Mr. Michael Benedikt Lukas Alfred Treichl, JD is a Managing Partner at
Audley Capital Advisors, LLP. Mr. Treichl is Co-Founder of Audley
Capital Advisors, LLP. and has 25 years of transaction experience in
investment banking and private equity. In 1998, Mr. Treichl co-founded
Bessemer Vogel & Treichl. Additionally, he has spent much of his
investment banking career at Lazard Frères, Merrill Lynch and at SG
Warbur, where Mr. Treichl held board-level responsibility for Germany
and focused on takeovers of listed companies including several
significant “going private” leveraged buyouts in the U.S. as well as
most of the public takeovers in Germany in the early 1990’s including
such landmark deals as Feldmühle Nobel/VEBA, Pirelli/Continental, AGF/AMB,
Krupp/Hoesch and Thyssen/Krupp. In late 1995, together with an Operating
Partner, Mr. Treichl acquired and subsequently restructured Head-Tyrolia-Mares.
He served as a Member of Supervisory Board at Curanum AG from June 25,
2009 to March 12, 2013. He serves as a Member of Supervisory Board at
Head N.V. He serves as a Non-Executive Director at several privately
held portfolio companies. He serves as a Director at Meinl International
Power Ltd. Mr. Treichl received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
and a J.D. from the University of Vienna, Austria.
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Banker accused of setting fire to his own mansion found dead in
By Natalie O'Neill June 20, 2017 | 3:15pm | Updated
A multi-millionaire British banker accused of setting fire to his own
mansion was found dead in an apparent suicide, according to a report.
Michael Treichl, 68 — who was out on bail for allegedly sparking the
blaze — took his own life Friday after a battle with depression, the UK
“Michael Treichl sadly passed away on Friday, having suffered from
severe depression,” a rep for the family said in a statement.
On April 15, a raging inferno broke out at the family’s sprawling
castle-like home — dubbed the Parnham House — in Beaminster, England.
Police said later Treichl had deliberately set the fire.
The troubled financier had spent roughly $10 million to remodel the
sprawling abode, which sat on stately 500-year-old property and featured
two swimming pools.
His 54-year-old wife, Emma, is heartbroken over his death, the paper
Revealed: Multi-millionaire banker who was arrested on suspicion of
burning down his £15m stately home 'drowned himself in Lake Geneva'
Michael Treichl, 69, was arrested after fire at historic Parnham House
He was questioned by police over the blaze but was released without
Investment banker was found dead in Geneva on Friday, a family spokesman
Austrian tycoon suffering from 'severe depression' before his death,
Father of two's body was recovered from Lake Geneva by police in
Police investigating the cause of death believe Mr Treichel committed
By ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS, IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 10:55 EDT, 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:58 EDT, 21 June 2017
Michael Treichl, 69, took his own life on Friday after 'suffering severe
depression' - months after his stately home burned down
The body of a banker who was arrested on suspicion of starting a fire
that destroyed his £15 million stately home was found in Lake Geneva in
Switzerland, MailOnline can reveal.
Police believe Michael Treichl, 69, who had been suffering depression,
His body was retrieved from the water by the lake brigade of Geneva
Police on Friday.
A police spokesman said: 'The most probable cause of death is suicide by
'The police were alerted by someone and a body was found in Lake Geneva
by our lake brigade.
'Nothing more can be said at this stage because the police investigation
His wife Emma, 54, and their children, aged 15 and 17, are said to be
devastated by his sudden death.
Mr Treichl, a hedge fund manager, was on police bail having been
arrested on suspicion of starting the huge blaze at Parnham House in
Beaminster, Dorset, on April 15.
Dorset police confirmed the fire was started deliberately and were
continuing their investigations at the time of Mr Treichl's death.
The 500-year-old property was one of the oldest mansions in the county
and historically important in the UK.
Speculation was mounting in financial circles that his hedge fund
business was in trouble and he was afraid of losing the fabulous
lifestyle he enjoyed.
A family spokesman said: 'Michael Treichl sadly passed away on Friday,
June 16, having suffered from severe depression.
Widowed: Mr Treichl leaves behind his wife Emma, 54, pictured, a former
Vogue model who he met while commissioning an artist to paint his
portrait and their two teenage children
Destroyed: Parnham House, in Dorset, was gutted by a blaze back in
April. Mr Treichl was arrested and questioned on the day of the fire,
but later released without charge
Sudden death: Mr Treichl (right) bought the 16th Century mansion with
wife Emma (left) for £4 million from revered furniture maker John
Peacemaker in 2001 and renovated it for £10 million
'He was a devoted family man and husband to his wife Emma, their two
children, and his two step-children.'
Mr Treichl bought Parnham House for £4million in 2001 from revered
furniture designer John Makepeace, who still lives in the area.
The banker and his wife are said to have spent £10million restoring the
estate after buying it two years into their marriage.
He would fly in and out of the estate by helicopter while Mrs Treichl, a
former Vogue model, worked with Clarence House interior designer Robert
Kime to turn it into a modern family home.
The project included indoor and outdoor swimming pools, stables, gym and
There were also generous rooms for their two and Mrs Treichl's children
from her first marriage, Carlo, 21, and Sofia, 26.
Former owner Mr Makepeace spoke of his sadness at news of Mr Treichl's
He said: 'I am aware of the news and it is very sad. The fire was a
tragedy, the house was irreplaceable.'
Razed to the ground: More than 100 firefighters were called to the
Grade I listed property in April after the fire broke out, but were
unable to save anything except the exterior walls
Renovation lost: Mr Treichl, 69, bought the property in 2001 to house a
collection of armour and hunting trophies, and British portraits he had
acquired - all of which were destroyed
All that is left: The banker and his wife are said to have spent
£10million restoring the estate, pictured after the fire which destroyed
it, after buying it two years into their marriage
Friends also spoke of their shock at Mr Treichl's death.
Chris Turner, the chairman of Beaminster Town Council, added: 'I'm
shocked and stunned, I really am.
'This horrific news leaves so many question marks but it would be wrong
to speculate now. Who really knows what was going through his head?
'I feel for him and his wife, who have obviously been under tremendous
pressure as a result of the fire.
'It comes as such a surprise as I thought that Mr Treichl was intent on
rebuilding the house. I think he had lots of houses but Parnham House
was always his favourite.'
The home was unoccupied at the time of the blaze which started at around
The fire which ripped through it which was so huge 100 firefighters were
on the scene trying to extinguish it and embers burned for three days
A jerry can carrying as much as 25 litres of fuel was abandoned on the
lawn, supporting the theory that arson may have been involved.
Speaking in the aftermath of the blaze, Mr Treichl said: 'I am
devastated at the loss of our home.
'The restoration of Parnham has been my life's work and it is insane to
think I could have destroyed it. I am now intent on rebuilding and
Former glory: The project Pernham House in Beaminster, Dorset, included
indoor and outdoor swimming pools, stables, gym and a cinema, all of
which were lost in the devstating fire
The Treichl family, one of the most distinguished and powerful banking
families in Austria, are thought to have acquired the property for
Life's work: Of the blaze, Mr Treichl said: 'I am devastated at the loss
of our home. 'The restoration of Parnham has been my life's work and it
is insane to think I could have destroyed it. I am now intent on
rebuilding and restoring it.'
Mrs Treichl said that the day after the devastating fire her husband
rushed up from London to be at the scene.
She said at the time: 'Michael was at Parnham the following day, looking
at the burning wreckage.
'He was gutted, very emotional. He could barely speak. I don't recall
his exact words - he was sobbing.'
She previously said the family were planning to work with English
Heritage to restore the house, which was gutted in the blaze.
Mrs Treichl said: 'We're going to rebuild, absolutely. I've never once
doubted that. We can't not do it.
'I have to keep thinking about the future; how we're going to live our
lives, how we're going to move forward.
'The whole complication of rebuilding and dealing with English Heritage
will be much greater than the insurance claim itself.
'The cost of replacing something which is irreplaceable is unimaginable,
'We're working with English Heritage to find a way forward, but it's a
very long process.'
The house was fitted out with luxury furnishings to make the perfect
country home - though fortunately nobody was there on the night of the
In the aftermath of the fire, which entirely destroyed the house's
bespoke interior (left) and right), Emma had vowed that the couple would
rebuild it to restore the house to its past glory
Parnham House was where US commanders drew up plans for the Allied
invasion of mainland Europe during the Second World War – and Dwight
Eisenhower had once dined there.
Hedge fund manager Mr Treichl, who belonged to a family of distinguished
Austrian bankers, was a leading light in hedge fund Audley Capital
A German business magazine once described him as a 'global player of our
time'. It said he was 'a rather unremarkable man at first glance, slim,
quiet, restrained, with surprisingly expressive eyes'. He enjoyed heli-ski
tours, tennis, horse riding and hunting.
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It was decorated inside with tributes to Mr Treichl's Austrian heritage
as well as suits of armour collected by his financier ancestors.
In 1998, Mr. Treichl co-founded Bessemer Vogel & Treichl. Additionally, he has
spent much of his investment banking career at Lazard Frères,
Merrill Lynch and at SG Warbur,
where Mr. Treichl held board-level responsibility for Germany and focused on
takeovers of listed companies including several significant “going private”
leveraged buyouts in the U.S. as well as most of the public takeovers in Germany
in the early 1990’s including such landmark deals as Feldmühle Nobel/VEBA,
Pirelli/Continental, AGF/AMB, Krupp/Hoesch and Thyssen/Krupp.
In late 1995, together with an Operating Partner, Mr. Treichl acquired and
subsequently restructured Head-Tyrolia-Mares. He served as a Member of
Supervisory Board at Curanum AG from June 25, 2009 to March 12, 2013. He serves
as a Member of Supervisory Board at Head N.V. He serves as a Non-Executive
Director at several privately held portfolio companies. He serves as a Director
at Meinl International Power Ltd. Mr. Treichl received an M.B.A. from Harvard
Business School and a J.D. from the University of Vienna, Austria.