Meet the speakers
Carsten Brzeski is Chief Economist in Germany. He covers economic and political developments in Germany and the Eurozone, including the monetary policy of the ECB. Previously, he has worked at ABN Amro, the Dutch Ministry of Finance and the European Commission. Carsten has studied at the Free University of Berlin, Northeastern University in Boston and Harvard University in Cambridge, USA.
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.
Christian Ollig is the Head of KKR in Germany. He joined KKR in 2008 and has played a significant role in its investments in Wild Flavors, Cognita, Hertha BSC, WMF, Hensoldt and Upfield. Prior to joining KKR, he was a vice president at Lehman Brothers in the mergers & acquisitions group, and the media group in Frankfurt and New York. He holds an M.B.A. from the London Business School and a degree in business administrations from the University of Cologne.
Eberhard von Strenge has been with NORD Holding since 2011. Before joining NORD Holding he spent six years working for a family holding in consulting and investment. He has more than 12 years of experience in private equity for small- and mid-cap companies in the DACH region. Currently Mr. von Strenge is responsible for new acquisitions and the portfolio companies Hiltl and Nec Med Pharma.
Mr. von Strenge studied agriculture at the Universities of Göttingen, Bologna and Berlin, holding a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics.
Nico Helling is a Partner and is based in Düsseldorf. He joined Ambienta at the beginning of 2015 and has been involved in a number of transactions including Oskar Nolte and SF-Filter.
Prior to joining Ambienta, Nico spent a year with Vorndran Mannheims Capital, 10 years at Montagu Private Equity, three years with UBS Capital and five years at Ernst & Young.
In 1994, Nico graduated with a degree in Business Administration at the University of Bielefeld.
Nico speaks German (native) and English (fluent).
Dr. Stefan Sambol is managing partner and managing director of OMMAX, the Munich based digital consultancy. OMMAX advises companies strategically and operationally on complex digital data driven projects in the areas of digital growth strategies, supporting and carrying out the development and implementation of digital strategies. They also advise financial investors on the purchase and sale of digital business models.
Dr. Thomas Sacher is a partner in our corporate department and heads the German corporate practice. His area of expertise comprises private and public M&A as well as corporate governance issues.
In particular he advises his national and international clients on all types of domestic and cross-border corporate transactions: acquisition and sales of corporates or corporate stakes, joint ventures, takeovers, spin-offs, MBO's/MBI's, transformations and mergers.
Thomas has particular expertise in the automotive, industrial, consumer goods and digital economy sector.
Michael Bork joined Barclays Private Equity in 1999, is founding partner of Equistone Partners Europe and is based in the Munich office.
Michael is heading the pan-European business together with four senior partners and is responsible for the execution of the private equity business, especially in the German speaking countries. He is member of the pan-European Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Equistone Partners Europe Michael gained many years' experience in banking and in particular in corporate and acquisition finance, latterly as Co-Head of corporate finance of Bankhaus Reuschel & Co, a Dresdner Bank group company.
He has a college degree, BA equivalent, in banking.
Anne Grewlich is a partner in our finance department and heads the German global loans team
Anne specifically advises in leveraged acquisition finance (leveraged buy-outs) and corporate lending transactions. She mainly represents financial institutions, debt funds as well as private equity funds and corporates.
Anne studied law at the Universities of Paris I, Paris II, Trinity College (Dublin) and Fordham Law School New York.
Prior to joining Ashurst in 2008, Anne gained working experience at White & Case as well as Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and in London.
Sources note that Anne Grewlich "quickly understands the big points for the banks and is very supportive in negotiations, responsive and easy to deal with". Chambers Global 2018
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.