Since 2013 the M&A Conference of Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum has been considered to be one of the most important platforms for yearly about 250 selected M&A decision makers from Germany and Europe. A comprehensive M&A day on the 26th of April will provide plenary sessions on the importance of M&As for the company’s success and on the specificities of cross-border transactions. The focus sessions will discuss industry-specific perspectives and selected M&A topics.


9.00 am
  • Transformational transactions as an opportunity to look beyond the own core competency and to stretch a company’s capabilities in new ways.
  • The pressure of continuous disruption and the opportunities and challenges of companies to go shopping for innovation.
  • The significance of M&A as driver of global growth and the specific role of Asia as big player on the European market.
1.00 pm
Lunch break

2.00 pm

Stream 1
  • Automotive, manufacturing and engineering: The development of the industrial internet and its significance for M&A activities.
  • Life science, health and pharma: Re-evaluating portfolios, divestments and asset swaps as drivers of transactions.
  • Technology, media and big data: The need to expand capabilities through M&A facing the data-driven market transformation.
Stream 2
  • Deal making best practices: Key success factors: From target selection to execution.
  • Post merger integration: Tap the full value of synergies by developing a strategic context for M&A integration.
  • Real estate transactions: Recent deals, the state of the industry and the impact of technological change.
5.00 pm


  • Dr Peter Baisch, Partner, CMS Germany
  • Arnd Benninghoff, CEO, MTGx Ventures
  • Sascha Bock, Managing Director, Real Estate Corporate Finance, Corporate & Investment Banking, Société Générale S.A.
  • Stefan Brunnschweiler, Partner & Head CMS Corporate/M&A Group, CMS Switzerland
  • Tian Cai, Senior Investment Director, Fosun Group
  • Jesús Carrasco Abad, Managing Director, Global Head of Healthcare Corporate Finance, Corporate & Investment Banking, Société Générale S.A.
  • Uwe Danziger, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Marquard & Bahls AG
  • Dr Christoph Dengler, Vice President Legal, STADA Arzneimittel AG
  • Dr Melanie Flessner, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Evonik Industries AG
  • Dr Jochen Gann, Head of Corporate Finance and M&A, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH
  • Thomas Groß, Director M&A, Norma Group AG
  • Dr Martin Holzapfel, Head of M&A Practice Germany and Switzerland, Bain & Company Germany, Inc.
  • Kai Horn, Member of the Executive Board, Krauth Technology GmbH
  • Dr Volkmar Jäger, Director Corporate Strategic Planning and Business Development, Freudenberg Group
  • Georg Kniese, Senior Vice President Corporate Development/M&A, SAP SE
  • Ulrich-Nicolaus Kranz, Chief Strategy Officer, Member of the Executive Board, Kiekert AG
  • Massimo Kuchernig, Manager Strategy and M&A, Verivox GmbH
  • Boris Kühn, Managing Director, Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures GmbH; Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Rolf Liebfried, Group Director Corporate Development, Klöckner Pentaplast Holding GmbH & Co. KG
  • Jean Lucius, CEO & Chairman of the Executive Committee, Encevo S.A.
  • Dr Thomas Meyding, Partner, CMS Germany
  • Gabriele de Neidels, Group Head M&A, Volkswagen Financial Services AG
  • Dr Stefan Neuhaus, Corporate Director M&A, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
  • Tobias Ramminger, Head of Corporate M&A & Strategic Projects, Schaeffler AG
  • Fabian Römer, Legal, M&A and Cooperations, Daimler AG
  • Birgit Rummel, TRI Senior Underwriter, Tokio Marine HCC
  • Florian Schick, Managing Partner, Member of the Investment Committee, Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH
  • Reinout Slot, Partner, CMS Netherlands
  • Dr Tobias Umbeck, Partner and Head of PMI, Practice for Germany and Switzerland, Bain & Company, Inc.
  • Tony Waller, Partner, Olswang LLP (from May: CMS UK)


  • Christian Bartling, Consultant, former Head of Merger & Acquisition,
    Gerresheimer AG
  • Sascha Bock, Managing Director, Real Estate Corporate Finance, Corporate & Investment Banking, Société Générale S.A.
  • Guido Decker, Managing Director, Executive Board Member, goetzpartners Corporate Finance GmbH
  • Rolf Fricker, Managing Director, PwC Strategy& Germany GmbH
  • Harald Maehrle, Managing Director, Raymond James Financial, Inc.
  • Dr Jan-Hendrik Röver, Managing Director, Executive Board Member, goetzpartners Corporate Finance GmbH
  • Pascal Schmidt, Managing Director, Raymond James Financial, Inc.

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