Michael provides overall strategic and operational leadership for Lincoln International’s activities in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Benelux region. He principals the procurement and management of clients, leads deal teams and recruits qualified personnel.
In addition to his operational roles within the firm, Michael is passionate about mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Germany. He has 28 years of experience advising on M&A, public takeovers, fairness opinions and corporate divestitures. His clients are comprised of large corporations as well as mid-sized privately-owned businesses and leading private equity groups. Michael brings global, cross-border expertise to his projects, helping clients navigate the increasing complexity of transactions, and creating a comprehensive deal experience.
Michael is currently Vice Chairman of Shareholder Value Beteiligungen AG and Vice Chairman of the German software company, SNP SE. Michael is lecturer on the topic of M&A at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Prior to joining Lincoln International, Michael led M&A at Sal. Oppenheim (Germany), Europe’s largest private bank. Previously, he worked in the investment banking division of Citigroup Global Markets in London and Frankfurt. Michael began his career at EY.
Michael holds a doctorate in corporate finance from Fribourg University. He is a chartered financial analyst in the U.K
Volker Hichert – managing partner of DPE – was a partner at Granville Baird, one of the leading small-cap investors in the German market for many years, before co-founding DPE. For six years at Granville, he was responsible for investments in mechanical engineering, the metal-working industry, the consumer goods industry, production and industrial services. Prior to this position, Volker Hichert held leading management positions in German SMEs for almost 9 years –as a managing partner of Yxlon International, on the Executive Board of the Hako Group and as a member of the Executive Board at the railway carriage manufacturer Talbot. Volker launched his career at The Boston Consulting Group in Düsseldorf and Deutsche Bank AG in Hamburg. Volker Hichert received his degree in business studies from the University of Münster. As Volker Hichert comments: “From entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. That was our principle right from the start at DPE. As an entrepreneur, it was always clear to me that real added value is created by growth – organic or through acquisitions – and not through debt. The secret is to turn managers into entrepreneurs, and to give them scope and time to allow their entrepreneurial energy to evolve. So that their visions can become reality. And it’s a wonderful feeling today to observe that the companies in our family that work to these principles are extremely successful. We, our entire corporate family, their employees and our investors are passionate about medium-sized businesses.
Holger Kleingarn, Managing Director and Head of Germany at H.I.G. Capital, is a German national who has been working in the Private Equity Industry since fifteen years. Throughout his private equity career, Holger has emphasized on mid-cap buyouts, growth investments and turnarounds across Europe with a focus on the German-speaking countries. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, he was a Partner and Member of the Management Committee at London-based Palamon Capital Partners, a private equity group focusing on mid-sized companies across Europe. Previously Holger has lead the management-buy-out of a Mittelstand software company as CEO. He started his career in strategic management consulting with Bain & Company and Roland Berger, latterly as Partner and member of its financial services management team. Holger holds a doctoral degree in business administration and graduated from the University of Hamburg.
Ms. Helfer is a Partner of Cevian Capital and heads Cevian’s Swiss Office. She joined Cevian in 2008 and is a senior member of Cevian’s pan-European investment team.
Ms. Helfer is currently on the Supervisory Board of thyssenkrupp AG, a German-based industrial conglomerate with leading positions in the areas of elevators, steel, automotive, and plant technology. She is also a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Vesuvius plc, a global leader in molten metal flow engineering and technology listed on the London Stock Exchange.
From 2013 to 2017, Ms. Helfer served on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Valmet Oyi, a Finnish engineering company listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. 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.
Michael co-heads Allianz Capital Partners’ (ACP) global private equity investment activities with AuM in excess of EUR 15bn. He joined Allianz in 2003 from PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance where he advised on venture capital and buyout transactions in Germany. Prior to that he was Head of Controlling for Yahoo! Germany. Michael started his career as auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Michael Lindauer represents Allianz on several fund advisory boards and is a former Director of Invest Europe.
He holds a master degree in business administration from LMU in Munich. Michael is a Fellow of the 2018 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Anamica Broetz leads the Business Development & Strategy function for DWS Private Equity to develop the team’s business plans, deal origination and marketing strategy. She liaises with DWS’s distribution teams to manage the processes for fund offerings (including co-investments) and structuring. She leads all aspects of limited partner due diligence to drive successful conversions during fundraising. Anamica brings over 20 years of experience in equity research, investment banking and PE at Deutsche Bank M&A, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Flemings and Peregrine Capital prior to joining DWS Private Equity in 2010. She speaks German and holds a Masters in Finance from Delhi University and a BA (Honors) degree in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce of Delhi University.
Ralph M. Wyss (54, Swiss/Dutch) has over 25 years of private equity and structured lending experience, having worked in Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. Since moving to Gilde in 1996, Ralph has been instrumental in the success of the Gilde Buy-Out Funds I, II, III, IV and V and serves on the board of a number of portfolio companies. Ralph heads the DACH offices and is Chairman of the Partnership. Prior to joining Gilde, Ralph worked for Citibank in London as a senior transactor and originator for LBOs and structured finance.
Ralph received a Masters Degree in Finance & Accounting from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).
As CEO of Aon M&A and Transaction Solutions in EMEA, Alistair is responsible for shaping the strategy for the business and working with the whole team on the execution of the strategy. As one of the earliest practitioners in the risk and insurance related M&A community in the late 1990’s, Alistair has been personally involved in hundreds of transactions. His experience in a range of non-M&A roles at a major global broker also provided him with deeper insight on how the industry operates. He is using these insights to support Aon clients to secure investments and enhance returns in M&A.
Robin joined FSN Capital in 2018 and is based in our Munich office. Previously, he was with Apax Partners for more than 10 years, in Munich and London, where he worked on a large number of Digital-, Consumer- and Healthcare investments. During this time, Robin served on various boards. Prior to Apax, Robin worked with The Boston Consulting Group in Zurich in their Industrials - and Healthcare Team. Robin holds a MSc in Physics from ETH Zurich and an MBA from London Business School.
Ralf joined Oakley in 2017 and has more than 15 years of M&A and investment experience.
He previously served as a Member of the Executive Board and Chief Strategy and Investment Officer of DAX-listedProSiebenSat.1 Media SE. In this role, he was directly responsible for the Company’s strategic acquisitions in recent years, significantly contributing to the expansion ofProSiebenSat.1’s digital entertainment and commerce portfolio. During his time at ProSiebenSat.1, Ralf directly oversaw numerous acquisitions, including eTraveli, Studio 71, SBSNordics, SBS Benelux, ParshipEliteGroup, weg.de, Kaeuferportal and Windstar Medical Group.
Previously, he held senior positions at Bertelsmann, RTL Group, and was founder and CEO of an online education start-up. His sector experience includes media, digital entertainment & commerce, healthcare, and education.
Ralf’s focus at Oakley is on deal origination, execution, portfolio management and position realisation.
Mr Hufnagel is Partner at Petrus Advisers, a Europe focused long/short hedge fund based in London. He is Head of Activism focused on investing opportunities across Europe. He has 20 years of experience in the financial industry, 14 of which with Goldman Sachs International where he was a Managing Director in the Private Equity business. Mr Hufnagel received his diploma from EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht and is a CFA charterholder.
Patricia Volhard is a partner in Debevoise’s Frankfurt and London offices, and is a member of the firm’s Private Equity and Funds/Investment Management Groups. Her practice focuses on advising private funds on a range of regulatory issues.
Ms. Volhard is one of Europe’s leading private funds regulatory lawyers, and has played a prominent role in the ongoing development of the area, in part through involvement in Invest Europe (formerly the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association). She is the former Chair of its Tax, Legal & Regulatory Committee, as well as the current chair of its Financial Services/Regulatory Working Group. She is also a member of the Investment Management Consultative Working Group of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA); the Legal Committee of BVK, the German private equity association; the Alternative Credit Technical Group of the Alternative Investment Management Association; and the Regulatory Committee of the Listed Private Equity Association.
Ms. Volhard has been recognised by the major legal directories as a leader in her field. Who’s Who Legal names her as the most highly regarded lawyer in Germany for investment management advice, stating she provides “first-rate on regulatory advice in relation to the management of private funds to clients.” She is also recommended as a leading lawyer for private equity and investment fund work by The Legal 500 EMEA (2018), with clients noting her “good know-how” and “good eye for clients’ needs.” She is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Europe (2018), which states that she “is particularly well regarded for her expertise in regulatory issues and private equity funds.” In previous editions of the guide, sources note that she has a “deep knowledge of fund structuring, offers a high level of flexibility and effectiveness, and is perfect for complex situations.” She is also recognised as a “Most Highly Regarded Individual” in the current edition of Who’s Who Legal Germany (2017). The guide also praises her “outstanding” practice, with one client declaring her “one of the country’s most accomplished and celebrated funds lawyers.” JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien (Handbook of Commercial Law Firms) (2016/2017) notes that she is “almost without competition in her practice area.” Ms. Volhard is also listed by Expert Guides in its annual Women in Business Law list.
Ms. Volhard has commented in the media and written numerous articles relating to various aspects of her practice. Recent publications include “The Impact Of MiFID II On Private Equity Fund Managers,” Ipes (December, 2017); “Why Brexit Impact On Funds May Be Limited,” Private Debt Investor (September, 2017); “Terms and Structure of Debt Funds,” Private Equity (July, 2016); and “Keeping on top of the paperwork,” Private Equity International (July/August, 2016). She is also a co-author of “Still planning for a no-deal Brexit,” Private Funds Management (November, 2018); “Regulatory Implications Of A No-Deal Brexit,” Private Funds Management (October, 2018); “Weighing Sustainability Risks In Private Equity,” Private Funds Management (September, 2018); “Brexit: A Summer Flurry Of Activity But Still No Clarity For PE,” Private Funds Management (September, 2018); “Private funds in Germany: regulatory overview,” Practical Law Global Guides (July, 2018); “First-Time Fundraising Barometer,” BVCA Report (July, 2018); the Germany chapter, “Fund financing in Germany,” in Global Legal Insights to Fund Finance: 2018 (February, 2018); “Debevoise On Brexit: The ‘No-Deal Deal’,” The Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog (February, 2018); “Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses Contingency Planning For Brexit,” The CLS Blue Sky Blog (December, 2017); “Brexit And The AIFMD: Impact For US Private Fund Sponsors On Their Marketing And Advisory Activities In Europe,” American Investment Council (May, 2017); “Debt Funds for Institutional Investors: Current Developments in German Regulatory and Tax Law,” FYB Financial Yearbook (2016); and “Liberalisation of the German debt fund market,” Private Equity International (2015).
Ms. Volhard studied law in Frankfurt/Main, Strasbourg, and at the London School of Economics, where she obtained her LL.M. in 1999.
Ms. Volhard is admitted to practice in Germany and France, and speaks fluent German, French and English.
Manuel Hertweck is Managing Partner of capiton, which he joined in 2006 from a publicly listed merchant-banking group. Prior to this, he gained significant operational experience as a Member of the Board of Strato Medien AG, one of German’s leading web hosting businesses. Mr. Hertweck started his career with Mars & Co, the international strategy firm, in London and Paris. Mr. Hertweck holds a B.A. cum laude from Hamilton College, where he graduated in 1990.
Karl Adam joined Monument Group in January 2015 and is a Partner in the London office. Mr. Adam has investor coverage responsibility for German speaking Europe, Denmark, and certain UK-based investors. Previously, he was a Vice President in Citi Private Bank’s European private equity team. Prior to this, Mr. Adam was a Senior Associate at Alta Advisers, a leading family office where he focused on private equity and natural resources investment opportunities. He has also worked at CHAMP Private Equity, a Sydney-based general partner, and began his career at McKinsey & Co. Mr. Adam has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland. He was born in Berlin and speaks German.
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.
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.