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Michael Phillips is Managing Partner of Castik Capital Sarl, a Luxembourg based private equity firm specializing on buyouts of European headquartered companies. The first Castik Fund is a €1bn in size and will invest in 5 high growth companies in fragmented markets. Castik Funds have the unique ability to hold investments for 10 years and are focused maximizing value creation. Prior to founding Castik, Michael spent 22 years as a senior Equity Partner at Apax Partners, overseeing their growth to a leading global Private Equity firm. Previously, Michael spent three years at OTTO Holding Ltd. in Cologne, as the General Manager of an operations subsidiary and four years at Ciba-Geigy Canada, as an Engineer in their Additives Division. Michael holds a BS in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University and an MBA from INSEAD.