Gold Sponsors

We are the leading German bank with a strong European roots and a global network. We’re driving growth through our strong client franchise. Investing heavily in digital technologies, prioritising long term success over short-term gains, and serving society with ambition and integrity. We serve our clients’ real economic needs in commercial and investment banking, retail banking and transaction banking, and provide ground-breaking products and services in asset and wealth management. That means a career packed with opportunities to grow and the chance to shape the future of our clients.

Deutsche Bank was founded in 1870 to accompany German businesses into the world. We are in the process of creating by far the largest private and commercial bank in Germany with more than 20 million clients – a clear commitment to our home market.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bronze Sponsors

Bain & Company is a global consultancy that helps the world’s most ambitious change makers define the future.

Across 59 offices in 37 countries, they work alongside their clients as one team with a shared ambition to achieve extraordinary results, outperform the competition and redefine industries. Bain complements their tailored, integrated expertise with a vibrant ecosystem of digital innovators to deliver better, faster and more enduring outcomes. Bain's 10-year commitment to invest over $1 billion in pro bono services brings them talent, expertise and insight to organizations tackling today’s urgent challenges in education, racial equity and social justice, economic development and the environment. Since our founding in 1973, we have measured our success by the success of our clients, and they proudly maintain the highest level of client advocacy in the industry.

Lazard is the world's leading independent financial advisory and asset management firm. With a team of over 3,000 individuals operating in 40 cities across 25 countries, they advise clients around the world on strategic and financial matters including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, capital structure and capital raising. Through their Asset Management business, they manage investment portfolios in key regions of the world.

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

Jane Street is a proprietary quantitative trading firm, focusing primarily on trading equities and equity derivatives. We use innovative technology, a scientific approach, and a deep understanding of markets to stay successful in our highly competitive field. We operate around the clock and around the globe, employing over 800 people in offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam.

Founded in 2014, Castik Capital is based in Luxembourg and focuses on identifying and developing investment opportunities across Europe. The professionals of Castik Capital and Castik Capital Partners have worked together for many years and collectively the partners have more than 100 years of relevant experience in the industry. The investments are made by the Luxembourg based fund EPIC I SLP, the first fund managed by Castik with a volume of €1 billion. is a fast-growing PE deal-sourcing platform that identifies, screens and benchmarks private businesses for leading mid- and large-cap PEs, investment banks and strategy consultants. Clients include the likes of Capvis, 3i, DBAG, Cinven, Bain, BCG, McK, Lazard, Lincoln and many others. was founded by an international team with backgrounds in private equity (Bridgepoint, Gilde Buy Out Partners), advisory (Bain, McKinsey) and software development (Highstreet Mobile, Touchwonders). Coming from the industry ourselves, we are a game-changer to origination through digitalisation and analytics.

As one of the world’s leading financial institutions, Bank of America supports 66 million customers in finance, from individuals, to businesses, governments and institutions. With a 200,000 strong workforce in more than 35 countries, you’ll find Bank of America all over the world, from the US to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, helping to make our customers lives better. And, Bank of America cares about supporting our colleagues across the globe as much as their customers. In February 2019, they were ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune magazine and the global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work®.

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.

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