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I am co-CEO of DC Advisory France. I also lead the Industrials practice and work primarily within the Industrials and Business Services sectors.
Since joining DC Advisory I have advised numerous corporates such as Air Liquide, GDF-Suez, Johnson Controls, Rio Tinto and Veolia, as well as a number of private equity clients.
I started my career in corporate finance in 1990 with Arthur Andersen. I moved into investment banking in 1997 with Lehman Brothers and Rothschild & Cie before joining DC.
Eleven years of my career have been spent abroad in the USA and Europe. This makes the cross-border elements of DC’s work pertinent for me as I can continue to draw upon the overseas relationships I have spent many years building.
As co-head of the French business, one of my main aims is to ensure that my team works closely with Daiwa and our network partners in order to provide all possible solutions, and the optimal advice, to our clients. Our global presence combined with the dedication I see in many of my colleagues is unique for an advisory firm focusing on mid-cap M&A. It’s the reason I joined, and why I have enjoyed every moment since I started at DC.
I am co-CEO of DC Advisory France. I also head the TMT team and coordinate the practice at a European level.
I have over 20 years’ experience in investment banking, both in London and Paris. I started my career at Indosuez before working at UBS from 1995 to 1998. I then spent 14 years with Goldman Sachs before joining DC Advisory. During my career I have advised a large number of clients on acquisitions, disposals, capital increases, debt raising and financial restructurings – a total of over 70 completed deals.
I find the dual role of origination and management very fulfilling. Through hiring and developing our younger staff, I have a direct impact on our transaction processes and the quality of our execution; while my work in the TMT sector requires that I keep up to speed with advancements in new technologies and business models. Both of those things present a fascinating challenge.
Having worked in investment banking for close to twenty years, I understand very well how unique DC’s offering is in the European mid-market. The combination of the pure advisory model and mid-market focus with global capabilities is a real point of difference for our firm.
The flexibility and entrepreneurship we enjoy as a workforce is also something that I have only experienced at DC.
In addition to my management role as CEO of DC Germany and Poland where I cover the DACH region, I continue to lead on transactions, such as First State’s acquisition of the HeHe ferry route from Stena and Scandlines; the sale of Polo Motorrad to Equistone; and Sysmex’s acquisitions of Inostics and Partec. At DC my focus areas are Industrials incl. Infrastructure & Energy as well as PE Coverage.
I joined DC from Commerzbank, where I was Head of M&A for Germany. I had previously spent 16 years at Dresdner Kleinwort based in both London and Frankfurt where I was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Strategic Advisory.
I have worked at DC longer than at any of my previous employers. They were all great companies – Arthur Andersen, Barings and Bear Stearns – and I learnt a great deal at all of them, but ultimately none of them were quite right for me.
DC just works for me and, I am pleased to say, for many of my colleagues. I get a buzz out of my sector, my colleagues and from the culture. A culture that is committed to integrity and fairness and to the provision of the right advice to our clients.
I joined DC’s Debt Advisory team in June 2013. Since then I have worked on a variety of transactions, including the refinancing of GRW, the sale of Polo Motorrad and the recapitalisation of Kufner.
Previously, I headed a team in Commerzbank’s Leveraged Finance division and prior to that I worked in Dresdner Kleinwort’s LBO and Infrastructure Finance team, responsible for structuring, executing and syndicating complex LBO transactions and advising clients on strategic financing decisions. I started my career in the Leverage and Project Finance team of WestLB AG in 2001.
I chose to move to DC because it offers a strong global network of M&A and Debt Advisory professionals and has a leading track record advising on German mid-cap transactions. In my time here I have also come to appreciate how DC’s unrivalled Asian footprint (which is becoming increasingly important in the German market) adds significant value.
I started my career in corporate finance some twenty years ago and have worked in debt and restructuring for the majority of that time. I now lead DC’s Debt and Restructuring practice for the DACH region.
I can honestly say that of all the transactions on which I have advised during the last two decades, no two have been the same. This is in part due to the rate at which the debt markets are evolving, but also because as a debt adviser I work across the sectors – often alongside the M&A teams. Most importantly, however, it is down to our independence; being conflict-free means we can offer a far greater optionality to clients than many of our peers.
Prior to DC I was head of debt and restructuring for DACH at Canaccord Genuity. I had previously led the debt team at Jefferies and worked in fixed income at Goldman Sachs.
I joined the management board of DC Advisory in 2002. I am an M&A banker with a specialist focus on the Industrials and Chemicals sectors.
I primarily work on sell-side advisory mandates for clients ranging from Private Equity funds to corporates and family offices. I am committed to the ethos that runs throughout DC: delivering the right advice in the best interests of our clients. If my client isn’t satisfied, neither am I.
Before DC I held various senior positions at Hoechst AG, including in their Corporate Controlling & Development department from 1991 to 1996. From 1996 to 2002 I worked at Lazard in Germany – as an MD for the two final years.
I have a diploma in Mathematics and my Doctorate is in Business Administration from the University of Cologne.
I joined DC Advisory in June 2009 to head DC’s CEE office in Warsaw, Poland.
I chose to move to DC because it is, in my view, the best mid-market adviser in Europe. In my time here, I’ve advised on deals in the region including the sale of POCH S.A to Avantor Performance Materials and the sale of Drogerie Natura, one of Poland’s largest cosmetic chains on two separate occasions.
Prior to DC I was a CEE focused Managing Director at Lazard in London for seven years. From 2002 to 2006 I was a partner at Enterprise Investors and in the mid-nineties I was a US Treasury Adviser to the Minister of Finance of Poland where I received a US Treasury Department Commendation for my work on the privatisation of Bank Handlowy.
As a Managing Director on the Debt Advisory Group, I have advised a broad range of European private equity and corporate clients concerning capital structure and balance sheet events – recent clients I have worked with include PrimaCom, Scandlines, Scandza, Cath Kidston and Zenith.
There are no ‘standard’ processes for my team. The range of sectors we work across, the constant evolution of the debt markets and the ever-increasing optionality we can offer to clients mean that every transaction we work on is different. The ability to offer every possible solution is part of the reason I think our independence is so valuable.
I came to DC with 16 years’ experience in the leveraged finance market. I joined from Mizuho Bank, where I was Head of Capital Markets in Europe for the Leveraged Finance division. Previously I worked in the leveraged capital markets team at RBS for nine years and in the acquisition finance team at Lloyds for four years.
I am Group CFO and Head of Compliance. I started with DC Advisory in June 2001. I wanted to work for a dynamic business in an interesting area of the financial services industry and DC was particularly attractive because of its reputation for excellence. Fourteen years on, I am still here because the work continues to be interesting, challenging and rewarding – and because of the people. It’s great that at any level of the organisation and in any part of our business, you have the opportunity to make a difference.
I began my career at a small practice in the City and, on qualifying as a chartered accountant, worked at Grant Thornton for five years. Then I was an accountant at an IFA, before spending seven years as the Head of Finance and Administration at the Investors Compensation Scheme (now the FSCS).
I joined DC Advisory in 2012 because I wanted to work for an investment bank with an excellent reputation, and free from all conflicts of interest. I also wanted to focus solely on M&A and Debt Advisory. I am a Technology, Media & Telecoms (TMT) specialist and have advised on deals including the sale of Virgin Mobile to Numéricable and the sale of oXya to Hitachi Data Systems.
I began my career in 1999 when I co-founded Firstinvest.com, an Internet company that I sold to Bertelsmann in 2005. I then spent 18 months at Bertelsmann, before joining UBS Investment Bank where I was a Director in their M&A group in London and Paris.
As head of DC’s Manchester office, I am responsible for transactions involving clients based in the North of England.
I joined the company in 2008, drawn by the opportunity to establish and build a team whose main focus was on advising great Northern businesses. It is hugely important to our clients that we know the local markets and have regular, face to face contact with them. We are not simply putting in calls from an office two hundred miles away.
I have worked with many of my clients for a number of years, some of them on multiple transactions, such as: York Mailing on an equity fundraising and a subsequent acquisition; and Cardtronics on three separate transactions (i-design, Cardpoint and Sunwin Services) in the space of two years. Clients recognise sound advice that is in their interests and they value the provision of honest advice, even if it differs from what they may have wanted to hear.
Prior to DC I spent twelve years at PwC Corporate Finance, in both their Manchester and London offices. One of the highlights was being seconded to the Takeover Panel in 2002 and 2003. Gaining a deep insight into how a regulator applies a set of rules has allowed me to be a much better adviser on public situations.
I joined the company in 1998 to set up the European Debt Advisory Group. I was previously a Director of Hill Samuel and subsequently of Hambros.
I began my banking career back in 1983, and have worked in corporate banking, loan syndication, acquisition finance and property finance. I also ran a large team of workout bankers in the 1990-92 recession. So I think that I can now claim extensive experience of the debt markets both from the perspective of a banker and an advisor.
I remain motivated by the quality and the variety of the transactions I work on – and by the quality and variety of my colleagues.
I have been a Senior Adviser at DC Advisory since 2011. I am primarily involved in transactions in the Industrials sector such as the sales of Groupe RG and Capital Safety Group.
Prior to joining DC I spent 35 years working for various businesses in the Industrials space – first with Eastman Kodak, then from 2004 to 2010 as CEO and Chairman of Sperian. Sperian was created by the merger of Bacou and Dalloz; I led the integration of these two companies and the international development of the group. I also took charge of the negotiations which led to the sale of Sperian to Honeywell Group in 2010.
In addition to my role at DC, I am Vice-President of the Advisory Board at Mersen. I am also a board member of IpackChem and RG Safety.
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I joined DC Advisory in January 2016 as Executive Director in the Debt Advisory Group for France and the UK.
I started my career at Société Générale, before joining RBS where I was responsible for financing for a number of large corporate and public sector clients for almost nine years. I also took part in the negotiations of major financial restructurings, notably in the LBO market.
I joined DC because the firm has two distinguishing features: a very robust mid-market M&A deal flow in France, and a market leading debt advisory platform in London, where most of the alternative liquidity comes from. I also felt an immediate affinity with the people I met at the firm.
I am an Executive Director in the TMT team and have been covering the media and technology sector since joining DC in 2007. During that time I have worked on a number of high-profile transactions in the sector, such as the sales of CloserStill Media to Inflexion and Gorkana to Cision, in addition to over 20 other transactions in this sector.
Our international capabilities are fundamental to the advice my team provides as media and technology companies are rarely bound by geographic barriers. The speed with which a new idea can be transformed into a global media property, or technology, also makes the sector a hugely exciting one to work in; new subsectors are being created at a phenomenal pace and old ones are being reinvented entirely. It’s fascinating to be a part of this change and a great industry to be involved with.
My role as a Executive Director involves origination, leading the execution team on active mandates and acting as an intermediary between DC and our clients.
I joined the company in 2005. Since then I have advised on a range of transactions, most frequently in the healthcare and environment sectors. I advised the founding partners on the merger of DomusVi and GDP Vendôme; and the French private equity group 21 Centrale Partners on the sale of Almaviva’s regional clinics to a consortium made up of UI Gestion and GIMV.
I began my career with DC after a nine-month internship with BNP Paribas. I am a graduate of EPF and I have a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance from EMLyon Business School.
I joined DC Advisory in 2007 and have worked in corporate finance advisory for fifteen years.
I now lead the UK healthcare practice and have advised on transactions such as Apposite Capital’s sale of By the Bridge, the sale of Oasis Healthcare for Duke Street Capital and Bridgepoint Development Capital’s acquisition of Phlexglobal.
I find working in the Healthcare sector uniquely interesting in that it touches all of our lives one way or another. It is also multi-faceted: the social and political dimensions have an influence that you don’t see in other sectors.
I joined DC in 2008 as a founding member of the Manchester team. Having helped open the office, I feel a great sense of ownership and care deeply about the transactions we work on. The challenge of growing the business through the downturn was highly motivating and, I am pleased to say, a great success.
During my time at DC I have advised on M&A transactions across various sectors, including the sales of Zenith (vehicle leasing) and Britton Group (packaging) and the acquisition of AFI Uplift (rental). Prior to DC I spent four years at Zeus Capital, where I advised mostly on public transactions including IPOs, fundraisings and PTPs.
The regional markets are much more relationship driven and, while email has its uses, building relationships isn’t one of them. I always prefer to pick up the phone to clients where possible.
I am an executive director in the healthcare team, which I joined in October 2014. During my time at DC Advisory, I’ve worked on both domestic and cross-border deals, including advising Baywater Healthcare Ireland on behalf of Duke Street Capital on its sale to Air Liquide and advising Citation on behalf of ECI Partners on its sale to HgCapital. More recently, I have advised Duke Street Capital and Baywater Healthcare on the sale to Bastide le Confort Medical.
Whilst each transaction presents new and complex challenges, helping clients achieve a successful outcome is very satisfying. The opportunity to work with dynamic businesses and highly capable colleagues always keeps this role interesting and enjoyable.
Before joining DC Advisory, I worked for KPMG Corporate Finance in London and earlier in my career I qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
As a Director in the Leisure, Retail & Consumer (LRC) team I focus on originating and executing M&A transactions for domestic and cross border deals in the sector.
I have worked on a number of interesting deals since joining DC Advisory in 2014, including the sale of Lunch Garden to Bregal Freshstream, ICG’s acquisition of Park Holidays and Nagatanien’s acquisition of Chaucer Food.
The opportunity to work with talented and driven colleagues, DC’s entrepreneurial culture and its international platform were the main reasons for me to choose DC Advisory.
Before joining DC I worked in the M&A team at Commerzbank in Frankfurt and London, prior to this I was at Lincoln International in Frankfurt and Madrid, primarily focused on cross border M&A transactions in the LRC space.
I joined DC Advisory in July 2013. I am a Director and my role involves advising corporates, private equity funds and infrastructure clients on the execution of M&A transactions across a variety of sectors, including Energy, Infrastructure and Industrials.
In recent years I have worked on the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture between Ferrostaal and Haldor Topsoe, First State’s acquisition of the Helsingør-Helsingborg ferry route from Scandlines and Stena and the sell-sides of Doll Fahrzeugbau to Capital Management Partners and GHH Radsatz to Bonatrans. I enjoy the varied nature of transactions I can be involved in.
I was attracted to DC because it has global capabilities paired with the backing of a large Japanese financial corporation, while at the same time maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit and day-to-day independence of a boutique.
Before joining DC, I worked in M&A at Dresdner Kleinwort and Commerzbank. I studied International Business at Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR) and also completed an MBA with distinction at Warwick Business School (United Kingdom).
I joined DC in 2012 from Credit Suisse into the Financial Sponsors Group at DC, where I spent five years advising private equity clients before moving into the Business Services M&A team as a Director.
I see M&A as fundamentally a relationship-based business. Clients decide to buy or sell for many reasons but one of our key roles as an adviser is to always make sure clients have asked themselves all the right questions and to apply our experience and expertise in doing deals to help them to make the best possible decision. The level of trust between a client and their adviser is therefore often a critical part of the deal-making process. Mix that dynamic with the critical thinking, in-depth analysis and working with fun, intelligent colleagues that accompanies every deal and DC is a very rewarding place to work.
Recent deals I’ve advised on include the sale of Southern Dental to a Swiss family office, the acquisition of HKA for Bridgepoint Development Capital, the acquisition of Northgate for Cinven, the sale of Kinapse to HgCapital and the acquisition of Moneycorp for Bridgepoint.
Before joining DC I worked in the strategic advisory department at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo. I played a key role in executing M&A transactions including both domestic and cross-border deals. I also collaborated with the DC team and provided M&A advice to Japanese clients; mainly within the Industrial Products and Services sector.
In April 2018 I moved to DC Frankfurt on secondment from Daiwa as part of the Japan-Asia team, which is involved in originating and executing Europe-Asia transactions across various sectors. Having covered Industrials in the strategic advisory department at Daiwa, I then built on my knowledge and experience of the Industrials sector within a European context as well as contributing towards increasing Daiwa’s international presence in Europe’s M&A market.
I am now a member of DC Advisory UK’s Asia Access team.
I am an Executive Director in the Asia Access team in London where I’m responsible for originating and executing deals that involve Asian parties. I focus particularly on cross-border deals between China and Europe. The Asia Access team plays a key role in helping DC Advisory establish itself as the ‘go to’ advisory firm for deals involving Asian parties and it was the opportunity to contribute to the team’s continuing development and success that appealed to me when I joined the firm in January 2015. Since joining, I’ve helped build strong pipelines across a broad range of sectors including industrials, technology, automotive, education, consumer and healthcare.
Before joining DC, I worked at Deloitte London Corporate Finance and contributed significantly to several large Chinese cross border transactions. I hold a PhD degree from Cambridge University in Engineering and I am a CFA Charterholder.
As a Director in DC Germany’s Debt Advisory Group I am involved in the very technical side of transacting. I work across all sectors and deal with lots of negotiation as well as execution. I enjoy the fact that no two deals are the same; the diverse situations I have advised on include the restructuring of WEPA, the refinancing of Kobusch and a banking recapitalisation for the government of Iceland.
I moved to DC because of its excellent reputation and its prominent position within the Asian markets. The Asian angle is particularly relevant for me as I went to university in Tokyo and speak fluent Japanese, so a role which permits me to make use of my linguistic capabilities and cultural knowledge is a real plus.
Before DC I worked at Hawkpoint in the Restructuring and FIG Team.
I joined DC Advisory in May 2017 and I am a member of the Asia Access team, which is dedicated to providing clients in various sectors with a unique global reach to develop their business opportunities.
I’ve worked on several Europe-Asia transactions, including the sale of Pioneer’s majority stake in its CATV equipment business to Technicolor and SMS and Mitsui&Co.’s acquisition of MIMS group. I have also worked on successful Japan domestic deals such as Nojima’s acquisition of Nifty and Kyocera’s merger of Nihon Inter Electronics.
Before joining DC, I was a member of the M&A team at Daiwa Securities, headquartered in Tokyo. I was involved in originating and executing deals, for both sell-side and buy-side, with a focus on cross-border transactions and the Industrial Products and Services sector.
I believe the innovation and technological developments within the industry are truly global, fast moving and borderless; such innovations are changing the boundaries of traditional business.
I joined DC Advisory in June 2013, mainly being attracted by the high-caliber team and the entrepreneurial mind set of providing unbiased, independent advice to our clients. Furthermore, DC Advisory’s truly global footprint and superior access to Asian corporates provide for exciting cross-border deal flow, unique to the middle market.
As a Director in DC Advisory’s German M&A team, I focus on originating mandates and executing transactions, mainly in the industrials sector. Furthermore, as a Dutch national, I am responsible for the BENELUX relationship management for our Frankfurt office.
Prior to joining DC Advisory, I was at Commerzbank and J.P. Morgan, after I started my career with ABN AMRO/RBS in 2009. I studied International Business Administration, with a master’s degree in Finance & Investments, at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
We are a leading Europe-based corporate finance advisor with specific expertise in cross-border transactions. As a subsidiary of Daiwa Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of Japan’s Daiwa Securities Group, and alongside sister company DCS Advisory in North America, we are part of an established global brand with over 900 professionals in 37 offices throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. We provide tailored independent advice on M&A, debt raisings and restructurings.
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