How I Got Here

Sports

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". 

University

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.).

Private Equity & Buyouts

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 large buyouts transaction, both buy-side and sell-side.

INSEAD MBA

From 2008 until 2009, I attended the INSEAD MBA program. I took electives mainly relating to Entrepreneurship and Private Equity.

Venture Capital & M&A

From 2009 until 2013, I was a partner with two mid-sized law firms. I was a notary public and advised corporations, investors and founders on their M&A and venturing activities. 

Corporate Venture Capital & Digital Business Transformation

In 2015, I joined METRO Group in order to establish the METRO Group Corporate Venture Capital unit. I invested out of the growth fund LeadX Capital Partners in later stage B2B companies that were active in consumer industries and predominantly pursued SaaS or platform business models.

I contributed 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 could solve such pain points.

Constantly exposing the organisation to startups providing new digital technologies did not only enable the organisation to become more digital and efficient, but did 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 been sharing my CVC playbook in articles published on Medium, in the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Global Corporate Venturing Magazine.

LeadX Capital Partners

After having spun out of METRO Group, LeadX Capital Partners is an independent growth capital fund. I am one of three partners investing in B2B tech companies and tech-enabled B2C companies active in consumer industries.