Michael Rolf is the founder of Sancovia and runs the company as managing partner. His 20 years of experience as well as his leadership positions in industrial and consulting companies helped him to successfully achieve about 70 successions and M&A projects within the sector of medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since the company’s founding.
He started his career at the BDO Deutsche Warentreuhand AG in the audit department and went to PricewaterhouseCoopers in the transaction consulting department after a few years. As manager/authorised signatory for Financial Due Diligence, he was in charge of buy- and sell-side projects and was responsible for private Equity and industrial clients. After 7 years of working in the consulting sector, he went to a listed holding company in Zurich which was focused on medium-sized companies. His tasks included mainly acquisition, development and company sales. In 2010 he took on the position as interim-CEO of an international corporation in the field of reprography, which needed to be restructered. From 2011 until 2013 he supported an international Executive Search Group with their headquarters in Zurich, which specialised in pharmaceuticals, chemistry and life sciences.
After his apprenticeship as an industrial managing assistant at the Braun AG, Michael Rolf studied International Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden and at the University Tor Vergata in Rome. He is a verified German and American Auditor.
Jörn Grage is as partner mainly responsible for sales and investment scouting mandates as well as Due-Diligence projects. With more than eleven years of experience in the finance sector, of which six years were in the areas of transaction and M&A consulting, he is an important support for the company in operational processing of contracts and the strategic development of Sancovia.
He started his career at the Deutsche Bank and went to PricewaterhouseCoopers in Frankfurt in 2003. At the beginning his tasks within the audit department included the examination of annual accounts according to the HGB, US GAAP and the IFRS. Starting 2007 as a manager, he was successfully in charge of transaction consulting for the Financial Due Diligence buy and sell side projects in the areas of automotive, real estate, healthcare, entertainment & media as well as education.
In 2010 he changed within PricewaterhouseCoopers to London to support the Vice Chairman UK in strategic projects as an executive assistant. Before he joined Sancovia he was a Senior Manager in the transaction consulting department at PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East in Dubai. Included in his tasks were supporting the Private Equity clients, being in charge of the Financial Due Diligence projects, the successfully carrying out of restructuring projects, the development and the introduction of new process procedures and the training of employees.
Jörn Grage is a trained banker and holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration (in banking and finance) from the School of Finance and Management in Frankfurt. He additionally gained the qualification as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) of the CFA Institut in 2009.
Erik Mattes is as partner in charge of medium-sized consulting and M&A mandates. With more than 16 years of experience, mostly in M&A consulting at prestigious international corporate consultancies and in executive management positions within the small firm sector, Sancovia benefits of his great knowledge of the industry and consulting.
He started his career path at KPMG in Frankfurt within the M&A consulting in the consumer & industrial markets department, where he, amongst his other M&A projects, also supervised refinancing. After his engagement at KPMG he went initially to Goetzpartners, a well-known European Mid Cap M&A consultancy, before joining Jefferies in 2007, one of the leading US-Investment banks in Frankfurt. At Goetzpartners as well as at Jefferies, Erik Mattes supervised clients of the industry in the area of M&A and financial investors at company transactions.
In 2009 he went from the consulting company to the industry and assumed as CFO and member of the executive board the responsibility of the finance sector and the administration of the Schulz Group with their headquarters in Tettnang at the Lake of Constance. The Schulz Group is a successful, family-run, medium-sized corporation group, which operates for prestigious international corporations with over 350 employees as engineering and manufacturing specialist for the automobile industry, the manufacturing of commercial vehicles and E-mobility.
Erik Mattes has studied business economics in Wiesbaden and San Sebastian and holds not only his diploma but also an MBA degree as well.
As a partner, Dagmar Buhl is responsible for the area of debt advisory at Sancovia. She has more than 30 years of finance expertise mostly in the structured capital equity funding, project and company funding, treasury and foreign commerce. Until 2013 she was working in the international bank business in various management positions. She went to the industry as Head of Project and Company Funding as well as treasury in 2013 where she won with her team the international award for the “introduction of a new asset class” in the sector of renewable energies.
Dagmar Buhl is a trained banker and holds a degree in business economics as well several additional qualifications such as coach, trainer and seminar facilitator.
Götz Hübener is a partner in our Düsseldorf office and advises our medium-sized clients on buy- and sell-side mandates. Götz Hübener started his career with a subsidiary of the industrial group Saint Gobain in Frankfurt in 2008. After a period as Executive Assistant, he headed projects in the areas of expansion, restructuring and investment management. After 4 years, he moved on to a Northern German M&A advisory firm with a focus on advising entrepreneurs on selling their SME companies and planning their succession. Before joining Sancovia, Götz Hübener worked at Deutsche Messe AG as M&A Director and Investment Manager for 5 years. In addition to the successful acquisition of SME companies in Asia and Latin America his responsibilities included the management of international integration and control projects, the acquisition of executives for international subsidiaries as well as strategy development.
Götz Hübener studied law at the University of Kiel and passed the bar exam at the Higher District Court of Dusseldorf. He holds a degree as Executive Master of Business Administration (Mergers and Acquisitions) from the University of Münster.
As a partner at our Dusseldorf Office, Joachim Krantz is responsible for serving our mid-market clients on buy- and sell-side mandates and due diligence projects.
With over 14 years of professional experience in Transaction Advisory and in the field of M&A at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he brings to Sancovia extensive experience with medium-sized companies, large international groups and private equity companies.
Since 2005, Joe has worked in Frankfurt am Main in Transaction Advisory; from 2010, he has successfully led as Manager and later as a Senior Manager financial due diligence buy-side and sell-side projects in the automotive, healthcare, pharmaceutical, mechanical engineering, IT and financial services sectors.
In 2012 Joachim moved to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Madrid office for 18 months to oversee financial due diligence projects. Afterwards Joachim worked for five years as a Senior Manager in Transaction Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Frankfurt am Main before joining Sancovia. His responsibilities included advising private equity clients, managing financial due diligence projects and recruiting and training employees.
Joachim holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Giessen and studied at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (USA). In addition, he has been a CFA charter holder (Chartered Financial Analyst) since 2011.
As a partner at our Ravensburger Office, Fabian Lautenschlager is responsible for serving our mid-market clients on buy- and sell-side mandates.
Fabian started his career in the Corporate Finance and Strategy department of Boston Consulting Group in 2005. Starting in 2008, he worked for the renowned global mid cap M&A firm GCA Altium in Munich and London for eleven years, before joining Sancovia in 2019.
Fabian Lautenschlager holds a degree in economics with a focus on finance and studied at the University of Ulm and the University of Bologna.
Stefanie Blaschke supports the team in the sector of business development. Next to her operative and strategic marketing tasks, she is also in charge of tasks within the department of digital change, marketing and market-oriented business development.
She started her career in 2001 at Ogilvy & Mather in Düsseldorf in account management and worked since for international advertising agencies as well as in the marketing management of companies.
Stefanie Blaschke is a trained banker and holds a degree in business economics focused on marketing and finance.
From our office in Switzerland, Valentin Heinemann supports as Associate Director our clients at medium-sized buy and sell mandates.
He started his career path in 2009 in Zurich at a well-known corporate consultancy before he went to Deloitte in Frankfurt in 2011. Before joining Sancovia he was working as an associate at the M&A Boutique Hübner Schlösser und CIE in Munich.
Valentin Heinemann has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration of the SBS Swiss Business School and a Master’s degree in financial services of the University of Ulster.
Tina Zakic supports the management team in Dusseldorf as Associate Director by conducting buy and sell-side transactions as well as due diligence projects. Concerning investment scouting she assists in the process of directly contacting companies as well as the generation of market analysis and company profiles.
After successfully completing her commercial apprenticeship in a medium-sized corporate consultancy, she graduated at the Rheinische Fachhochsule in Cologne with a Bachelor’s degree in business law focusing on M&A and taxes. She specialised in finance and taxes at her following Master’s programme at the Westfälische Hochschule in Recklinghausen. During her studies Tina Zakic gained in different companies valuable insights in the areas of finance and corporate consulting as an intern. Additionally, she was a student employee in a financial due diligence team in a leading German audit and consultancy.
Inga Lührs is Associate Director in our Dusseldorf office responsible for the support and advisory of our clients in medium-sized buy-side and sell-side mandates.
Prior to joining Sancovia, Inga Lührs worked as an Associate for a renowned auditing company in Dusseldorf. Previously, she worked at one of the Big Four advisory firms in transaction advisory services.
Inga Lührs holds a BA in Economics and a M.Sc. in Finance and Accounting
Pascal Wallek supports the management team as an Associate Director in our office in Düsseldorf at the conduct of sell-side transactions.
He started his career in 2014 at a medium-sized audit company and worked before his start at Sancovia for over three years in a Mid Cap M&A consultancy where he mainly advised transactions in the automotive as well as in the engineering and plant manufacturing area.
Pascal Wallek owns a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the Heriot-Watt University as well as a degree as “Executive Master of Law in Mergers & Acquisitions” from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Florian Preus supports as analyst the team in Düsseldorf at the conduct of sell-side mandates as well as due-diligence-projects.
After successfully completing his Bachelor’s degree of economic science at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-universität in Frankfurt am Main, he completed relevant internships at prestigious German banks. He obtained his Master’s degree in business economics at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität in Bamberg focusing on controlling, finance and accounting. Before he joined Sancovia, he already gained first deal and work experiences at two well-known M&A boutiques in Wiesbaden.
As an Analyst, Thuy An Phan supports the Dusseldorf office both with the execution of due diligence projects and in the management of corporate sell-side mandates.
Prior to joining Sancovia, Thuy An Phan worked as an Associate in Transaction Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dusseldorf.
Thuy An Phan holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business & Management from the Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Enschede. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna.
Marco Hänsel supports our Dusseldorf Office as an Analyst in the fields of financial advisory and M&A.
Already during his bachelor studies in business law (LL.B.) in Cologne, Marco completed relevant internships with renowned auditing firms and gained experience in the field of private equity funds and Alternative Investments. He obtained his two master’s degrees in International Business Management (M.A.) and Management with Finance (M.Sc.) with focus on Finance, Accounting, Control and Taxation as part of a double-degree program at Edinburgh Napier University in cooperation with Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
Before joining Sancovia, Marco worked for a strategy consulting firm in Düsseldorf.
Florian Weinem started as an analyst supporting the financial due diligence and M&A team in Duesseldorf.
Before joining Sancovia, Florian was employed for more than two years as a working student within the Corporate Development / Market Intelligence department of an industrial group stock-listed on the German MDAX. Prior to that, he gained practical experience during an internship at Sancovia Dusseldorf.
Florian holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business as well as a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve. During his Bachelor’s program he gained international experience in Asia.
Johanna Vounkeng supports the management team as an Assistant for general office organization, administration and project assistance at our Dusseldorf office. After completing her training in office communications in 2007, she gained experience working for two different airport companies as well as the upscale hotel industry. Before Johanna joined Sancovia in 2019, she worked as a management assistant in the field of tax consulting for several years.
Nina Lemke supports us in Düsseldorf as an Assistant to the management in the general office organisation and in the area of project assistance regarding research and market analyses.
In June 2019, Nina Lemke successfully completed her training as an office clerk at an international service provider in the area of logistics. During her training, she also acquired additional qualification as an European Assistant and gained additional work experience in a company in Ireland.
As an Assistant to the management Alica Lorenz supports our office in Düsseldorf with general office organization, administration and project assistance.
After successfully completing a banking apprenticeship in 2019, Alica worked for the bank in the field of customer care. Most recently, she worked as a management assistant in a Düsseldorf based advertising agency.
As an Assistant to the management Raphaela de Roos supports our office in Düsseldorf with general office organization, administration and project assistance.
After successfully completing her training in hotel management Raphaela gained her first professional experience as a flight attendant. She then worked as a team assistant for a Düsseldorf based human resources consulting firm before joining Sancovia.
Vivien Steiner supports as Assistant the management team in our office in Freienbach with the general office administration and in the research and market analysis area.
After successfully completing her diploma in office management and trade, Vivien Steiner gained valuable work experience as executive assistant in a construction company which was located near the lake Zurich. Her main tasks included mainly the coordination of appointments with clients, the generation of receivable account calculations as well as financial controlling.
Simone Schmitz supports as Assistant the management team and our clients in our office in Freienbach with the general office administration, research and market analysis.
After her apprenticeship in the hotel industry as well as the successfull completion of her degree as a hotel business administrator at the school of hotel management in Heidelberg, she gained several years of experience within the mid-management in the international hotel industry. Her experience in the area of guest and client support as well as her distinctive knowledge of service are therefore very adventageous.
Talya Günay supports the management team in our Freienbach office as an Assistant to the management with general office organization as well as administration, research and market analysis.
After successfully completing her commercial Federal Certificate of Competence, Talya gained valuable professional experience as a Banking Operations employee at a well-known financial institution in Glarus.
Johanna Dorn supports as Assistant the management team in our office in Ravensburg with the general office administration and in project assistance.
After successfully completing her degree as multilingual management assistant at the Europa Institut in Reutlingen, as well as her studies in International Business Communication at the University of Central Lancashire, she gained work experience at the ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Her main tasks included the support in the personnel area.
As a trained management assistant at our office in Ravensburg, Frida Xhemali, supports our management team and our clients in the areas of office organisation, research, market analysis and project assistance.
Jessica Volodka supports the management team in Ravensburg as an Assistant with all administrative matters regarding the general office organization as well as operational projects. She completed her commercial apprenticeship and has more than nine years of work experience. In the year 2018, she successfully completed her further education in business economics.
As an Assistant to the management Tessa Weyrauch supports our team in the Ravensburg office with general office administration research and market analysis and operational projects.
After successfully completing her business studies, Tessa gained valuable professional experience through working in the superior hotel industry as well as in event management and marketing. In her last position, she worked as an assistant to the management and project management at a Friedrichshafen based management consultancy firm for the automotive industry and aviation.
Andrea Vogelbacher supports the back office of our Sancovia Team in Freienbach in the areas of accounting and administration.
She specialised in reporting and accounting at a Swiss Bank and two further service companies within her professional career. Her main tasks were accounting of payable and receivable accounts and payroll accounting, amongst other tasks within the administrative area.