“I’m interested in how decentralized networks allow for the separation of money and state by giving open-source protocols a way to compete in this previously closed market.” – Michiel Lescrauwaet
Managing Director & CIO
Prior to co-founding Tioga Capital Partners, Nicolas was a founding team member and part
of the executive committee as Vice President at the Brussels based private equity fund Core
Equity Holdings (+€1B AuM). In 2015, Nicolas discovered the emerging crypto asset class
during his tenure at the San Francisco based private equity fund Altamont Capital Partners
(+$2.5B AuM), where he served as Vice President taking on multiple investment and
operational roles. Earlier in his career, Nicolas was a consultant at Bain & Company residing
in Brussels, London, and Los Angeles, which set the foundations for his ever-evolving career
in finance and investing. Nicolas holds a master’s degree in finance from the KUL, a master’s
in general management from the Vlerick Business School, and has passed his CFA level III.
Focus areas: investment strategy, commercial/valuation due diligence, and investor relations
Patrick Van De Mosselaer
Patrick is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with knowledge on
go-to-market strategies within the emerging technology space. After successfully starting,
scaling, and exiting multiple ventures ranging from scalable hospitality concepts to B2C med-tech platforms in Western Europe, Patrick co-founded Tioga Capital as COO. Earlier in his career, Patrick was a consultant at Roland Berger in Belgium, France, Russia, and the US
which set the foundation for his passion around building, growing, and investing in
businesses. With his experience and network in the start-up world, Patrick is
leading the operational due diligence activities as well as the early-stage investments at
Focus areas: product/team due diligence, equity investments, and operations
To be announced
As a cryptographer, he has been conducting research in the development and analysis of
cryptographic algorithms for the last 7 years. With over 20 articles published at top
cryptographic venues, and as co-designer of five algorithms (one standardized at ISO), he
brings deep technical expertise and connections that are leveraged in Tioga’s diligence
With his expertise and deep network in the space, he also provides invaluable
advice to drive value creation at the early-stage investments of the fund.
Focus areas: technical due diligence, custody, and research/publications
Michiel discovered Bitcoin in 2012 and bought his first later that year. He has been an active investor for over 10 years and more recently started to focus on VC & angel investments.
He holds a MSc degree in Business Administration (summa cum laude) and macroeconomics (magna cum laude). His Master’s thesis “Investor attention and short-term return reversals” was published in a peer-reviewed finance journal.
Prior to his role at Tioga, he co-founded Adamant Capital, a Bitcoin focused fund, and helped develop Bitcoin valuation metrics that are widely used today.
Focus areas: Investment strategy, investment research, and investment sourcing
Partner & CCO
Olivier has been active as an international tax lawyer for the last decade in Belgium and
Luxembourg. He gained professional experience first as a tax consultant within the financial
services department at EY and later became the group tax counsel of a large private equity
firm, JAB Holding Company (+$10B AuM). With his experience as tax-advisor and in-house
tax lawyer in Luxembourg, Olivier has deep expertise in the Luxembourg fund ecosystem
and serves as Tioga Capital’s General Counsel and Partner. His role not only consists in
outlining the regulatory and tax framework of the fund, but also in leading the legal due
diligence activities. Olivier holds a masters degree in law and an LLM in taxation from the
KUL, as well as a postgraduate in business administration from the EMS. Olivier also
completed the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Program at the Saïd Business School.
Focus areas: legal due diligence, regulatory/tax matters, and structuring/reporting