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FalkenSteg is an independent consultancy specialising in corporate finance, restructuring, insolvency consulting and real estate.

By providing advisory services focused on critical situations, we are able to deliver our trademark expertise in execution, maintain operational excellence and foster close relationships based on mutual engagement and understanding. Our team consists of forty business administration and legal professionals working across Germany.

Our clients include decision makers from the SME sector, the insolvency industry and investment companies. They benefit from our partnership culture, which prizes their entrepreneurial spirit and lets them concentrate on priority number one: continuing with their core business.

TCG is a corporate finance advisory firm in Munich, Berlin, Stockholm, and London, providing strategic and M&A advice to digital champions. We are the trusted M&A advisor for entrepreneurs, founders, investors, and companies active in the digital economy and deliver exceptional results for our clients on transactions – both on the buy- and the sell-side. We are seasoned M&A professionals and serial entrepreneurs, who have built successful companies and sold them to renowned strategic buyers. We combine large investment banking skills from more than 100 deals with a boutique setup.

Silver Sponsors

Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and financial and valuation advisory. Houlihan Lokey serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of the firm’s commitment to client success across its advisory services. The firm is the No. 1 investment bank for global M&A transactions under $1 billion, the No. 1 M&A advisor for the past eight consecutive years in the U.S., the No. 1 global restructuring advisor for the past nine consecutive years, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 25 years, all based on number of transactions and according to data provided by Refinitiv.

** In Germany, Houlihan Lokey operates through three separate entities (Houlihan Lokey (Europe) GmbH, Houlihan Lokey GmbH, Houlihan Lokey Germany AG) , none of which are credit/financial services institutions for the purposes of the German Banking Act. Houlihan Lokey (Europe) GmbH is a German MiFID investment firm subject to the German Securities Institutions Act and regulated by BaFin and Bundesbank. **

We are a global consultancy that helps the world’s most ambitious change makers define the future.

We work alongside our clients as one team with a shared ambition to achieve extraordinary results, outperform the competition, and redefine industries. We complement our tailored, integrated expertise with a vibrant ecosystem of digital innovators to deliver better, faster, and more enduring outcomes. Since our founding in 1973, we have measured our success by the success of our clients, and we proudly maintain the highest level of client advocacy in the industry.

Waterland is a European private equity investment group that supports entrepreneurs in realising their growth ambitions with our unique pro-active deal sourcing and buy-and-build strategy.

We are an active shareholder in our portfolio companies, playing a key role in their strategic and operational development, growth and performance. With our experienced, entrepreneurial investment team, we aim to help ambitious entrepreneurs attain a strong market position in today’s increasingly competitive business environment. To date, Waterland has made investments in over 850 companies.

We are a leading global financial services group, with seven generations of family control and a history of over 200 years at the centre of the world’s financial markets. 

Our focus is – and has been for over 200 years – on long-term growth. As a family-controlled business we are unconstrained by short-term thinking and take a long-term view. In this way, our business model is stable and sustainable.

Trill Impact is a pioneering Impact House with more than EUR 1 billion in assets under management across its private equity and microfinance investment advisory strategies. Within private equity we invest in companies that provide leading solutions to pressing global challenges and create positive environmental or social outcome.
We focus on industries and companies within four sustainability megatrends: resource efficiency, education, healthcare, and data security. Through these themes, our companies support a world in transition and demonstrate that business can be part of the solution

Lazard, one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 40 cities across 25 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America.

With origins dating to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals.

Pelion Green Future is an independent investment holding focused on clean energy and technology. We invest in companies and entrepreneurs with a focus on renewable energy, clean technology, and climate related solutions. As a privately financed investment platform we are long-term oriented. We think as both, investors and entrepreneurs and measure success in financial and environmental benefits.

We’re the global leader in business and financial data, news and insight. Using the power of technology, we connect the world’s decision makers to accurate information on the financial markets – and help them make faster, smarter decisions. Many companies search for a purpose. Bloomberg was born with one: to change the world for the better. It’s there in our products, which started a revolution in financial markets that reverberates to this day. It’s felt by our people, who we invest in through every stage of their careers. And it’s proven by our actions, which harness the resources, skills and profits of our company to transform lives around the world through the power of data.

Seit unserer Gründung im Jahr 2013 investieren wir bevorzugt in erfolgreiche, mittelständische Unternehmen, mit einem Umsatz zwischen € 10 und 100 Mio. aus unterschiedlichen Branchen mit dem Ziel, das Lebenswerk erfolgreicher Unternehmer fortzuführen. Die Mittel für die Transaktionen entstammen dem privaten Vermögen von Unternehmern und Unternehmerfamilien. Seit unserer Gründung konnten von Rigeto beratene Investoren bereits über € 300 Mio. in über 40 Transaktionen investieren. Meist in der Rolle als Mehrheitsgesellschafter, sind wir sowohl in Nachfolgesituationen, in der Wachstumsfinanzierung als auch in der strategischen Neuausrichtung ein erfahrener Partner.

Historically specialized in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), Flow Traders now also offers liquidity in Digital Assets, Fixed Income, Commodities and Foreign Exchange (FX). Founded in 2004, we continuously growing our team and organization, expanding our product offering, large counterparty network and trading capabilities to ensure that our trading hubs in Europe, the US and APAC can provide liquidity across all major exchanges and trading platforms, globally, 24 hours a day.

BNP Paribas is the top bank in the European Union and a major international banking establishment. It has close to 190,000 employees in 65 countries, including almost 145,000 in Europe. As a first-tier international banking group, BNP Paribas possesses leading platforms and businesses in Europe, a deep footprint in the Americas, and a solid, fast-growing set-up in the Asia-Pacific region. In Europe, BNP Paribas has four domestic markets: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. It also deploys its integrated retail banking model in countries of the Mediterranean rim, in Turkey and in Eastern Europe.

Cinven is a global private equity firm founded in 1977, with offices in nine international locations in Guernsey, London, New York, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Luxembourg, Madrid, and Hong Kong that acquires Europe and United States based corporations, and emerging market firms that fit with their core businesses, and necessitate a minimum equity investment of €100 million or more. As of 2023, it has €39 billion in assets under management.

J.P. Morgan is a global leader in financial services, offering solutions to the world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions in more than 100 countries. As announced in 2020, JPMorgan Chase will deploy $2 billion in philanthropic capital around the world by 2025. We also lead volunteer service activities for employees in local communities by utilizing our many resources, including those that stem from access to capital, economies of scale, global reach and expertise.

Deloitte is a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax, and related services. With more than 150 years of hard work and commitment to making a real difference, our organization has grown in scale and diversity—approximately 286,000 people in 150 countries and territories, providing these services—yet our shared culture remains the same. Our organization serves four out of five Fortune Global 500® companies.

Bronze Sponsors

EGERIA is a fully independent private equity firm with c. €3.0 billion in assets under management focusing on market leading companies with defensible market positions and proven business models. The experienced team of investment professionals invests in healthy businesses in the Netherlands and the DACH region with an enterprise value of up to €350 million, with the underlying principle that management is a co-owner. EGERIA’s track record spans c. 25 years over which it has been among the top performing mid-market PE firms in Europe. The current portfolio of companies represents c. 10,000 employees and c. € 2.5 billion of revenues. EGERIA is currently investing its fifth fund with a total equity commitment of €800 million.

Eurazeo Growth is the Growth Equity arm of Eurazeo, a global investment firm with a legacy of over 130 years, which manages more than $30 billion of assets. Our mission is to help ambitious entrepreneurs fulfill their vision by providing them with financial and human resources for their growth stage development.
Our growth team is made up of 18 people, spread across our Berlin, London and Paris offices. We typically invest from several tens to several hundreds of million euros in each company and have the ability to reinvest over time.

UBS is a leading and truly global wealth manager with focused asset management and investment banking capabilities, and the leading universal bank in Switzerland. We enable people, institutions and corporations to achieve their goals by providing financial advice and solutions. We have a capital-light, cash-generative and well-diversified business model, a strong culture, a balance sheet for all seasons, and a respected brand with over 160 years of history. At UBS, we are driven by a common purpose: Reimagining the power of investing. Connecting people for a better world. This focus provides direction on the way forward and helps us build on our strengths.

Simon-Kucher is a global consultancy with more than 2,000 employees in 30 countries.
Our sole focus is on unlocking better growth that drives measurable revenue and profit for our clients. We
achieve this by optimizing every lever of their commercial strategy – product, price, innovation, marketing, and
sales – based on deep insights into what customers want and value. With nearly 40 years of experience in
monetization topics of all kinds, we are regarded as the world’s leading pricing and growth specialist.

PIMCO is a global leader in active fixed income with deep expertise across public and private markets. We invest our clients’ capital across a range of fixed income and credit opportunities, leveraging our decades of experience navigating complex debt markets.

Our flexible capital base and deep relationships with issuers have helped us become one of the world’s largest providers of traditional and nontraditional solutions for companies that need financing and investors who seek strong risk-adjusted returns.

Community Sponsors

Creatica is an Energy & IT Management Consultancy based in Munich, Germany

Academic Partners

Opportunity Partners


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