As Vice President M&A, Pawel Pudlowski leads the operative mergers and acquisitions business of Bauer Media Group. In this role, the experienced Financial Director supports the Executive Board and subsidiaries in managing M&A processes, from deal sourcing through to final closings and exits. Prior to his current role, Pawel worked for internationally successful companies such as Wolters Kluwer, Sanoma or C.H.Beck, while being located in Warsaw, Amsterdam and Moscow. Pawel speaks Polish, English and Russian fluently.
Tristan Nagler joined Aurelius in January 2014 as Managing Director of the firm’s London office and is responsible for sourcing, identifying and executing equity investments across the UK and Ireland.
Tristan started his career with KPMG where he held a variety of roles including the position of Director in the London-based M&A team. In 2010 he joined Investec as a senior banker in the firm’s Growth & Acquisition Finance department, originating and executing a number of UK mid-market debt facilities including company refinances, MBOs and acquisition finance transactions.
Tristan is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA in Business Administration from École des Ponts Business School as well as a BA in History from the University of Leeds.
Dan Tench is a litigator with particular expertise in judicial review, competition law, media law (including data protection, privacy and defamation) and sports law, undertaking many leading cases in all these areas (see under the “Experience” tab).
Dan has advised bringing and defending major judicial reviews and other administrative law challenges and on competition litigation cases. Many of his public law matters have involved issues of significant political controversy and he has exceptional experience in aligning an approach to litigation with broader political and media concerns. He has prepared senior individuals for appearances before (and attended with them at) Parliamentary Select Committees.
Dan has also substantial experience in advising claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy and other media litigation matters including general reputation management matters, securing injunctions and judgments in leading edge internet cases as well as bringing and defending claims for and against all types of traditional media. He has been involved in responding to many significant data security breach situations with a targeted strategy to minimise the damage, potential liability and disruption caused to the client. He acted for the claimants in the leading data protection case of Vidal-Hall & Ors v Google.
Dan has regularly written for and appeared on the national media including The Guardian, The Times, BBC and Channel 4 News. He also co-founded the Supreme Court Blog launched as a joint venture between Matrix Chambers and legacy firm Olswang.
Aside from his legal practice, Dan tutors a local student in further maths as part of one of the firm’s outreach projects. He was in The Lawyer's Hot 100 for 2012 and was The Times’ “Lawyer of the Week” in spring 2015.
As People in Deals Leader at PwC, Sarah ensures that the critical people and cultural aspects of a merger, acquisition or divestment are recognised and addressed upfront. From key talent identification, incentivisation and retention to bringing together cultures, HR teams and employment processes, she wants the deal to the best it can be by enabling people within the merged organisations to be the best they can be.
Having worked on mergers as part of the HR team within PwC too, Sarah has seen from the inside the importance of bringing HR leaders into the deal planning from the outset. As a Deal Value Architect, she now work closely with other members of PwC’s Value Creation in Deals team. While all members of this team have specialisations in areas ranging from strategy and operations to tax and technology, they plan and problem solve collaboratively right through the deal process, just as they advise clients to do.
Sarah believes the fundamental importance of people and culture in deal value delivery is underlined in far-reaching research PwC have carried out with Mergermarket. What comes through strongly is that savvy dealmakers identify crucial employees before an acquisition and ensure they are incentivised to remain. They also ensure wide engagement and communication of their value creation plan to help retain and build buy-in from key personnel. And with the key assets being targeted within deals increasingly being innovators and tech specialists, these people considerations are now more important than ever.
Rishi Chowdhury is a founder of Momentum Startups which works to close the gap and accelerate innovation between B2B startups and corporates. He is also the founder of IncuBus Ventures which ran numerous incubator and accelerator programme including a number of corporate backed programmes between 2014-2018. Currently he is leading IncuBus Ventures, Incube project, which create smart offices for corporates designed to better enable co creation between employees, startups, clients and partners. The most recent completed project was Bosch's 12,000 sq ft, mobility focused, co creation space called the London Connectory. The office is based on Old Street roundabout and TfL are one of the launch partners. Outside of this, Rishi also works in a number of emerging markets across the world to support the development and competitiveness of their local startup ecosystems.
Matthew is a founding member of Robey Warshaw, a leading financial advisory firm. In recent years, Matthew has worked on some of the most high profile merger and acquisitions in the UK, including AstraZeneca / Pfizer, Sky / Comcast and BG / Shell, and was listed by Financial News in their “40 under 40 rising stars” list in 2014. Before that, Matthew spent a number of years at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. Matthew joined the Board of Trustees in July 2016.
Barry is a Partner with Strategy& in London. He leads the global technology industry and pricing strategy practices, and is a leader in the private equity practice.
He has extensive experience advising on corporate strategy, growth, go-to-market and pricing. He also advises private equity firms on strategic and commercial due diligence and value creation.
Barry is an expert in the technology industry with extensive experience in software and IT services. He has published various thought leadership articles on technology and strategy and is frequently quoted in the press. Recent publications include SaaS Software Pricing Excellence and Information Security 2020 – Evolution or Revolution? He has also chaired panels at various international conferences.
Prior to joining Strategy&, Barry was with Ultra Electronics plc in various engineering and business development roles. Previously he was an aerodynamicist with BAE Systems.
Barry studied Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College and business at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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.
Rich is a Managing Director in Lazard’s Shareholder Advisory group, where he leads the European practice for advising clients on preparing for, and responding to,shareholder activism, unsolicited approaches and other related matters. He joined Lazard in 2006 as part of the Industrials group, where he provided advice to clients on a broad range of topics including M&A, restructuring and capital structure related decisions.
Selected recent European advisory experience includes: Pernod Ricard in its negotiations with Elliott, EDP’s Supervisory Board in relation to Elliott’s white paper, Hammerson in its settlement with Elliott, AkzoNobel on its defense from PPG’s unsolicited offer and its negotiations with activist shareholder Elliott and Rolls-Royce on its settlement with ValueAct. Selected US advisory experience includes Forest City on the collapse of its dual class share structure and its negotiations with Land &Buildings and Scopia Capita,Buffalo Wild Wingson proxyc ontest with Marcato and Xerox on its settlement with Icahn Associates and its separation into two businesses.
Healso has broad experience outside of the Shareholder Advisory group, primarily in the Industrials sector. Rich advised Dow on its merger with DuPont, Rock Tenn on its merger with Mead Westvaco, TI Automotive on its sale to Bain Capital, Knaufon its acquisition of Guardian Insulation, Arcelor Mittal on its acquisition of Thyssen Krupp’s Steel USA business and Domtar on its acquisition of Indas.
Rich also assists a broad range of clients on their corporate preparedness on a confidential basis.
Following his graduation from the United States Military Academy (B.S. in Mathematics,B.S. in Mechanical Engineering), Rich was an officer in the U.S. Army for six years, after which, he attended Harvard Business School prior to joining Lazard.
Matt is a Partner in PwC’s Transaction Services Team, specialising in financial due diligence. He has over 16 years’ experience of advising both corporate and private equity buyers and sellers on transactions across the UK and internationally, covering a wide range of industry sectors from consumer and industrial product manufacturers, to healthcare and technology service providers.
Matt understands the importance of identifying value drivers in the corporate M&A market when advising corporate clients, the principles of which can apply equally to family owned private businesses and FTSE listed groups, reflecting the diversity of PwC's client base.
Matt is married with two young daughters, and believes passionately in PwC's culture of wellbeing and flexibility in balancing work and family life. He is also proud to be a Mental Health Advocate for the firm.
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.
Nick is a Corporate Partner, based in London and advises on deals in the Hotels & Leisure, Media, Sport and Technology sectors. Nick advises his clients on acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, investment rounds and, for his hospitality clients, on management and franchise agreements. Nick also advises clients in the W&I insurance market.
Alexander Rakosi is a partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz and on the transactions team in the Vienna office. He advises leading corporations and financial institutions in the fields of M&A, private equity and restructuring. He also does banking and regulatory work, both domestically and internationally.
After studying law in Vienna and at the University of Michigan Law School where he obtained his LL.M., Alexander Rakosi worked at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York for several years in the areas of M&A, private equity and corporate finance. Alexander Rakosi has also been admitted to the bar in England and Wales and in New York.
Patrick is a Partner in the Corporate team.
He specialises in advising UK and overseas companies on all aspects of their corporate legal requirements including national and cross border mergers, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, equity fund raisings and all relevant general and corporate governance issues. He acts for FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 corporates; internationally-based corporates; and privately owned corporates.
As EVP Strategy and M&A for Gemalto, Martin devised and executed the strategy that transformed Gemalto from a smart card producer to the leader in Digital Security, executing over 40 acquisitions including Cinterion, Safenet and 3M Cogent. Also responsible for Research and Development, Innovation, IP, Purchasing and Marketing, Martin drove multiple make/buy/acquire decisions and refocused R&D on cloud technologies. Over a decade Gemalto established leadership positions in the Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, Biometrics, Digital Identity and Mobile Payments. On April 1st Gemalto was acquired by Thales, a diversified industrial group operating in Defence, Aerospace, Space, Security & Transportation. Prior to Gemalto, Martin spent 20 years with Corning Inc in R&D, sales and marketing, strategy and M&A roles relating to optical fibre, most recently heading the global Project Services business unit for Corning Cable Systems. Martin has a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, a PhD in Integrated Optics from the Institut National Polytechnique in Grenoble and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin. Martin sits on the Board of Directors of Trustonic, Gemalto's JV with ARM.
Megha Kapoor is a Managing Director with Serafin Group in London. She leads Serafin’s London Office, and is responsible for equity investments in the UK, Benelux and Scandinavia.
She started her career over 18 years ago at Andersen in their Assurance practice and then proceeded to work in various roles for Ernst &Young including Mergers and Acquisitions. She has also worked for JM Morgan Stanley in its Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets team, before joining Serafin Group in Munich. During these years, she has originated and executed many private M&A transactions and has also assisted Corporates with IPOs.
Megha holds an MBA in Analytical Finance from the Indian School of Business and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant, which she completed in 2004.
Konrad is a Partner and leads Mercer’s International M&A business. He has a wealth of experience in international HR management and M&A gained from both line management and consulting roles.
He has worked for 16 years in the area of HR consulting incl. HR M&A in an international context. He supports clients in all aspects that matter from the Workforce and HR perspective and has worked on a large number of projects across the Globe. During the last 12 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. Konrad has worked on numerous projects developing and executing organization strategy. Furthermore he works closely with senior executives of corporates and private equity firms on a variety of Leadership, People and HR issues. He has particular expertise in: Mergers & Acquisitions, human capital strategy, synergy realization, rewards, labor relations, leadership assessment and development , HR transformation, culture alignment, transformation and change management. Prior to joining Mercer he held positions as leader of PWC’s HR Management and M&A business and was Mercer’s HR M&A Consulting Head for Central Europe and Italy.
Konrad studied political economy at Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich and at the insurance academy in Munich, Germany, where he graduated as an insurance economist. During 2002/2003 he graduated from an Executive Education Program at Babson College, Boston and he has completed the M&A Executive Program at the Wharton School. Konrad is fluent in German, English and Italian.
Liad Meidar oversees all aspects of portfolio management including our direct investments.
Prior to founding Gatemore in 2005, Liad had a background in both finance and operations, including running a Seattle-based technology company incubator. Liad began his career in New York in leveraged finance at BT Alex Brown, the investment banking division of Bankers Trust (Deutsche Bank).
Liad has extensive experience as a board member of companies undergoing turnarounds, including Jazz Technologies, a publicly-traded semiconductor wafer foundry based in Newport, California, and MAG Industrial Automation Systems, a privately-held global machine tool builder with dual headquarters in Michigan, USA and Germany.
Liad is Chairman of GSE Worldwide, Inc, a fully integrated talent and sports marketing agency which is a Gatemore Partners LP portfolio company. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Princeton University and on the Board of Trustees of the American School in London. He received an AB in economics from Princeton University.
Sean has over 25 years’ experience in IT development and joined Imprima in 1999 to set up the German operations in Frankfurt. Since then he has served the company in many roles from Group Operations Director to his current position as Group Sales & Business Development Director. Sean has been instrumental in many product launches, including Europe’s first Virtual Data Room platform back in 2001 and in 2018 Imprima’s first AI product..
Sean has a degree in linguists and business administration from Salford and Germersheim Universities and lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany with his wife and 2 daughters.
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.
Dr. Wolfango Piccoli is Co-President of Teneo Intelligence. Based in London, he serves as Director of Research and leads the firm’s coverage of Europe
Prior to joining Teneo, Piccoli was the director of the London office and head of the Europe practice at Eurasia Group, where he was responsible for advising financial, corporate and government clients on political developments in Europe.
Piccoli is a frequent commentator on European politics in major media outlets, including the International Herald Tribune, the Financial Times, CNN International, CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC Europe and Al-Jazeera English.
He also co-authored the book Turkey at the Crossroads: Ottoman Legacies and a Greater Middle East, which was translated into Turkish.
Piccoli holds a Ph.D. in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Bilkent (Ankara). He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Bologna.
John Fingleton is the founder and CEO of Fingleton Associates, which provides strategic advice to clients on competition, regulation, and public policy.
John was Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading from 2005 to 2012, having previously run the Irish Competition Authority. In government, he oversaw merger regulation, enforcement of competition rules, consumer protection, and credit regulation, and was Chair of the International Competition Network from 2009 to 2012.
John is a trustee of the Kaleidoscope Trust, StepChange, and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He chairs the Executive Risk Committee at Coles, an Australian Supermarket, and is on the Council of Innovate UK.
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.
Francesca heads merger control coverage for Mergermarket publications Policy and Regulatory Report (PaRR) and Dealreporter out of the Brussels bureau.
In her role she coordinates coverage and reports on regulatory risk associated to major global M&A. She also reports on other EU and national competition law and policy developments.
Francesca has 12 years' experience in media from both the journalism and public relations side, gained in Milan and Brussels.
A graduate of the College of Europe, she has an in-depth knowledge of EU affairs, from both an academic and practical day-to-day perspective.
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.
Lucinda has been in business journalism for over ten years. Lucinda has experience reporting on markets in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Prior to this post, Lucinda was deputy editor for Dealreporter Asia based in the Hong Kong office and reported on corporate events in Japan and Australia. She also headed up Dealreporter's convertible bond coverage in Europe and Asia. Lucinda'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.
Catherine Ford 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.