisory roles (due diligence and other deal services). He has been Involved in over 150 advisory projects, out of which 17 closed PE-related deals between 2010 – 2017 totaling over €1.0bn, and has advised at partner level most PE funds active in Romania.

Bogdan holds a BSc in International Trade from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (Romania) and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA UK) and a member of the Romanian Chamber of Financial Auditors. He speaks fluent Romanian and English.

Viorel Scarlat

Viorel Scarlat

Partner

Viorel is a Founding Partner of SARMIS Capital. He sits in the Investment Committee and the Management Committee, and serves as the Chief Operating Officer, being responsible for business development. In addition, he is actively involved in deal sourcing, analysis and monitoring. He is an appointed Board member of Corporate Office Solutions (COS) and Smart ID Dynamics.

Viorel has 17 years of international financial, commercial and operational experience at blue-chip companies, out of which 9 years on the buy-side, having committed over $5bn in or alongside world-class managers and closed more than 35 deals worth in excess of $20bn, across sectors and geographies, in Private Equity, Private Debt (performing, stressed and distressed), M&A and Leverage Finance roles. Notable GP relationships include Apollo, Ares, Blackstone/GSO, Carlyle, Cerberus, CVC, EQT, Mid Europa, MSD, KKR, Permira, TDR, among others.

Most recently, he was a Senior Investment Manager in the Private Equities Department at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), managing a portfolio of c.$9bn across private equity and private debt / special situations, in both direct co-investments and funds. He was responsible for CEE and Russia, and an appointed member of various Advisory Boards and Investment Committees. Viorel started his career at PwC UK (Business Advisory Services and Transaction Services), followed by UBS UK (M&A and Leveraged Finance) and Cohen & Company UK (M&A, buy-out investing and structured finance).

Viorel holds an MBA degree from INSEAD (France and Singapore) and a BSc (Honours) in Business Administration from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (Romania) and University of Barcelona (Spain). He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), and speaks fluent Romanian, English, Spanish and French.

Catalin Oroviceanu

Catalin Oroviceanu

Partner

Cătălin is a Founding Partner of SARMIS Capital. He sits in the Investment Committee and the Management Committee, and serves as the General Counsel / Chief Compliance Officer, being responsible for all the legal aspects of transactions and of the firm. 

Cătălin has 20 years of M&A, Corporate and Commercial experience, in Magic Circle and Big4 affiliated law firms, out of which 3 years as Head of Legal for various PE portfolio companies. He has been involved in numerous M&A transactions (both buy-side and sell-side) and corporate restructuring projects, for clients including private equity funds, strategic investors and private individuals. Major projects include: complex restructurings of certain group companies, advice on the on-going aspects of the joint-venture cooperation with the various local partners, add-on acquisitions, financing/re-financing operations, implementation of compliance projects (e.g. GDPR, compliance, anti-bribery and money laundering).

Cătălin holds an LLB, Faculty of Law from the University of Bucharest (Romania); LLM in Corporate and Securities, Faculty of Law from the University College London (UK); PhD (Corporate Law) from the “Titu Maiorescu” University, Bucharest (Romania). He is a member of the Bucharest Bar and speaks fluent Romanian and English.

Madalina Georgescu

Madalina Georgescu

Investment MANAGER

Mădălina joined SARMIS Capital in November 2020 and is responsible for the entire investment cycle.

Mădălina worked for 6 years in investment banking, most recently as an Associate with Macquarie Capital in London advising major infrastructure funds such as MIRA, AusSuper and 3i on several buy-side transactions. Prior to that, Madalina was an Associate at Citi in its London and New York offices, covering healthcare, consumer, business services, telecom and industrials and advising large corporates such as GSK, Sodexo, Siemens Gamesa and AT&T on major M&A transactions and financial strategy.

Mădălina holds a MSc from University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, with a major in Business Economics and Finance. She speaks fluent Romanian and English.

PETRU DAVID

PETRU DAVID

Investment Associate

Petru joined SARMIS Capital in January 2022 and has responsibilities across the investment cycle.

Petru worked for 7 years in finance and investing, most recently as an Associate Banker with the Financial Institutions Group at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), being involved in debt and equity transactions with CEE based financial institutions. Prior to that, he worked with Big4 firms in financial advisory and consulting roles, in Romania and Luxembourg.

Petru is a CFA charterholder and has a MSc from University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, with a major in Accountancy and Control. He speaks fluent Romanian, English and German.

DAN-LUCA NEACSU

DAN-LUCA NEACSU

Investment Associate

Luca joined SARMIS Capital in January 2022 and has responsibilities across the investment cycle.

Luca worked for 8 years in M&A and corporate finance, out of which 4 years as a Deloitte financial advisory professional, being involved in numerous projects (such as business valuation, capital raising, preparation of bespoke financial models) for clients including private equity funds, financial institutions and strategic investors. Prior to that, Luca was an investment analyst at Prime Kapital, an integrated real estate developer, investor and operator, where he was involved predominantly in early investment cycle phases such as fundraising, investment screening and analysis.

Luca is a CFA charterholder and has a MSc from Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, with a major in Finance and Investments. He speaks fluent Romanian and English.

IRINA SIMA

IRINA SIMA

Operations Manager

Irina joined SARMIS Capital in March 2020 and is responsible for all office matters, in addition to helping across the investment cycle.

Irina has 15+ years experience as an administrative professional with various roles in the Private Equity, Human Resources, Tourism and Education sectors. Prior to joining SARMIS, she worked for over 10 years with the Romanian branch of Abris Capital Partners, having coordinated all administrative matters of the local office, as well as being involved in all aspects of the deal process, from sourcing, structuring, financing, supervision and monitoring, to the ultimate exit.

Irina holds a BSocSc in Administrative Studies from the University of Bucharest (Romania) – Faculty of Business and Administration, as well as an LLB in Juridical Studies from “Nicolae Titulescu” University of Bucharest (Romania). She speaks fluent Romanian and English.