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), General Manager, 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), Chief Legal Officer, 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, is a business economist and lawyer who studied at Erasmus University and Utrecht University. She started her career as a lawyer with Houthoff and gained experience in the banking sector. Lieke focuses on the assessment of business plans and on providing assistance to entrepreneurs before and after closing, seen from the perspective of investors as well as shareholders.
Jan-Willem König (1978), Chief Commercial Officer, 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), 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 van der Vusse (1980), Business Development Manager, obtained his Master’s degree in International Business at Maastricht University. Reinier has worked with Greenchoice and RebelGroup, where he gained a wealth of experience in project development within the circular economy. His unique expertise of policy development, hands-on market expertise, and his relevant network enable him to speed up and successfully develop projects. His mission is to help entrepreneurs and projects that indeed accelerate the circular and sustainable 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.
Raoul Le Doux
Raoul Le Doux (1988), Junior Investment Manager, gained experience in the banking sector after completing his Master’s degree in Finance and Strategic Management at Tilburg University, and was engaged by two asset managers for extended periods of time. His aim is to provide entrepreneurs with clear guidance when applying for financing and to help them fulfil their ambitions.
Boudewijn Klein Rouweler
Boudewijn Klein Rouweler (1989) is Junior Investment Manager. After completing an MSc in Fiscal Economics at University of Amsterdam, Boudewijn worked with Deloitte from 2016 to 2020, initially as a Tax Consultant and later as a Strategy Consultant. Boudewijn gained extensive experience in the area of financial and strategic consultancy of (multinational) companies. Boudewijn’s professional expertise is engaged before as well as after financial close, and he is known for his passion for sustainable entrepreneurship.
Machteld Honig (1978), Executive Secretary, has many years of working experience as a lawyer in the transition practice and as an interim lawyer in various assignments, especially in the financial sector. The last two years before joining Polestar Capital, Machteld was a partner in a recruitment agency specialized in legal jobs. At Polestar Capital, Machteld supports the Board in elaborating various projects in the policy and legal field.