2021 Cross-Border M&A and Private Equity Virtual Conference

The M&A Phoenix - Rising from Pandemic Ashes?

September 29, 2021
MuMAC 2021 - Virtual Conference
12:15 pm to 4:45 pm (CEST)
September 29, 2021
MuMAC 2021 - Virtual Conference
12:15 pm to 4:45 pm (CEST)

The 2021 Cross-Border M&A and Private Equity Conference (MuMAC 2021) is the industry-leading conference in cross-border M&A and private equity investments.


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September 29, 2021
12:15 pm to 4:45 pm (CEST)
12:15 pm

Welcome and Introduction

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.

Christian von Sydow

Conference Co-Chair
Partner and Lawyer, 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.

12:30 – 1:15 pm

Corporate Transformation in the Digital Post-Pandemic Era

Janina Kugel

Senior Advisor, Speaker, Author and Non-Executive Board Member

Janina Kugel is senior advisor, speaker, author and non-executive board member of Konecranes Oyj, Finland, TUI AG, Germany and the German Pension Benefit Guaranty Association.

Prior to this, she has been Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG.

Janina holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Mainz, Germany, and the University of Verona, Italy and started her career as a management consultant at Accenture.

Janina Kugel is an active supporter of various national and international diversity initiatives. She is also a member of the international Advisory Board of Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany and IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. She is serving as board member at the Innovation Council of the Federal Ministry of Digitization.

In April 2021, Janina released her first book “It’s Now”.

1:15 – 1:55 pm

The Status Quo: M&A and Private Equity Market in 2021

Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs

Partner and Lawyer, McDermott Will & Emery

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. Michael Drill

Managing Director, Chairman of the Management Board, CEO Germany, Lincoln International

Michael Drill provides overall strategic and operational leadership for Lincoln International’s activities in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Benelux region. He principals the procurement and management of clients, leads deal teams and recruits qualified personnel.

In addition to his operational roles within the firm, Michael is passionate about mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Germany. He has 25 years of experience advising on M&A, public takeovers, fairness opinions and corporate divestitures. His clients are comprised of large corporations as well as mid-sized privately-owned businesses and leading private equity groups. Michael brings global, cross-border expertise to his projects, helping clients navigate the increasing complexity of transactions, and creating a comprehensive deal experience.

Dr. Philipp Heer

Partner, HWF
Philipp leads the Frankfurt office of HWF Partners.
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.

2:00 – 2:40 pm

German Mittelstand-Investments under COVID-19 Circumstances

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.

Philipp Haindl

Managing Director, Serafin Group

Philipp Haindl completed his studies at the London School of Economics with a master’s of economic history. He started his career as an associate at KPMG in the audit department before moving on to corporate finance valuation services. Before founding Serafin, Mr. Haindl was active in business analysis and acquisitions for five years and was involved in numerous M&A transactions. Mr. Haindl is responsible for strategy and finance within the Serafin Group.

Richard G. Ramsauer

Managing Partner, VTC Industriebeteiligungen

Richard G. Ramsauer has completed a number of transactions in the industrials, infrastructure and electronics space. He manages VTC’s interests in FRIWO AG. Mr. Ramsauer is also in charge of public relations at VTC. Before joining VTC, he worked for Bain & Company as a project manager in the Munich and Stockholm offices. During his time at Bain, he focused on strategy work and efficiency programs in the industrials and commodities sectors. He also spends some time on his forestry estate in Austria. Mr. Ramsauer is an Austrian citizen and holds a business degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, United States.

Andre Waßmann

Member of the Executive Board, Head of M&A, Helbling Business Advisors

Andre has almost twenty years of experience as a strategy, M&A and corporate finance expert and as a strategy consultant for clients in the financial services and capital markets sectors. He has held various management positions at Accenture, Commerzbank and KGAL. Before joining Helbling Business Advisors and CFI Group, Andre was Partner at Clairfield International with a focus on the transaction market of startups, corporates and VCs in the fintech sector and other digital business models. He covers further technology-based innovation areas such as mobility and energy. At the investment management house KGAL, he was responsible for the development of innovative business areas, the M&A and venture capital investments and he implemented a digital investment platform. Besides this, he supports academia in the development of blockchain technology. His experience and network ranges from corporates and midcap companies to private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurs. Andre graduated from business studies at Oxford University and in Ravensburg. He holds an MBA from Saïd Business School.

2:40 – 3:10 pm

Coffee Break

3:10 – 3:55 pm

Restructuring and Special Situations Opportunities

Dr. Björn Biehl

Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, Munich

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.

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.

Arndt Geiwitz

Certified Public Accountant, Certified Tax Advisor, Managing Partner,
SGP Schneider Geiwitz & Partner

Arndt Geiwitz is managing partner of the SGP Schneider Geiwitz group of corporate law firms. He graduated from the University of Passau and holds a degree in economics. As Certified Public Accountant and Certified Tax Advisor he has spent more than 20 years as an auditor and tax consultant in the field of corporate restructuring. His main areas of expertise as an advisor of medium-sized enterprises are risk management, strategy, business succession, and M&A. He supports many out-of-court restructurings and advises companies in major insolvency proceedings as general representative. Since 2000 he has been appointed by courts as insolvency administrator and since 2012 as trustee.

Markus Schiller

Head of DACH and CEE, Datasite Germany GmbH

Markus Schiller is Head of DACH und CEE at Datasite Germany GmbH. He has supported the transformation to Datasite over the past five years and has led the Frankfurt office since 2017. Prior to his time at Datasite, Markus worked in the financial sector, as Sales Manager Europe for Trading Technologies and account manager at Thomson Reuters. In 2016, he co-founded the technology start-up Evo Fintech. He holds an MBA from Purdue University (US) and a BA from the University of Oregon (US).

4:00 – 4:45 pm

International Healthcare Transactions: All Time Highs

Dr. Stephan Rau

Partner, Head of the Health Law Practice Group in Europe, McDermott Will & Emery, Munich

Dr. Stephan Rau focuses his practice on M&A transactions, mainly in the health and life sciences sector; health care regulation, including with regard to academic organisations; and related compliance. He is head of the Firm’s Health Law Practice Group in Europe. In 2004, Dr. Rau was an adviser on the foundation of the first German corporate medical centre. Since then he has represented numerous investors, health care service providers, pharmaceutical and medtech companies, and governmental entities in M&A transactions, outsourcing projects, and licensing and reimbursement proceedings.

Sharon Lamb

Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, London

Sharon advises on global transactional mandates, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures in health services, pharma and life sciences, digital health and health data technologies.

Sharon also provides strategic, regulatory and commercial support to UK and international clients on UK health and life sciences with a focus on health services, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital health and health data. Sharon is widely recognized for her expertise on NHS and public law regulatory and contracting matters, including payment and reimbursement and market access. She works closely with international technology and life sciences companies on regulatory issues relating to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital health and health data protection. She has particular experience advising strategic and private equity investors in transactions and investments in health and life sciences.

Sharon is also well-versed in health care services governance and regulatory matters, NHS public private partnerships, procurements, joint ventures and shared working arrangements, mergers, acquisitions, health data and competition issues.


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