Petra Salesny

Managing Partner, COO

Petra oversees a range of operational matters at Alpha Associates and is responsible for the structuring and raising of Alpha’s funds-of-funds and investment programs, investor services and marketing. Petra has been active in private markets investing since 2001 and has a long track record in negotiating and executing fund investments, direct investments and secondary transactions in Europe, the U.S. and the Emerging Markets, as well as structuring client vehicles to meet specific client needs. Petra is a founding partner of Alpha Associates and prior to the team’s spin-out from Swiss Life Private Equity Partners (SLPEP) was Chief Operations Officer of SLPEP. Previously, she was the legal advisor to the private equity team at Bank Vontobel and a consultant for M&A at Helbling CFT International Ltd. in Düsseldorf and Zurich, where she structured and coordinated cross-border transactions of mid-sized companies. Petra is admitted to the New York Bar and holds a Master of Laws from New York University. She graduated from the Law School of the University of Vienna and received a Ph.D. in law from the University of Basle.