Our people

Our team has fluency in Catalan, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak and Spanish.

The Vertis management team includes:

Marc Falguera von Niessen, MANAGING DIRECTOR

Marc was appointed Managing Director of Vertis in January 2017 after having spent over four years with the Company. He began in Budapest covering the Spanish and Portuguese markets and in 2014 moved to Madrid to set up Vertis’ Iberian franchise. Before joining Vertis, Marc worked for GE in Hungary for three years and then was sales and marketing manager for an automobile parts manufacturer in Barcelona. He graduated in 2006 with a degree from Corvinus University in Budapest.

James Atkins, Chairman of the board

James founded the forerunner of Vertis in 1998 and then in 2001, jointly with Paul Bodnar, launched Vertis as a carbon finance and emissions trading business. Under his guidance, Vertis has pioneered emissions trading in Central and Eastern Europe. Previously, James was a manager in the corporate finance group at Deloitte & Touche Central Europe and worked for Arthur Andersen and Waste Management International PLC in the UK and Germany. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Modern Languages and is a UK Chartered Accountant. He is also the author of Climate Change for Football Fans, a humorous but serious book on climate change policy, and a related blog, The Bustard.

Boštjan Bandelj, Board Member

After receiving university degrees in Electrical Engineering and Finance Boštjan joined a Central European electricity utility where he helped in setting up an European power trading desk. After serving as Head of Portfolio and Risk Management Boštjan left in 2008 to establish Belektron and manage a small hedge fund. During past years Boštjan led Belektron and developed it into one of the largest independent global carbon trading firms with above 200 million of carbon allowances traded yearly and a world-wide client and trading counterparty base.

Barna Baráth, Board Member

Barna joined Vertis in 2002 and was Vertis' CEO until September 2013. Earlier Barna spent seven years as a senior executive of Diageo plc, a global drinks business, developing its global e-business strategy and setting up its Corporate Ventures arm in London. He was previously in senior finance and IT roles with Diageo in Central Europe. 

Barna has lived and worked in Hungary, the United States, across Central Europe and in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Economics, then he studied corporate finance at the London Business School. Barna has recently converted a 1930’s villa into a low energy house.

Jernej Kozlevčar, Board Member

Jernej earned university and Master of Science degree both from Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. As his first business challenge he joined a regional brokerage house as capital markets analyst. Later on he left to work for the largest Slovenian asset management company, where he successfully managed mutual funds and participated in the establishment of asset management department. During that time he also served as supervisory board member of several asset management companies in the region. In 2015 he left position Head of Asset Management Division and joined Belektron as CEO.

Krzysztof Piatek, Board Member


Krzysztof graduated from the Wrocław University of Economics in 2007 and joined Vertis shortly afterwards. After a period of time in sales covering the Polish market, and being an executing broker and a trader for Vertis, he moved over to market operations. He is now responsible for risk and liquidity management, as well as being heavily involved in product development, structured transactions, treasury activities and the development of our systems.

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