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Who We Are At A Glance

Investing in sustainable real assets requires specialized skills and expertise that not all asset managers have.
Orange Ridge Capital has gathered a combined 35 years of experience and expertise in finance.
We have profound knowledge of sustainable real assets investments that depend on significant due diligence, access to large pools of capital, scale, and relationships with skilled regional and local partners.

Investors will benefit from our profound network, our extensive knowledge of investing in sustainable real assets and our experience in doing business in North America & Latin America.

Thomas Rischke, Founding Partner

ThomasThomas Rischke is founding partner of Orange Ridge Capital and has twenty years of investment banking experience. Starting in 1996 as a sales-trader at ING Financial Markets in Amsterdam he was sent to set up, build, and manage the treasury-sales operation for ING Financial Markets in Frankfurt in 1998. From 2001 onwards, Thomas has held positions as director in trading & sales at Lehman Brothers, Dresdner Bank, and UBS servicing European Institutional Investors.
Before founding Orange Ridge Capital, he was responsible for Institutional Sales Timberland at Darion Capital Management, the distributor of the forestry manager BAUM Management.

Thomas has lived and worked in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London on several occasions.
He attended the German School in The Hague and studied Finance at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Native languages are German, Dutch, and English. Thomas also has a good comprehension of Portuguese.

Jeroen de Smet, Founding Partner

JeroenJeroen de Smet is founding partner of Orange Ridge Capital and has fifteen years of banking and asset management experience. Starting with fiduciary institutional asset management he subsequently held senior positions in risk management at ING Group and ING Insurance for several years. He was a director of the ING Bank of Developed Markets and later of the Emerging Markets and Illiquids for over six years. Before founding Orange Ridge Capital, he was the Chief Investment Officer of forestry manager BAUM for over three years.

Jeroen has lived and worked in Minneapolis, Brussels, Santiago de Chile, Amsterdam, and Hilversum in The Netherlands where he currently resides. Jeroen is a physicist by training and holds a PhD in Theoretical Geophysics and is fluent in Dutch and English and has a good comprehension of Spanish.

 

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