Mergermarket Germany Forum 2018

21-22 March 2018, InterContinental Hotel, Düsseldorf

Debtwire Debt Financing Day

InterContinental Hotel
21 March 2018
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Day One | Day Two

    • 09:30

      Registration and Coffee

    • 10:00

      Chair's Welcome Remarks

      Thomas Schulz
      Thomas Schulz
      Partner, Noerr
      Esther Jansen
      Esther Jansen
      Partner, Shearman & Sterling
    • 10:15

      Presentation: Overview of the German Leveraged Finance Market

      Presentation using Debtwire data to show trends in the leveraged finance and high yield bond market in Germany.

      Colm (C.J.)  Doherty
      Colm (C.J.) Doherty
      Global Head of Primary Market Analysis, Debtwire
    • 10:30

      Keynote: The state of the German economy

      As the powerhouse of the European economy, the state of the German economy attracts significant amounts of attention. An economist will discuss its current state, how it fits in the global economy and what the impact of interest rates could be.

      Thorsten  Polleit
      Thorsten Polleit
      Economist, Polleit & Riechert Investment Management
    • 11:10

      Networking Coffee

    • 11:45

      Panel: Loans and bonds 2.0

      This session will give an update on the high yield bond and leveraged loan market, tracking the pipeline of issuance in the large cap leveraged debt market in Germany. Leveraged loan issuance remains on fire, cannibalizing dwindling net high yield supply that could shrink further as rising stars emerge.

      Alexis Renault
      Alexis Renault
      Head of High Yield , Meriten Investment Management
      Frédéric  Jourdren
      Frédéric Jourdren
      Head of European High Yield Research , Legal & General Investment Management
      Christian  Tschirdewahn
      Christian Tschirdewahn
      Executive Director , Goldman Sachs
      Jacques  McChesney
      Jacques McChesney
      Partner, Shearman & Sterling
      Adam Samoon
      Adam Samoon
      Head of High Yield, Debtwire
    • 12:30

      Case Study: HCS Group

      Case study on the German refinancing of HCS Group GmbH. GSO committed €340m for the refinancing of HCS Group, a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital.

      Jurij Puth
      Jurij Puth
      Managing Director, GSO Capital Partners
    • 13:00

      Networking Lunch

    • 14:00

      Panel: Debt Financing in Germany: Fund or Bank?

      Despite cheap financing being available, corporates are finding banks requirements difficult to deal with and are increasingly looking for alternative forms of financing. Panelists will discuss the market penetration of debt funds in Germany. Despite the growth of deal flow and market share, are there enough deals? Is it time to have a German-only fund?

      Jan Henrik  Reichenbach
      Jan Henrik Reichenbach
      Head of DACH Private Debt, Muzinich & Co
      James Staunton
      James Staunton
      Structured Finance, Berenberg Bank
      Mark Jochims
      Mark Jochims
      Partner - Private Debt, BlueBay Asset Management
      Tom  Beckerhoff
      Tom Beckerhoff
      Partner, Noerr
      Fabian Graber
      Fabian Graber
      Reporter, Debtwire
    • 14:50

      Panel: Financial sponsor outlook on Germany

      Financial sponsors operating alongside debt advisors have the benefit of seeing the full spectrum of both bank and fund options before choosing their preferred route. This session will provide an update from private equity investors on trends and outlook in the German LBO market and debt finance. Why do sponsors sometimes take the fund route despite the cheap financing offered by German banks?

      Holger  Kleingarn
      Holger Kleingarn
      Managing Director, H.I.G. Capital Partners
      Matthias Wilcken
      Matthias Wilcken
      Partner, Gilde Buyout Partners
      Klaus Maurer
      Klaus Maurer
      Partner, Silverfleet Capital
      Christoph  Braks
      Christoph Braks
      Director, QUADRIGA CAPITAL Beteiligungsberatung GmbH
      Winfried  Carli
      Winfried Carli
      Partner, Shearman & Sterling
      Ekaterina  Ksoll
      Ekaterina Ksoll
      Managing Director, Rothschild
      Maryna Irkliyenko
      Maryna Irkliyenko
      Private Equity Correspondent, Debtwire
    • 15:55

      Chair's closing remarks

      Thomas Schulz
      Thomas Schulz
      Partner, Noerr
      Esther Jansen
      Esther Jansen
      Partner, Shearman & Sterling
    • 16:00

      Networking Reception

    • 19:00

      Networking Dinner

      We are happy to announce that we will once again be hosting the popular networking dinner on 21st March, following day one of the forum.

      Delegates are invited to join us at SIGN! for an exclusive evening of networking with champagne drinks reception at 19:00, with a three course meal, wine and coffee at 19:30.

      This can be added to your booking at the point of registration for £110+VAT. For more information please contact

      Please note that only attendees registered to the forum with a 1 day pass or a 2 days pass will be able to sign up to our networking dinner.

      19th Floor
      Speditionstrasse 1
      40221 Düsseldorf
      Centre of Media harbour.

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