Meet the speakers
Megan Greene is a managing director and Global Chief Economist at John Hancock/Manulife Asset Management and a leading authority on the global economy. She is responsible for identifying and forecasting global macroeconomic and financial trends in order to guide investment. Based in both London and the US, Megan is in regular contact with, and advisor to central banks, economists and business leaders around the world.
Prior to joining John Hancock/Manulife Megan headed her own economic consultancy, and before that was director of European Economics at the internationally renowned Roubini Global Economics, an independent global economic and market strategy consultancy. She was also formerly the euro crisis expert at the Economist Intelligence Unit, conducting economic analysis on Greece, Ireland, Italy and Germany in the depths of the euro crisis.
As well as working with the Federal Reserve and ECB, Megan has also provided expert advice and testimony to the US Treasury department, the US State Department and the House of Lords. She serves on the advisory board of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also on the board of the National Association for Business Economists, Econofact (a website that compiles economics articles in an easily digestible format to combat ‘fake news’) and Rethinking Macro (a UK research initiative aiming to make economics policy-relevant).
Tobias Rauss has 15 years of experience in the areas of M&A, corporate venturing, corporate development, PMI and corporate finance. During this time he led more than 70 international M&A and Corporate Venturing projects with a volume of more than 7 billion EUR.
Mr. Rauss has been Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Brose Group, a global automotive supplier, since July 2018. He previously held similar positions at Knorr-Bremse AG and Carl-Zeiss AG.
He started his career in the M&A division of BayernLB and in the Advisory Services of BDO AG.
Tobias Rauss studied law at the Universities of Tübingen, Vienna and Freiburg, completed his legal clerkship at the OLG Düsseldorf and obtained an MBA at Sydney Graduate School of Management, Sydney, Australia.
Johannes Messing is an Executive Director for J.P. Morgan in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Head of Corporate Leveraged Finance for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In this role, he focuses on capital markets-based debt financing in the context of corporate, acquisition or leveraged buyout financings and recapitalisations.
He is also responsible for Leveraged Finance for the real estate and metals & mining industries across the EMEA region.
He joined J.P. Morgan in 2018 from Deutsche Bank where he worked in various roles across leveraged finance, M&A and ECM. He started his career at Goldman Sachs.
Johannes holds a degree in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm.) from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management and a MBA from McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.
Christian is a Senior Executive with 18+ years’ experience in international corporate finance. He has a track record in complex, transformational projects, incl. portfolio reviews, acquisitions, divestitures, integrations, synergy planning, carve-outs, joint-ventures and operational restructurings.
Most recently he has led as Head of M&A the USD 90bn merger of Linde and Praxair. Before joining Linde he worked for Citi and Rothschild.
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.
Karl-Heinz Kramer is head of M&A of Bechtle AG, Germany’s largest ITsystem integrator, with a longstanding acquisitions history since itsfoundation. Before joining Bechtle in 2015 he worked many years for DELTON AG,a strategic management holding company of the Quandt family, and wasresponsible for various finance and M&A positions. Karl-Heinz Kramerstudied economics and law at the University of St. Gallen/Switzerland.
Andreas Distler is the head of the holding project at Continental and has successfully led the planning and execution of Continental´s power train division carve-out. Previously he served as the Head of M&A and Head of JV Controlling APAC in Shanghai, China. Andreas started his career in the investment banking division of Citigroup and has so far executed over 50 M&A and capital market transactions.
Andreas studied business administration and finance and holds a master’s degree in Banking & Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and a certificate in global management from INSEAD.
Based in Frankfurt, Michael Mueller is the Head of Investment Banking for Germany, Austria & Switzerland of China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC), China's oldest joint-venture investment bank.
Michael has 20 years investment banking experience with a focus on advising clients on cross border transactions between German speaking countries and Asia having been involved in some of the most complex transactions.
Prior to joining CICC, he was with the oldest German family-owned bank Metzler and prior to this heading the German speaking investment banking of Japanese Nomura. He started his career with Citigroup.
Christian Gisy has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Scout24 Group since September 2014. He is responsible for Investor Relations, Controlling, Treasury, Finance, Procurement, Legal incl. Risk, Compliance and Data Protection and further has operational leadership for the international countries of AutoScout24 and other portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Scout24, Gisy spent eight years working for CinemaxX AG. He acted as CEO from June 2008 until August 2014. In earlier positions, he served as Chief Financial Officer for VIVA Media AG and WaveLight AG and spent a couple of years as Investment Banking Director for WestLB Panmure. He began his career in October 1993 with Warth & Klein Grant Thornton AG as financial auditor.
Christian Gisy has more than 20 years of professional experience in C-suite positions.
Stephan Knuppertz is heading the Corporate Finance & Financial Services activities of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG – a leading provider for and driver of digital transformation within the global Print Media Industry. He joined Heidelberg in 1998 and has served as General Manager of the worldwide Vendor Finance organisation before taking over responsibility for managing Heidelberg’s Corporate Finance activities, including ECM, DCM, Banking and M&A. He holds an MBA from Mannheim Business School and ESSEC Business School.
Melanie Flessner is Head of M&A at Evonik Industries AG
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.
Thomas Schaffer started his career in various functions in Finance and Controlling at Siemens Semiconductor, where he reached the position of Vice President and CFO of the Security & Chipcard ICs.
After four years as Managing Director and CFO of Infineon Ventures GmbH, he continued as Vice President and CFO of the Specialty DRAM Division of Qimonda AG and became Managing Director of Qimonda Solar GmbH. CFO positions at Heptagon Oy, Finland/Switzerland, and Ubidyne Inc., Delaware, USA, completed his strong international experience.
Mr. Schaffer has been the CFO of Biofrontera AG since June 2013.
Torsten Krumm is the Managing Partner at HQ Equita. He joined the firm in 2016 and has worked in finance since 1998.
Philipp von Mitzlaff has been active in the corporate finance and private equity industry internationally as well as in the German Mittelstand for 17 years He joined NORD Holding as Managing Director in 2018. Previously, he spent five years at Paragon Partners, a Munich-based private equity firm focusing on SMEs in the DACH region. Philipp has i.a. built up the business development of Paragon and was responsible for a variety of private equity investments in different industries. Currently Mr. von Mitzlaff is responsible for new acquisitions and the portfolio company Kadi.
Philipp von Mitzlaff graduated in business administration from the universities JWG Frankfurt and UC Berkeley.
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).
After having finished a banking apprenticeship Dominik studied business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich. Afterwards Dominik earned his doctoral degree in the field of valuation. He started his professional career in the corporate finance department within the auditing company KPMG. Subsequently Dominik joined Duff & Phelps and supported in building up the German operations in Munich. Dominik has been employed at Serafin Group since 2011 and has played an integral part in the current successful development of the group. In this context he was amongst others responsible for numerous transactions. As of 2018, Dominik is responsible for equity investments and finance as managing director of Serafin Group.
Dr. Stefan Sambol is managing partner at OMMAX – Digital Solutions, a digital strategy consultancy based in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin, specializing in sustainable digital value creation whilst catering to an array of mid-sized companies, large enterprises and more than 30 PEs around the world. Composed of +120 international experts and +500 realized digital projects in the fields of digital strategies, digital operational excellence, data science and transaction advisory services, OMMAX is a forerunner concerning holistic data-driven strategy consulting and end-to-end execution of digital solutions.
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.
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.
Marco Brockhaus is the founder and CEO of Brockhaus CapitalManagement AG (“BCM”).
BCM specializes in long-term investments in majority stakes ininnovation and technology leaders in Germany’s Mittelstand. Previously and formore than 17 years, the BCM team has successfully invested in this segmentthroughout three generations of private equity funds with more than € 285million in total capital raised.
Marco Brockhaus holds a degree in Business Administration(Dipl.-Kfm.) from Würzburg University. Before founding Brockhaus PrivateEquity, he worked in the investment banking division of Rothschild and latermoved to the private equity firm 3i Deutschland.
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.
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.
Alexandre Grellier is CEO of Drooms. Drooms (drooms.com) is a leading provider of secure cloud solutions in Europe. Their clients include the world's leading real estate companies, consulting and law firms and corporations such as METRO GROUP, Evonik, Morgan Stanley, JLL, JP Morgan, CBRE, Rewe and UBS.
After an apprenticeship as a technical sales representative and having completing studies in Law, Alexandre Grellier began his career at Commerzbank. He then worked as a lawyer for Lehman Brothers both in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and in London, UK, with a particular focus in the fields of Legal & Compliance and Transaction Management. Since 2003, he has been CEO of Drooms, significantly contributing to the company’s commercial expansion. Grellier is also a guest speaker, notably holding talks on the topic of data security, digitisation, legal tech, compliance, transaction management and entrepreneurship.
Drooms was initially launched on the physical data room market. Even then however, Drooms main aim was to offer an online due diligence service for anyone who, was looking for an effective alternative to physical data rooms. Drooms is now leading the third revolution in due diligence bringing artificial intelligence to the virtual data room to automate and speed up processes.
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
Alexander is heading the German Corporate Finance Advisory team of UniCredit. He has worked at UniCredit for over ten years, joining the Group in 2007 as Head of TMT. He has advised on many transactions involving privately owned companies, private equity, family offices and corporate clients with a strong focus on working with entrepreneurs on succession solutions. Previously, he worked in M&A for goetzpartners and in ECM for DZ Bank. Alexander holds a PhD from Cass Business School in London and a Master degree in business studies from University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Tom is the M&A Lead at Midaxo. He has led and worked on numerous M&A projects, many being cross border. Tom’s experience spans acquisitions, divestments, due diligence, integrations, VC rounds, valuations and IPO to the London Stock Exchange. In his current role at Midaxo, he leads the M&A aspects of business development – working across the development of M&A best practices, the Midaxo SaaS platform and training.
Tom is a Chartered Accountant (ACA), member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales (ICAEW) and started his career in financial services at PwC. Following PwC, he worked as an M&A advisor for a London based corporate finance boutique. He holds a BA in Economics and MA in Development Economics from UEA, UK.
Norman is a Member of the Armacell Executive Management Team 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.
Dr Knut Sauer, LL.M. (University of Chicago), a German Rechtsanwalt and admitted as attorney at law in the State of New York, is a partner in our German corporate department and heads our German Equity Capital Markets practice. He has extensive experience in a broad range of capital markets and corporate transactions of listed companies, in particular IPOs, capital increases and rights offerings, block trades and private placements, convertible and exchangeable bonds, bonds with warranties, high yield and investment grade bonds as well as takeover offers and other public M&A transactions. His practice also includes capital markets-related regulatory advice and corporate governance matters.
Nils Koffka, based in Hamburg and Head of the German Private Equity practice of Allen & Overy, advises private equity funds, domestic and international investors and family offices in complex and large-scale private equity transactions, domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures and leveraged buy-outs. He has extensive experience in managing large cross-border private equity transactions. Further to his experience in the private equity sector, he has vast experience of advising so-called German medium-sized companies (deutscher Mittelstand) on various corporate and M&A matters.
Ekaterina (Katja) is Managing Director at Rothschild & Co in Frankfurt responsible for the private equity side of the Debt Advisory business. Katja has worked for Rothschild & Co for more than 10 years after joining the Group in July 2005. Katja has advised a large number of Private Equity as well as German and international corporate clients on debt structuring questions across a variety of different sectors, products and geographies. Whereas her primary focus is on the leveraged financing business, Katja has been involved in a number of corporate, cross-over and restructuring situations.
Prior to Rothschild & Co Katja was with Leonardo & Co. (today Houlihan Lokey) where she advised clients on international M&A assignments. She then moved to Rothschild & Co’s German office and also spent one year in the London M&A healthcare team.
Katja holds a masters degree in Business Administration from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Escuela de Administración de Empresas (E.A.E.), Spain and a bachelor in Finance from St.-Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, Russia.
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.
An American, in Germany since 1988, I reside in Bonn.
Thomas Neubaum, a German Rechtsanwalt, specialises in leveraged and acquisition finance and syndicated loans. Thomas has significant experience in advising on loan, unitranche and debt capital markets financings, advising sponsors/borrowers, banks and alternative lenders in both mid-market and large-cap transactions. He also benefits from his expertise in corporate, investment grade and take-over financings, acting for major banks and high-profile corporate borrowers, as well as complex refinancings.
Frank N. Stolpmann has founded EX.TRA Management GmbH in 2002. EX.TRA is a holding company/family office and an opportunistic investor in established, mainly manufacturing industries but also considering investments in the financial service sector.
Before starting his own business, he has been working as fund manager for ERGO insurance group´s first backed PE Fund, High Tech Beteiligungen. Prior to this responsibility Frank was in charge as MD for the M&A and succession activities of a Deutsche Bank subsidiary, focusing the middle market segment in EU.
Frank has more than 25 years of experience in private equity for small- and mid-cap companies. Currently Frank and his team are busy in diverse DD-processes, e.g. in industries of waste treatment and Fintec Services.
After being an apprentice with Siemens AG Frank studied at the Universities of Cologne and Columbia Business School, N.Y. , holding a Master of Business Administration.
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.
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.
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.