About Polestar Capital
We firmly believe that innovative projects are vital to creating meaningful social impact. Unfortunately, however, these types of projects tend to fall through due to a lack of capital. This is why it is our mission to fund high-potential projects which other investors (banks and private equity firms):
- do not finance (innovative / construction phase)
- do not finance yet (start-ups, scale-ups)
- do not finance sufficiently (too little or too late)
We offer our investors a financial and social return with a controlled risk profile. And we provide our clients with the financing solution they need in order to accomplish their project. In most cases, their project would not have been realized and the intended impact would not have materialized if it wasn’t for this financing. After all, our passion is to resolve the most challenging financing issues. The more complex the funding need and the more meaningful the impact, the more we enjoy helping projects become investable and the keener we are to furnish suitable financing.
Our key assets are our legal and financial expertise gained from working with banks and law firms, and during our multi-decade Polestar Capital journey. We engage this expertise by identifying, quantifying and mitigating risks, by helping projects to step up the professional level of their (financing) structure and (corporate) documentation, and by acting where other investors (still) fail to act. We hope that this will serve as a guiding star to other (impact) investors, which is why we earn the name Polestar Capital.
Polestar Capital holds an asset management licence under the Dutch Financial Supervision Act (Wft) and is supervised by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) and De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).
Theo Hendriks (1963), Managing Partner, is a business economist who graduated from University of Amsterdam and has gained 20 years of capital market experience at Citibank, Rabobank, and Toronto Dominion Bank. His focus is on portfolio management and on optimising financial investment structures.
Philip Tan (1973), Managing Partner, is a lawyer who obtained his law degree at VU Amsterdam and worked for almost 9 years at Stibbe in banking & securities law, M&A, and energy. He also worked in public affairs for two years with Brabers in The Hague. His focus is on sustainability, on building sound and well-balanced investment structures, and on legal and tax optimization.
Lieke Knaapen (1989), Investment Manager, obtained her Master’s degree in Financial Economics at Erasmus University and Corporate Law at Utrecht University. She started her career as a lawyer with Houthoff and gained experience in the banking sector. Lieke focuses on the assessment of funding applications, coordinating the entire transaction process and post-closing portfolio management, in both equity and (subordinated) debt transactions.
Jan-Willem König (1978), Managing Partner, is a business economist who graduated from Erasmus University and has experience in corporate finance, tax & financial structuring, M&A, project finance, project management, and participation management in the sustainable energy sector. His focus is on supporting the project developer in accomplishing sustainable projects.
Daan van Kassel
Daan van Kassel (1986), Senior Investment Manager, studied business administration and financial management at VU Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam, and gained experience with two asset managers, as a Rabobank trainee, and as a consultant. Daan focuses on the assessment of funding applications and on providing guidance to (circular) entrepreneurs, from business plan to financial close.
Dianne Hageman (1993), Junior Investment Manager, obtained her Master in Finance and Master in Accountancy at Tilburg University, and then joined KPMG’s Young Talent Program where she gained experience in the departments of Corporate Finance, Forensic Investigations, and Audit. Dianne’s passion: helping entrepreneurs to achieve their goals, and providing expert advice on strategic and financial issues.
Carola Beerendonk, Office Manager.
Marie-Anne Moerland (1976), Controller, was initially trained as an accountant. She graduated from Nyenrode Business University, worked for 8 years in the PricewaterhouseCoopers audit practice, and has more than 15 years of experience as Senior Financial (controller/financial manager) with various companies. Marie-Anne focuses on the administrative setup and internal control, risk management, on the planning & control cycle, and on reporting.
Reinier van der Vusse
Reinier (Msc. International Business Administration, Maastricht University) is active for over 13 years with creating a sustainable impact in different sectors. First by developing Qredits, a microfinance initiative at the Ministry of economic affairs. Second, developing partnerships at Greenchoice one of the largest green energy suppliers in the Netherlands and third as an advisor at RebelGroup, where he gained a wealth of experience in project development within the circular economy. At Polestar he applies his unique expertise of policy development, hands-on market expertise, and his relevant network to speed up and successfully develop projects. His mission is to help entrepreneurs and projects that indeed accelerate the circular and facilitate a sustainable economic transition.
Sanne Houdijk (1984), Senior Legal Counsel, obtained her law degree at Leiden University. She worked for eight years as a lawyer in the banking and finance section of Houthoff, after which she gained further experience as senior legal investments counsel with Aegon. Sanne enjoys engaging her expertise in project finance, as well as the complex legal structures that come with it, helping entrepreneurs to move forward in accomplishing new sustainable projects.
Mark Braam (1971) is risk director at Polestar Capital. Mark is an experienced risk manager with vast experience within the financial services sector (e.g., insurance companies, pension funds and financial service providers). Mark worked 13 years for Aon Global Risk Consulting as a Senior Consultant Enterprise Risk Management and Cyber Risk Management. Mark Knows how to identify and mitigate risks and implement risk management structures. At Polestar Capital he ensures to minimize our risk exposure and the risk exposure of the SMEs we finance.
Raoul Le Doux
Raoul Le Doux (1988), Junior Investment Manager, acquired his first work experience in the banking sector after completing his Master’s degrees in Finance and Strategic Management at Tilburg University. Subsequently, he has been working for two asset managers for an extended period, in which he executed various roles. His aim is to provide entrepreneurs with clear guidance during their application for financing and to help them fulfil their ambitions.
Boudewijn Klein Rouweler
Boudewijn Klein Rouweler (1989), Junior Investment Manager. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Fiscal Economics at University of Amsterdam, Boudewijn started his professional career with Deloitte in Amsterdam. After working as an international tax advisor, Boudewijn moved to Deloitte Consulting to gain more operational and strategical experience as a Strategy Consultant. At Polestar Capital Boudewijn is engaged in both equity and (subordinated) debt transactions. Boudewijn is very passionate about sustainable entrepreneurship and takes pride out of helping entrepreneurs to pursue their ambitions.
Marcel Janssen is Finance & Risk Manager at Polestar Capital.
Marcella van den Heuvel
Marcella van den Heuvel is HR manager at Polestar Capital.