Commerzbank Corporates & Markets Announces Head of M&A

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Commerzbank Corporates & Markets has announced the hire of Christoph Thierolf as Head of its Mergers and Acquisitions business.

In this position, Thierolf will report to Roman Schmidt, Global Head of Corporate Finance for Corporates & Markets.

Thierolf has worked for Commerzbank since 2008 as Co-Head of the M&A healthcare and pharma team. Prior to this he worked in the M&A division of Fresenius Healthcare and Pharma Group.

Schmidt commented: 'Commerzbank is a trusted M&A adviser particularly with regards to Germany and Western Europe supporting clients in strategic M&A decisions and corporate events. With the appointment of Christoph as new team head, we have a seasoned M&A expert who is well-connected in the market as well as inside the bank. This is crucial for transactions which are originated jointly with our colleagues from Mittelstandsbank and Client Relationship Management. Furthermore, Christoph brings with him management skills that are required to develop our existing M&A capabilities in Germany and abroad'.

Commerzbank’s M&A Advisory Team is one of the leading M&A houses in the German market ranked No. 4 considering the total number of transactions (24) closed in 2012. Professionals advise clients in several areas comprising of public takeovers, takeover defence, fairness options and acquisitions/disposals of non-listed companies. Commerzbank's M&A Advisory Team has a strong track-record in advising private equity houses to conclude successfully their transactions, such as the disposal of LR Health & Beauty Systems for Apax to Quadriga Capital and Bregal Capital.

In addition, Commerzbank focuses on supporting foreign investors carrying out their acquisitions in Germany (e.g. acquisition of Sellner Automotive by Ningbo Huaxiang Electronic Group from China).

However, the M&A Advisory Team is active also outside of Germany: In 2012, the Swiss OC Oerlikon was advised in terms of the disposal of its Solar Holding to Tokyo Electron and recently the Norwegian conglomerate Orkla was advised in regards to the disposal of Pharmaq to Permira. In terms of sectors, the team is mainly focused on Industrials (including Automotive), Utilities, Healthcare, Chemicals, Technology Media & Telecommunications as well as Food Consumer Retail.

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