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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 lead the firm’s Retail sector franchise in the UK. I came to DC because I was impressed by the firm’s entrepreneurial culture, its partnership approach and commitment to providing independent advice.
I joined the firm in 2017 after 21 years in corporate finance and investment banking with Charterhouse Bank and HSBC. I have worked on several high profile M&A and equity raising transactions over the past few years including; the sale of Tesco’s Korean business to MBK for $6BN, the contested public bid for Home Retail Group plc by Steinhoff, the sale of House of Fraser, the merger of Cineworld plc with Cinema City N.V., and the IPOs of Jimmy Choo, Game Digital, OVS Spa, Moncler and Grandvision.
The retail industry is in the midst of rapid structural change caused by the growth of e-commerce and the emergence of exciting new brands and business models. This makes it a fascinating sector to be involved in.
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 moved to DC Advisory in 2014 because of the company’s great reputation and because there was an opportunity to develop an independent Infrastructure advisory platform.
I had previously worked at JPMorgan, where I headed the Infrastructure Finance platform. Before that I was a senior member of the Infrastructure Finance team at Dresdner Kleinwort and a lead analyst at Moody’s, in Utilities & Energy.
In my career I have worked on deals across the broader infrastructure sector – from utilities, toll roads, airports to ports and rail, as well as the more hybrid sectors like motorway services, towers, meter reading and waste. Since joining DC, one of the highlights has been advising EISER on the refinancing of ESP Utilities Group; it was a complex deal with many moving parts but we managed to bring it to a great conclusion.
I joined DC Advisory in 2002 and have advised numerous corporates such as Vinci, Elior, Suez or TDF, private equity funds like PAI, KKR, Edmond de Rothschild or Carlyle but also families and entrepreneurs with a primary focus on the Business services sector. I am also in charge of private equity coverage for our French office.
I spent 2011 to 2013 in the M&A department at Daiwa in Hong Kong, which was an incredibly valuable experience. I continue to work closely with our Daiwa colleagues and make use of our international platform as it can offer real benefits for our clients.
After nearly 15 years I continue to highly value the entrepreneurial spirit and client focus approach of our company free of any conflict of interest.
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 came to DC Advisory in 2013, attracted by the company’s global platform, its independence and its strong presence in Asia which I see as a clear benefit when advising our internationally active clients.
I have worked in M&A since 2002 and, in the time since, I have advised on a number of cross-border transactions with a particular focus on the Industrials sector.
Prior to DC I was at Commerzbank where I spent two and a half years originating and executing M&A primarily in the Industrials sector. I started my career in the M&A department at Deutsche Bank and thereafter worked at ABN AMRO/RBS. I am an attorney at law.
I co-lead the Financial Sponsors Group in London. My team provides a focal point for DC’s interaction with the private equity community: we help PE clients find deals that fit their investment strategy and realise value from their portfolios. I am also responsible for origination across the sectors and am involved in execution on some TMT and Business Services deals.
When I came to DC it was the international platform and the company’s long track record of leading mid-market deals that appealed to me. Having worked here some time now I am equally impressed by the high-quality individuals I work with every day. It’s also rare to find such a fun and entrepreneurial culture in a corporate environment.
Before moving to DC I spent six years at 3i as an investor focused on growth capital and buyout deals in Europe. Prior to that I was with PwC for nine years.
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 as an Associate in 2010 and am now an Executive Director in the Industrials team.
I have advised both corporates and private equity firms across a number of Industrials subsectors, including capital goods, automotive, marine, aerospace and metals – with a particular focus on building efficiency and construction products.
In recent years I have advised on the sale of Anesco to CBPE Capital, Swegon’s acquisition of P. Lemmens and the sale of a stake in Punch Powertrain to New Horizon Capital, the Chinese PE fund.
The most interesting thing about what I do is the international nature of the Industrials sector. It allows our team to bring DC’s global reach and relationships to the fore.
I joined DC Advisory in February 2016 as an Executive Director in the Infrastructure team. Prior to joining DC, I spent almost 15 years at UBS Investment Bank where I was responsible for the origination and execution of transactions in the European Power, Utilities and Infrastructure sectors. During the course of my career I have worked on a variety of transactions in the sector, both in EMEA and North America. I have advised corporates, governments and financial investors on buy- and sell-side M&A transactions, equity and debt raisings, corporate strategy, capital structure and dividend policy.
I decided to move to DC because I was excited by the opportunity to work with a team that has such a strong reputation in the infrastructure market, where I can apply my skills and expertise in order to help further grow and develop the business.
I am an Executive Director at DC France working primarily on transactions in the Industrials sector.
Since joining DC Advisory in 2006 I have advised on numerous transactions in the Industrials and B2B Services sectors, including the acquisition of Faiveley Transport by Wabtec, the sale of Alteo’s downstream business to Imerys and the sale of Air Liquide’s polymer engineering activities to Technip.
I enjoy the balance we manage to maintain at DC Advisory: we have the entrepreneurial spirit and day-to-day independence of a boutique firm, combined with the resources and global presence of a global financial corporation.
Before joining DC Advisory I spent two years at Gimar & Cie and also did two internships in M&A at Clinvest (Crédit Lyonais) and HSBC.
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’s TMT team in 2014, covering technology, media as well as adjacent sectors, including travel and tech-enabled services, advising on both M&A and growth equity fund raising mandates. I have worked on a range of both domestic and cross border deals, including the sale of Inspiring Learning to Bridgepoint, CloserStill to Inflexion and buy side advice to Exponent on the acquisition of Leisure Pass Group.
DC has an excellent reputation and I enjoy working with a team of very talented and highly motivated colleagues, who combine professional integrity with entrepreneurial spirit.
Prior to joining DC Advisory I was at UBS Investment Bank in both London and Sydney, advising public and private clients across a wide range of sectors and products, including M&A and equity capital markets. I have also co-founded a technology start-up.
I am Executive Director in the Infrastructure team advising on both debt and M&A transactions. Since joining DC in 2016 I have worked on a wide range of transactions for a broad spectrum of infrastructure investors.
I joined DC because of its high quality advisory platform which has been established in a relatively short period of time. At DC we are able to offer our clients a truly independent approach which large institutions are not able to provide. The opportunity to work within a highly professional team with an impressive deal flow and client base makes this role interesting.
I have worked on a number of international transactions across the infrastructure space during my career, from traditional core regulated assets to core plus and hybrid assets. Before joining DC, I worked in the financing teams at both RBS and HSBC.
I joined DC Advisory’s Infrastructure team in 2014 because of its excellent reputation and the opportunity to work on some high-profile transactions. Since then, not only have I worked on an extensive range of deals but I’ve also benefited from professional development opportunities and broadened my industry relationships.
During my career I’ve worked on deals across infrastructure including regulated water, gas and electricity utilities in the UK, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, Benelux and the USA as well as renewables, district heating, midstream oil and gas, smart meters and rolling stock. Since joining DC, one of the highlights has been advising AMP and Infracapital on their successful acquisition of Adven.
I started my career at Macquarie Capital, where I worked in the infrastructure coverage team. I hold a Master’s Degree from INSEAD.
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 am a Director M&A at DC Advisory, Germany, working primarily on transactions in the Industrials sector (IP&S Industrial Products & Services).
DC Advisory has a strong setup in Europe and a unique global presence through Sagent / Signal Hill in the US and Daiwa Securities Group in Japan. Therefore, we can give specialised advice to our clients locally and provide access to corporates and financial sponsors globally.
Prior to joining DC Advisory, I was Director M&A at Commerzbank and Dresdner Kleinwort, working on a number of international and domestic transactions. These transactions include M&A (buy- and sell-side advice) and finance transactions (including the issuance of bonds and equity including IPOs and capital increases).
As a Director at DC Advisory I work on origination and am also responsible for leading and executing deals.
I joined the company in 2010 and since then I’ve had the opportunity to advise both corporates and private equity firms on a wide range of transactions across the healthcare, services and manufacturing sectors. A couple of notable deals I’ve worked on include the sale of Menix group to LBO Partners and the spin-off of the composite activities of Compin group to BFG International.
I joined DC from EY Corporate Finance as it is, in my opinion, one of the most dynamic M&A houses among established mid-market advisory firms. This is thanks to its entrepreneurial spirit as well as the truly collaborative nature, and international network, of colleagues. From a more personal perspective, it’s also very rewarding to work alongside committed individuals who are dedicated to achieving the same shared objective: to deliver the best possible outcome for our clients.
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.
We employ over 200 staff across six European offices in France (Paris and Lyon), Germany (Frankfurt), Poland (Warsaw) and the UK (London and Manchester).
Our parent company is Daiwa Capital Markets, the international investment banking division of Daiwa Securities Group, listed in Japan with a market capitalisation of c. €12bn. It is thanks to Daiwa’s presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region that we have local market knowledge and strong relationships with businesses across the Asian continent. Our sister company, Sagent Advisors, in which Daiwa is also a shareholder, provides the same coverage and access across the United States.
We are present in Spain and the Nordic region through our partners Danske Bank Corporate Finance and Montalbán Atlas Capital, both of whom we have worked with for more than fifteen years.
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