goetzpartners appoints Martin Brunninger and Serge Prager as new Managing Directors

Leading advisory firm bolsters its expertise in international corporate finance by adding two specialists in London and Paris

Press release

Munich, 01/03/2016 – The leading advisory firm goetzpartners has expanded its expertise in international corporate finance by hiring two new Managing Directors: Serge Prager in Paris and Martin Brunninger in London. By adding these two experts, goetzpartners is moving to meet the growing demand for international advisory teams. The challenges being created by the digital transformation are fuelling global demand for the unique combination of corporate finance and management consulting that forms the essence of goetzpartners' expertise. The advisory firm is responding to these challenges by systematically enhancing its international teams with individuals who have extraordinary expertise in their particular field and broad experience in the development of innovative business models.

Martin Brunninger and Serge Prager, Managing Directors goetzpartners

(goetzpartners: Martin Brunninger, Managing Director, London; Serge Prager, Managing Director, Paris)

Serge Prager, 49, will serve as a Managing Director of goetzpartners' Paris office. He has spent more than 15 years in investment banking, serving as global head of TMT and aerospace defence at Crédit Agricole and later at Société Générale, among other positions. Serge Prager has also worked as an adviser to many clients in the areas of FIG, energy and infrastructure. He has supported medium-sized and large company mergers & acquisitions, debt restructuring and transactions in the private equity market. The engineer and Sciences Po graduate began his career in the French civil service and has served as a top business manager in recent years. These positions included CFO of a listed corporation involved in environmental activities and Executive Vice President of a high-tech company.

Martin Brunninger, 44, is the new Managing Director in London. Brunninger, a corporate finance specialist and a native of Austria, will further sharpen goetzpartners' profile in the European private equity market. He previously was a Managing Director at Jefferies, where he oversaw stock analysis. Over the past 15 years, he has served as an adviser to international financial institutions in the areas of mergers & acquisition and stock analysis. With his hiring, goetzpartners is also augmenting its expertise in the health care market: Martin Brunninger has conducted biochemical and molecular biological research at highly respected universities in Austria, France and Great Britain. He also earned an engineering degree in biotechnology and biochemistry at the University of Vienna and a degree in public health and cardiovascular sciences at the London School of Economics.

Dr Stephan Goetz, Managing Partner and co-founder of goetzpartners, said: "We are very happy to be welcoming Serge Prager and Martin Brunninger at goetzpartners. As experienced corporate finance experts, they will make important contributions to a broad range of transactions. With their hiring, we have taken the next step in our international expansion. We will now be able to provide even better assistance to top company managers facing strategic and financial challenges."

Serge Prager: "I am really excited about joining such a dynamic and ambitious advisory firm like goetzpartners. I am impressed by the huge range of capabilities and the dedication of the teams both in Paris and around the world. I am looking forward to joining them and helping our clients refine their business models to meet the demands of today's business world."

Martin Brunninger: "goetzpartners has gained an exceptional market position by combining financial and strategic areas. The result is increased added value for its clients."

goetzpartners: Advisory for Strategy, M&A and Transformation

goetzpartners is an independent advisory firm for all key issues of entrepreneurial activity: Strategy, M&A, Transformation. With 250 professionals operating out of 12 offices in 9 countries, we advise clients worldwide in all key industries. The company ranks among the 10 best-performing German advisory firms (Lünendonk®). In the “Best of Consulting” awards, we took 1st place in the “Project Excellence” (2014) category and were awarded in the “M&A, Finance and Risk Management” category (2015).

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