Vasile Foca
Managing PartneR
& Co-Founder


Vasile is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Talis Capital with more than 20 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience. Over his career, Vasile has helped scale a vast number of organisations from all stages of the business lifecycle. He has actively contributed to key strategic decisions with a hands-on approach. Vasile also has extensive experience in building and scaling companies and is co-founder of several businesses including INTRESCO, Cygnet and Skwire.

Vasile holds an MBA degree from London Business School and speaks Russian and Spanish. He enjoys digital photography, psychology, wine tasting and travelling.

Portfolio companies responsible for Darktrace, Luminance, iwoca, Beyond, Clausematch, Aventus, Pass the Keys, Medbelle, Cygnet, The Learning People, Akua, Censornet, Cyber Observer, Skwire, PremFina.


 
 
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Matus Maar
Managing Partner
& Co-Founder


Matus is both an experienced entrepreneur and venture capital investor. Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Pirate Studios - the world's largest chain of music rehearsal studios, fully autonomous and live streaming equipped. Involved since inception with Threads - the pioneering chat-based ecommerce platform.

As an investor he has led or closed over 50 private equity and venture capital deals. Matus enjoys early stage investing, working closely with the entrepreneurs. Matus is passionate about world changing technology companies and spending time with entrepreneurs who are building them. Matus loves travelling and experiencing different cultures, he has lived in six countries and speaks five languages.

Portfolio companies responsible for include; Onfido, iwoca, Pirate Studios, Threads, Import.io, eporta, Narrativ, Price f(x), Artemis, Andium, Zyper, Plum Guide, Second Home, Edge Intelligence, Oh My Green, Ynsect, Iotic Labs, Navmii, & Meanwhile.


 
 
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Bob Finch
Co-Founder


Bob is a Co-Founder of Talis Capital and an oil industry veteran, having worked for Rotterdam-based trader, The Vitol Group, for over 30 years. Bob served on the Vitol Board for 15 years, and has been instrumental in Vitol’s growth to one of the largest independent energy trading houses in the world, as well as successfully establishing Vitol’s entry into the coal markets in 2007.

Bob is also the co-founder of Finch Investments and a supporter of several charities including The Generations Foundation, The Vitol Foundation and Oil Aid.


 
 
 
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Rohini Finch
Co-Founder


Rohini is a Co-Founder of Talis Capital and has over 30 years' experience in investment and trading, having worked for Texaco UK, Neste OY and Vitol SA. Rohini has been a successful private investor since 2003, investing mainly in the natural resource and technology sectors. Her great passion is Conservation and she supports several charities in their work, most notably, The World Land Trust of which she is a Trustee.

She holds an MBA from the London Business School and a BSC (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from UMIST. She speaks French and Hindi.


 
 
 
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Thomas Williams
Principal


Tom has spent the last ten years investing in and building companies, mostly at Talis Capital.  

Tom focuses on insurance, financial services, energy and education at Talis. He has led a series of large investments in private companies and is actively involved with many portfolio companies including iwoca, Premfina, Insurdata, Skwire and The Learning People. Tom enjoys working with entrepreneurs who are reshaping industries and leveraging our investors to support those endeavours.

He has a degree from the University of Leeds, a Masters in Wealth Management and is a CFA charterholder. Tom enjoys travelling, wine tasting and vintage cars. Despite having parents from Wigan, it has been said Tom has no discernible accent.


 
 
 
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Matthew De Jesus
Principal


Matthew has six years of investment experience at Talis and is heavily involved in all of Talis’ digital ventures. He supports the Partners on investments including Darktrace, Onfido, and Pricefx, leads on omni:us, and sits on the board of Pirate Studios and Luminance.

Matthew holds a BSc (Hons) Economics from The London School of Economics.


 
 
 
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Beatrice Aliprandi
Senior ASSOCIATE


Beatrice joined Talis Capital in 2018 after spending three years working at Jefferies in their Investment Banking division, where she has been involved in several transactions primarily in the Technology, Media and Telecoms space with a combined value of c.$4 billion.

Beatrice holds a MSc in Risk and Finance from The London School of Economics and a BSc in Business Administration from Bocconi University. She speaks three languages and loves travelling, mindful meditation and wine tasting.

Beatrice supports a number of portfolio companies including Ynsect, Medbelle, Plum Guide, Beyond, Aventus, Clausematch, Cyber Observer, import.io & Senrio.


 
 
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Kirill Tasilov
ASSOCIATE


Kirill joined Talis Capital in 2018 after being an intern in 2016 where he supported the team on investments including Luminance, eporta and Price f(x). Kirill was a summer analyst at UBS in Hong Kong. 

Kirill holds a BBA in Finance from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has lived in four countries and speaks three languages.

Kirill supports a number of the portfolio including; Pass The Keys, Edge Intelligence, Artemis, Scouted, Reevoo, Andium, Narrativ, Iotic Labs, Oh My Green, & Zyper.


 
 
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Emma Titmus
Head of Investor Relations and Marketing


Emma joined Talis Capital in 2018 to handle Investor Relations and Marketing. Emma’s role supports the investment team by managing LP engagement, cultivating and developing Talis’ networks, dealing with content, events, communications, media and maintaining the longer term business pipeline.

Prior to joining, Emma spent 6 years with London Stock Exchange Group in Equity Capital Markets, supporting private growing companies with their capital raising strategy. Emma had UK regional responsibility for IPO origination and built a vast key stakeholder network of corporates, investors and advisers. Emma also worked for Accenture, Ceros and Proctor & Gamble. She has a BA Business Management degree from the University of Leeds (with Industrial Placement) and is CISI qualified.


 
 
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Mike Tucker
Financial Controller


Mike joined Talis Capital in 2019 from Pacific Investments, a diversified investment group, where he was involved in multi–jurisdictional reporting and tax planning/compliance for companies and partnerships across numerous sectors including financial services and real estate. Before this, Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG where he worked in their Financial Services assurance department.

Mike has a BSc (Hons) in Maths with Engineering from the University of Nottingham and is a CFA Charterholder.


 
 
 
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Emily Wood
Project Manager & EA to Partners


Prior to joining Talis Capital in 2019, Emily worked for OVO Energy as the Assistant Chief of Staff, supporting the CEO in the day-to-day running of the business. Emily then went on to project manage the creation of OVO’s new business unit, VCharge, managing all branding, PR, events, internal communications and governance. Prior to OVO Emily was a self-employed business consultant supporting a number of start-ups during their initial growth phase including crime reporting system, Facewatch.

Emily has a BSc (Hons) in Business Management and Economics from Cardiff University and is a registered Nutritional Therapist.


 
 
 
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