2022 Cross-Border M&A and Private Equity Conference

Game-Changer Geostrategy: The Transactional Ripple Effects

The Cross-Border M&A and Private Equity Conference (MuMAC) is the industry-leading conference in cross-border M&A and private equity investments.


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September 20, 2022
8:00 am to 4:30 pm (CET)
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:05 am (Grand Ballroom)

Welcome Statement


Christian von Sydow

Conference Co-Chair
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, Munich

Christian von Sydow advises clients on corporate law, M&A, private equity, restructuring, corporate conflict resolution and estate planning. He has represented a large number of international and German clients, including strategic and financial investors, in acquisitions and sales of businesses in Germany and internationally in cross-border matters. Mr. von Sydow represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including automotive supply, consumer electronics, defence, energy, internet, optics, publishing, retail, software, technology and testing technology, travel and tourism.

Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs

Conference Co-Chair
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, Munich

Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs advises private equity funds and German industrial players on private equity, venture capital, and private and public mergers and acquisitions. Nikolaus leads the Firm’s German private equity activities.

Before joining McDermott, Nikolaus was a partner of another international law firm and headed its German private equity practice. He has also worked in investment banking and European capital markets for Merrill Lynch, London.

9:05 am - 9:20 am (Grand Ballroom)

Opening Statement

Dmytro Shevchenko, LL.M.

Consul of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Munich

9:20 am - 10:00 am (Grand Ballroom)

Keynote Speech

Dr. Stefanie Babst

Principal and Global Policy Advisor, Brooch Associates, London, Global Advisory Firm

Dr. Stefanie Babst can look back at a remarkable professional journey in NATO's International Staff. In the course of 22 years she held different positions in the Public Diplomacy Division which she was appointed to lead as NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General from 2006 to 2012. The post made her the highest-ranking German woman in the International Secretariat. From 2012 to 2020, she led NATO's Strategic Foresight Team - a fabulous civil-military team, advising the NATO Secretary General and Chairman of the Military Committee on strategic unknowns and potential upcoming crisis situations in geographical and functional areas of relevance to the Alliance.

Stefanie began her career in 1991 as Assistant Professor for International Security Policy at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany, moving on to become Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the Federal Armed Forces Command & General Staff College in Hamburg.

She is an internationally renowned strategic advisor, publisher and speaker on international security issues and board member of the German Council on Foreign Relations and the Danish Center for War Studies. Stefanie is also active in various security networks, including Women in International Security (WIIS) and the World Economic Forum. She also is a Senior Associate Fellow with the London-based European Leadership Network. In recognition of her professional achievements, she received several state awards.

10:05 am -10:45 am (Grand Ballroom)

The Status Quo: M&A and Private Equity Market in 2022

Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs

Conference Co-Chair
Partner and Lawyer, McDermott Will & Emery, Munich

Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs advises private equity funds and German industrial players on private equity, venture capital, and private and public mergers and acquisitions. Nikolaus leads the Firm’s German private equity activities.

Before joining McDermott, Nikolaus was a partner of another international law firm and headed its German private equity practice. He has also worked in investment banking and European capital markets for Merrill Lynch, London.

Andreas Bösenberg

Managing Director, NORD Holding

Andreas has been active in the international private equity industry for more than 20 years. He started his career at 3i. Since 2000 he was responsible for leading and setting up private equity investment teams in the small-mid market segment and for over Euro 2bn of invested capital. He assisted portfolio companies during their transformation and growth phase and exited several of them in international IPOs and trade sales. In May 2018 Andreas was appointed managing director of NORD Holding, an asset manager with over 2bn Euro of AUM where he focuses on transformational investments in the German-speaking region.

Dr. Florian von Alten

Managing Partner, Oaklins Angermann AG

Florian is a managing partner at Oaklins Germany, and served as president and chairman of Oaklins International between 2016 and 2019. He joined the firm as an M&A consultant in 1994 and became a partner in 1998. Florian has advised on over 120 M&A transactions, many of them cross-border, mainly in the industrial space. Most of his clients are privately-owned Middelstand companies (hidden champions), but also include larger conglomerates and private equity firms. He has particular expertise in industrial manufacturing, machinery, engineering, industrial automation, precision metal processing, tool manufacturing, injection molding, electronics, food & beverage and construction and facility management. Florian leads Oaklins’ industrial machinery & components team and is an active member of the food & beverage team.

Prior to 1994, Florian worked at Siemens Components Pte Ltd. in Singapore. He has a doctorate in economics and political economy and studied business administration at the universities of Goettingen, Germany, and Fribourg, Switzerland.

Floyd Plettenberg

CEO and Founder, Dealsuite

Floyd Plettenberg is the Founder and CEO of Dealsuite. Dealsuite was founded in 2017, in close cooperation with M&A advisors and investment firms. The company has grown exponentially since then. Before founding Dealsuite, Floyd Plettenberg worked at PwC in the Netherlands for 7 years.

He was part of the M&A Deal-Team and worked on international) projects from the Netherlands and outside. Floyd is furthermore a co-owner of the Dutch M&A platform Brookz. He holds a Master in Business economics/ Strategy and an Executive Master in Finance & Control.

Teresa Schawe

Partner, Strategy& Germany, PwC

Teresa Schawe is a leading practitioner in M&A strategies, business services and private equity. She is a Partner at Strategy& Germany, and based in the Frankfurt office. As a member of our Deals practice, she advises international clients on medium to large-scale transactions and value enhancement programs.

With more than 14 years of professional experience in investment banking and consulting, Teresa has a broad network, strategic skills and an in-depth expertise in the international transaction market.

Prior to joining Strategy&, Teresa worked for an investment bank and successfully led the Private Equity business of an international management consultancy in Germany.

Teresa holds a diploma in economics from the University of Cologne.

Markus Schiller

Head of DACH & CEE, Datasite Germany

Markus is Head of Central Europe (DACH), CEE and CIS for Datasite. He has been accompanying the transformation to Datasite for more than 6 years now and has been leading the Frankfurt office since 2017. Previously, he mainly worked in the financial market, as Sales Manager Europe for Trading Technologies and as Account Manager for Thomson Reuters. He graduated from Purdue University in the USA with an Executive MBA and co-founded the technology start-up Evo Fintech in 2016.

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am - 11:40 am

Break out A (Grand Ballroom): 

Cross Border M&A from and to the United States and within Europe


Break out B (Palaishalle)

Cross Border M&A from and into Asia


Break out A (Grand Ballroom)

Cross Border M&A from and to the United States and within Europe


Dr. Nadine Hartung

Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, Munich

Dr. Nadine Hartung advises clients on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, private equity, corporate litigation and capital markets. Nadine has experience working with public and private companies, private equity as well as with individual investors. She has advised clients based in Europe, the United States and Canada on various cross border M&A deals. Nadine represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including health care, energy, publishing and transportation. Before joining McDermott, Nadine practiced at leading international law firms in Berlin, Frankfurt and New York City.

Dr. Philipp Heer, LL.M. (Duke)

Partner, Head of Frankfurt Office HWF

Prior to joining HWF, Philipp spent several years as an attorney with leading international law firms in Germany and the United States and advised German and international clients on all aspects of corporate law, takeover law, and in connection with M&A transactions, in particular with respect to national and cross-border transactions. Additionally, Philipp has been active working on private equity and venture capital transactions over the previous years.

Since moving into the M&A insurance sector Philipp has advised numerous clients and their advisors on a broad range of transactions, with deal values ranging into the several billions.

Julius Mährlein

Investment Director, VTC

Julius started his career at GCA Altium where he was involved in several buy-side and sell-side mandates in retail, industrials and healthcare. In 2015, he joined VTC, where he is today responsible for sourcing and executing transactions. Julius holds Bachelor and Master degrees in International Business from Maastricht University, Netherlands.

Norman Rafael

Chief Corporate Development Officer, MBCC Group

Norman is a senior executive, board director and experienced private equity professional.

Today he serves as Chief Corporate Development Officer and Group SVP of MBCC Group, one of the leading suppliers of construction chemicals and solutions globally that emerged from the former BASF Construction Chemicals business after its acquisition by an affiliate of Lone Star, a global private equity firm. 

In prior roles, Norman was a CxO and board director in industrial private equity portfolio companies with a track record of transformation and value creation. 

Previously a Managing Director and Group Head in investment banking and capital markets mostly in London, he advised a range of clients on complex M&A, financing and capital markets transactions with an aggregate value of more than €75bn.

Norman is a Swiss and English national, has a background in civil engineering and is a business school graduate of ESB Reutlingen and TUCK at Dartmouth.

Heather Schroder

Director, Senior Legal Counsel, Team Leader - Corporate and M&A, Robert Bosch LLC

Heather Schroder is Director, Senior Legal Counsel and Team Leader – Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, for Robert Bosch LLC. Ms. Schroder is based out of Robert Bosch GmbH’s North American headquarters in the metro Detroit area.

Prior to joining Bosch in 2014, Ms. Schroder worked as Senior Corporate Counsel at ATMI, Inc., a publicly-traded, microelectronics company in Connecticut; prior to working in-house, Ms. Schroder worked at a law firm in New York City as a Corporate Law Associate.

Break out B (Palaishalle)

Cross Border M&A from and into Asia


Ignatius K. Hwang

Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, Singapore

Ignatius K. Hwang focuses his practice on energy, infrastructure and resources projects in Asia Pacific and the Middle East, particularly China, India, Southeast Asia and Australia.

He advises governments and sponsors on strategic, procurement, legal, commercial and risk issues relating to public-private partnership projects (PPP). He has represented the Singapore government and agencies on almost all PPP projects in Singapore to date and has helped shape the development of the PPP projects market in Singapore.

Ignatius also advises on the development, acquisition, financing, construction and operation of energy, infrastructure and resources projects. His transactional experience, in particular on acquisitions and project financing, includes deal structuring, due diligence, drafting and negotiation of development, acquisition, fuel supply and power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts and operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts, as well as financing and security documentation.

Connie He

Deputy General Manager of International Department, Fosun Pharma Group

Connie He is the Deputy General Manager of the International Department at Fosun Pharma Group, a leading Chinese pharmaceutical group with a global footprint. She leads the international investment at Fosun Pharma. Prior to joining Fosun Pharma, Connie’s career spanned investment banking and private equity, including working in the investment banking and principal investment areas at Natixis and being CEO of a portfolio company’s European business.

Connie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Professional Accountancy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant.

Zhu Liu

Head of Sales and Marketing of Elogistic Germany, Zongteng Group

Zhu Liu is Head of Sales and Marketing of Elogistic Germany, a brand of Zongteng Group. Zongteng Group is a leading solutions provider of cross-border shipping and e-commerce fulfilment services with a global network of over 100 warehouses, 30 order processing centers and about 4000 employees processing 1.1 million orders every day. In addition to Elogistic, which focuses on e-commerce fulfillment service, Zongteng‘s portfolio also includes YunExpress, which is one of the world’s top 10 cross-border shipping providers for B2C e-commerce. So far, Zongteng has completed multiple rounds of financing and has raised approximately CNY 1 billion.

Prior to working for Zongteng Group, Zhu Liu helped expand Alibaba e-commerce ecosystem in Europe. He also worked for Accenture and founded his own e-commerce company. Zhu has a deep understanding of EU and China e-commerce landscape.

Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan

Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, Singapore

Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan focuses his practice on the representation of APAC and EMEA investment bank underwriters, issuers and vendors in a wide range of US and international capital markets transactions. These include numerous equity and debt offerings under Rule 144A and Regulation S and SEC-registered offerings. Siddhartha also advises on M&A, de-SPAC and restructuring transactions.

Siddhartha counsels on financial institution regulatory and compliance matters, including cross border licensing and marketing requirements and insider dealing and market abuse. He also advises on corporate governance and reporting requirements.

Siddhartha operates from the firm’s Singapore and London offices.

11:45 am - 12.25 pm

Break out A (Grand Ballroom):

Pre-Crisis Management, Private Equity & Crises Opportunities 


Break out B (Palaishalle):

Central Eastern Europe: The Good is so Close


Break out C (Gallery II): 

Life Sciences: Preparing for New Challenges


Break out A (Grand Ballroom)

Pre-Crisis Management, Private Equity & Crises opportunities


Dr. Björn Biehl

Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Dr. Björn Biehl focuses his practice on corporate restructuring and insolvency, national and international M&A and private equity transactions, joint ventures and on all aspects of general corporate law. He advises both domestic and international clients, and has practiced in both Germany and the United Kingdom. Björn has wide experience in transaction management and advised in various projects, inter alia, with respect to the pharmaceutical and technology-based industries.

Dr. Rainer Bizenberger

Managing Director, Co-Lead of the German Turnaround and Restructuring Services, AlixPartners

Dr. Rainer Bizenberger helps large companies navigate the complexities of restructuring and transformation. These clients profit from his expertise in turning around, transforming, or refinancing their businesses. Getting things done is his philosphy. Rainer has more than two decades of professional experience. During this time, he has successfully led large-scale, complex restructuring and transformation programs across various industries, both in advisory and management roles (Chief Restructuring Officer / Chief Restructuring Advisor). His wide-ranging experience with banks and credit insurers effectively helps in the negotiation of complex financing issues. He successfully negotiated and implemented major headcount reduction and portfolio optimization / divestment programs.

Who’s Who Legal recognized Rainer as Global Leader in restructuring and insolvency advisory. He is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Previously, Rainer was heading EY’s Turnaround and Restructuring practice in EMEIA. He also was a Senior Partner and Berlin office head at Roland Berger. Rainer holds a PhD in innovative corporate finance and a master degree from Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt.

Johannes Chrocziel

Senior Assoicate, Anchor Rechtsanwälte, Munich 

Johannes Chrocziel is a Senior Associate at the Munich office of Anchor Rechtsanwälte. Johannes advises companies and their directors on all aspects of insolvency and restructuring law. He has accompanied German as well as international clients on complex distressed M&A-transactions. 

Prior to joining Anchor Rechtsanwälte Johannes has worked several years for a well-renowned insolvency administration law firm. He holds a Global M.B.A. from EDHEC Business School in Nice, France.

Dr. Thomas Dohrmann

Chief Credit Officer, Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Dr Thomas Dohrmann is Chief Credit Officer at Hamburg Commercial Bank AG. Prior, he worked in various risk positions at NordLB, Fitch Ratings and Deutsche Bank in Hannover, Frankfurt and New York.

He holds a PhD degree in law from University of Hannover and an MBA from Duke University. 

Dr. Matthias Kampshoff

Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, Duesseldorf

Dr. Matthias Kampshoff provides advisory for all corporate and bankruptcy-law related issues. He focuses on restructuring companies that are experiencing crises and bankruptcy situations.

Matthias has extensive experience in providing advisory for companies, their officers, shareholders, investors as well as bankruptcy administrators and creditors. He focuses, in particular, on guiding companies in their debtor in possession proceedings (Eigenverwaltung).

 In addition, Matthias regularly advises in national and international (distressed) merger and acquisition transactions.

Recently, Matthias advised in various projects, inter alia, with respect to the following industry sectors: retail, automotive, media and information technology (IT).

In 2007, Matthias was part of the winning team of the contest “CEO of the Future,” placing fifth in the single ranking.

Conny E. Wuppermann

Managing Partner, palero capital GmbH

Conny is CFO and responsible for all financing transactions at palero and as Co-Head for the M&A business. She is a specialist in special situations M&A and financing.

For several years, Conny worked for a listed private equity firm as a director in M&A. Prior to that, she worked in investment banking at Drucker & Co. in Frankfurt. Conny studied business administration with a focus on corporate management and finance - at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, the University of Passau and the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Break out B (Palaishalle)

Central Eastern Europe: The Good is so Close


Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs

Conference Co-Chair