Our management team are entrepreneurs, owners and founders.

Team

Extensive advisory and investment experience from investment banks, funds and family offices.

Mark Gallagher

Mark Gallagher

Mark is Chairman. He has more than 25 years of investment banking and advisory experience. He joined UBS from Morgan Stanley and went on to co-head the financial sponsors division which advises private equity clients in Europe, being made Chairman in 2013. The following year he joined KPMG’s private equity division as Head of Origination and Partner.

mark@umbracapital.com
Gustavo Diquez

Gustavo Diquez

Gus is Managing Partner. He has extensive origination, execution, advisory, investing and operational experience across large-cap, mid-cap and early stage companies in Europe. Prior to founding Umbra, he was part of the founding team at Cordet in 2013, where he was an investment professional and COO. He started his career with Dresdner Kleinwort and was later part of the UBS leveraged finance team in London.

gus@umbracapital.com
John Travis

John Travis

John is General Counsel. He has more than 30 years of corporate finance, capital markets and investment experience. John began his career as a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. He later joined Morgan Stanley in London, where he was co-head of Global Capital Markets Execution, Chairman of the Equity Underwriting Committee and COO of Global Capital Markets (EMEA). In 2014 he joined Cordet as an investment professional, General Counsel and member of the Investment & Credit Committee.

john@umbracapital.com
Alexander Langmuir

Alexander Langmuir

Alexander is a Partner. He is responsible for originating and executing transactions and has significant experience across private equity and transaction services. Prior to Umbra, he was a Principal at JZ International, a pan-European mid-market private equity firm, where he sat on the board of Karium. Before joining JZ, Alexander worked at Langholm Capital and KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2012. Alexander holds a Masters from ESCP Business School and a BSc in Chemistry from UCL.

alexander@umbracapital.com
Catherine Burr

Catherine Burr

Catherine is a Partner. She brings over 20 years of investment and financial management experience to her client relationships. Prior to joining Umbra, Catherine was a senior client advisor with UBS AG working with UHNW & HNW individuals and families. Before joining UBS, she spent 5 years at Lehman Brothers International. Catherine has a strong background in advising UK RD & RND families facing challenges surrounding multi-jurisdictional issues, succession planning, philanthropy and sustainability. She holds CISI Level 6 qualifications in Private Client Management and Regulation & Compliance.

catherine@umbracapital.com
Marcus Szemruk

Marcus Szemruk

Marcus’s investment career spans over 20 years, working exclusively on the buy-side, and has covered traditional long only equity and bonds, in addition to alternative investments. Marcus began his career as an equity buy side analyst at Philips & Drew (part of UBS Global Asset Management). He moved to Headstart advisers as a hedge fund analyst before progressing to a similar role within Stonehage Fleming. Marcus then moved to ACPI Investments where he was a Partner, Fund Manager and Head of Research. From 2008 through to 2021 he was the sole portfolio manager of the ACPI Balanced UCITS Fund, a multi award winning global multi asset vehicle. In 2021 Marcus moved to Umbra Capital Partners and became the firm’s CIO. In addition to his role as CIO, Marcus covers the firm’s broader DPM offering. Marcus holds a degree in Banking & Finance from Loughborough University and holds the Certificate in Investment Management (CertIM).

marcus.szemruk@umbracapital.com
Mikkel Skajem

Mikkel Skajem

Mikkel is a Partner. He is responsible for originating and executing transactions and has significant experience in private debt. Before Umbra, he was an Investment Professional at CORDET Capital, an alternative credit investor that provides bespoke and scalable financing solutions to smaller mid-market companies in Northern Europe. Previously, Mikkel was also a non-commissioned officer in the Norwegian military. Mikkel holds a MA in Management from the University of St Andrews.

mikkel.skajem@umbracapital.com
Cristobal Esteve

Cristobal Esteve

Cristobal is an associate supporting Umbra with deal origination, investment structuring, preparation, and execution. He started his career at Goldman Sachs in London in their credit structuring division. He moved to the SellerX acquisitions team, a start-up focusing on acquiring and growing e-commerce businesses. Cristobal is a graduate from New York University Abu Dhabi, with a degree in economics.

cristobal.esteve@umbracapital.com
David Wright

David Wright

David is CFO and Compliance Officer for Umbra Capital Partners. David is a chartered accountant, qualifying at Deloitte. He has over 17 years’ experience working with or for investment management firms. He previously worked at a boutique multi-asset manager as COO and a systematic global macro manager as CFO.

david.wright@umbracapital.com
Christian Beedell

Christian Beedell

Christian is Partner, and Head of Operations. Christian brings 30+ years of experience working in wealth management across front office, middle office & operations roles. Prior to joining Umbra, Christian was at Coutts and more recently worked at UBS AG in London for 15 years.

christian.beedell@umbracapital.com
Katie Prentke English

Katie Prentke English

Katie Prentke English is CEO of Ekorn and Partner at Umbra Capital Partners. Previously, Katie was Founder and CMO of Harness Wealth, a US-based fintech company that makes bespoke financial advice accessible, intuitive and valuable through its advisor marketplace and tools, its in-house tax firm, and its financial wellness offering for employers. Katie also led the Commercial team as CMO of Nutmeg, the largest European robo-advisor, which was recently acquired by JPMorgan. Prior to that, she held a number of marketing and product roles at American Express in both the UK and the US, including Director of UK Digital Acquisition and Centurion Product Manager, and worked in the Investment Bank and Private Bank at JPMorgan. Katie received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Princeton. She serves on the Board of the Princeton University Rowing Association.

Katie.English@umbracapital.com
Marcos Jorge Leon

Marcos Jorge Leon

Marcos is a member of the Investment Committee. He has extensive experience in private equity, portfolio management, and asset management. Prior to GLJ Capital, Marcos founded Tamroc Partners, a small-cap private equity firm based out of Boston and worked as an investment professional for Coventry Development Corporation, a multi-billion dollar asset manager with headquarters in NYC. Marcos has extensive experience investing in small and early-stage companies and serves on several boards.

marcos@umbracapital.com
Rupert Atkinson

Rupert Atkinson

Rupert is a Senior Advisor. He has experience as a corporate credit analyst, gained at Standard & Poor’s, Morgan Stanley and Cordet Capital Partners. Rupert was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley for 10 years, providing valued advice to C-suite management, whilst leading the ratings advisory team globally. Since leaving investment banking, Rupert has developed a portfolio of equity investments into start-up and early stage tech companies, some of which he now advises.

rupert.atkinson@umbracapital.com
Eda Jahelezaj

Eda Jahelezaj

Eda is Office Manager and assistant to the partners. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the business.

eda.jahelezaj@umbracapital.com
Umbra Team
Umbra Team