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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 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.
I came to DC Advisory in 2010, drawn by the opportunity of setting up a dedicated Asia-focused team based in Europe. My task was to bring together DC and Daiwa’s respective platforms – both of which are leaders in their geographies – and create a channel that would facilitate transactions between the two continents. I am pleased to be able to say that our dedication to this cause and our work towards bridging the transactional, cultural and linguistic gaps have made us undisputed leaders in this field, with 53 successful Asia/Europe transactions completed as at April 2017.
I have specialised in cross-border transactions throughout my 20+ year career. My recent transactions include: Hitachi’s acquisition of Temple Lifts; Sale of Micheldever Tyre to Sumitomo Rubber; Daikin’s acquisition of Zanotti; sale of TGE Marine to Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding; Mitsubishi Electric’s acquisition of Del Clima; sale of Punch Powertrain to New Horizon of China and sale of Panasonic’s telecom business to Nokia.
One of my most memorable transactions was the sale of TGE Marine to Mitsui, as we had to cope with industrial giants coming from three different world regions, displaying three distinct bidding styles. My team had its work cut out, and managed to run a complex, competitive process across multiple time zones – and make it all look seamless.
As a Managing Director on the Capital Advisory team, 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. 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 the international industry team at DC Advisory in July 2018. At the Frankfurt office, I am responsible for the consumer goods/retail sector in the German-speaking region. With its international setup and being part of the Daiwa Group, DC Advisory is ideally suited to cater to the growing interest of foreign and especially Asian investors in consumer goods companies.
I have more than 20 years of experience in the consumer goods industry, having previously worked at Sal, Oppenheim, Berenberg and Lincoln International. My references include transactions such as EDEKA/Spar + Netto, Radeberger/Bionade, Tom Tailor/Bonita and Vitakraft.
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.
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 Capital 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
I joined DC Advisory in August 2018 as a Director in the Paris office.
I specialize on the booming infrastructure sector within a team created in 2018 and led by Grégory Roquier and was attracted by the entrepreneurial approach and excellent reputation of DC Advisory in the sector at the moment when it decided to expand its capabilities in Paris. My M&A experience prior to DC Advisory includes a total of 6 years at BNP Paribas in Paris, with a focus on cross-border infrastructure deals during the last 3 years. Some of the notable deals I have worked on include the merger between international power generation giants GDF Suez Energy International and International Power (Belgium/France/UK); disposal of a stake held by Ardian in the Spanish oil products transportation network CLH (Spain/France); and the attribution to Vinci of the concession to operate the Airport of Salvador (France/Brazil).
Having an engineering education background, I also worked for Air Liquide in Russia, where I was in charge of Business Development (green-field and brown-field investments) of Large Industries business line.
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.
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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