Cicero Capital is a financial advisory boutique operating exclusively in the markets of Central & Eastern Europe. It consists of a small team of highly experienced investment professionals led by James Oates. 

The members of the team comprise a pool of many decades of experience in a variety of investment structures. We have transacted business across Central & Eastern Europe in a variety of leading, well known investment firms. 

The firm is focused on Investment Advisory for a core group of clients. As such we are creating investment vehicles to look at a variety of different asset classes, including equity – both traded and private – mezzanine and hybrid debt instruments. We also advise on investment in specialist investment vehicles, such as for distressed real estate, forestry and other non-financial assets. 

Our basic strategy is to identify companies with solid cash generation potential, but which may suffer from misallocated balance sheets, and then seek to apply capital to correct the imbalances and make the business sustainable. A further characteristic that we seek is the capacity of our investment targets to participate on regional or sectoral consolidation. 

We have worked on highly confidential transactions covering manufacturing, retail, logistics and finance in a variety of different markets. 

Our extensive experience and our presence on the ground in the region allow us to develop investment theses and identify investment targets far more rapidly than those based outside Central & Eastern Europe. 

We conduct our business in an ethical and professional manner which is why we have been able to develop long term close relationships with leading institutional investors and selected large family offices in order to maximise their returns from investment in the region. 

Cicero Capital is at the centre of a network of different investment circles and is exceptionally well connected in our core markets in Central & Eastern Europe, particularly the Polish Market; the Baltic markets of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; the Balkan/Adriatic Markets of Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Serbia, and several other markets in the region.

James Oates

A 25 year investment veteran in emerging markets finance. Career includes JP Morgan, Flemings, UBS, Lazard and UniCredit. An active adviser and board member of several European Fintech companies. Has served as an advisor to several governments and stock exchanges in the region. He Maintains an active interest in the technology and in developing its applications. A large network of founders, developers, practitioners and investors gives him a unique insight into market developments. One of the most experienced figures in the European Fintech world.
Current President of BECC (British Estonian Chamber of Commerce) and Honorary Consul of Croatia in Estonia. In 2007 he was decorated by the President of Estonia with the national order of the Cross of Terra Mariana.
He enjoys Long Distance Walking (Walked the Camino de Santiago in 2007), Rugby and explaining flags to people.

Patrick Hermann

From a young age, Patrick has been fascinated by finance and economics. His early interest in markets led him to fund advisory for a CHF 15 million portfolio for a family office in Switzerland, which he combined with his studies at the University of Geneva. He was able to gain a 1.23 Sharpe ratio on this portfolio. He has been an early investor in Fintech especially in peer to peer technologies. He has worked with several disruptive services business models. During his Erasmus in Tallinn he worked on several blockchain service platforms. He has been focused on blockchain ideas in a variety of different business opportunities in the real world.
His interests include Alpine Skiing, Rugby and bad golf


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