The value of corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A) with a European participation has reached new heights. Plenty of cash flow and the growth plans of the companies are fuelling the M&A activities. In particular, with a view to Asia, take-overs are considered as a possibility to develop new markets and generate growth. Conversely, players from the People’s Republic of China are on a shopping spree through Europe. International interlinking is increasing.

Whoever wants to subsist in international competition, must develop new markets, enlarge the product offering and expand market shares. The acquisition of a company or the merger of two competitors may be an appropriate growth strategy. Since 2013 the M&A Conference of Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum has been considered to be one of the most important platforms for M&A decision makers from Germany and Europe.


  • Donatus Albrecht, Member of the Executive Board, Aurelius AG
  • Thomas Felix Baden, Executive Director, Sailing Capital Advisors (Hong Kong) Ltd.
  • Mike Boettger, Vice President Strategy, Jenoptik AG
  • Dr Malte L. Bruhns, Partner, CMS Köln
  • Dr Franz-Martin Brüggemann, Senior Legal Counsel, Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH
  • Tian Cai, Manager M&A and Corporate Development, GEA Group AG
  • Thomas Deisenhofer, Head of Unit, Merger Control, Basic industries, manufacturing and agriculture, DG Competition, European Commission
  • Ulrich Dickel, Executive Officer Corporate Development/M&A, Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH
  • Johannes Froehling, Vice President Corporate Business Development & Strategy, AIXTRON SE
  • Dr Jochen Gann, Head of Corporate Finance and M&A, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH
  • Giovanni Ghisetti, Global Head M&A and Business Development, Ferrero S.A.
  • Dr Maximilian Grub, Partner and Head of Corporate Law and Transactions, CMS Stuttgart
  • Alexander Grünwald, Managing Director, Altium Capital
  • Xiaolun Heijenga, Member of the Supervisory Board, Duerkopp-Adler AG
  • Dr Marion Helmes, Deputy Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE; Non-Executive Director, NXP Semiconductors N.V.; Former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Celesio AG
  • Dr Martin Holzapfel, Partner and Head of M&A Practice for Germany and Switzerland, Bain & Company
  • Dr Nelson Holzner, Chief Executive Officer, BillPay GmbH
  • Volkmar Jäger, Director Corporate Tax/M&A, MANN+HUMMEL International GmbH & Co. KG
  • Xiangyang Jiang, Member of the Executive Board, Sany Germany GmbH
  • Dr Karl-Heinz Kramer, Head of M&A, Bechtle AG
  • Torsten Krumm, Senior Partner and Managing Director, HQ Equita
  • Doug Land, Partner, CMS London
  • Bernd Meist, Managing Director, Bank of China Ltd.
  • Dr Thomas Meyding, Partner, CMS Stuttgart
  • Marvin Meyer, Vice President, Head of M&A EMEA, Software AG
  • David Newman, Group Head of M&A, Sodexo S.A.
  • Achim Rademächers, Director Group M&A, dorma+kaba International Holding GmbH
  • Antonin Rigaudière, Head of M&A, Air Liquide S.A.
  • Rudolf Scharping, former Federal Minister of Defence; former Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate; CEO, RSBK AG
  • Tim Schiffers, Chief Executive Officer, Parship GmbH
  • Florian Schweitzer, Partner, b-to-v Partners AG
  • Wolfgang Seibold, Partner and Managing Director, Agic Capital
  • Zheng Tang, Deputy Director, China International Investment Promotion Agency (Germany)
  • Dr Harald Voigts, Senior Counsel – M&A, Linde AG
  • Yuliang Wei, Executive Chief Representative of Frankfurt Office, Managing Director of Steel and Intelligent Equipment Group, Fosun Group
  • Jan Wiederstein, Vice President M&A, E.ON SE
  • Dr Mei Wu, Managing Director, Joyson Holdings Europe GmbH


  • Moderator of the day
    Klaus Max Smolka, Business Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

  • Dr Martin Holzapfel, Partner and Head of M&A Practice for Germany and Switzerland, Bain & Company
  • Ina Lockhart, Online Editor, FAZ.NET
  • Harald Maehrle, Managing Partner, Mummert & Company Corporate Finance GmbH
  • Melville D. Mummert, Managing Partner, Mummert & Company Corporate Finance GmbH
  • Roman Wollscheid, Partner, pwc
  • Dr Jörg Zätzsch, Partner, CMS Berlin

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