How I Got Here
My career has been determined by the following topics and periods of time:
- Private Equity & Buyouts
- INSEAD MBA
- Venture Capital, M&A & Family Businesses
- Corporate Venture Capital and Digital Business Transformation
During the last 15+ years, Private Equity and transactions in general have been overarching topics.
From 1993 until 1995, I pursued a career as a professional player in the second and first German handball division. I experienced first hand what strong teams can achieve. As Michael Jordon put it: "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships".
From 1995 until 2002, I studied law specialising in corporate and business laws. I passed my exams with distinction and concluded this period with a Ph.D. in law and a Master in Business Laws (LL.M. oec.).
After having finished my legal clerkship (Referendariat) in 2004, I joined the renowned international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Until 2008, I advised Private Equity Firms and major corporations on buyouts. Goldman Sachs, Cerberus, Arcapita, Lanxess, Airbus and Pirelli were among my clients.
From 2008 until 2009, I attended the INSEAD MBA program. I took electives mainly relating to Entrepreneurship and Private Equity.
Venture Capital, Family Businesses & M&A
From 2009 until 2013, I was a partner with two mid-sized law firms. I was a notary public and advised families in connection with their business succession plans as well as corporations on their M&A and venturing activities. Freenet AG and METRO Group were among my clients.
Corporate Venture Capital & Digital Business Transformation
In 2015, I joined METRO Group in order to establish the METRO Group Corporate Venture Capital unit. I invest out of the growth fund LeadX Capital Partners in later stage B2B companies that are active in the retail and hospitality industries and predominantly pursue SaaS or platform business models.
I contribute to the digital business transformation by analysing pain points across the value chain and creating strong cooperations between the organisation and external innovative solution providers that can solve such pain points.
Constantly exposing the organisation to startups providing new digital technologies does not only enable the organisation to become more digital and efficient, but does also create awareness as regards new disruptive business models and opportunities to become the disruptor.
I further strengthened my expertise in this area by attending the IMD Executive Program „Leading Digital Business Transformation“ and the INSEAD Executive Program „Leadership Communication with Impact“.
As a guest lecturer at the IMD in Lausanne, I talked about how corporate venture capital can facilitate digital business transformation.
I have co-authored a MIT Sloan article on „Making Corporate Venture Capital work“ and am continuously publishing articles about this topic on Medium.