Leading the way towards the energy transition

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Established in 2012, Shorelight invests throughout the energy value chain.

Our geographic focus is Europe, and other low risk jurisdictions. We work in partnership with seasoned industry executives with proven operational track records, and provide long term capital to fulfil the true potential of their assets and businesses.

What we do

Our Approach

Investing in measurable CO2 Reduction and the Circular Economy

Shorelight supports the Energy Transition towards lower emissions by investing in assets and technologies that will provide a significant and measurable reduction in CO2 emissions. We invest in businesses throughout the Energy Value Chain with a strong focus on the Circular Economy.
We use our deep industry experience and broad relationship networks gained from our energy and oil & gas heritage to seek Real Asset opportunities throughout Europe.

Real Asset Focus

Shorelight focuses on several rapidly-growing investment themes, among others:

Repurposing of Conventional Energy Assets & Infrastructure
Electrification & Gasification
Advanced Biofuels
Grid Stability
Real Assets
Reduction of emissions at source
Upstream assets
  • Predominantly natural gas fields
  • Currently producing , or near term development assets
Natural Gas & LNG
  • Processing, midstream, logistics, and distribution
Reduction of emissions through efficiency
Equipment, services and technology providers which focus on:
  • Industries decommissioning carbon intensive assets
  • Lower carbon traditional natural gas and LNG industries
  • Creating efficiency in existing energy production, logistics and distribution

We look for

  • Assets or businesses located primarily in Europe,  and other low risk jurisdictions 
  • Controlling equity investments
  • The ability to invest between $50 million and $100 million of equity over the life of the investment
  • Complex transactions where we can add value – e.g. separating a business from its corporate parent, balance sheet restructuring of a good asset, or developing our own insight and strategy for an asset or business with tremendous potential
Real Asset opportunities located primarily within Europe and other low-risk jurisdictions
Ability to deploy $50 to 100+ million equity over the lifetime of the investment
Close working relationships with management teams where we can leverage our experience to provide insight and shape business strategy
Opportunity to partner with entrepreneurs and developers to increase scale and build value-creating platforms
Bernhard Schmidt
Chairman & Founding Partner

Bernhard is a senior Energy Executive with more than 30 years of industry experience.

He is a former member of the Executive Board and head of Exploration & Production of Wintershall, Germany’s largest Oil and Gas company.

He began his career at Shell International, with operational roles in the Netherlands, UK and Oman.

He joined Honeywell Europe in 1992, where he then became General Manager of Honeywell China from 1995 to 1999 and Vice President for Honeywell Industrial Europe from 1999 to 2001.

He holds a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Leoben, Austria, and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

Daniel Reis
Founding Partner

Daniel is an experienced private equity investor in the real asset space, with prior experience at Barclays Capital, where he primarily focused on Energy opportunities.

Prior to Barclays, Daniel held various advisory positions with Deloitte in the natural resource sector first in Financial Audit and Consulting in Zurich and later in M&A Advisory, Due Diligence and Technical Accounting in the Global Energy Markets team in New York.

Daniel holds an MBA in Economics and Financial Management from the University of Berne in Switzerland.

Arun Subbiah
Founding Partner

Arun is a senior Oil and Gas Executive with more than 30 years of industry experience.

Prior to Shorelight, Arun operated as a serial E&P entrepreneur, building up and divesting ventures in Russia (Petro Russo Holdings) and Nigeria (Gulf of Guinea Energy).

He began his career at Shell International in E&P, where he focused on E&P strategic planning and economics in Nigeria, the UK and the Netherlands.

Arun holds a PhD and BSc from King’s College, London and an MSc in Management from the London Business School.

Lakhbir Sandhu
CFO & Head of Portfolio Management

Lakhbir joined Shorelight in 2018 and has 18 years of private equity and investment banking experience.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Lakhbir was CFO of NorthRow, a private equity backed technology business providing digital identity solutions to financial services and other regulated industries. Prior to that, he was a Director at Barclays Capital, where he made private equity investments, with a focus on the energy industry.  

He began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he was part of the Investment Banking Division and executed M&A, debt, and equity capital market transactions for large-cap UK corporates.

Lakhbir holds a BSc degree in Management Sciences from the London School of Economics, and is a Chartered Certified Accountant. In addition, Lakhbir is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA institute.

Christian Coulter
Managing Director

Christian joined Shorelight in 2021 and has been a specialist investor in the energy sector for more than 15 years.

Prior to joining Shorelight, he worked in principal investments at Mercuria, a leading energy commodities trader, and on buyouts, portfolio management, and credit opportunities at L1 Energy, an energy-focused investment fund.

Christian began his energy investing experience in the commodities division at Macquarie in London, where he was Head of Energy Capital EMEA, leading principal investment and energy mezzanine opportunities in the global upstream energy sector. Christian’s experience spans both equity and debt investment, and in addition to upstream has included midstream, renewables, energy storage and products, and energy services.

He holds an MBA from Oxford University, and a BA from Middlebury College (USA).

Michael Lynch

Michael joined Shorelight in 2013 and has 15 years of principal investment and securitisation experience across different industries including Energy.

Previously sat within Citi’s Special Situations Group responsible for proprietary debt and equity investing including a number of transactions in the E&P space and within Corporate Securitisation at Standard & Poor’s.

Michael holds a Masters of Finance from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and a Master of Economics from Universidad de Navarra in Spain and was a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines.

Andy Crouch
CEO of Alpha Petroleum

Andy Crouch has over 35 years’ of international oil and gas industry experience.

Before joining Alpha Petroleum as CEO, he was CEO of Gaffney, Cline & Associates Ltd. (“GCA”), advising a number of private and public companies, National Oil Companies and Governments.

Prior to that, Andy spent 12 years in senior management positions at LASMO plc, including Head of M&A.

He has completed a number of acquisitions and disposals, including the £1 billion hostile take-over of Ultramar Plc in 1991.

Felix Lerch

Felix Lerch has over 25 years experience in the energy industry as well as extensive expertise in M&A.

Before joining ONEO, he was Uniper’s Executive Country Chairman in the UK.

Prior to this, as Executive Vice President Production at E.ON E&P, he was instrumental in expanding international production to more than 165,000 barrels of oil production per day.

He began his career at Shell, where he held various technical and commercial positions for over 12 years.

Paul Woodman
Group CFO & COO

Paul Woodman is a Chartered Accountant of 25 years' experience.

Paul spent 15 years in the tax advisory divisions of Arthur Andersen and Deloitte in London and Jersey, working primarily with clients in the natural resources and financial services sectors. More recently he has worked as Finance Director and COO of a private family business based in Jersey whilst also acting as an independent Director for Shorelight's investment manager and investment vehicles.

Paul joined Shorelight on a full time basis in February 2023.

Paul holds an M.Chem. from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in synthetic inorganic chemistry from the University of Warwick.


Meet the team

Shorelight is an ambitious and successful team of industry veterans and investment professionals based in London, with more than 80 years’ combined experience in the energy industry.

Key senior executives of our operating platforms

Our unique skillset

Unmatched industry connections to source propriety opportunities
A hands-on approach to unlocking value, from strategy setting to implementation
Expertise in commercial and financial structuring
Analytical rigour and expertise in areas such as M&A and financing
Unmatched industry connections to source propriety opportunities
A hands-on approach to unlocking value, from strategy setting to implementation
Expertise in commercial and financial structuring
Analytical rigour and expertise in areas such as M&A and financing

Our Investments



Energy platform that optimises mature production of oil and gas, especially in Germany, and converts its infrastructure to new and sustainable use with renewable energies that are environmentally friendly and carbon-neutral.



Waldorf Production acquires Alpha Petroleum
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ONEO presents first conversion concepts
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RDG becomes ONEO - Transformation for the sustainable energy transition as a new business model
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Our ESG Commitment

We believe environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are an essential part of delivering strong and sustainable returns for investors. Our commitment to investing responsibly sits at the heart of our decision-making process.  

Our ESG strategy rests on four key pillars:


Environmental Sustainability

Focus on substituting towards lower emission hydrocarbons, and environmental sustainability by monitoring and limiting our emissions through efficiency

Social Responsibility

Prioritising corporate social responsibility by actively engaging with our neighbours and stakeholders, compensating our staff well, and providing jobs, progression and training in the communities in which we operate

Health and Safety

Ensuring a strict health and safety culture exists in all of our businesses


Implementing good corporate governance through adhering to the highest ethical standards, compliance with all applicable laws, strict policies around conduct and transparency, and paying our fair share of local taxes

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