Gold Sponsors

Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way. The Investment Banking Division provides the full range of financial advisory, capital raising, financing and risk management services to corporations, governments and financial institutions around the world. Our solutions are based on deep analysis and research into companies and markets. They’re created in collaboration with teams from across the firm.

With offices in 157 countries and more than 195,000 people, PwC is among the leading professional services networks in the world. PwC helps organisations and individuals create the value they’re looking for, by delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. In FY14, PwC firms provided services to 417 companies in the Fortune Global 500 and 462 in the FT Global 500. PwC was named the 3rd most attractive employer in the world for business students by Universum in 2014. For the year ending 30 June 2014, PwC’s gross revenues were US$34 billion.

Silver Sponsors

Rothschild is one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory groups, employing approximately 2,800 people in 40 countries around the world and on all continents. Rothschild provides strategic, M&A, equity, debt and wealth management advice and services to governments, companies and individuals worldwide. Rothschild's objectivity, global network and commitment to a relationship-driven approach, combine to create value for its clients through stability, integrity and creativity. Rothschild has been in continuous family ownership for more than 200 years. From historical roots in Europe, Rothschild has developed a unique global footprint. With approximately 900 advisers around the world, the group’s scale, reach and local knowledge is focused on supporting their clients wherever they need.

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

In Germany, Citi’s origins go back more than 90 years while Citi has the largest German corporate footprint of any non-domestic Bank, focussing on large German corporate clients as well as private equity firms.

Mutares is a holding company that focuses on acquiring small and medium-sized companies with clear potential for improvement. Mutares invests in European companies and focuses on the segments Automotive, Wood & Paper, Construction & Infrastructure, Engineering & Technology, Consumer Goods & Logistics. Following a focused Buy & Build approach, Mutares engages its own operational teams and actively supports its portfolio companies to achieve a clear value increase. Extensive operational experience in business and restructuring coupled with financial and operational support lay the groundwork for overcoming the challenges presented by the process of restructuring.

AUCTUS is the leading private equity firm for the German “Mittelstand”. The investment focus is based on majority ownership positions in profitable companies with an annual turnover between 10m and EUR 150m and strong growth potential. With over 100 investments in the last ten years, AUCTUS is the most active fund in the German speaking market. One of AUCTUS’ key drivers to build medium-sized enterprise groups is sustainable growth. This is based on organic growth and growth through value enhancing add-on acquisitions. The strategic growth plan is executed on the basis of a trustful and entrepreneurial collaboration of the AUCTUS investment team and the management team of the portfolio companies.

Armira Partners is an investment holding with an entrepreneurial mindset, focused on direct majority and minority equity investments in mid-sized “Mittelstand” companies in German-speaking Europe with revenues between EUR 50m and 500m. Thereby Armira concentrates on privately held businesses in various industries with the potential for long-term value enhancement and an attractive growth profile. The investors of Armira are solely entrepreneurial families and family offices that are seeking long-term, sustainable investment opportunities. In addition to the experienced investment and portfolio management team, Armira builds on a vast network of currently 28 entrepreneurs and managers, who possess expansive industry knowledge in their respective industries.

Raymond James has successfully advised companies and entrepreneurs on cross-border transactions for more than 25 years. Advising during all phases of a transaction - from setting strategic and financial goals through to transaction closings. They exclusively represent the interests of their clients with focused efforts in M&A, financing, restructuring and secondaries – optimizing transaction terms and customizing financial instruments to reflect clients’ strategic and financial needs.

Bronze Sponsors

With offices in 50+ cities across 25 countries, Oliver Wyman is a leading global management consulting firm that combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm's 3,000 professionals help clients optimize their businesses, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a part of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Since 2004, Flow Traders has been a principal trading firm and one of the world’s largest liquidity providers, specialized in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs). The headquarters in Amsterdam and offices in New York, Singapore and Cluj accommodate more than 300 employees. Throughout the years, Flow Traders has received the industry’s recognition, winning numerous awards and has been listed as a company since 2015

PER is the leading adviser to private equity on hiring and retaining talent. They place over 200 investment professionals a year from analyst to partner across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia and the clients include some of the most successful investment firms globally.

Since 1992, the management consultancy zeb has offered advice and supported clients from the financial services sector and has continuously extended their lead in a hard-fought market for management consulting. zeb is an internationally active and their expertise ranges from strategy & sales to organization, enterprise management, human capital & IT.

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