Dr. Axel von Walter is Partner at BEITEN BURKHARDT‘s Munich office and member of the practice group IP/IT/Media. His field of activity focuses on digital business and comprises the entire media and information law sector, competition law as well as information technology law (including telecommunications and data protection law). He particularly advises national and international clients and also represents their interests in court.
Dr. Axel von Walter studied law at the University in Munich and was admitted to the German bar in 2004. He is also a Licensed Specialist for Copyright and Media Law as well as a Licensed Specialist for Information Technology Law. His doctoral thesis on competition-law matters was awarded the Faculty Award of the University of Munich in 2007. Axel von Walter is a Lecturer for media and information law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Munich.
Insa specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A and Private Equity transactions. She advises financial investors, strategic investors, German Mittelstand companies and manage-ment teams throughout from investment to exit including post-merger litigation. Insa has particular experience in the automotive industry, renewable energy and investments into Germany.
Insa joined BEITEN BURKHARDT in 1998 and has been appointed partner in 2002. She worked in the London office in 2001 and 2002. Before joining BEITEN BURKHARDT, Insa was as a judge at the Local Court in Augsburg. Insa studied law at the University of Munich and worked as a trainee lawyer in Munich, London and Zurich. She is also qualified as industrial clerk (Siemens Stammhauslehre) and speaks English, French and German. Insa is a member of the IBA and FidAR.
Goetz Hertz-Eichenrode, born in 1976, joined HANNOVER Finanz in 2009 as a member of the executive board. He had previously worked for the European Private Equity Partnership Alpha Group, which holds 1,7 billion Euro of funds under management. Prior to Alpha he worked with Deloitte and Touche's audit and transaction services team where he qualified as chartered account and tax advisor.
He graduated from the European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, in 2001.
Oskar joined Equistone in 2004. He is Chief Investment Officer, Chairman of the European Investment Committee and a member of Equistone’s Management Board. Prior to taking on the CIO role, Oskar completed over thirty transactions at Equistone.
Before joining Equistone, Oskar worked in private equity with DB Capital Partners and Apax Partners for four years, and for three years as a strategic consultant with AT Kearney.
He holds a BA in Economics from Columbia College, an MBA from The Wharton School and a Master’s in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas H. Etzel is Managing Director at HQ Capital (Deutschland) GmbH in Bad Homburg. Responsible for business development: Family Offices, Ultra High Net Individuals, Trust.
He is a member of investment committee of several family offices and private equity funds.
Thomas H. Etzel served over 22 years at BHF-BANK: Head of Alternative Investments, Managing Director of BHF Private Equity Management GmbH, Managing Director of BHF Real Estate GmbH as well as Managing and founding Partner of 9 Private Equity Funds, Managing and founding Partner of 14 real estate private equity funds as well as Managing and founding Partner of 4 mezzanine capital funds. In addition Thomas H. Etzel serves since 1999 as guest Professor at the International University of Monaco, Monte Carlo.
Axel is a Managing Partner of Clearwater International and a founding member of mid market corporate finance boutique @VISORY partners. He previously worked at Arthur Andersen in Frankfurt and qualified as a chartered accountant. Axel studied Business Administration at the Universities of Giessen and Edinburgh. During his 17 years in Corporate Finance, Axel has successfully advised on numerous international and domestic mid-market transactions for corporates, family-owned businesses, private equity clients and family offices. For the German speaking countries, Axel heads Clearwater International’s Consumer and Food & Beverages teams as well as activities within the private equity industry.
Jochen Wermuth, Founding Partner, Green Gateway Fund 2, is a member of the steering committee of the peer-to-peer investor networks “Europeans for Divest-Invest” and “100% Impact“. He is also the principal of Wermuth Asset Management GmbH (WAM) a family office and investment adviser, committed to alternative and sustainable investments with a positive impact on the environment, which has advised on assets in excess of $1bn. Green Gateway Fund 2 invests €5-30m of equity in EU SMEs which make their clients more resource efficient and helps them to grow internationally.
Matthias Wilcken joined Gilde’s Zurich office in 2012. Previously, he spent four years at Intermediate Capital Group’s Frankfurt office, sourcing and structuring subordinated debt and minority equity financing deals in the DACH region. Prior to this, Matthias worked for seven years in the Investment Banking/Leveraged Finance division of Goldman Sachs International in London.
Matthias obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration from the European Business School ebs Oestrich-Winkel (Germany).
Benjamin Alt covers Adveq’s investment activity in Europe.
Before joining Adveq in 2008, Benjamin worked in the Investment Banking division of Sal. Oppenheim in Frankfurt and Cologne, Germany. During his studies in Germany he organized the well known Congress for Family Businesses at the University of Witten/Herdecke.
Benjamin holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Private University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany.
Philip is responsible for the product, sales and marketing strategy of Intralinks’ Strategic Financials business. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, City, University of London. 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 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.
Lars Härle, Managing Director, IEG – Investment Banking Group
Lars Härle advises national as well as international clients as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Internet and Technology Desk of IEG – Investment Banking Group. Lars Härle has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, M&A transactions and financings and he is an expert in the fields of software, electronics, automotive as well as internet- and mobile companies. Prior to IEG he was a Director at Ernst & Young M&A and with Arthur Andersen, Credit Agricole Indosuez and Delbück & Co. in investment banking.
IEG – Investment Banking Group is a leading, global investment banking boutique specializing in mid-cap transactions for the internet and technology sector. Present in ten international locations, IEG provides entrepreneurial solutions for digital innovations and business models in the fields of mergers & acquisitions, financing & principal investments. We are #DEALIVERER. For information about the IEG track record refer to: www.ieg-banking.com/deals.
Nikolas Samios is Managing Partner of the COOPERATIVA Venture Group, which has supported founders, investors, corporates, and family offices in implementing their entrepreneurial projects as well as setting up and managing (corporate) venture capital firms for over 15 years. With experience from more than 200 venture transactions – ranging from seed round to IPO – he manages, jointly with his COOPERATIVA team, the startup portfolios of some of the most prominent business angels in Germany and also as Chief Investment Officer the 45 active portfolio companies of the listed venture capital investor German Startups Group, among them some of the most well-known German startups such as Delivery Hero, SoundCloud, Mister Spex, Scalable Capital, or Friendsurance. Beyond that, Nikolas provides founders and investors with detailed insights into the structuring of venture financing rounds in his series of lectures titled “Venture Capital Master Class” and is currently writing an elementary book on this topic under the working title “Venture Terms”.
Lyrique provides private equity investment solutions for family offices and institutions with a focus on high quality fund and co-investment opportunities in less efficient, niche markets in Europe and North America. Kaarina has over 14 years of experience in investing and managing investment programs in private equity, prior to Lyrique as Head of Private Equity at FERI Trust in Germany and before that at CalSTRS in the US.
Andreas Bösenberg, Managing Director. Prior to joining Sun, Mr Bösenberg was Deputy Head of VTB Capital Private Equity and co-responsible for a diverse portfolio of mainly consumer related companies. Prior to this, Mr Bösenberg was co-founder and Managing Partner of Brockhaus Private Equity in Germany and started his career in private equity with 3i, Frankfurt. He received a BA in Economics from Sussex University and a Masters in Management from London School of Economics.
- Ufenau Capital Partner (CH), Partner Private Equity
- Quarton International (CH), Corporate Finance
- Swiss Banking Institute (CH), Corporate Finance
- Merrill Lynch (USA), Corporate Banking
- University of Zurich (CH), Diploma
Hendrik Brandis is co-founder and Partner at Earlybird. His domain focus is enterprise web-powered infrastructure and SaaS in addition to selected consumer services.
He gained entrepreneurial experience as a Co-Founder of GMM and operational experience as Project Manager at Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm (now Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace).
Previously, Hendrik was Partner with McKinsey & Co. where he participated in creating McKinsey New Venture. He attended the Technical University of Munich and holds a Dipl.-Ing. (MSc equivalent) and PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Dr Jack Schiffer is Of Counsel at BEITEN BURKHARDT's Munich office and member of the Corporate / M&A practice group. His area of activity comprises mergers & acquisitions, company, transformation and group law, management of annual general meetings, as well as private equity and alternative investments. He particularly advises his national and international clients on cross-border transactions, company law restructurings and corporate litigation. Focus industries are automotive supply and renewable energies.
Dr Jack Schiffer studied law at the Universities of Munich and Paris and was admitted to the German Bar in 1975. In 1976, he was awarded a Dr. jur. degree from the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 1979, he also qualifies as tax advisor. Since 1990 he has been working as Partner and since 2013 as Of Counsel with BEITEN BURKHARDT.
Georg is an investment director with Brockhaus Private Equity, Frankfurt, a leading Private Equity firm for technology related small- to mid-cap buy-outs and growth investments in the German speaking region. Georg has an engineering background having graduated from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the area of business engineering (M.Sc.).
Jörg or "George" leads the firm and is responsible for Alpina Partners' overall operation.
Before joining Alpina Partners, Jörg was a venture partner with Munich based private equity firm, Target Partners, and prior to that a partner at the US-based power and energy fund manager, Ridgewood Capital. Previously he ran the Silicon Valley office for Infineon Ventures.
Jörg has worked for a number of semiconductor companies in Europe and the US, most recently as Global VP Sales for Dresden-based ZMD. His track record includes 28 investments and successful exits via NASDAQ IPOs and LSE listings, in addition to numerous trade sales.
Jörg has a masters in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen. He worked as a researcher in the field of semiconductors at the Technion in Israel and at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the USA.
Roland is a Managing Partner at Cipio Partners (www.cipiopartners.com), a leading European investment management and advisory firm. Roland leads Cipio’s transaction origination activities while serving on a number of boards in Europe and Israel. He started his private equity career at 3i Group investing in technology and mid-market buyout deals. Before 3i, Roland was a strategy consultant with Roland Berger in Munich and The Boston Consulting Group in Paris, as well as a robotics engineer with Hitachi Ltd. in Japan. Roland holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Master of Electrical Engineering from ETH Lausanne, Switzerland.
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.
As Partner at Rheingau Founders, Johann Reich was actively involved in advising Rheingau portfolio companies, especially in structuring their business model and financial aspects. Internally he is responsible for all metric-driven matters such as KPI assessment, business model evaluation, and investor relations. Johann was in charge in structuring and founding Rheingau Capital I.
Johann has years of experience in financing, investing, analyzing and consulting ventures of different sizes. As an entrepreneur, Johann co-founded five companies in the B2B/B2C market places, e-health and cyber security markets. Before joining Rheingau, Johann was CFO for an online/offline e-commerce company and Investment Manager and Consultant with goetzpartners.
Johann earned business degrees at Fontys Hogeschool, EADA Business School, Harvard Business School, and learned Industriekaufmann in Cologne.
Amedeo Goria joined unquote" as a reporter in 2016, covering the southern European market. Prior to his current role, he started his career as a correspondent in Germany for several Italian print and online publications, and wrote as reporter for a Berlin-based online newspaper.
Born in Italy, Amedeo graduated in Political Science from the Freie Unversität Berlin and in Philosophy from the University of Rome Sapienza with honours, before moving to London in 2014.