ICFN partners around the World...
Marina Alberti, STUDIO ALBERTI
Marina Alberti is managing director of Studio Alberti, a auditing and tax advisory firm in Bolzano. Marina advises Italian and international clients on taxation, legal and financial issue including corporate and project financing as well as Mergers&Acquisitions. She has long-standing experience in supporting non-Italian companies in establishing a presence or expanding into Italy.
Marina holds a Degree in Business Administration (Dott.) from Libera Università agli Studi, Verona. Her working languages are German, Italian and English.
Aitor Arteaga, BAUM PARTNERS
Aitor Arteaga is a Corporate Lawyer, with a Degree in Laws by the UPV and Master in Legal and Tax Advisory. He is one of the founding members of BAUM partners, an independent legal and corporate advisory firm, specialized in supporting small and middle size industrial companies in their legal and financial affairs. Aitor has developed his career in legal firms, conducting projects for family-owned companies, restructuring of family assets and succession planning. He has participated as speaker and accredited financial consultant for public institutions in the Basque Country.
In BAUM, he provides expertise in M&A projects, as well as in debt restructuring and industrial establishments abroad. Aitor is also highly specialized in private and public capital raising, and financial optimization. He is Legal Counsel and Member of the Board in several industrial companies.
Juuso Aulanko, 3J Partners Oy
Juuso Aulanko is co-founder and managing partner of 3J Partners.
3J Partners is an independent mid-market M&A boutique based in Finland, where 3J Partners offers buy-side and sell-side M&A advisory. 3J Partners’ offices are in three cities Helsinki, Hämeenlinna and Jyväskylä.
Juuso founded the 3J Partners together with Jaakko Niskanen in 2008. They have been doing corporate finance business since then and led over 100 M&A projects. Juuso holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Jyväskylä.
William Aylward, Rockworth Management Partners Ltd
William Aylward is responsible for managing transactions within a range of sectors including industrial manufacturing, leisure, marketing, publishing and business services. Recent deals include the sale of welding, cutting and fume-extraction equipment Weldability Sif to Indutrade AB, the sale of laser cutting and engraving machinery manufacturer Cadcam Technology to Summa BV, the sale of hotel and spa facilities provider Clarice Leisure to Bannatyne Fitness, the sale of digital marketing business Pinnacle Marketing to Next Fifteen PLC, and the sale of industrial fastenings wholesaler Young Black to Indutrade. Mr. Aylward also led the market-mapping consultation for the French specialist engineering company Segula Technologies to help them explore options for their UK M&A strategy in the automotive sector. Prior to Rockworth, Mr. Aylard worked for Alchemy Partners, the London based Private Equity fund.
BASc (Engineering Physics/Applied Physics), University of Bath
MEng (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Imperial College, London
Drs. Bas Brusche, FACTOR BEDRIJFSOVERNAMES B.V.
Bas Brusche is co-founder and managing partner of Factor Corporate Finance.
FACTOR is an independent mid-market M&A boutique based in the Netherlands, where FACTOR offers buy-side and sell-side M&A advisory. The FACTOR team consist of highly skilled advisors and partners who can rely on a extensive track record in M&A dealmaking within different industries across the Netherlands and abroad. FACTOR has offices in Rotterdam, Deventer and Almelo.
Prior to founding Factor Corporate Finance in 2012, Bas Brusche started his M&A advisory career in 2004 at a Dutch M&A boutique. Bas holds a master degree in business administration from the Erasmus University / Rotterdam School of Management.
Thierry Dehout, CLOSING
Thierry Dehout has been active for more than 20 years in the field of business transfers, first within the network of Belgian, French and Luxembourg Chambers of Commerce, then as a partner in a business sale & acquisition firm. With this background and a good network developed during his career, Thierry has successfully carried out numerous business transfer operations within Closing since 2012. Thierry is a certified consultant by the Walloon Region.
Susana Enes, ENES | CABRAL
Susana Enes is a founding partner of Enes | Cabral, responsible for the M&A and Corporate Law practice areas. Susana started her professional life as a tax consultant in a Big Four consultancy firm, but soon decided to engage in her law practice, having worked in both national and international law firms in Portugal, where she gained a relevant experience in advising clients in M&A projects, mostly small to mid-size companies.
Susana completed an LLM in International Business and Trade Law and has post-graduate qualifications in Securities Law, as well as M&A and Corporate Litigation, being Recognized by Best Lawyers in Corporate Law since 2019 and in the Leaders League rankings for Portugal in the Corporate / M&A area.
Kurt Faes, CoTra
Kurt Faes is a Belgian corporate lawyer specialized in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and all fields of transactions (e.g. (private equity) investments, joint ventures, partnerships, restructurings, etc). Kurt is one of the founding partners of CoTra, an independent and dynamic boutique law firm specialized in transactions and corporate law.
David Franeau, CLOSING
David Franeau is Partner at Closing since 2015, David was previously Director of the M&A department of a Big-4 company in Luxembourg, Director of a Luxembourgish Private Equity fund and General Manager of a Belgian industrial group in the food manufacturing industry (turnover of €50 million, 250 people). Since 2013, David also assists a Belgian family of industrials in the management of their investments as an independent non-executive director in their investment vehicles in Europe.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Andrew Heitner, ALCON PARTNERS
Andrew Heitner is founder and director of Alcon Partners, a buy-side advisory firm that assists Private Equity firms and corporate M&A departments source and evaluate acquisition opportunities, with offices in Miami, Boston, and Vermont. He also owns Alcon Technology Consulting Inc., a telecommunications firm based in Boston.
Mr. Heitner was previously co-founder of New Frontiers Information Corporation (NFIC), a Cambridge MA software company that sells enterprise-level digital content management systems. NFIC was subsequently acquired by the Banta Corporation (now RR Donnelley NYSE:RRD) and he served for several years following the acquisition as Director of Banta Integrated Media.
Mr. Heitner serves on the executive board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida, the Investment Committee for Miami Children’s Hospital board of directors, and on the Executive Council of MPE Partners private equity firm. He has been a lecturer at the University of Miami School of Business in Entrepreneurship, and serves as a judge for the Leigh M. Rothschild Business Plan Competition.
He is involved in a number entrepreneurial ventures, including angel investments in 4 start-up companies. He holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Michael Hirt, HIRT&FRIENDS GmbH
Dr. Michael Hirt is a leading expert and independent consultant on Corporate Finance and Corporate Development topics. He is President & CEO of HIRT&FRIENDS, an independent management consultancy and Director of the Austrian Institute for Management Innovation. He has published widely on Management and Corporate Finance Topics and has served as a visiting faculty member of major universities. Prior to his career as an independent consultant, speaker and management author, he worked as an investment banker with HSBC Investment Bank, as a Corporate Finance Expert with the Austrian Privatization Agency/State Holding Company ÖIAG and as a strategy and management consultant with BCG.
Michael received both his MBA from INSEAD and his Doctorate in Law from Vienna University with Distinction and holds an LL.M. from McGill University, Montreal/Canada. He is a CMC - Certified Management Consultant, award with Distinction. The CMC represents evidence of the highest standards of consulting and adherence to the ethical canons of the profession. Less than 1% of all consultants have achieved this globally recognized level of performance.
Dr. Sonja Legtmann, EXG Consulting GmbH
Dr. Sonja Legtmann is managing director and founder of EXG Consulting GmbH, an independent corporate finance advisory firm for the mid-market with a special focus on technology companies. At EXG Dr. Sonja Legtmann mainly works on M&A advisory projects in the ICT and services industries.
Before starting her own corporate finance advisory activities Dr. Sonja Legtmann was partner of an international venture capital and corporate finance group and member of the board of several portfolio and group companies.
She started her career working for private and investment banks in Vienna, London and Munich advising on numerous financing, M&A, IPO and privatization projects.
Dr. Sonja Legtmann holds a master degree in business administration and a doctorate in economic sciences. Her working languages are German, English, French and Spanish.
Dr. Bartosz Marcinkowski, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp. k.
Dr. Bartosz Marcinkowski specialises in company law and M&A. He is an adviser to numerous leading Polish and foreign companies on legal aspects of their operations and on the restructuring of capital groups. He is also an adviser on foreign investments in Poland including greenfield investments and an adviser on Polish investments abroad. Dr. Bartosz Marcinkowski has authored publications and lectured at many conferences and seminars about doing business in Poland. He is a member of the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw and member of the International Bar Association. Dr. Marcinkowski was ranked as Global Leader in the Who’s Who Legal M&A 2019 guide.
Søren Milner, MilnerFinance
Søren Milner is founder of MilnerFinance. Søren has more than 30 years’ experience as corporate finance advisor working for Nordic investment banks, independent consultancies and Big4 advisory firms. Søren has strong deal experience through more than 80 successful closings (EV EUR 10mill – 1.0bn) executed on five continents globally advising Danish/Nordic corporates and owner-managed businesses acquiring or exiting non-core business units as well as international companies entering the Nordic area.
Søren has a broad sector experience, and he has been engaged by clients in M&A, debt finance, financial risk management, exit planning and strategic change processes. Søren has an extensive network with industry, private equity and the financial sector in Denmark, and Søren is respected by clients, colleagues and staff for a high level of personal integrity, professional skills in all aspects of transactions and his leadership competencies.
Søren holds a M.SC. (Econ) from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.
Karl Pilny, asia21 GmbH (Zurich)
Dr. Karl Pilny is Managing Partner of asia-21 for more than 10 years. Before this he was Managing Partner of Travers Smith and Coudert Brothers in Germany. For more than twenty years Dr. Pilny offers advice about China, Japan, Korea and India. He is an experienced international business lawyer with vast experience in structuring and executing international projects, particularly in Asia. He initiates capital market investment funds and advises on asset allocation and fund management.
He is a business angel and has co-founded a venture capital company. Dr. Pilny is investing in numerous start-ups, in which he takes an active advisory role. Dr. Pilny lectured German Law at the Universities of Kyoto and Osaka, was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for International Intellectual Property Law in Munich. His main mission, as an entrepreneur, author and advisor is to make a difference and a positive impact on the world.
Lawrence Price, Rockworth Management Partners Ltd
Lawrence Price has over 18 years lead advisory corporate finance experience working with privately owned companies. His work includes sales, acquisitions, MBO/MBI and fund-raising, with completed transactions ranging from £1m to £100m in value. With experience of over 100 transactions, Lawrence Price was lead advisor on the sale of Morgan Motor Company Limited to Investindustrial, Rubicon Drinks to AG Barr, Kittiwake Developments to Parker Hannifin Inc and Core Design to Omnicom Inc. At Rockworth, Mr. Price has launched Value-Vault, an online resource tool designed to help businesses highlight areas for potential growth, improve commercial management, and to prepare for a successful change of ownership. Prior to founding Rockworth Management Partners, Mr. Price headed up the Thames Valley office of a London-based corporate finance firm, worked in TMT corporate finance with Longacre Partners, now part of Jefferies, and was Operations Business Manager for the British American Racing Formula One team. He sits on the financial services panel of Said Business School Oxford, and is non-executive director to two private businesses.
MBA (Finance & Entrepreneurship), Imperial College Business School, London
Advanced Corporate Finance, London Business School
MEng (Aeronautical Engineering), Imperial College, London
Daniel Rivera, ELIT CAPITAL
Founding Partner of Elit Capital, Economist, with a Master in Business Administration by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a second Master in Business Administration by Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV). Mr. Rivera has extensive experience in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) processes through working in world-renowned companies such as Petrobras and Ernst & Young.
Mr. Rivera participated in major M&A Transactions in Brazil and has experience in international processes in Europe, Saudi Arabia, Central and South America, involving clients in many countries around the world.
Davy Smet, CoTra
Davy Smet is a corporate lawyer specialized in all fields of corporate law and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (share and asset deals), venture capital, joint ventures, partnerships and restructurings for multinational groups and large/medium-sized local companies. Davy is one of the founding partners of CoTra, an independent and dynamic boutique law firm specialized in transactions and corporate law.
Rémy Templier, CLOSING
Rémy Templier joined Closing in 2015 and became Partner in 2021. Over the last years at Closing, Rémy has conducted and actively contributed to the success of numerous transactions, fundraising, valuations, financial and strategic studies in multiple sectors. Rémy is a certified consultant by the Walloon Region.
Henri-Jacques van Tichelen, AURIS Finance
Henri-Jacques has devoted most of his career to the sectors of ‘services to industry’ (including construction engineering, industrial process engineering, automated material handling, ….) and contractors (integrators / turnkey contractors). Henri-Jacques has managed major players in these sectors in France, UK, the Netherlands and Belgium and has carried out numerous acquisitions, disposals and restructuring operations. He has a MSc / MBA and joined AURIS Finance to develop their activities in France and Europe.
POLAND José Luis Villacampa Varea, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp. k.
José Luis Villacampa Varea has worked at DZP for over ten years, mainly advising clients in the construction and energy sectors on operations in Poland. He actively participates in advising Spanish-speaking clients seeking to invest in Poland and Polish businesses looking to expand into Iberian and South American markets. He also heads the team advising Italian clients. For many years he has played an active part in various events promoting foreign investment in Poland. In Spain, he advised on corporate law and civil procedural law. José Luis Villacampa Varea is Member of the Council of the Polish-Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Management Board of the Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, Member of the European Lawyers’ Association (ELA), the Chamber of Advocates in Saragossa and the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw.