Whoever wants to subsist in international competition, must develop new markets, enlarge the product offering and expand market shares. The acquisition of a company or the merger of two competitors may be an appropriate growth strategy. Despite the big shifts in political tectonic plates (e.g. Brexit), M&A markets managed to hold up well. Dealmakers seem to be adjusting to a “new normal” of European M&A activity and are optimistic for 2019.
Since 2013 the M&A conference has been considered to be one of the most important platforms in continental Europe for yearly about 250 selected M&A decision makers from Germany and Europe.
The conference language is English.
The hashtag for the conference is #corporateMA.
The final conference program is expected to be available as PDF download at the end of March.
If you are interested in participating in the European Corporate M&A Conference as a speaker and/or partner, please contact the person below.
Speakers from last year (extract)
Director M&A, SCHOTT AG
Alexander Becker is Director M&A at SCHOTT AG since 2013. Prior to that, he was Director at Doertenbach & Co., a mid-market M&A advisory boutique, responsible for the origination and execution of buy- and sell-side M&A transactions, valuation opinions and advisory in financial restructuring situations. From 2008 till 2009 he was Vice President in the Project and Public Structured Finance department, responsible for the origination and evaluation of financings for project finance and LBO transactions at Dexia Kommunalbank Deutschland. Alexander started his career at the Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank as an Analyst in the Corporate Finance and Equity Execution department in Frankfurt. Later he worked as Associate in the Corporate Finance department in Frankfurt and in the Acquisition and Leveraged Finance group in London.
Leon Saunders Calvert
Global Head of M&A & Capital Raising, Thomson Reuters
Leon Saunders Calvert runs the Capital Markets & Advisory business at Thomson Reuters where we service M&A and capital raising professionals with data, news, insights, and workflow tools to allow them to provide expert advice and deal execution for companies and government institutions. He joined Thomson Reuters in 2007, and has held various roles, primarily in commercial management, as the EMEA Head of Banking & Research, and in content strategy, as the Global Head of the Deals, League Tables and Private Equity franchises. Before this he ran the research and data teams at Mergermarket, a provider of M&A intelligence to the advisory community, and he started his career as an M&A Analyst at an advisory boutique, Regent Partners. He has a Master‘s degree in International Management.
Senior Tax Underwriter, AIG Europe Limited
Gunnar is a Senior Tax Underwriter in AIG’s M&A group and focuses on contingent tax risk policies. Prior to joining AIG, Gunnar worked in private practice for Allen & Overy and K&L Gates in Germany where he focused on M&A tax and tax structuring for multinational corporations and private equity investors across all sectors including real estate. Previously Gunnar worked as a tax inspector for the German tax authorities. Gunnar has a law degree (Staatsexamen) from the University of Heidelberg and he is admitted to the German Bar Association (Rechtsanwaltskammer) and the German Chamber of Tax Advisors (Steuerberaterkammer).
Director, Global Tax / M&A, SAP SE
Ulrik Horn is a Tax Director in SAP’s Global Tax Department. He is part of the Tax M&A Center of Excellence with a clear focus and specialization on in-house tax advisory services around all kinds of M&A transactions. Besides acquisition, divestment and legal integration projects Ulrik is also managing the tax affairs of SAP’s corporate venture activities. Before joining SAP he served in the German Tax M&A consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and advised both corporate and private equity clients buy- and sell-side on all tax aspects of M&A deals, in particular tax due diligence, tax structuring and tax planning, acquisition financing, and post-deal integration matters. Ulrik has about 9 years of experience in Tax M&A consulting, including other areas of expertise such as international taxation and transfer pricing. He is a qualified German tax advisor (Steuerberater) and holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Mannheim. He is also experienced as a professional speaker at tax conferences and seminars with a primary focus on M&A and international taxation.
Leiter M&A, BENTELER International AG
Ben Husemann is Head of M&A at BENTELER Group. Since joining BENTELER at the beginning of 2017, he is responsible for all M&A activities of the automotive, steel/tube and distribution business. Previously, he worked as Senior Manager in Transaction Advisory at EY and was project leader at the Corporate M&A department of Siemens AG in Munich. He started his career with Siemens‘ regional company in the Netherlands, where he served as M&A and Risk Consultant before moving on to a business controller function. Ben holds a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Applied Science in Berlin and a Master‘s degree in Finance from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Senior Counsel, Group Legal, Compliance & Data Protection, DEKRA SE
Roland Kemper is a Senior Counsel at DEKRA SE’s Group Legal & Compliance & Data Protection department. He has been with DEKRA Group since 2008. DEKRA is an international provider of testing, inspection, and certification services. DEKRA’s mission is to enhance safety in technical and other difficult environments. At DEKRA, Roland is primarily working on M&A projects, on M&A-related information technology law and know-how matters, and on corporate governance matters. He is a Member of the Boards of Directors of DEKRA’s management holdings in the UK, the US, and Denmark. Between 2006 and 2008, he was an in-house counsel in the telecommunications industry (Nokia Siemens Networks). Roland Kemper is a law graduate (University of Bonn, first state exam; The George Washington University Law School, master of laws; King’s College London, post-graduate diploma) and a management graduate (FU Hagen; LSE, Master of Science). He is admitted to the practice of law in New York State (2006) and Germany (2005). He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Science & Technology, Business Law, and International Law sections and of DIS, the German Institute of Arbitration.
Head of Investments and Ventures, Siemens AG, Mobility Division
Pankaj Khanna has managed the investment and ventures activities, including M&A, within the Siemens Mobility Division (> 8 billion euros revenues) since 2012. Together with his team he handles global acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures, minority holdings, and venture capital investments from strategy through the transaction phase and all the way up to postmerger integration. 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 (graduate in business administration/ Diplom-Kaufmann), and earned an MBA in the US. After holding a management consulting position for several years he took over various operative commercial management (CFO) positions in the industry and infrastructure business of the Siemens Group.
Head of M&A Legal / Group Legal Counsel, Messer Group GmbH
After his studies in Bayreuth and first experiences as an inhouse-counsel at FAG Kugelfischer, Carsten Knecht joined the German sewing machine pioneer Dürkopp Adler in 2003 as in-house counsel. In 2005, he started to work at the newly established Messer Group holding company which has been built after the divestiture of the German, US and UK activities of former Messer Griesheim to Air Liquide. Since 2015, Carsten Knecht as Head of M&A Legal is responsible for coordinating the global M&A activities of Messer Group.
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Head of M&A / Corporate Development, GFT Technologies SE
Markus Kreitinger is Head of M&A / Corporate Development at GFT Technologies SE, a publicly listed international IT services company with more than 5,000 employees in 12 countries. Since he joined in early 2014, Markus has been responsible for driving and executing GFT Group’s global M&A strategy. Prior to GFT, he worked in international M&A roles within the Corporate Development department of two DAX 30 companies. He started his career in investment banking/M&A advisory and holds a diploma in business administration from Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Head of Strategic Planning and M&A, Freudenberg Group
Marc Kühn was appointed Global Head of Corporate Strategic Planning at Freudenberg Group in 2012. He is executive advisor to the corporate board and owner family, a member of the Global Executive Team with responsibilities for M&A, strategic planning and business integration. Most recently he was responsible for establishing a new Freudenberg division in Japan and Greater China via a public-to-private transaction. From April 2010 to July 2012 he was Head of M&A at Freudenberg & Co. KG, Germany. In 2008, he was appointed Head of M&A at Plansee SE, Austria, and GTP Corp., USA. From 2006 to 2008 he was Senior Manager Finance at Freudenberg & Co. KG, Germany. In January 2001, he started working as Senior Project Manager Equities at DZ BANK AG, Germany. Marc A. Kühn holds a diploma in business administration from Mainz University of Applied Sciences and has completed an executive leadership program at INSEAD.
Group General Counsel / Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Otto Group
Von 1998 bis 2007 ist Martin Mildner als Rechtsanwalt, Steuerberater und Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht zunächst als Geschäftsführer Legal bei KMPG und sodann als Partner bei Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek tätig gewesen. Der Schwerpunkt seiner Tätigkeit lag dabei in der gesellschaftsrechtlichen und steuerlichen Transaktionsberatung von nationalen und internationalen Unternehmen. Seit 2007 ist Martin Mildner bei der Otto Group in Hamburg als Group General Counsel für sämtliche Rechtsangelegenheiten und zugleich als Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions für sämtliche Unternehmenskäufe und –verkäufe weltweit verantwortlich. Daneben ist Martin Mildner Autor zahlreicher Veröffentlichungen auf dem Gebiet des Gesellschafts- und Steuerrechts sowie Dozent an der Universität Hamburg (2004-2008) für Unternehmenssteuerecht, Universität Kiel für Verhandlungsmanagement (2005-2008) und Universität Leuphana für Mergers&Acquisitions (2008 bis heute).
Fabio Massimo Natalucci
Deputy Director Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund
Fabio M. Natalucci is a Deputy Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department with responsibility for the IMF’s global financial markets monitoring and systemic risk assessment functions. He is responsible for the lead chapter of the Global Financial Stability Report that gives the IMF’s assessment of global financial stability risks. Prior to joining the IMF, Fabio was a Senior Associate Director in the Division of Monetary Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board, where he conducted research and current analysis on the relationship between monetary policy, financial regulatory policy, and financial stability. Between October 2016 and June 2017, Mr Natalucci was Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Financial Stability and Regulation at the U.S. Department of Treasury. His responsibilities included leading U.S. engagement on financial regulatory cooperation in the G-20, representing the U.S. Treasury at the Financial Stability Board, coordinating between domestic and international post-crisis regulatory reforms, and monitoring developments and vulnerabilities in global financial markets. Fabio holds a doctorate in Economics from New York University.
Dr. Stefan Neuhaus
Corporate Director M&A, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
Dr. Stefan Neuhaus ist seit Anfang 2013 als Corporate Director M&A bei der Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in Düsseldorf tätig. Er leitet Akquisitions- und Desinvestitions-projekte für die drei Unternehmensbereiche Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care und Adhesive Technologies. Zuvor war Herr Neuhaus als Senior Project Manager M&A bei der thyssenkrupp AG tätig. Insgesamt blickt er auf mehr als 30 abgeschlossene M&A-Projekte mit einem aggregierten Transaktionsvolumen von mehr als 10 Mrd. € zurück.
Herr Neuhaus hat Wirtschaftswissenschaft in Bochum und Helsinki studiert und an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum über die Finanzierung von betrieblichen Pensionszusagen promoviert.
Head of M&A, TRUMPF GmbH & Co. KG
Steffen Scholz ist seit 2007 Leiter der M&A-Abteilung der Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG. Diese Funktion beinhaltet neben den Akquisitionen ebenfalls die Post Merger-Prozesse zur erfolgreichen Integration der akquirierten Unternehmen. In seiner über 15-jährigen M&A-Tätigkeit leitete er Übernahmen und die Bildung von Joint Ventures in Asien, den USA und Europa. Vor seiner Zeit bei Trumpf leitete er zahlreiche M&A-Projekte und die strategische Planung beim Automobilzulieferer Mann+Hummel. Als studierter Maschinenbauer mit späterer Ergänzung zum Wirtschaftsingenieur und einem MBA in London gewann er außerdem zusätzliche Erfahrungen in verschiedenen Führungsfunktionen im Vertrieb von Maschinenbauprodukten.
Head of M&A Department, Knorr-Bremse AG
Christian Staby heads the corporate M&A department of Knorr-Bremse AG. Since joining Knorr-Bremse AG in 2014, he was responsible for over ten transactions both in the global truck as well as rail supply segments. Before joining KB, he had held positions in private equity and venture capital funds for 15 years. Prior to that, he held a senior position in the corporate development department of Deutsche Bank AG, was project leader at Bain & Co. in Munich and Zurich, a manager in the Investment Management department of Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Co. and worked for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York and Paris. Immediately after graduation he joined a cigarette manufacturing subsidiary of Philip Morris in Argentina for a one-year industry training program. Mr Staby graduated from LMU in Munich as Master in Business Administration and holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne.
Chairman, Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD’s China Task Force
Jörg Wuttke ist seit 1997 Geschäftsführer und Generalbevollmächtigter der China-Repräsentanz eines DAX30-Unternehmens. Seit 2011 leitet Wuttke die China Task Force des Business and Industry Advisory Committee der OECD. Von 2007 bis Mai 2017 war Wuttke Präsident der Europäischen Handelskammer in Beijing. Von 2001 bis 2004 war er Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender der Deutschen Handelskammer in Beijing, die er mitbegründete. Darüber hinaus ist Wuttke Mitglied im Kuratorium des Mercator Institute for China Studies.