International M&A Professionals
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PJ leads Greenhill’s UK Advisory business and 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 Antin Infrastructure Partners and Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners joint take-private of CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings plc and the sale of Ladbrokes Coral Group plc to GVC Holdings plc.
In December 2014 PJ was named by Dow Jones Financial News as one of the top 40 “Rising Stars” in the investment banking industry.
Norman R. Rafael, Chief Corporate Development & Investor Relations Officer, Armacell International S.A. Norman is a Member of the Executive Management Team of Armacell International S.A. based in Luxembourg. In this capacity he is responsible for strategy,corporate development (incl. M&A) and corporate communications of the world leader in flexible insulation foams for the equipment insulation market. Norman joined Armacell in summer 2014 and has since completed 7 acquisitions, one joint venture and one global technology partnership. In late 2015, he was instrumental in selling the company for Charterhouse Capital Partners to a consortium of Blackstone and KIRKBI. Prior to joining Armacell, he spent more than 15 years in investment banking and capital markets, mostly in London, advising a range of clients on complex M&A, financing and capital markets transactions with an aggregate value of more than €75bn. Norman has a background in civil engineering and is a business school graduate of ESB Reutlingen and TUCK at Dartmouth.
Lori Vokes is the Sr Director of Sales Acquisition Integration. She leads the integration of all sales capabilities of Cisco acquisitions from early due diligence and go-to-market strategy through to full integration. The vision and objective is to position acquisitions to drive growth and capture market transitions for Cisco.
During Lori’s 13 year career at Cisco she has a number of positions both in Sales and Strategy and Planning. Lori was the Director for the British Telecom account leading the partnering business globally. BT is a significant partnership for Cisco covering all geographies, market segments and technologies. Delivering over $650M in revenue, it is one of the largest partners in Europe and Globally. To expand her background into the Consumer space, Lori also held the role of Operations Director for Linksys Service Provider where she was responsible for establishing the foundation to build and scale this business from $99M to over $400M in 3 years by selling Consumer and Small Business solutions through targeted SPs worldwide. Lori also spent many years as a Director of Strategy and Planning for Cisco’s European Markets, where she led the development, implementation, and measurement of Europe’s long range plan. Her key focus areas were organizational alignment, sales readiness and accelerating the time to market of strategic initiatives. In this capacity she led a core and virtual team, and incorporated all aspects of the business including countries, customer segments, marketing, operations, and technology and services. Some key strategic projects she led were Scientific Atlanta integration, start-up of the Emerging Markets theatre and development of the EMEA Vertical Go-to-Market model. Lori was also a member of Cisco’s Worldwide Sales Strategy and Planning team.
Prior to Cisco Lori was a management consultant with a Canadian consulting firm, Turnkey Management Consulting, leading and growing the Cisco EMEA account. She was also part of the leadership team that started up and took Group Telecom public when the Canadian telecommunications market deregulated. Throughout her career she has worked with various industries including oil and gas, manufacturing, airline, transportation, automotive, consumer goods, and medical technologies.
Lori has a Masters of Arts from Royal Roads University, Canada where she focused on Leadership and Growth in High Tech. She also has a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies from Queen’s University, Canada.
Emilio Zito is the Head of M&A at EDF Energy, based in London. He joined the UK company in 2011 and since he led, structured and executed a wide range of greenfield and brownfield transactions across the energy chain and related infrastructure.
Emilio started his career as an investment banker in London 14 years ago, covering natural resources, energy and power sectors. In 2008, Emilio joined the EDF Group's M&A & Investment team in Paris where he worked for more than three years on several French and cross-border transactions.
Originally from Milan, Emilio holds a MSc in General Management and in Business Administration from Milan Bocconi University and HEC Paris, respectively. He also graduated from the University of California San Diego where he gained a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance.
Emilio is an Italian native speaker, speaks fluent English and French, and basic Chinese Mandarin.
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.
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.
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.
Philip is responsible for the product, sales and marketing strategy of Intralinks’ Dealspace (strategic and financial sponsor M&A deal management solutions) business segment. 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 & Touche 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.
Tristan Nagler joined Aurelius in January 2014 to lead the London office and is responsible for sourcing and executing investments across the UK and Ireland. He began his career with KPMG, where he became a director in the London-based M&A team, and in 2010 joined Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance.
Phil Dunne leads EY-Parthenon in UKI. He has more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience. Phil and his team provide a full range of transaction strategy support, including growth and market entry strategy, target identification, commercial due diligence, merger planning and integration, and post-acquisition synergy capture for both private equity and industrial clients. Prior to joining EY, Phil was A.T. Kearney’s UK Managing Partner and head of the M&A Practice, with global responsibility for Kearney’s Merger Integration proposition. He has extensive international experience working with clients in India, China, and North America as well as in Europe.
Konrad is a Partner and leads Mercer’s the global Career Consulting and M&A business for EuroPac within the Multinational Client Group.
Konrad serves as a solution architect for Mercer’s clients to address the emanating issues from a workforce, HR and D&I perspective in order to support the business to deliver the expected outcome today and in the future.
He has worked for 15 years in the area of HR consulting including HR M&A in an international context. He supports clients in all aspects that matter from the HR perspective and has worked on a large number of projects across the Globe.
During the last 11 years he has been involved in multiple transactions by supporting the organizational and HR due diligence through post-merger integration. Within this context he has been involved in various restructuring projects.
Prior to joining Mercer he held positions as leader of PWC’s HR Management and Reward business and was Mercer’s HR M&A Consulting Head for Central Europe and Italy.