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We live the stories of our companies

The investment process is surprisingly creative and compelling

Although we are driven by our desire to succeed and make money, simple curiosity is frequently a part of this, too. Each factory is a story worth experiencing and following through to its end. Many of our projects began from an apparently simple idea and initial enthusiasm. This was followed by a lot of hard work and a daily routine. Our projects work out, too, thanks to the exceptional people we have met in the journey to fulfil our vision. We put our utmost into each of our projects, because we just plain enjoy looking for interesting business combinations.

Igor Fait

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Lubor Turza

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Libor Šparlinek

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Marek Malík

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Igor Fait

Managing Partner

Igor is a Brno native and patriot and a founding partner of Jet Investment. As a member of the boards of directors and supervisory boards, he oversees strategic development of all portfolio companies and the evaluation of acquisition opportunities.

Igor graduated from the Faculty of Business and Economics at Mendel University in Brno. During 1990–1993, he worked as a portfolio manager for the Trade Fair Investment Fund and as BVV’s capital markets director. He struck out on his own in 1993 to found the brokerage firm Brno Broker Group. The company quickly became one of the top ten securities dealers in the Czech Republic. Igor sold BBG Brno in 1996 and established Jet Investment Group.

The best investments according to Igor are: children, family, art

As a matter of principle, Igor never invests in: cryptocurrencies

Guilty pleasures: cars, trave

fait@jetinvestment.cz

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Lubor Turza

Partner

Lubor is responsible for seeking out and managing investment projects. Since joining Jet Investment Group in 1997, he has successfully conducted a number of acquisitions, served as a project director and was responsible for divestment of reorganized companies.

Lubor oversees the strategic development of several companies as managing director of BRONSWERK HEAT TRANSFER, member of the boards of directors of STROJÍRNY POLDI, PBS INDUSTRY, and MSV Metal Studénka, and member of the statutory body of HOECKLE Group,.

Lubor is a graduate of Brno University of Technology. During 1995–1996, he worked at BBG Brno as an analyst and later in the corporate finance department with a focus on seeking out acquisition opportunities.

The best investments according to Lubor are: education, languages, private equity

As a matter of principle, Lubor never invests in: speculative investments

Guilty pleasures: music, wine, sport

turza@jetinvestment.cz

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Libor Šparlinek

Partner

Libor is responsible for investor relations and subscription of the Jet funds’ investment shares. He has worked within Jet Investment since its founding in 1997. In the past, he successfully managed several real estate projects and was active in pursuing synergies between companies within the group. As chairman of the supervisory boards of MSV Metal Studénka, PBS INDUSTRY, and STROJÍRNY POLDI, Libor oversees their strategic development. Libor is a graduate of Brno University of Technology. Until 1996, he had worked as sales and marketing director at BBG Brno in the corporate finance department.

The best investments according to Libor are: family, daughters, travel

As a matter of principle, Libor never invests in: investments without a strong story 

Guilty pleasures: hi-tech gadgets

sparlinek@jetinvestment.cz

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Marek Malík

Partner

Marek is responsible for seeking out and managing investment projects. He joined Jet Investment in 2010 and previously was active in seeking out new acquisitions, managing the portfolio companies and their divestments. As chairman of the board of directors and Group CEO, he also participates in the executive management of KORD Group. In relation to other portfolio investments, Marek is a member of the boards of directors at Fiberpreg CZ, and Payment4U and is managing director at BENET AUTOMOTIVE. Marek is a graduate of Brno University of Technology and of Nottingham Trent University. He previously worked in Bank Austria Creditanstalt and in Deutsche Bank in Prague and London, where he was responsible for trading on financial markets in Central and Eastern Europe.

The best investments according to Marek are: education, experiences, health, and family

As a matter of principle, Marek never invests in: anything that’s not logical

Guilty pleasures: golf, travel, functionalist architecture

malik@jetinvestment.cz

Oldřich Šoba

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Jan Sklenář

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Libor Knappek

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Jan Brávek

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Oldřich Šoba

Director

Oldřich has been working in Jet Investment since 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for the licence proceedings at the Czech National Bank and foundation of the Jet 1 and Jet 2 private equity funds. As project director, he has been focused also been on seeking out and managing investment projects. He is a member of the boards of directors of PBS INDUSTRY and executive director of BRONSWERK HEAT TRANSFER.

Oldřich studied finance at the Faculty of Business and Economics of Mendel University in Brno. Prior to joining Jet Investment, Oldřich worked as project manager and economic analyst in consulting companies and as a university instructor in financial and capital markets.

soba@jetinvestment.cz

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Jan Sklenář

Director

As a project director within Jet Investment, Jan is focused primarily on MSV Metal Group, where he is a member of the board of directors. He is primarily responsible for MSV Metal Studénka’s strategic management and for acquisition projects, such as that of Kuźnia Ostrów Wielkopolski in Poland. Jan also participates in seeking out and executing new investment opportunities. For example, he managed the acquisition of HOECKLE Group.

Jan is a graduate from the Faculty of Economics at Masaryk University in Brno. He studied also at universities in the UK and in Finland. Prior to joining our Brno team, he worked for the German consultancy company Roland Berger.

sklenar@jetinvestment.cz

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Libor Knappek

Director

Libor is responsible for leading COMPOSITE Group and for seeking out investment opportunities in state-of-the-art materials and the automotive industry. He has been working in Jet Investment since 2016 and participated in the acquisitions of FIBERPREG GmbH, Fiberpreg CZ, and BENET AUTOMOTIVE. He is chairman of the board of directors at Fiberpreg CZ, managing director at FIBERPREG GmbH, and managing director at BENET AUTOMOTIVE. Libor is a graduate of Technical University of Ostrava with specialization in technical sciences. He was awarded a CFA charter in 2002. Before joining Jet Investment, he was a partner in the M&A investment boutique VICF. During 2000–2011, he was corporate finance director in Raiffeisenbank and subsequently in Komerční banka. In his career, he has taken part in more than 30 domestic and foreign acquisitions and divestments for such renowned corporations as ČEZ, Unipetrol, Raiffeisenbank, and Messe Düsseldorf.

knappek@jetinvestment.cz

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Jan Brávek

Director

Jan is responsible for managing the Jet 1 and Jet 2 Funds. In addition to their everyday operation, he handles relationships with Czech and international investors and, in particular, institutions.

Prior to joining the Jet Investment team in 2018, Jan was employed in the Austrian Erste Group, where he specialized on project credit, especially in real estate, infrastructure, and renewable resources across the entire CEE region. That portfolio was in excess of EUR 1 billion. Within the banking group, he also was involved in consolidation and subsequent sale of bad assets in a total nominal amount exceeding EUR 500 million.

Jan studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna and earned the title of magister from Berlin School of Economics and Law.

bravek@jetinvestment.cz

Jiří Kroc

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Jiří Šmehlík

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Jan Franěk

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Gabriela Tlačbabová

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Jiří Kroc

Director

Jiří works in identifying and overseeing investment opportunities for the Jet 2 Fund, building new industry platforms within the fund and their management, as well as overseeing the subsequent divestment processes. As project manager, he is responsible for the management of the HOECKLE POLDI Group. 
 
Jiří came to Jet Investment from Deloitte, where he had managed the Corporate Finance consulting unit. His track record includes a number of successful transactions in the Czech and international realms, including deals valued at more than EUR 300 million, such as sale of one of the largest photovoltaic power plants in the region, sale of several important machine-building businesses, and divestment of an asset group of a key player in energy. His clients in the acquisitions area included such corporations as ČEZ, EnBW, and Unipetrol, as well as a number of private equity funds and individual entrepreneurs. 

Jiří is a graduate of the University of Economics, Prague (VŠE).

kroc@jetinvestment.cz

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Jiří Šmehlík

Director

Jiří is currently managing the restructuring of Slovenský hodváb PLUS and Kordservice SK PLUS. In addition, he is preparing the revitalization of an extensive land area dedicated to development projects in Slovakia. He has been working within Jet Investment since 1998. Among other projects, Jiří participated in managing the following projects: Kornolit, Moravské autoopravny, Sběrné suroviny, Vinium, Českomoravský len, Jitka, Adast Blansko, and Hutní montáže.

smehlik@jetinvestment.cz

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Jan Franěk

Associate Director

Jan is project director for Payment4U and is active in seeking out and managing new acquisition projects. Jan joined Jet Investment in 2015 as a new graduate in Management and Economics from Brno University of Technology. Initially, he focused on supporting the individual project directors. He participated in the acquisitions of Fiberpreg GmbH and Payment4U, where he is vice-chairman of the board of directors.

franek@jetinvestment.cz

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Gabriela Tlačbabová

Legal Advisor

Gabriela poskytuje právní podporu celému týmu Jet Investment. Od roku 2001 zodpovídá za interní compliance, korporátní a personální agendu a zajištění administrativního chodu společnosti a investičních fondů Jet. Gabriela je absolventkou Právnické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity v Brně.

tlacbabova@jetinvestment.cz