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Carlsquare Adds Frankfurt M&A Team, Names New Partners

4 Apr 2024

We are strengthening our presence in Germany’s finance capital through a designated M&A team. Sebastian Fischer and Nils Zettelmeyer are simultaneously promoted to Partner. This strategic expansion reflects our continuing growth and follows recent office openings in San Francisco, Warsaw, Vancouver and Frankfurt (debt advisory).

Facilitating M&A-Debt Advisory Collaborations
The newly formed Frankfurt M&A team will share an office with our existing debt advisory practice. As a result, we will leverage the growing demand among buyers for joint M&A-debt advisory services, reflected in recent Fremman/connexta and Vendis/Bitterliebe deals, where we advised on both the acquisition and the acquisition financing.
Having an M&A team on the ground in the center of German finance will also enhance collaboration with Frankfurt-based entrepreneurs, investors and strategic buyers. Nils Zettelmeyer will lead the initially 5-strong M&A team, with Sascha Overkamp, a recruit from Alantra, as Director.

Our New Partners Began Careers at Carlsquare
Sebastian Fischer came to Carlsquare in 2011, having taken degrees in business administration at the universities of Mannheim and Lund. According to Caspar Graf Stauffenberg, Managing Partner at Carlsquare, “Sebastian quickly worked his way up and developed deep expertise in the software, business services and life sciences sectors. It has been a privilege to watch his development and this capstone promotion to Partner is richly deserved.”

Sebastian is based in the Munich office with the goal of building up our tech private equity practice in Bavaria’s booming capital.

Nils Zettelmeyer first joined Carlsquare in 2010. From 2014 to 2018 he held leadership positions at Silverpeak’s and Deloitte’s London offices, where he focused on software and tech transactions specifically for UK private equity mid-market clients. In 2018 he returned to Carlsquare as Director and has played a central role in our advisory work with mid-market tech entrepreneurs.
“Nils is outstanding at what he does”, commented Michael Moritz, Managing Partner at Carlsquare. “Since his return, he has significantly contributed to our becoming the partner of choice for mid-market tech entrepreneurs.”

Strong Market Position
Despite a challenging M&A environment, we have maintained impressive growth and continue to be one of Germany’s most active M&A advisors. We are the only independent firm to be honored as a top 6 financial advisor, reflecting our unique status, deep roots and firm respect in the German market.
2023 Shortlist | Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2023 (

If you want to learn more about how Nils, Sebastian or any of the other Carlsquare Partners can help your company navigate transaction processes, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Carlsquare Adds Frankfurt M&A Team, Names New Partners