Meet the speakers
Andreas Weigelt, 1981, has over ten years of experience in the development and implementation of value enhancement programs, portfolio strategies, organizational restructurings as well as market strategies and sales.
Before joining VERAISON Andreas served as General Manager of EgoKiefer, member of the divisional management board of the Arbonia Windows division and Head of Strategic Planning and M&A of Arbonia Group. Prior to that, Andreas was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In this role, he led multiple transformation projects and strategic initiatives, focusing especially on industrial and consumer goods companies.
Andreas holds a Master’s degree in Strategy and International Management from the University of St. Gallen and a MBA from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is married and father of two daughters.
Jens holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt and has an MSc from the University of Durham in International and Corporate Finance.
Jens joined Permira Debt Mangers in March 2015. His primary focus is on investment opportunities across sectors within Permira Debt Managers.
Previously, Jens worked for Citigroup in the Leveraged Finance team for 2 years. Prior to that he spend 3 years within Citigroup’s Swiss country coverage team focusing on High Yield and IPO opportunities.
As an independent consultant since 2003 I help Americans and Germans to collaborate.
As a corporate-internal consultant within Siemens from 1999 until 2002 I supported the post-merger integration of Westinghouse Power Corporation.
As a staff member of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag from 1995 until 1999 I advised its leadership on the relations between the United States and Germany.
I received a B.A. in History from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. And an M.A. in History from the Freie Universität in Berlin.
An American, in Germany since 1988, I reside in Bonn. Go to: www.johnottomagee.com
Markus Hunold (London) joined KKR in 2013 and is a Director of KKR, focusing on the Special Situations funds and portfolios. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Hunold was a member of the principal investment area of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he invested across industries in private equity and principal debt transactions. Mr. Hunold started his career in finance at Citigroup in the mergers & acquisitions group. Mr. Hunold graduated from the European Business School Oestrich-Winkel (Germany) and the University of Hong Kong.
Dr Michael Petersen is co-founder and managing partner of Cross Equity Partners AG, a Swiss private equity firm with the mission to support the sustainable development of mid-sized companies in Switzerland, Germany and Austria through equity capital, industrial expertise and an extensive relationship network – amongst others in the context of succession of family-owned businesses and corporate spin-offs. Before that, he was co-founder and managing partner of 3i Switzerland AG, a national affiliate of the international Private Equity group 3i plc.
Prior to his activities in these two Private Equity companies, Michael Petersen was working in the corporate finance/investment banking arena for several years, amongst others as member of the executive management of an international mergers & acquisitions company.
He has degrees in business administration from the Universities of Hamburg and St.Gallen. He is married and has three children.
Ms. Helfer is a Partner of Cevian Capital. She is an Austrian national based in Pfäffikon, Switzerland.
Her day-to-day work includes working with the portfolio companies to identify scope for operational and strategic improvement, as well as identifying potential new investments. From 2013 to 2017, she has been on the board of directors of Valmet, a Finnish Engineering company.
Prior to joining Cevian, she was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company where she worked from 2004 to 2008.
Ms. Helfer holds a M.Sc. in Real Estate Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Dipl.Ing. (M.Sc. equiv.) in Urban Planning from Vienna University of Technology. She is a CFA charterholder.
Ralph Betz joined EQT Partners in 2014 and is a Managing Director in EQT's Credit Team.
Prior to joining EQT Partners, Ralph was previously Head of Acquisition Finance Germany at GE Corporate Finance Bank SAS and Bank of Ireland. Ralph 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.
He graduated from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management with a degree in Business & Finance.
Philip is managing UniCredit’s Automotive M&A Advisory Team. He began his professional career in 1994 with Bayerische Vereinsbank AG. Prior to joining UniCredit’s M&A Advisory Team he held several positions within Retail Banking, as well as Corporate Banking divisions.
Besides his focus on the automotive sector, Philip has a broad experience in advising German "Mittelstand" on sell and buy side transactions.
Philip has a degree in Business Administration from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) from the IACVA-Germany e.V.
Roxana Mirica is a Principal and head of Capital Markets in Europe. She joined Apax Partners in 2017 and is currently based in London. She has worked on financing for Vyaire Medical, Exact, Azelis, Safetykleen and ThoughtWorks.
Prior to joining Apax Partners, Roxana was a Director in Barclays’ Leveraged Finance team, where she worked on sub-investment grade financing transactions globally.
Roxana holds a BA in Economics and Chemistry cum laude from Dartmouth College.
Pankaj Khanna has managed the M&A activities of Siemens Mobility (> 8 billion euros revenues) since 2012. Together with his team he handles global acquisitions, divestments, JVs, minority holdings and venture capital investments from strategy through the transaction phase and all the way up to post-merger integration. He started his professional career in management consulting before he took over various operative commercial management (CFO) positions in the industry and infrastructure business of the Siemens Group.
Khanna studied economics and business administration on a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) in Germany and in the UK and earned an M.B.A. in the USA.