Július Strapek is a founder and main partner of the Across Group. He graduated at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Faculty of Business Management. He has been active in the investment world since 1995. He started his career by managing several successful investment and mutual funds, such as the Tatra Coupon Fund. From 1998 to 2001 he held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Tatra Asset Management. As a consultant, he participated in the project of drafting the legislation and strategic plans on the Slovak financial market; he was a member of the EU Commission team for the Collective Investment Act. In 2002 Július acted as an advisor to the Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic on pension reform and in 2003 he was in the role of a local World Bank expert on pension reform. In 2002 he established the Across Group and by today he is member of its top management team.