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Munich, 24 September 2014 – goetzpartners, a leading advisory firm specialising in strategy, M&A and transformation, is steadily charting a growth course. Three new top consultants were signed up at the beginning of the year: Dr. Markus Krall has headed up the Financial Institutions Industry Group since 1 July 2014 in the capacity of Managing Director Management Consulting. Ulrich Kinzel was appointed Managing Director of Corporate Finance on 15 August 2014 and has been responsible for the Healthcare Industry Group since then. Guido Decker, who assumed the role of Managing Director of Corporate Finance on 1 January 2014, bears joint responsibility for the Industrials Industry Group. Ulrich Kinzel and Guido Decker will be joining the team in Munich. Dr. Markus Krall will assist in expanding the office in the financial centre of Frankfurt.
"goetzpartners stands for independent advisory focusing on the core questions of entrepreneurial activity. In Dr. Markus Krall, Ulrich Kinzel and Guido Decker we have gained three experts in their various fields of expertise. All three have extensive track records from managerial positions in management consulting as well as in companies and, having founded companies themselves, they bring proof of their ability to think as entrepreneurs. With their expertise and perception of their role as entrepreneurial advisers, they are ideally suited to our team and our unique integrated approach, which is a combination of corporate finance and management consulting", explains Stefan Sanktjohanser, co-founder and Managing Partner of goetzpartners.
goetzpartners is a growing company, also in an international consultancy market currently hallmarked by consolidation. With around 250 professionals and 12 offices in nine countries, goetzpartners today ranks among Germany's ten largest advisory firms.
Dr. Markus Krall
Dr. Markus Krall: "My declared goal is to take goetzpartners' Financial Institutions Industry Group further. The sea changes taking place at present in the financial industry open up opportunities for innovative consultancy approaches that create clear added value for our customers. These changes offer goetzpartners a wonderful opportunity of demonstrating pioneering capabilities and of finding innovative solutions to the pressing problems of the financial industry, thereby generating growth even in a competitive market environment."
In his prior position, Dr. Markus Krall, 51, was Senior Partner and Head of Risk Management at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Here he was in charge of an initiative for establishing a pan-European rating agency. He was a founding partner and managing director of KDB Krall Demmel Business Consulting, a boutique operation specialised in risk management which was combined with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in 2010. Krall Chief was Risk Officer and member of the Management Board of Converium Re in Zürich from 2006 to 2007. In this capacity, he played a key role in restructuring the eighth largest reinsurer. From 1994 to 2006, Krall worked for McKinsey & Company as Senior Partner and Head of Risk Management Practice, for Oliver Wyman as partner and Director and also served as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He launched his career in 1991 as part of the management team of Allianz AG. His methodological focus is on consultancy in risk management, strategy, regulatory issues and compliance in the field of banking and insurance. Krall contributes experience from some 80 mandates with several global top 20 financial service providers, regulators, central banks and supranational institutions, such as the European Commission.
Ulrich Kinzel: "The competition for innovative products and services has brought the healthcare industry to the threshold of strategic realignment. I am convinced that, based on goetzpartners' integrated advisory service which is geared to strategic, operational and transaction-centred topics, we can contribute to securing and strengthening competitive advantage for our customers. Here we draw on profound knowledge of the sector, a reliable international network consisting of key market participants and decision makers, and a history of successfully implemented advisory, M&A and fund raising mandates."
Prior to joining goetzpartners, Ulrich Kinzel, 50, was active as the Managing Director of Kinzel Corporate Finance GmbH, an M&A boutique provider specialised in the pharmaceuticals industry. Ulrich Kinzel gained 16 years of experience in London working for in European healthcare investment banking. In 2003, he became a founding member of Investmentbank Code Securities Limited, a company specialised in life science which was acquired by Nomura International in 2005 and operated under the name of Nomura Code Securities until the end of 2013. Kinzel worked for WestLB Panmure in London from 1997 to 2003. Ulrich Kinzel has advised leading healthcare companies in more than 40 successful M&A and ECM transactions, including cross-border European, Asian and transatlantic takeovers and mergers as well as IPOs and secondary placements on all large European stock markets.
Guido Decker: "The demand for solutions which purely offer integrated approaches to consultancy, as goetzpartners does, is growing due to the complexity of industrials. Our contacts and an increasing number of international offices enable us to consistently provide our customers with innovative advisory services and customised solutions."
Guido Decker, 43, was Managing Director and head of Ativo, an investment company and single family office which he built up himself. From 2004 to 2007, Decker was Vice President at Ermgassen & Co Monitor Group in charge of the Munich office for mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, among other tasks. In the years before from 2003 to 2004, he served as an investment manager at Hanover Investors in London. In the period from 1999 to 2003, he worked for the American investment bank Salomon Brothers (today Citigroup) in investment banking, leveraged finance and mergers and acquisitions in London, New York and Milan. Decker has more than 15 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and investment banking and has carried out and negotiated transactions in the ten billion euro range.
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