Christopher Wright is Chairman and a co-founder of EMAlternatives LLC and also is a director of Merifin Capital Group, a private European investment firm.
Until mid-2003 he served as Head of Global Private Equity for Dresdner Kleinwort Capital and was a Group Board Member of Dresdner Kleinwort. He has acted as Chairman of various investment funds prior to and following the latter's integration with Allianz Private Equity. Mr. Wright has spent over 26 years financing and advising smaller and mid-sized companies operating in the USA, Canada, Asia and Europe. He joined Kleinwort Benson Limited in London in 1978 and in 1981 co-founded the Groupâ€™s first office in California. In 1986 he relocated to New York to manage the Kleinwort Benson Limited portfolio of North American private equity, high-yield and mezzanine investments.
He is currently non-executive Chairman of Maxcess International Corporation, a co-founding director of Roper Industries Inc (NYSE); and IDOX PLC (AIM).
He has chaired the investment committees of and/or serves on several advisory boards of third-party managed LBO and venture capital funds in North America and Europe, and has advised several other financial institutions, including Hansa Capital, CdB Webtech, Standard Bank, Artio Global Investors, and IDeA Alternative Investments on their investments in private equity and other alternative assets around the world.
Mr Wright was educated at Oxford University (M.A.) and holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance from ACCA. He is Foundation Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.