Our firm's success, passion and knowledge of the emerging markets has been built over long and varied careers.


Atanas Bostandjiev is the Founder and Chairman, responsible for the overall management of the firm and is a member of the Investment Committee. Before founding the firm, Atanas was the CEO of VTB Capital UK and prior to that he was a Partner at Goldman Sachs in London where he was responsible for co-running the Emerging Markets business in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Atanas started his career in Merrill Lynch, Frankfurt in 1998.  Atanas holds a BSc degree from Washington College, MD.


Parvoleta Shtereva is responsible for the firm’s investment portfolio, as well as execution and management of investments. She is also a member of the Investment Committee. Parvoleta has spent most of her career managing credit portfolios for Black River Asset Management and Goldman Sachs. She has more than two decades of experience working across Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


Cicely Leemhuis is responsible for the legal and compliance functions of the firm and is a member of the Investment Committee. She was deputy head of legal at VTB Capital PLC for 10 years. Prior to that, she was a structurer at JP Morgan and a lawyer at Clifford Chance. She is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and holds a Bachelors of Arts (History and Politics) and an LLB and BCL from McGill University.


Felipe Berliner is responsible for the firm’s structuring team and is a member of the Investment Committee. He has spent most of his career at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs within the emerging markets structuring team. Most recently, he was at VTB Capital working on financing companies, financial institutions and sovereigns in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. Before his banking career, he worked as a capital markets, M&A and project finance lawyer. He holds a Law degree from Universidade Candido Mendes and an MBA from INSEAD.


Lacey Bradley is Head of People and Office Manager. Prior to joining Gemcorp, Lacey spent most of her career at UBS and Goldman Sachs.

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