Thomas Mayer is Founding Director of the Flossbach von Storch Research Institute. Before this he was Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank Group and Head of DB Research. Thomas Mayer held positions at Goldman Sachs, Salomon Brothers and, before entering the private sector, at the International Monetary Fund and the Kiel Institute. Thomas Mayer received a doctorate in economics from Kiel University in 1982. Since 2003 and 2015, he is CFA Charterholder and honorary professor at University of Witten-Herdecke, respectively.
Alan is the Managing Director of Private Banking and Wealth Management Department in Fosun Group (00656.HK), the largest privately-own investment house in China. Alan has been responsible for the investment related to financial sector and he led the merge and acquisition of Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers in 2015 and other Fintech investment deals in Germany.
Prior to that, he worked as the investment director of Ping An Insurance and Ping An trust investment Co. Ltd, and the senior director in Pan Asian Alliance Capital responsible for Asian investment. He started his career in JP Morgan as an investment banker. Alan holds a bachelor Degree in Finance, Nankai University and a Master of Science majored in Finance, in Swedish School of Business and Administration (HANKEN).
Stefan is Global Head of M&A at Deutsche Bahn AG, a global transport and logistics company with more than 30 bn EUR revenues and over 300.000 employees. Since he joined the company in 2004, Stefan has been responsible for the execution of various projects and portfolio measures. Since 2016 Stefan has been appointed as non executive member of the Arriva plc board. He is also represented in the investment committee of the recently founded Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures.
Prior to that,he worked as an investment banker in the M&A department of Sal. Oppenheim, Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance and Deutsche Bank. Stefan holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences.
Tobias is Head of M&A at Schaeffler AG, a MDAX-listed global automotive and industrial supplier with more than 85,000 employees worldwide. Since he joined the company in 2015, Tobias has been responsible for the implementation of the Group’s global M&A strategy and the execution of various projects and portfolio measures.
Prior to that, he worked as Head of M&A of a German private equity backed company. He started his career in management consulting and investment banking. Tobias holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) and a Master of Laws from Saarland University.
Marvin Meyer is Vice President, Head of M&A EMEA at Software AG and has 10 years of experience in M&A. In his current position he is responsible for the company’s buy- and sell-side activities, including equity-linked partnerships, in the EMEA region. Prior to joining Software AG in 2008, Marvin worked at KPMG in the Transaction Advisory Services departments in Frankfurt and Manchester. He holds an MBA from Kellogg-WHU and a MSc in Business Administration from Goethe-University in Frankfurt.
Having held the position of CRO at Goertz, Goldfeld and Opel, Mathias Loop joined the HR Group in 2015 as CRO for the reorganization of the Company.
He became CFO in 2016, in charge of the finance, legal, administration and real estate departments.
The HR Group is a leading European shoe retailer and wholesaler and the second biggest stationary shoe trader in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Jörg Asmussen has been Managing Director at Lazard since September 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector as an economist and policymaker: As a state secretary in the German treasury, as state secretary in the German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as well as Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) and its Governing Council. He has spent 15 years in the German treasury alone, before being state secretary under Minister Steinbrück and Minister Schäuble, he has served as Director General for Financial Markets and Head of the Ministers office under Minister Eichel. During the time at the ECB and the treasury he acted as G7- and G20 deputy and member of the Euro Working Group (EWG) and the European Finance Committee (EFC), as well as representing his institution at the IMF meetings. He was involved in dealing with the economic crisis across the Euro area, working closely with the Greek, Spanish, Irish, Cypriot and Portuguese government. In 12011 he acted as Chancellor Merkel’s Sherpa for the G20 summit. He also dealt with the financial crisis after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, for example as chairman of the German Bank Rescue Fund FMSA/Soffin and chairman of the Financial regulator BaFin. He has held a number of supervisory board positions during his treasury time, e.g. at Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Bahn, Postbank or Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). He has acted as alternate Governor for Germany for the World Bank and the EBRD, as well as member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB). Currently he is a non-executive independent Board member at the Online Lending Platform Funding Circle and at Generali Investments. He was a senior fellow at the Jaques-Delors Institute in Berlin and still is a co-editor of the magazine Berliner Republik.
Guoxing Yang has served as Deputy Director of Business Development Department at Shanghai Electric Group. Co. Ltd. Since 2014. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Shanghai Electric New Age Co., Ltd., Hongkong, China. Mr. Yang was also recently appointed the Director of the Supervisory Board of Manz AG, a German listed equipment supplier company.
Kai Bonitz joined Gegenbauer in 2013 as head of legal and is also responsible for corporate development and M&A since 2016. He led together with the management board the recent acquisition of RGM group and furthermore advises all business units in smaller M&A processes with local focusses. Prior to Gegenbauer Kai worked in the corporate practice group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Berlin office.
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.
Tobias covers financial sponsors for Goldman Sachs in Europe and is also responsible for our sponsor business in the German-speaking region. In addition, Tobias leads the execution of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, debt finance and restructuring projects for financial sponsor clients in selected situations. Before his current role, Tobias was responsible for the German Leveraged Finance business. He currently works in the London office and was previously in New York and Frankfurt. Tobias was named managing director in 2008. He earned a pre-diploma in economics from the University of Freiburg and a licentia rerum oeconomicus from the University of Basel.
Uwe Kolb joined Bridgepoint in 2006 and was the partner responsible for the German speaking region and member of the Bridgepoint Group Operating Committee and Investment Committee until 2012. He then took over the role as Chairman and Advisory Partner. Uwe previously worked as a Partner at Permira. Prior to Permira, Uwe was the Managing Partner of PwC‘s transaction services team in Germany and was the Managing Partner of the PwC EMEA Mid Market Practice.
Philipp Haindl completed his studies at a London School of Economics with a Master of Economic History.He started his career as an Associate at KPMG in the audit department before moving on to corporate finance valuation services.
Before founding Serafin; Mr. Haindl was active in business analysis and acquisitions for five years and was involved in numerous M&A transactions. Mr. Haindl is responsible for strategy and finance within the Serafin Group.
Dr. Dominik Steinkühler is founder and managing director of Lendico, an international online lending marketplace for business and consumer loans. He previously worked for The Boston Consulting Group and the investment bank Rothschild. He studied business administration at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and holds a PhD in economics from RWTH.
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.
Guido May joined Silverfleet Capital in 2001 from 3i, and has responsibility for the firm’s investment activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as for investment activities in the manufacturing sector. Prior to Silverfleet, Guido worked in a number of senior executive positions within the industry, including three years as a managing director for a subsidiary of Lafarge S.A. He has led a number of successful transactions for Silverfleet Capital, including EDP and Jost, and currently oversees Silverfleet’s investments in Kalle, creatrade and CCC.
Scott Boothby is a Managing Director and Head of High Yield Capital Markets, having started the business for Commerzbank in March 2013. He is responsible for all High Yield issues at Commerzbank both corporate and financial sponsor led. Having joined Dresdner Kleinwort in September 2005 he was latterly a senior director within the European Leveraged Finance Group. As a product specialist, he has led highly complex, multi-jurisdictional LBO transactions for global financial sponsor clients. With experience across a variety of sectors including TMT, retail, automotive, chemical and FIG, he has led deals ranging from the upper end of the mid-market to multi-billion cross-currency underwrites. Prior to joining Dresdner Kleinwort he spent five years at ING Barings within Leveraged and Acquisition Finance.
Giles Reaney joined Advent in 2014. Working closely with the sector teams, he is responsible for leading new acquisition financings and capital markets activities for Advent’s portfolio companies, as well as managing and helping to grow the firm’s relationships with investment banks. Prior to joining Advent, Giles spent 10 years working in leverage finance, most recently at Goldman Sachs in London, and also previously worked for RBS on their leverage finance team. During this time, he worked on a large number of loan and high yield bond transactions for both sponsor and corporate clients.
Giles has worked on Advent's investments in Ammeraal Beltech and Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Limited.
André Loesekrug-Pietri is the founder of ACAPITAL, aprivate equity fund investing in innovative European companies with strong international growth potential, in particular toAsia/China. Core focus of the fund isIndustrialTech, including Energy and Security, supporting in priority Germanand French technology companies. André previously managed growth capital funds in Asia andEurope and started his career as Executive Assistant to the CEO ofAerospatiale-Airbus. He is or was member of the Boards of Directors ofSunpartner Technologies, of Bang & Olufsen and of ET Solar. Agraduate from HEC School of Management and of the Harvard Kennedy School ofGovernment, he was auditeur libre at Sup’Aero Aerospace EngineeringSchool. He is Colonel with the French Air People’sReserve and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum(Davos). He is member of the Advisory Board of Beijing Jiaotong University, ofthe Eiffel Group for a political union of the Euroand founder of the FrenchTech hub in Beijing.
Dr. Alexander Friedrich serves as a Partner at Quadriga Capital Beteiligungsberatung GmbH. He heads Quadriga Capital's service sector group and led the investments in DOREA Familie and GBA Laborgruppe, inclusive all respective add-ons. Before joining Quadriga Capital in 2015, he was a partner at Gilde Buy Out Partners in Zurich. Previously, he served in the leverage finance department of The Royal Bank of Scotland.
Marcel Herter has over 20 years of experience in credit and debt capital markets, having held senior positions at Dresdner Kleinwort and Lazard & Co.
He is the Founder and Managing Director of Herter & Co., a leading independent German advisory boutique specialized in debt transactions.
Having advised over 100 clients on the structuring and raising of debt as well as in financial restructuring situations, Herter & Co. offer the full services of an investment bank.
Nikolas Samios is Chief Investment Officer of German Startups Group, an evergreen, stage-agnostic venture capital provider that is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. German Startups Group is the most active private VC investor in Germany since 2012 and currently has 46 active investments, including SoundCloud, Delivery Hero, Mister Spex, Auctionata,Onefootball, and many more. Nikolas is a long-standing expert for venture capital and investment management. He has supported entrepreneurs and investors in the implementation of their projects and building (corporate) venture capital companies for over 10 years.As the former CEO of Brandenburg Ventures and founder of Cooperativa Venture Services, he is deeply rooted in the German startup scene and has strong methodological and process competence in all matters related to venture capital.
Marco Brockhaus is the managing director and founder of Brockhaus Private Equity. Established in 2000 as an independent investment company, Brockhaus Private Equity manages and advises funds with more than € 285 million in total. Following his studies in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm.) at Wuerzburg, Mr. Brockhaus worked in the Investment Banking division of Rothschild in Frankfurt from 1995 to 1996. He then moved to 3i Deutschland Gesellschaft für Industriebeteiligungen mbH in Frankfurt, where he worked as Investment Manager until founding Brockhaus Private Equity.
Matthias Wilcken joined Gilde’s Zurich office in 2012. Recent transactions include amor (affordable jewellery) and Comcave (adult education). Previously, he spent four years at Intermediate Capital Group’s Frankfurt office, sourcing and structuring subordinated debt and minority equity financing deals in the DACH region. Prior to this, Matthias worked for seven years in the Investment Banking/Leveraged Finance division of Goldman Sachs International in London.
Matthias obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration from the European Business School ebs Oestrich-Winkel (Germany).
Martin runs LGIM’s high yield business, comprising an experienced global team. He joined LGIM in September 2011 from AllianceBernstein, where he worked for thirteen years. At various times he ran credit research, the European fixed income business and sat on the European board. He is currently Co-Vice Chair of AFME’s High Yield Board. Martin was also a founding director of the European High Yield Association. Martin gained a MA from Saint Catharine’s College Cambridge University, where he read economics. He also qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young.
Torben Ronberg came to Muzinich & Co from ECM Asset Management Limited, a Wells Fargo company, where he was Head of Sub-Investment Grade responsible for overseeing all loan and high yield investments in asset class specific portfolios, as well as across ECM’s multi asset class portfolios. Prior to this Torben spent his career with the Danske Bank Group based in Copenhagen and London. Torben has more than 20 years of experience in corporate banking and the leveraged finance market in particular. Torben holds an Executive MBA from London Business School.
Per runs the European High Yield team of Deutsche Asset Management comprising of 6 specialists and managing c. 6bn EUR in AuM.
He joined the company in 2001. Prior to joining, Per served in Fixed Income Sales at Citigroup. Per gained a Master's Degree in Business Administration ("Diplom-Kaufmann") from University of Mannheim.
Christian is co-founder and shareholder of Livingstone Germany, a mid-market M&A consultancy with offices in Beijing, Chicago, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Stockholm and they are currently launching a new office in L.A.. He has expert knowledge in the sectors industrial, consumer goods and business services. Before that, he worked as Managing Director and Partner for a German M&A consultancy where he was in charge of the increasing internationalization of the business and played a substantial role in founding a leading international partnership of independent M&A advisors. Christian has a business experience in M&A and private equity for more than 20 year.
Mark is a founding member of BlueBay’s Direct Lending strategy. BlueBay’s Direct Lending 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 where he developed a network of relationships with corporate clients and intermediaries. Mark received a degrees 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.
Dieter Veit is Head of M&A and Co-Head of Corporate Finance for the German speaking region at Société Générale with more than 18 years investment banking experience. He advised on more than 50 M&A and financing transactions successfully closed, representing a total value of close to €50bn. Besides his involvement in a broad range of sectors, Dieter has a particular focus on public takeovers. Before joining Société Générale in January 2015 he worked at Rothschild in Frankfurt and London. Dieter holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Passau.
Jochen Wierz is Partner and Head of China Desk at FalkenSteg. Located in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Munich (GER) and associated offices in Beijing and Shanghai FalkenSteg provides holistic corporate finance services and recovery advice. As experts for M&A and valuation Falkensteg is one of Germany’s most successful M&A boutiques in the German mid-cap market.
After his studies in business administration, Jochen earned an Executive Master of Finance and Accounting at the Goethe Business School, Frankfurt. The basis for his broad know-how in implementing investor processes for companies in existence threatening situations stems from his experience in transaction-related consulting for one of the big international auditing firms and perspektiv GmbH. Courtesy of Jochen´s extensive international professional background with assignments in Ireland, the UK, the US and China, he today focuses primarily on cross-border M&A transactions. As head of China Desk he successfully executed various Sino-German transactions – on the Sell-Side and as well on the Chinese Buy-Side.
Patrick joined Alcentra in 2013 as a senior member of the Direct Lending team. Patrick is responsible for sourcing and execution of private debt investments with a focus on German speaking Europe. Before joining Alcentra he worked at Beechbrook Capital a midmarket Mezzanine Fund. Prior to that Patrick worked at Citi Private Equity and in Credit Suisse’s investment banking division. Patrick graduated from Cass Business School with a BSc. in Business Studies in 2004.
Mr Ralph Betz joined EQT Partners in 2014 and is a Director and Portfolio Manager in EQT's Credit Team.
Prior to joining EQT Partners, Mr Betz was previously Head of Acquisition Finance Germany at GE Corporate Finance Bank SAS and Bank of Ireland. Mr Betz has more than 17 years of transaction experience in European Leveraged Finance across a wide range of industries and an extensive network within the private equity, M&A and banking community.
Mr Betz graduated from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management with a degree in Business & Finance.
Marian Joraschkewitz serves as a Senior Vice President at Marsh & McLennan Companies. He leads Marsh Germany's Private Equity and M&A Practice that performs Risk and Insurance Due Diligence work and W&I-Insurance Placements as a Member of the Management Board. Previously he served Marsh in different functions on a national and international basis.
Sven Dannemann is a senior underwriter with AIG’s Mergers & Acquisitions Insurance Group based in Frankfurt. He supports financial and strategic investors to get their deal through by providing transactional risk insurance solutions. Prior to joining AIG, Sven worked as a lawyer in the corporate department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP where he focused on M&A and private equity transactions. Through his legal, tactical and strategic risk advice on a number of land mark deals in Germany and Europe, Sven has comprehensive knowledge and expertise with regards to risk transfer solutions for M&A deals.
Ursula Weiszflog is a Principal and an actuary in Mercer’s International Consulting Group (ICG). She leads the ICG teams in Hamburg and Dusseldorf who are specialized in advising multinational companies on financial and strategic aspects of employee benefits around the world.
Ursula has 20 years of benefit experience with focus on Mergers & Acquisitions and Pensions and Multinational Benefit Strategy.
Ursula led many multinational M&A projects in the field of pensions and employee benefits including Multinational pension and benefit Due Diligence projects, Multinational Vendor Pension Due Diligence and Vendor Assistance projects, Do-by-close projects in the field of pensions and employee benefits as well as Post merger integration and harmonization projects.
She studied mathematics in Muenster/Germany and Salt Lake City/USA and holds a Diploma in Mathematics. She is a member of the German association of Actuaries. Prior to her career at Mercer, Ursula worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Philip is responsible for the product, sales and marketing strategy of Intralinks’ Strategic Financials (buy-side and sell-side M&A deal management, M&A integration, corporate finance/development and capital markets) business segment. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, City, University of London. Prior to joining Intralinks in 2010, he worked for 17 years as an M&A investment banker and in management consulting. He began his career at Deloitte in London in the financial services practice and then worked at NatWest Markets Corporate Finance, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and in corporate development for The Rank Group Plc, as well as founding an M&A consulting firm. Philip holds postgraduate degrees in Finance and Computer Science and a BA in Linguistics, from the University of London.
Thomas Schulz is head of Noerr London and partner in the corporate group. He deals with many, mostly cross-border, M&A transactions for strategic and financial sponsors. He heads teams dealing with international sales and acquisitions and specialises in structuring of private equity transactions, in particular, their financing.
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.
Dr. Alexander Hirsch advises domestic and foreign clients from various fields in national and international deals. He possesses extensive experience advising regarding strategic financial investments. He additionally advises in all aspects of corporate law. Recent deals include advising regarding the founding of a joint venture between companies in the aviation industry listed on the stock exchange, advising US-private equity funds, advising companies in the metal industry regarding various acquisitions, advising companies in the software and chemical industry during company purchase.
He advises family businesses and private clients on corporate law, in particular succession during life and on death. He also advises private clients on the structuring of their interests and investments and the resolution of shareholder disputes.
Tom Beckerhoff is partner in the banking & finance practice group of European law firm Noerr LLP. He regularly advises banks, debt funds and sponsors in relation to domestic as well as cross-border leveraged financings. Tom has a particular expertise in the area of unitranche / super senior financings.
Dr Xianbei Li is a senior underwriter with AIG’s Mergers & Acquisitions Insurance Group based in Frankfurt with a focus on Warranty & Indemnity Insurance. Previously, Xianbei worked as a German qualified lawyer in the M&A and Private Equity practice group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Frankfurt. Through her legal and strategic risk advice on major investments by Chinese investors in Germany, Europe and the US, Xianbei has in-depth insights into China outbound trends and developments.
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.
Ezechiel Havrenne is a local partner and leads NautaDutilh Avocat Luxembourg's investment funds practice. He provides practical and in-depth regulatory and legal advice on the structuring and establishment of Luxembourg unregulated and regulated alternative investment funds, co-investment structures, and UCITS funds. He counts among his clients large international private equity fund managers, global real estate fund managers, credit institutions, financial groups, institutional investors, mutual fund promoters, and ultra-high net worth individuals.
Ezechiel obtained a Law Degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium (2004) as well as an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, USA (2005). Ezechiel was admitted to the Luxembourg Bar in 2013.
Catherine Ford is the Editor-at-Large for the events division of The Mergermarket Group. 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 The Mergermarket Group since early 2002, holding a number of senior editorial roles in the company’s European, US and Asia-Pacific head offices.
Mariana Valle is co-deputy editor at Debtwire Europe, running the primary and leveraged loans coverage of primarily private equity deals across mid-market and large cap. Mariana and her team break news across the European leveraged/high yield debt space, uncovering upcoming LBOs/debt issuers, underperforming credits and trade ideas, also producing analytical articles on company earnings, new issuance and market trends. Mariana has over nine years of experience covering corporate finance and private equity, seven of those with Debtwire. She has a first class BA (Honours) degree in journalism from the University of the Arts London.
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.