About Us

Innovation Brain has over 20 best industry experts in restructuring and turnaround.

All our senior executives have held board and management positions within various companies and have a track record to have built multi-billion dollar businesses. We recognise the vitalness of working collaboratively with our clients – to seek out the best value for and from their business. Our client relationships are built on mutual trust and partnership – handled with discretion and with always having their best interests in mind.

Our experts span a wide range of industries and specialise in three core sectors:

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Restructuring

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Turnaround

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Innovation

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Most recently, our team have been appointed by the European Commission appointed to monitor the restructuring of the largest bank in a EU member country.

We step in when we see an opportunity to acquire a complex group, bring innovation and lead them to the next growth cycle as a whole or in independent parts.

At Innovation Brain we specialise in the business of restructuring. We seek to create value at the crossroads of a business’ lifecycle, where the future rests on bold decisions and innovative solutions.

Along with our wealth of expertise, we bring you the ability to derive value from your key, non performing and non core assets, through turnaround. Organisations ask us to step in when:

  • in need for strong executives, investment capacity and advisory
  • seeking an equity partner in a restructuring and turnaround
  • in need for innovation and new ideas when all other solutions have failed
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Dr Lukas Fecker
Founder and CEO
Innovation Brain

Dr. Lukas Fecker is the founder and CEO. He is the chairman of Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Europe. Lukas specialises in banking turnaround. He focuses on investments in private asset management companies, work-out banking and distressed investing. Lukas has over 20 years experience and was a partner at EY & KPMG and a director at Alvarez and Marsal. He led EY’s banking turnaround Solution EMEIA. Besides advisory, Lukas has been entrusted senior executive positions with 6 major businesses in turnaround as a CRO, CEO or board member.

Some of Lukas’ significant achievements include the scheme for a CHF25bn turnover stock listed business, the restructuring of a leading European Bank and the restructuring of 2 funds. Over the years he has worked with leading financial institutions across the globe.

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Paul Sanchez
Director & CRO
Innovation Brain UK

Paul Sanchez brings 30 years of international financial and operational management experience, as CRO, COO and CFO, in multinational, such as Mobil Oil, Reuters and Inchcape. Paul founded and managed a business consultancy company, specialising in change management and advising management boards, including business services, logistics and the Arline Industry.

He has been involved in developing regional growth strategies and implementing company transformations and profit improvement programmes across a range of industries and territories.

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Christoph Berndt
Market Leader
Innovation Brain Serbia

Christoph has more than 10 years of experience in Finance as advisor to international companies and as CFO & CRO​

In addition to his restructuring competences e.g. reorganizing of multi industry groups Christoph has profound knowledge in core transaction work such as M&A advisory, valuation and PMI​

He has advised major Serbian banks in setting up bad banks and was leading the first NPL portfolio disposal for a large international bank in Serbia. ​

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Steven Franck
Director of Financial Services & CFO
Innovation Brain UK

Steven has over 17 years of investment banking and capital markets experience in valuing businesses, investing, raising capital and crisis management. As well as board level experience as Non-Executive Director at the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF).

Steven’s bank restructuring expertise developed across a broad range of experiences,  including:

  • high level crisis management during the Cyprus bank emergency;
  • creation of the €15B New Hellenic Postbank, a “bridge bank” which was subsequently restructured and sold to Eurobank;
  • the €21B Purchase & Assumption of ATEbank by Piraeus Bank;
  • Strategy & Restructuring Advisor to Greek government to privatize three (3) banks with combined assets of nearly €50B;
  • restructured €300M+ of commercial real estate properties within Central and Eastern Europe;
  • led team of 35+ lawyers, traders, and sales personnel to monetize Lehman derivative trades across Europe.

 

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Francois Bloch
Director, Market Lead Commodities
Innovation Brain Switzerland

Francois focuses on investing in and re-engineering commodities and supply chain related businesses. He is one of the founding partners of Capemore A.G. and more recently of Blacksmith Fund SIF FIAR in Luxemburg.

His skills make him a well regarded, no-nonsense, principal with a special talent for defining and implementing the re-engineering of sound businesses with a view to release their full business potential and value.

His projects led him to 84 countries including Eastern Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Asia.

Professional experience led him to contribute as a senior member of the team handpicked by late Robert Louis-Dreyfus to acquire control of and re-engineer the Louis Dreyfus Group one of the largest and oldest trading house in the world.

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Lidija Abramovic
Lawyer
Innovation Brain Serbia

Lidija is the Lawyer at Innovation Brain. Lidija was previously a tax consultant providing legal advice and compliance in local and international regulations, as well as personal income tax and immigration services at Deloitte doo in Serbia. Lidija has also worked in various government roles, such as in litigation in the First Basic Court in Belgrade, Public Notary and Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy of the Republic of Serbia.

Lidija has a Masters in International Law and has passed the Bar Exam.

 

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Gordana Knežević
Lawyer
Innovation Brain Serbia

Gordana is the Lawyer at Innovation Brain. During the course of her carrier, she has worked in two corporate law firms for more than a year dealing with Corporate law, dispute resolution (litigation), law on properties. Experience in cooperation with state authorities.

Gordana has a Masters Degree at the Faculty of Law, Belgrade.

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Mandy Caruana
Head of Marketing
Innovation Brain UK

Mandy is the Head of Marketing at Innovation Brain. She is a seasoned communications and marketing professional within the Association Industry. Mandy has held Head of department roles at the Turnaround Management Association, Association of MBAs and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.

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Ralu Fadur
Head of Back Office
Innovation Brain Cyprus

Ralu is the Head of Back Office and HR Manager at Innovation Brain. She is a dedicated office management professional with experience handling a wide range of administrative, corporate, technical and executive support tasks. Computer proficiency and skilled relationship builder with the proven ability to work with different personality styles. She excels at resolving employer challenges with innovative solutions, systems and process improvements that increase efficiency, customer satisfaction and the bottom line.

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