Meet the speakers
Since April 2012, Dr. Thorsten Polleit is Chief Economist of Degussa, Europe’s largest precious metal trading house (www.degussa-goldhande.de). Before that, he worked as an economist for international investment banks for more than 15 years. Since 2014, Thorsten Polleit is honorary professor for economics at the University of Bayreuth (www.rw.uni-bayreuth). He is Adjunct Scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, US Alabama (www.mises.org). Thorsten Polleit is advisor to the P&R REAL VALUE Fonds (www.polleit-riechert.com). He has written books (Geldreform (2014) and Monetary Economics in Globalized Financial Markets (2005)) and publishes articles on a regular basis. His personal website is: www.thorsten-polleit.com.
Henrik Hahn (48) is Chief Digital Officer at Evonik and Chairman of the Management Board of Evonik Digital. Hahn studied Process Engineering and within his Doctorate research in the field of fluid dynamics and rheology he developed a framework for turbulence phenomena using data analytics and modelling techniques. He obtained also a degree in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering and is experienced in information economics and game theory. He has previously worked in various management positions in the area of innovation and technology including the responsibility for a Corporate high-tech startup and joined Evonik in 1999.
Holger Kleingarn, Managing Director, is a German national who has been working in the Private Equity Industry since over ten years. Throughout his private equity career Dr. Kleingarn has emphasized on mid cap buyouts, growth investments and turnarounds across Europe with a focus on the German-speaking countries. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, he was a Partner and Member of the Management Committee at London-based Palamon Capital Partners, a private equity group focusing on mid-sized companies across Europe. Previously Holger has lead the management-buy-out of a Mittelstand software company as CEO. He started his career in strategic management consulting with Bain & Company and Roland Berger, latterly as Partner and member of its financial services management team. Holger holds a doctoral degree in business administration and graduated from the University of Hamburg.
Frank Rittgen serves as Head of M&A at Bayer. Before that he was Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions from 2005 – 2015 and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Bayer’s Healthcare division from 2002 – 2005. Previously he was working at ABN AMRO, being responsible for Healthcare and Chemicals in Germany.
Dr. Alexander M. Wiegelmann serves as Head of Transactions at KWS SAAT SE and is responsible for M&A transactions, corporate venturing and strategic projects. He also co-founded a private equity firm focusing on small- and mid-sized companies in established industries. During his preceding career in investment banking he was with FCF Fox Corporate Finance, Close Brothers and Ernst & Young. Throughout his career he completed more than 20 cross-border as well as domestic transactions for listed and private companies.
Mr Bösenberg is a Partner of Quadriga Capital focusing on consumer and e-commerce topics, besides health, business services and smart industries. He started his career in private equity with 3i, Frankfurt, prior to co-founding Brockhaus Private Equity in Germany as a Managing Director. Mr Bösenberg was Deputy Head of VTB Capital Private Equity and co-responsible for a diverse portfolio of mainly consumer related companies.
He received a BA in Economics from Sussex University and a Masters in Management from London School of Economics.
Drs Norbert Stadhouders studied economics and business at the universities of Twente (Netherlands) and Birmingham (UK).
In 1983 he began his career with PriceWaterhouse in London, where he added an English training as an accountant to his qualifications. Between 1986 and 2002 positions at various subsidiaries of United Technologies Corporation in Hartford (USA), Brussels (Belgium), Liverpool (UK), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Munich (Germany) and Raleigh (USA) followed.
From 1st October 2002 he joined Balfour Beatty Rail GmbH, the predecessor company of Rail Power Systems GmbH, based in Munich, as finance director.
Drs Stadhouders (Born in 1958) is married and has two sons.
Christian heads the M&A Technology and Venture Team at Daimler. His responsibility covers tech and venture investments for all Daimler divisions (Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans, Daimler Trucks & Buses, Daimler Financial & Mobility Services) including transactions of all sorts and sizes. Prior to this Christian held various positions within Daimler’s finance team.
More information about the responsibility of his team can be found under: www.daimler.com/techinvest.”
Bettina Haedrich is Senior Director Corporate BusinessDevelopment at QIAGEN. In her role at QIAGEN, she is focusing on Mergers andAcquisitions in the Life Sciences industry. Prior to her work in M&A,Bettina had different international management roles in Sales and Marketing aswell as in R&D management in the life science and diagnostic industry.
She received a PhD inBiology from Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf and an Executive MBA fromWHU Vallendar and Kellogg.
Siobhan Sweeney-Cordova joined AIAC - American Industrial Acquisition Corporation in 2006.
She is the Executive Vice President (Global M&A & Corporate Development) and brings 20 years of experience in financial services and Private Equity. AIAC invests in under-performing or non-core manufacturing/industrial turnaround situations and corporate carve-outs globally.
They are owners and operators of 75 manufacturing sites in 24 countries and have $1.6 billion in sales/revenues.
Prior to joining AIAC, Siobhan worked at Bloomberg LP, as well as, various financial institutions (UBS Warburg - Latin American Equity Research Analyst in the Cement, Construction & Transportation sector, CIBC Oppenheimer - Emerging Markets and Lehman Brothers Financial Analyst Program)
She currently sits on the Board of Directors of MADES (Malaga Aerospace and Defense Electronic Systems) and
EES (European Electronic Systems) Composed of (SES- Schoeller Electronic Systems, Hans Brockstedt & GGP) a competitive Group of PCB Manufacturers in Germany.
She is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA).
Siobhan is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston.
Jurij Puth, Managing Director. Mr. Puth is a Managing Director with GSO based in the London office. Mr. Puth is involved in various performing and distressed investments, including direct financing, secondary trading, and portfolio purchases, across various target sectors. Before joining GSO Capital Partners in 2006, Mr. Puth was an analyst at Credit Suisse European Financial Sponsors Group in London. During this period, he focused on financing of a variety of deals including leveraged buyouts, recapitalisations, and public-to-private transactions. Mr. Puth holds a Master of Science in International Management, specialized in Finance and Accounting from Cass Business School in London, as well as a Diplôme Grand Ecole and a Diplom Kaufmann (German and French equivalents) from ESCP-EAP, Paris and Berlin. He is fluent in English, German and French and has intermediate knowledge of Spanish.
Jan Henrik joined Muzinich & Co. in 2017 and is responsible for building the Firm’s Private Debt business in D/A/CH and the Netherlands. He worked previously at EY, where he was a Partner in Capital & Debt Advisory focusing on financial sponsors and special situations. Prior to that, he was in the special situations team at Houlihan Lokey. He also was a Director in HSBC’s financial sponsor coverage team after starting his career in private equity at J.P.Morgan Capital. He holds a Bachelor in Computer Science from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA and a Diplom Betriebswirt from European Business School, Germany.
Jan-Daniel Neumann is the Managing Director and an Investment Committee member at Bregal Unternehmerkapital. Before joining Bregal, he served as a Managing Director at Brockhaus Private Equity in Frankfurt, as a Principal at General Atlantic in London and Düsseldorf, as an Associate at Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt and as a Sales Associate at Shanghai East Gate Consulting in Shanghai. Jan-Daniel has a Diploma degree from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz, and his language skills include Mandarin Chinese.
Mr Hufnagel is Partner at Petrus Advisers, a Europe focused long/short hedge fund based in London. He is Head of Activism focused on entrepreneurial investing opportunities across Europe. He has 18 years of experience in the financial industry, 14 of which with Goldman Sachs International where he was a Managing Director in the Private Equity business. Mr Hufnagel received his diploma from EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht and is a CFA charterholder.
Mark is a founding member and Partner of BlueBay's Private Debt strategy. BlueBay's Private Debt business provides senior and subordinated debt solutions to financial sponsors and mid-sized European businesses. Prior to joining BlueBay in 2011, Mark was a Vice President at Lehman Brothers/Nomura in the Acquisition & Leveraged Finance group. Before 2008, Mark worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Lehman Brothers in Frankfurt. Mark received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Passau, Germany in 2004 and a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science in London in 2002.
Gilles Mentré joined Lazard in 2012 as part of the Financial Advisory team and has been a Managing Director since 2013. Since January 2016, he serves as European head of Shareholder advisory, helping companies adress issues around the arrival of an activist or get prepared in advance in terms of vulnerability analysis and shareholder engagement.
Before joining Lazard, Gilles served 10 years as a civil servant in the French Ministry of finance (Inspection generale des Finances), holding political positions as advisor of President Sarkozy and deputy head of staff of Ministers Baroin (Finance) and Borloo (Environment and Energy).
Gilles graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (1999) and Ecole nationale d'administration (2002).
Alexis Renault, CFA is Head of High Yield at ODDO BHF AM.
Klaus joined the firm in 2009, was promoted to Principal in 2015 and became a Partner in 2017. He is responsible for sourcing, executing and managing investments in the German speaking region of Europe.
Since joining Silverfleet, Klaus has been involved with the acquisition of CCC, as well as the management and realisation of CCC, Kalle and orizon. Most recently, he headed the acquisition of Pumpenfabrik Wangen.
Klaus began working in private equity with Terra Firma in Frankfurt. Prior to that he worked in leveraged finance at both Société Générale and BHF-Bank. He is a graduate of Intermas Malente with a degree in International Business Administration.
James joined Berenberg in 2015 to establish Berenberg’s Structured Finance Frankfurt office. Berenberg’s Structured Finance team was founded in 2007 and provides debt solutions to financial sponsors and German corporates from its own balance sheet and since 2016 via two debt funds.
Prior to joining Berenberg, James was a Director at Commerzbank in the Leveraged Finance team. Before 2008, he worked in the Acquisition Finance department of Allied Irish Banks in Germany. James holds a masters degree in Quantitative Finance from the Smurfit Graduate School, Dublin and a bachelor of Commerce (International) in University College Dublin.
Andreas Stoecklin is the Country Head for Duff & Phelps in Germany and has over 15 years of experience in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions advisory.
Andreas’ sector expertise is focused on TMT and business services. Clients include private equity funds, law firms and leading corporates such as Airbus Group, BASF, KKR, ProSiebenSat.1, Siemens and Telefónica Germany. Duff & Phelps has five offices in Germany, including Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, and Cologne with approx. 100 professionals in Corporate Finance/M&A, Valuation Services and Real Estate Advisory.
Prior to joining Duff & Phelps in 2007, Andreas worked in Corporate Finance Advisory, M&A and Treasury at Siemens. He developed extensive experience in the areas of M&A advice, value analysis of business plans and corporate strategies, management of financial and operational carve-outs, and restructuring.
Andreas received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. He is a member of the German M&A Association (Bundesverband M&A) and German Private Equity Association (Bundesverband Deutscher Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften).
Michael Brellochs has wide ranging experience in complex domestic and cross border M&A transactions, public takeovers and in corporate reorganizations. He advises mainly in transactions involving publicly listed companies and financial institutions. Furthermore, he advises publicly listed companies and investors regarding corporate governance matters and capital markets compliance.
Georg Schneider is a partner at the European law firm Noerr LLP. He heads the firm's Private Equity & Venture Capital Group. He advises German and foreign clients with respect to private equity investments, the legal and tax structuring of investment schemes or M&A transactions. He is recognized by various directories such as Chambers Europe, JuVe or Legal 500 as a leading lawyer for private equity, and was ranked by Best Lawyers as a Best Lawyer Germany 2014 for private equity.
Inna Gehrt is a Partner and Head of DACH of Mandarin Capital Partners, a private equity fund based in Milan, Frankfurt and Shanghai which, out of its already second fund (€200m), invests into mid-cap European companies with growth potential in China. Before joining Mandarin Capital, Inna was an Independent Advisor for the Jacobs Holding AG, the family office of the Jacobs family. Prior to this, Inna had worked nine years at Quadriga Capital, where she was involved in number of transactions and portfolio mandates. Inna has a CFO/corporate finance background holding an MBA in Economics from the University of Mannheim/University of North Carolina.
Philipp von Mitzlaffjoined PARAGON PARTNERS as Director Origination. Previously, Philipp worked forEuroConsult, an investment banking firm with offices in New York, London,Frankfurt, and Hong Kong specializing in industrial M&A/Corporate Finance,where he advised global corporations on cross-border M&A mandates.
Prior to joining EuroConsult, Philipp had been with Robert W.Baird and Doertenbach & Co. for ten years where he was involved in advisinga wide range of national and international transactions (M&A,restructuring, leveraged buyouts) in the industrial, consumer,financial/business services, and healthcare sectors.
Philipp holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from Frankfurt University in conjunction with UC Berkeley and spent a two year training program at Deutsche Bank Frankfurt.
Frédéric Jourdren is Head of European High Yield Research at Legal & General Investment Management and, since joining the firm in 2011, has direct sector coverage responsibilities for the global Healthcare, global Automotive and European Retail & Consumer industries. Before, he was a Principal at Octagon Credit Investors, a leading US manager of leveraged loans and high yield bonds. He started his career in 2000 in the leveraged finance group of JP Morgan in London. Frédéric holds a business degree from ESC Clermont and an MBA from the University of South Carolina (Moore).
Ralph began his career in the international audit and transaction services department at KPMG. After four years as head of equity financing for mid-cap technology companies at a large German bank he worked for the M&A consultancy firm InterFinanz, from 2006 as a partner. Ralph is co-founder and shareholder of Livingstone Germany. He has gained expert knowledge in cross-border transactions with strategic buyers and leveraged buy-outs with financial investors. He gained experience in metal and plastic processing, packaging, specialty chemicals, the aviation industry and industrial services.
Martin graduated from Maastricht University with a Master of Science degree in International Business Studies. During his studies he spent a term at Stern School of Business, NYU. Martin started his career at a pan-European turnaround investor where he was involved in numerous M&A transactions. At Serafin Group, he was investment director in the transactions team and led acquisition projects in recent years.
As of 2018, Martin is responsible for equity investments as managing director of Serafin Group.
George Casey is Global Co-Managing Partner of the Firm and also serves as Global Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and of the Corporate Business Unit, while continuing his full-time practice.
He has extensive experience in U.S. domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, ranging from public company acquisitions to complex carve-out sales, strategic investments and joint venture transactions, representing many of the largest U.S. and non-U.S. corporate and investment banking clients. In addition, he regularly advises Boards of Directors and management on corporate governance and shareholder relations issues. He combines a very diverse transactional experience with a deep understanding of clients’ businesses across the chemicals, healthcare, mining and metals, media, cable, technology and telecommunications industries.
George regularly represents multinational corporate clients, including Anglo American, Dow Chemical, Lanxess, Liberty Global, LyondellBasell, Nokia, Novartis and Thomson Reuters as well as sovereign wealth funds.
In 2016, The American Lawyer named George a “Dealmaker of the Year” and “Transatlantic Corporate Dealmaker.”
In addition to his work with clients, George is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he teaches a course on mergers and acquisitions. He is also a regular lecturer on U.S. M&A at L’école De Droit De La Sorbonne – Université Paris I.
Ekaterina (Katja) is Managing Director at Rothschild in Frankfurt responsible for the private equity side of the Debt Advisory business. Katja has worked for Rothschild for more than 10 years after joining the Group in July 2005. Katja has advised a large number of Private Equity as well as German and international corporate clients on debt structuring questions across a variety of different sectors, products and geographies. Whereas her primary focus is on the leveraged financing business, Katja has been involved in a number of corporate, cross-over and restructuring situations.
Prior to Rothschild Katja was with Leonardo & Co. (today Houlihan Lokey) where she advised clients on international M&A assignments. She then moved to Rothschild’s German office and also spent one year in the London M&A healthcare team.
Katja holds a masters degree in Business Administration from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Escuela de Administración de Empresas (E.A.E.), Spain and a bachelor in Finance from St.-Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, Russia.
Klaus Pflum is Senior Advisor in the Frankfurt office and part of the Corporate Finance Advisory practice. He has long-standing experience of more than 30 years in corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions advisory.
He is specialized in complex cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings, and owns extensive expertise in industrial, automotive and defense related transactions.
Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Klaus was Co-Head of Leonardo & Co. Germany and Chairman of their Diversified Industrials Group in Europe, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Global Industrials Group at Royal Bank of Scotland and Head of Nomura’s Automotive, Industrials and Materials Group. Further stations include leading positions at Deutsche Bank, Salomon Smith Barney, Bankhaus Metzler and Deloitte.
Klaus holds a Diploma (equiv. M.B.A.) in Business Administration from the University of Pforzheim, Germany, and is a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and German tax advisor.
Alexandre Grellier is CEO of Drooms. Drooms (drooms.com) is a leading provider of secure cloud solutions in Europe. Their clients include the world's leading real estate companies, consulting and law firms and corporations such as METRO GROUP, Evonik, Morgan Stanley, JLL, JP Morgan, CBRE, Rewe and UBS.
After an apprenticeship as a technical sales representative and having completing studies in Law, Alexandre Grellier began his career at Commerzbank. He then worked as a lawyer for Lehman Brothers both in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and in London, UK, with a particular focus in the fields of Legal & Compliance and Transaction Management. Since 2003, he has been CEO of Drooms, significantly contributing to the company’s commercial expansion. Grellier is also a guest speaker, notably holding talks on the topic of data security, digitisation, legal tech, compliance, transaction management and entrepreneurship.
Drooms was initially launched on the physical data room market. Even then however, Drooms main aim was to offer an online due diligence service for anyone who, was looking for an effective alternative to physical data rooms. Drooms is now leading the third revolution in due diligence bringing artificial intelligence to the virtual data room to automate and speed up processes.
Bernd Taucher is a managing partner at Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte GmbH in Vienna, Austria. Bernd has more than 20 years’ experience in international M&A, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets.
Bernd is a graduate from the Universities of Vienna, Graz and the Manchester Business School.
Alexander joined UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking in 2007as Head of TMT. He has 20 years experience in investment banking. Previously, he worked in M&A for goetzpartners and in ECM for DZ Bank.
Martin Grablowitz is a partner in the firm's Corporate practice, a member of the firm's International Strategy & Business Development Committee and heads the Central Europe and Germany Desks. He specialises in takeovers, joint ventures, acquisitions and all aspects of corporate restructuring. With a double degree in Dutch and German law, Martin has focused his practice on cross-border matters. His clients include several major European corporates and financial institutions. Most recently he has been involved in take over matters advising Allianz, Volkswagen, Thyssen Krupp, Teijin, Gemplus, Hero, OMV AG and Damen Shipyards among others.
He obtained his Dutch law degree in 1998 and his German law degree in 1992. Martin joined NautaDutilh in 1998 and became a partner in 2003.
Andreas Löhdefink is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice.
He advises domestic and international clients on M&A, private equity, public takeovers, corporate law, in particular legal issues related to stock corporations and reorganizations, capital markets and financial supervisory matters.
As Head of the Global Insurance Group he advises on insurance and reinsurance matters as well as M&A projects and represents major insurance groups.
Catherine Ford is the Editor-at-Large for the events division of Acuris. She is a consultant editor to event programmes, and engaged in the development of timely editorial content for global corporate finance, M&A and capital markets related conferences and events. She routinely moderates discussion panels at conferences across the region. She has worked for Acuris since early 2002, holding a number of senior editorial roles in the company’s European, US and Asia-Pacific head offices.
William spent five years reporting for the business pages of New Zealand’s largest publisher, Fairfax Media, covering everything from High Court fraud cases to M&A situations. Joining Dealreporter in London in 2014, William covered M&A transactions in sectors as diverse as oil & gas, chemicals, gambling, real estate, pub companies, aviation and transportation before taking a lead role in establishing Activistmonitor as an authority on the growing prevalence of shareholder activism in Europe.
Sofia is the ECM Deputy Editor at Dealreporter/Mergermarket, where she covers all types of capital markets issuance across major European markets. Her responsibilities include reporting on IPOs, block trades, rights issues and convertible bonds, as well as editing and training other journalists. Sofia was previously a TMT M&A reporter at Mergermarket.
Alessandra leads the European operation of Dealreporter. She has been in financial journalism for over 10 years having covered large scale of M&A deals across different sectors and regions.
Prior to this post, Alessandra was deputy editor for Dealreporter Europe and Head of Italian coverage where she coordinated all coverage on the market.
Alessandra's team provides intelligence for the equity and fixed income markets that is tailored to hedge funds, proprietary trading desks, security lending, ECM syndicate desks and institutional fund managers.
Emma-Victoria reports on M&A activity in the DACH region for Mergermarket. Previously she has worked for Bloomberg in Frankfurt, The Daily Telegraph in London, Deutsche Presse Agentur (dpa) in Berlin, and Falter Verlag in Vienna. She has a Masters in German Literature from Oxford University.