Board of Directors

Jean-Paul Periat, President and Chairman (jpperiat@herculispartners.ch) has gathered his experience in the investment banking and private equity industries as well as in venture capital activities in Switzerland, USA and Russia since 1972. He studied economics in San Diego and New York.


Nikolay Karpenko, Board Member (nkarpenko@herculispartners.ch) since 1996 he gained experience in the private banking industry as well as practical skills in different private equity, M&A and IPO deals of his UHNW clients with in-depth knowledge in legal and tax issues. He is a lawyer and holds a PH.D. as well as an executive MBA from LBS. Recently he completed all STEP certificates.


Gilles Crettol, Board Member and Secretary (gcrettol@mcswisslaw.com) has started his career in 1990 in legal and litigation issues. His practice mainly focuses on corporate, tax, contract and banking law, as well as on trust and estate planning regulations. He is an attorney-at-law and has in-depth knowledge in providing family office services to U/HNW Individuals taking up residence in Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Monaco.


Christian Zanella, Board Member (czanella@herculispartners.ch) began his career in banking in 1986 after graduating from HEG Lausanne. His practice mainly focuses on private banking and on management (CEO and partner) of two private Swiss banks. He also has in-depth knowledge of M&A in the banking industry.