Michael Phillips

Industry experience:Country:GermanyOffice:MunichJoined Apax:


Michael Phillips 

Experience and qualifications

Michael Phillips is a Partner and member of the international Investment, Approval, Portfolio Review and Exit Committees. He is a Trustee of the Apax Foundation and head of the Munich office where he is based.

Michael originally joined Apax Partners in 1992. He has both led and participated in a number of key deals including Sulo, IFCO Systems and Tommy Hilfiger. He has served as an advisor and board member to a number of Apax portfolio companies including Xerium, IFCO Systems, Tommy Hilfiger, Travelex and Capio.

Prior to joining Apax Partners Michael spent three years at OTTO Holding Ltd in Cologne, one of Germany's largest waste management companies, as the general manager of an operations subsidiary and four years at Ciba-Geigy Canada, as an engineer in their Plastics Additives Division. 

Michael holds a BS in Engineering Chemistry from Queen's University in Kingston Canada and also an MBA from INSEAD.


Investments include:

Capio AB

Pan-European private hospital operator

IFCO Systems

A worldwide logistics service provider

SULO Group

One of Germany's largest waste management companies with €700m in revenues


Value fashion retailer operating approximately 1,800 branches in 16 European countries

Tommy Hilfiger Corporation

Apparel retail company and one of the world's leading lifestyle brands

Current directorships

Capio AB

Pan-European private hospital operator


Foreign exchange provider

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