International M&A Professionals
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Justin Prichard is a Partner of EY’s TMT Corporate Finance team. He has 17 years’ experience in transactions across all three sectors and he has completed a large number of cross border transactions. Primary focus for the team is entrepreneurial lead Sell-side and corporate carve outs. From 2007-2009 Justin was a Director at Macquarie Capital (London). He holds an MBA from Cass Business School (London) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University (New Zealand).
Andrew Neil is a publisher, broadcaster and company chairman. He was named Journalist of the Year 2013 by Britain’s prestigious Political Studies Association and one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by Debrett’s in 2015.
In March 2015 The Times said “the ultimate test for assessing whether a party leader was fit to be Prime Minister is to put them in front of Andrew Neil for 40 minutes, the most forensic interviewer in broadcasting.”
He currently holds various roles: he is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Press Holdings Media Group, publishers of The Spectator, Spectator Australia and Apollo, the world-renowned art magazine. He is also Chairman of ITP and Chairman and joint owner of World Media Rights. In addition to his business responsibilities, Andrew is a well-known anchorman on BBC TV. He currently presents three editions of the Daily Politics on BBC2 every week as well as the Sunday Politics on BBC1 and the award-winning This Week on BBC1 every Thursday night. He also anchors Politics Europe, which is broadcast on BBC2, BBC News Channel and BBC World.
During his career, Neil has been House of Commons lobby correspondent in London, White House correspondent in Washington DC and Wall Street correspondent in New York – all for The Economist. He was made British Editor of The Economist in 1982.
The following year he left The Economist, to become Editor of The Sunday Times of London, one of the world’s most prestigious and influential newspapers. Over the next 11 years he turned it into the undisputed multi-section market leader, renowned for its investigative journalism and scoops.
While still editing The Sunday Times he also served as Executive Chairman of Sky Television, which he launched as Britain’s first multi-channel satellite TV platform. He created Sky News and brought The Simpsons to British screens.
Until recently he was a member of the International Advisory Board of Al Jazeera, the international news channel based in Doha, Qatar; and Publisher of The Scotsman Group of newspapers in Edinburgh for 10 years.
Dirk Albersmeier is J.P. Morgan’s Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a role he has held since 2015 and which he shares with colleague David Lomer.
Before his current rule, Dirk led the M&A business in the German-speaking region for ten years. He joined J.P. Morgan in 1997 in the Equity Capital Markets unit.
Dirk’s career in banking spans more than 20 years. He advises corporates, family businesses and financial sponsors. He has led numerous milestone M&A and capital market transactions across sectors including telecommunications, real estate, industrials and financial institutions.
Before J.P. Morgan, Dirk worked in the investment banking business for Salomon Brothers and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in London.
He studied business administration at the ESB in Reutlingen and at the Middlesex University Business School in London.
PJ leads Greenhill’s European Telecom, Media and Technology coverage. He joined Greenhill in 2001 and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, leveraged finance and restructuring transactions.
Recent transactions include the recapitalisation of Avanti Communications, Shanks’ acquisition of Van Gansewinkel, Digital Realty’s acquisition of 8 data centres from Equinix, 3i Infrastructure’s investment in Wireless Infrastructure Group, Ladbrokes’ merger with Gala Coral, Ball’s acquisition of Rexam and Telecity’s sale to Equinix.
In December 2014 PJ was named by Dow Jones Financial News as one of the top 40 “Rising Stars” in the investment banking industry.
Having started as a consultant, followed by being the CEO of a medium-sized company with 250 employees up to today as a Founder and and Managing Director of digital consultancy and company builder etventure, Philipp Depiereux is employed with innovation projects. He founded etventure together with two partners, following the vision of combining the experiences as entrepreneur and innovation driver in the mid-size sector, in the corporate world as well as in startups and digital projects in Silicon Valley within one company.
2010 – today: Founder & Managing Director, etventure GmbH
2009 – 2011: Member of the board, European Bioplastics e.V.
2004 – 2010: Managing Director, alesco GmbH & Co. KG
2004 – 2008: Managing Director, aldoplast GmbH & Co. KG
2000 – 2010: Founder & Managing Director, PEPATO GROUP GmbH
2002 – 2003: Consultant, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Mittelstandsberatung
Martin Mendelssohn specialises in mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, restructuring and privatisation projects, typically acting for non-UK entities on UK inward investment projects. He advises a wide range of European and US corporations. During his career with CMS, he has been based in South East Asia, Central & Eastern Europe and Germany
Thomas Meyding is a partner in the Stuttgart office of CMS in Germany, and member of the Management Committee of the CMS Corporate Group. He is specialized in M&A transactions, joint ventures, public takeovers and squeeze-outs. Thomas Meyding mainly focuses on national and international M&A transactions and all relevant corporate law issues.
Birgit holds an Executive Masters in International Business and Law and is an experienced M&A lawyer with a proven track-record of complex transactions in many jurisdictions for both buy- and sell-side. She joined Tokio Marine HCC in 2016, after having worked at Munich Re for fourteen years. There she held senior positions in Corporate Finance M&A as well as in Market Management where her focus included the structuring of risk transfer solutions for clients in Southern Europe and Latin America. Birgit speaks German, English and Spanish.
Tom runs all M&A and other significant corporate transactions for the group, having overseen nearly 30 transactions in the last five years. He relocated back to London in September 2014 after a two-and-a-half year period working in the US, primarily in Los Angeles, leading ITV’s drive into expanding its international content business by acquisition of and investments into television and digital producers. These included Leftfield Entertainment, Gurney Productions, High Noon Entertainment, Thinkfactory Media, DiGa, Indigenous Media, Believe Entertainment and Zealot Networks. The most recent transactions were the acquisition of Talpa Media (owners of The Voice) in the Netherlands in March 2015, the addition of UTV to ITV’s broadcasting division in February 2016, and the acquisitions of a 45% stake in Blumhouse TV (the new TV division of the LA-based production company behind movies such as The Purge, Split and Get Out) and World Productions (makers of Line of Duty) earlier this year.
Tom originally joined Central TV as a production lawyer in 1991, he has since held a number of commercial and business positions at Central, Carlton, Granada and ultimately ITV, having also acted as MD of its broadcasting division in 2005 and as COO of its new media business from 2005 to 2007. He was a board member and chairman of Freeview between 2005 and 2012 and was ITV’s representative to the board of Arsenal plc for five years before selling its stake in 2007, also representing ITV on the boards of other joint ventures such as MUTV, Liverpoolfc.tv and Granada Sky Broadcasting. He has been a Governor of the National Film and Television School since 2008.
Ollie is a principal for NCC Group’s M&A advisory practice and CTO for NCC Group with over 20 years’ experience in cyber security. Ollie has advised clients on cyber related risk on over 50 deals in pre-close technical due-diligence. These deal experiences have ranged from 10 of millions to 10 of billions of dollars in size for both private equity and end purchasers.
As the Founder and CEO of FileFacets, Chris Perram leads the company’s overall strategic direction. Founded in 2000 as Perram Corporation and rebranded as FileFacets in 2015, Chris has transformed the organization from a data classification, attribution and migration services consultancy to an award-winning SaaS-base content migration software company.
Joanne has over 15 years of experience in post merger integration, as both a Senior Associate for PwC and latterly leading the Acquisition Integration team in Europe for IBM.
Since joining IBM, Joanne has led the integration of over 90 software and services businesses in Europe. Starting at due diligence, she focuses on developing and implementing plans to grow sustainable revenue and integrate all the business operations.
Deal experience includes acquisitions ranging in size from small single country to larger multi nationals (over 1000 people across 14 countries), usually integrating 10+ businesses in parallel at any one time.
Joanne graduated from De Montfort University, UK and is also ACMA.
Andrea Burgos is Associate Director in Alliance and Integration Management at AstraZeneca, based in Cambridge (UK), focusing on both alliances and integration & divestment activities. Prior to joining AstraZeneca in 2014, Andrea acted as Global Alliance Manager at Almirall (Barcelona) focusing on leading commercial and development alliances across several therapeutic areas from 2011 to 2014. Before joining Almirall’s Alliance Management Team, her previous role was in Almirall Commercial Reporting Operations.
She received her degree in Business Administration in 2010 at the university of ESADE in Barcelona in conjunction with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Alex joined Willis Towers Watson in 2016 as Practice Leader of the Transactional Risks team. Prior to this he helped build the mergers and acquisitions team at another global insurance broker. Alex spent 11 years in private practice as a corporate lawyer at two large City law firms, advising on acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate finance. He later specialised in corporate insurance law, where part of his practice involved advising a leading insurer on its underwriting of warranty and indemnity insurance.
Adam is the M&A Leader for Mercer in Europe. He is an Actuary and consultant and works from both the London and Manchester offices in the UK. His main focus of work is advising private equity and corporate clients on all people related aspects of buying and selling businesses. Many of the acquisitions he has worked on have been large international deals and he is involved in project managing such assignments working with Mercer colleagues from around the world and also working directly with clients. He also has significant experience of advising on UK only deals.
Adam initially joined Mercer in 1995 where he worked on UK actuarial retirement issues. He then worked for the pensions department of a major accountancy firm for around 2 years before re-joining Mercer; during his time with the accountancy firm he worked alongside the corporate finance team providing benefit related advice. He is also a member of the Private Equity, Mergers andAcquisitions (or PEMA) team.
Adam holds a degree in Mathematics from Leeds University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. Adam also holds a Diploma in International Employee Benefits.