Jorge Abugaber Managing Partner
Jorge Abugaber joined Carlsquare in 2023 as Managing Partner for Poland & CEE. Jorge has more than 15 years of experience in investment banking. He previously worked as Managing Director at Santander Corporate & Investment Banking responsible for the TMT, consumer, retail and healthcare sectors. Prior to that he worked for Trigon Investment Banking in Warsaw and for J.P. Morgan in New York City.
Jorge graduated from Harvard College in 2008 with an A.B. in Economics and a secondary degree in Psychology. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Advisor on the Warsaw Stock Exchange ASO. Jorge is a native speaker of English and Spanish and is fluent in Polish.
Jessica Algner Assistant
Polina Amini Vice President
Markus Augustsson Head of Equity Research
Agata Barsallo Office Management & Accounting
Christoph Behm Vice President
Dr Amelie Beier Financial Sponsors Coverage
Amelie joined Carlsquare in 2021 as Business Development Manager. She previously worked for Sal. Oppenheim in Corporate Finance and Private Banking, and for Kirch New Media leading their M&A activities. Amelie studied at LMU Munich (BWL) and has a PhD in Finance from Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg on financial communication at Neuer Markt.
Kevin Berry Director
Kevin joined Carlsquare through the merger with Capital Clarity and has been with the firm since 2022. He has over 25 years of financial industry experience encompassing M&A and capital raising activities for both private and public companies. Kevin previously worked at D.A. Davidson, Houlihan Lokey, ArchPoint Partners, NASDAQ, UBS and Robertson Stephens. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and the University of Maryland.
Susan Blanco Managing Partner
Susan Blanco is a successful female founder and recognized leader in technology investment banking. Her extensive experience includes mergers, acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations, public and private capital raising. She has executed numerous transactions for public and private companies with leading private equity sponsors and global corporations including IBM, Hitachi, Intuit, McKesson, Verisk, British Telecom, Sabre and Google.
Susan joined Carlsquare in 2023 through the merger with Capital Clarity, the San Francisco-based technology investment bank she founded with John Cooper. Previously, Susan was Managing Director and Head of West Coast Private Equity at SNH Capital, Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Technology Group, co-founder and Managing Director of ArchPoint Partners and Vice President at J.P. Morgan.
She holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Anders Bo Managing Partner
Anders graduated with a M.Sc. in Finance and Accounting from Copenhagen Business School and University of Michigan and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Anders has successfully closed numerous corporate-finance transactions since 1996 within the fields of M&A, public-tender offers, private placements, rights issues and IPOs.
Anders worked at WestLB Panmure Investment Bank, Gudme Raaschou Bankaktieselskab and HSH Corporate Finance before co-founding Dansk Merchant Capital in 2007. In March 2019, the corporate-finance activities of Dansk Merchant Capital were acquired by Carlsquare.
Benedikt Boerner Associate
Kai Calli Associate
Kai joined Carlsquare in 2019. He has previous M&A experience from IEG – Investment Banking and Cowen. Kai holds a MSc in Finance & Investments from Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University) and a BSc in International Business from Maastricht University with an exchange at Renmin University of China.
Alex Carré de Malberg Managing Partner
Alex Carré de Malberg has 29 years of experience in M&A, fundraising and financing and has advised on more than 200 transactions since 1993. He co-founded Alexander Partners in 2015, having previously worked on the Exec Committee of the Commercial Bank of Qatar, where he ran investment banking, asset management and brokerage activities. Alex also served as Head of IB at Abu Dhabi Investment Company and Managing Director at Rothschild in Paris. He started his IB career as Analyst at Lazard Frères, followed by a spell as Manager at Peregrine (Hong Kong). He holds an MBA from HEC Paris and a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Amherst and ENSIC France.
John Cooper Managing Partner
John Cooper is a respected leader and advisor to technology and healthcare IT companies. He has led the execution of numerous notable mergers, acquisitions, investments and recapitalizations across public and private companies.
Cooper joined Carlsquare in 2023 through the merger with Capital Clarity, the San Francisco-based technology investment bank he founded with Susan Blanco. Previously, Cooper led technology investment banking practices at Houlihan Lokey, ArchPoint Partners and Montgomery & Co, was President of ThinkTank software incubator funded by SoftBank and led Corporate Development for Microsoft, McKesson, First Data and American Express.
He holds a B.S. in Business and Finance from the University of Minnesota and has completed post-graduate work in executive leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Brett Costantine Associate
Brett joined Carlsquare through the merger with Capital Clarity and has been with the firm since 2020. He was previously with Crosstree Capital Partners and Lightning Partners. Brett holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance from the University of Central Florida.
Urbano Cremona Associate
Varsha Danthuluri Associate
Manfred Drax Partner
Dr. Manfred Drax has been Partner at Carlsquare since 2013. He studied law in Munich and Freiburg im Breisgau and business administration at the FernUniversität Hagen. At the University of Bayreuth he received his doctorate in corporate and group law. Manfred has more than 20 years of experience in medical technology, life sciences and other sectors.
Anders Elgemyr Managing Partner
Anders co-founded Jarl Securities in 2012, which became part of Carlsquare in 2018. He has been in the financial industry since the 1990s; as Corporate Finance advisor, telecom analyst and financial journalist. Anders holds a degree in journalism alongside studies in decision-making theory, risk and argumentation theory.
Niklas Elmhammer Senior Equity Analyst
Niklas joined Carlsquare Equity Research in 2021. Since the late 1990s, Niklas has been working as an equity analyst and fund manager at both major investment banks and smaller fund brokers. Niklas has a special interest in the Life Science sector and holds a master’s degree in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Camille Enault Office Manager
Jonatan Eriksson Vice President
Jonatan joined Carlsquare in 2016 and has more than ten years of M&A experience with a focus on the Business Services, Consumer and Software sectors. He has previously worked at SEB, Aspia and HDR Partners. He has a M.Sc. Business Administration, Finance from Stockholm University.
Sebastian Fischer Director
Sebastian has been with Carlsquare since 2011. He has more than 10 years of experience in M&A, among others at Cobalt Corporate Finance (London) and goetzpartners (Munich). At Carlsquare, his focus is on software, business services and life sciences transactions. He studied Business Administration with a focus on Corporate Finance and Accounting in Mannheim (Germany) and Lund (Sweden).
Jil Focks Associate
Carsten Forderer Vice President
Carsten joined Carlsquare in 2022. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Crédit Agricole CIB as well as in the Corporate Finance Practices of Houlihan Lokey and Berenberg. Carsten holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Daniel Garlipp Managing Partner
Daniel Garlipp graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Regensburg and the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. He has many years of experience in corporate finance with a focus on company valuation and financial and commercial due diligence. Prior to Carlsquare, Daniel worked for KPMG Corporate Finance (Hamburg), Kuna & Co. (Frankfurt) and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Munich).
Daniel Gebler Partner and Head of Debt Advisory
Daniel Gebler joined Carlsquare in 2023 as Head of Debt Advisory. He has over 20 years of debt experience, with particular expertise in LBO, project, infrastructure, corporate and real-estate financings. Previously Daniel was Managing Director at DC Advisory, where he oversaw non-distressed debt advisory for both the DACH and CEE regions. Before that he spent more than a decade on the lender side, heading an LBO team at Commerzbank and serving as Vice President in the LBO and infrastructure team at Dresdner Kleinwort. Daniel holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Nikolai Golenko Associate
Hans Halskov Senior Advisor
Hans joined Carlsquare in 2023 with more than 25 years of international business and cross-border M&A experience. He has 6 years advisory experience on acquisitions and joint-venture projects between Europe and China across a wide range of industries from his own company. In addition, he spent 15 years being posted in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing and Chongqing, for several MNCs and the Danish Trade Council where he acquired skills to negotiate effectively in Mandarin. Besides M&A consulting, Hans is also a seasoned emerging markets business developer in Consumer Product from Nestle, Scandinavian Tobacco, etc.. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Economics and a MBA in International Business, and certificates in Corporate Finance and Management Consulting.
Sven Hasenberg Vice President
Sven joined Carlsquare in 2022. Before joining our team, he worked in the Corporate Finance department of M.M.Warburg & CO focusing on M&A and ECM transactions. Sven is a CFA charterholder and holds an M.Sc. in Finance from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Laws from University of Hamburg.
Maurice Hinrichs Vice President
Maurice joined Carlsquare in 2017. He has previously worked at PwC and HSH Nordbank. Maurice holds a M.Sc. in Finance from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a B.Sc. in Management, Mathematics and Economics from the University of Essex including semesters at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Arnold Holle Managing Partner
Arnold has been an investment banker since 1998 and merged his business with Carlsquare in q3 2018. He spent several years each with Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting, UBS and the World Bank’s IFC. He holds an MBA from Wharton, an MA from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. from Goethe University, Frankfurt.
Maksim Ivanutin Associate
Lars Johansen IT&Telecom Expert
Lars is an industry advisor to Carlsquare in the field of IT&Telecom. He has a M.Sc in engineering physics and +30 years of experience working for large operators and solution suppliers such as Telia, Ericsson, MCI Worldcom and Huawei as well as a range of start-up companies. For the past 8 years Lars has been with Huawei acting as business consultant and leading operators across Europe in legacy network and business transformation.
Anna-Lena Kickbusch Assistant to CFO
Anna-Lena joined Carlsquare in 2017 as office manager for the Hamburg office. She previously gained nine years of experience as a personal assistant and in office management positions after living in England for a year. She is also responsible for accounting within Carlsquare.
Morten Kjærulff Partner
Morten graduated with a M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.
More than 20 years of experience in advisory services on M&A, IPOs, secondaries and private placements.
Morten has worked with Nordea Securities, HSH Corporate Finance, Dansk Merchant Capital and a number of years as adviser, partner and CEO of one of the leading Danish agencies focusing on strategic and financial communication.
Mischa Krause Director
Mischa joined Carlsquare in 2011. He has more than ten years M&A experience with main focus on technology and business service companies. He has previously worked at Avocado Store, a Rocket Internet startup, and at Kreissparkasse Verden. Mischa holds a business administration degree (Diplom-Kaufmann) from University of Mannheim and is a trained banker.
Simon Kuhn Associate
Herman Kuntscher Associate Equity Analyst
Herman joined Carlsquare in 2022. He has previous experience, both as a consultant and inhouse, in business development and M&A within the Med-Tech sector. Herman is focused on the Life Science sector and holds a B.Sc. degree in Business and Economics from Lund University with a major in Corporate finance and exchange studies at St.Gallen University in Switzerland.
David Lamb Director
David joined Carlsquare through the merger with Capital Clarity and has been with the firm since 2023. He has more than 15 years of technology investment banking experience. Previously, David held senior roles with Citigroup, Stifel, and Piper Jaffray. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hobart College.
Tanja Lammert Head of Human Resources
Tanja joined Carlsquare in 2022 and has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources. Previously, she worked as Deputy HR Manager at a globally operating service sector corporation. Prior to that, she held various HR positions in retail and with a project developer (DOUGLAS Group, ECE). She studied Economics and Business at the University of Witten/Herdecke and the University of Stellenbosch. She began her professional career with an apprenticeship at the banking house B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co.
Steffen Leckert Managing Partner
Steffen Leckert joined Carlsquare in 2021 with more than 25 years of experience in investment banking. He previously worked as Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey, where he was responsible for European corporate finance in industrial technology and packaging. Prior to that he worked for Lincoln International as Head of Industrials as well as running the firm’s corporate-coverage activities in the DACH region. Steffen has also had positions at Mediobanca leading the German industrial and automotive team and at Bank of America Merrill Lynch working with private-equity clients and automotive-supply companies.
Erik Lundberg Partner
Erik joined Carlsquare in 2017. He has more than 15 years of M&A experience, with a particular focus on technology companies. He has previously worked at Stella EOC (now part of Houlihan Lokey) and EY. Erik holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology and a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Management from University of Gothenburg.
Travis Mahoney Senior Vice President
Travis joined Carlsquare through the merger with Capital Clarity and has been with the firm since 2019. He has extensive experience across sellside and buyside M&A, capital raises, private equity and public equity investing. He was previously with SNH Capital, Graham Partners, and Brandes Investment Partners. Travis holds a Master’s of Business Administration from The Wharton School and is a CFA Charter Holder.
Christoph Margotti Associate
Eva Maria Zielke Office Management & PA to Michael Moritz
Mandy May Recruiting Manager
Mandy joined Carlsquare in March 2020. As the former Head of Operations, she has strengthened our HR team as Recruiting Manager since August 2023.
As a qualified industrial clerk and business administrator, she has already gained over ten years of experience in the organisation and professionalisation of administrative and operational company processes. In her role as Recruiting Manager, she represents Carlsquare as an employer and is actively searching for new talents.
Mirja Meyer Office Management & Accounting
Mirja joined Carlsquare in 2020 in the Office Management and Accounting department. She brings many years of experience in various industries. Most recently, she worked as an office manager at medical institutions and an advertising agency, where she deepened her organisational and administrative skills.
Mark Miller Managing Partner
Mark Miller is one of the founders of Carlsquare (formerly CatCap). He studied economics and business at the University of Witten / Herdecke and at the University of Texas at Austin. He worked for Deutsche Bank in the corporate and asset-management business and as an analyst at Bertelsmann AG, where he examined strategic investment opportunities. Overall, Mark has participated in more than 100 successful transactions.
Michael Moritz Managing Partner
Michael Moritz is one of the founders of Carlsquare (formerly CatCap). He studied liberal arts at Albion College in Michigan, USA and economics and law in Freiburg, Berlin, Cologne and Bonn. He then worked at the Treuhandanstalt in Berlin on the restructuring and privatization of medium-sized investments. Michael also served as corporate finance consultant at Doertenbach & Co. in Frankfurt, where specialized in advising medium-sized companies and their owners on strategic acquisitions and divestitures.
Lukas Moritzen Associate
Lukas joined Carlsquare in 2020. Previously, he worked at Pareto Securities, GCA Altium and benten capital. Lukas studied business administration at the University of North Georgia and holds a M.Sc. in Management (Finance) from the Durham University including an exchange semester at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Mathias Möhrpahl Partner
Mathias Möhrpahl joined Carlsquare in 2023. He has more than 15 years of experience in M&A, corporate advisory, business development and renewable energy and has lived and worked in several countries across Europe, North & South America as well as SE Asia. Before he joined Carlsquare, Mathias was a Partner at Uruguayan-based Ficus Advisory, where he focused mainly on wind, solar and other renewable energy transactions worldwide. Since 2021, he is also a member of the Advisory Panel at New Energy Partners, Greece. He studied economics at Cologne and Kiel University and earned a MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a native German speaker and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Eiji Nagasaki Director
Eiji has over a decade of M&A experience, having previously held posts at Torch Partners, RBC, Lazard and Houlihan Lokey in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. His core areas of expertise include the digital-consumer, internet, software and industrial-technology sectors. A native Japanese speaker, Eiji maintains close ties with numerous Japanese strategics. He holds an MSc in Geophysics from Kyoto University and has also studied at Grenoble University.
Bertil Nilsson Senior Equity Analyst
Bertil joined Carlsquare in 2013 and holds over 20 years of expereince from equity research. Previous employers include Consensus Fondkommission, Nordiska Fondkommission, Myrberg Fondkommission/Danske Bank and Glitnir (earlier Fischer Partners). Bertil has also worked as an asset manager (Real Estate) at Aberdeen and is one of the founders of Fastighetsvärlden. Bertil holds an engineering degree from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Emanuel Onoszko Senior Associate
Emanuel joined Carlsquare in 2019. He has previous work experience from Cartina as a management consultant focusing on strategy and growth projects. Emanuel holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and a BSc in Energy Systems and Sustainability from Royal Institute of Technology.
Arielle Nisrine Ouchen Associate
Arielle joined Carlsquare in 2022. She has spent 5 years in M&A Transaction Services, Financial Modeling and M&A, within Deloitte, IKB Deutsche Industriebank and Acetis Finance. Arielle graduated from ESSEC Business School, Grande Ecole program in Paris, France.
Anika Schaefer Office Management & HR
Kathrin Schatz Head of Marketing
Kathrin joined Carlsquare in 2022 as Head of Marketing. She previously worked at Berenberg for 12 years and holds a degree in business administration from Christian Albrechts University in Kiel and the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen. Prior to that, she did an apprenticeship at Deutsche Bank.
Philipp Schirmböck Associate
Philipp joined Carlsquare in 2022. He has experience in advising private equity real estate funds, in particular fundraising. Philipp holds a Master’s degree in Internationalization Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business with semesters abroad at the University of St. Gallen.
Nico Schmidt-Weidemann Managing Partner
Nico joined Carlsquare in 2016 and is a Managing Partner based in Munich. He has more than fifteen years of M&A experience and has worked on numerous transactions in the FMCG, Life Science and Industrial sectors.
Prior to joining Carlsquare, he worked at CMC Consulting Group in Munich and in the small/mid cap M&A team at Groupe BPCE in New York and Frankfurt. Nico holds an LL.M. (M&A) from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and a degree in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Münster.
Finn Sperber Associate
Finn joined the Carlsquare team in Hamburg in 2021. Previously, he gained professional experience in the corporate finance team of ODDO BHF in Frankfurt a.M. and Paris. Finn holds a Master of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics & Finance from the University of Aberdeen.
Luc Springinsfeld Managing Partner
Luc is an experienced international M&A advisor with particular expertise in the field of industrial technology. Luc focuses on dynamically growing companies that use digitalization, automation and improved efficiency to enable disruptive change in areas such as research & development, manufacturing, farming, defense, environmental monitoring and energy transition. He has also closely followed the growing European cannabis market, advising several of the field’s pioneers.
Before joining Carlsquare, Luc was a Managing Director at Bryan Garnier in Munich and then Stockholm. He has also worked at SMBC in London and ams OSRAM in Munich. Luc holds an MSC in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, a Master in Management from EDHEC Business School, and a BSc in Political Science and Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon.
Moritz Staudinger Associate
Caspar Graf Stauffenberg Managing Partner
Caspar Graf Stauffenberg studied business administration in Reutlingen and London. He then worked as a project manager for Arthur D. Little in the strategy and organization division and as project manager for M&A at the Binding Group (today: Radeberger).
Prior to joining Carlsquare, he was CFO and later CEO of MAP Medizin-Technologie GmbH and CEO and co-founder of Aequos Endoprosthetics GmbH. Both companies were sold under his direction.
Berthold Stauffenberg Managing Partner
Berthold Stauffenberg has a track record of more than 30 years in investment banking. He co-founded Alexander Partners in 2015 and previously worked as Managing Director at Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and Managing Director at Rothschild in Paris and Frankfurt. He holds an MBA from Insead and BSc (Hons) Economics from University of London.
Griffin Steele Senior Associate
Griffin joined Carlsquare in 2021 after moving from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Griffin holds a bachelor’s in finance and accounting from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Previously, he worked at Ernst & Young (EY) where he received his Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA), before joining a regional M&A boutique, Sequiera Partners, in their insurance and professional services practice.
Robert Suhr Senior Associate
Jon Tingling Senior Vice President
Jon joined Carlsquare in 2020. Most recently he was an Associate at RIG (London) advising technology companies on M&A and fundraising, and prior to that worked in transaction services and corporate finance at KPMG (Vancouver, Canada). He is a Chartered Accountant, and a graduate of Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.
Anshul Tyagi Associate
Anshul joined Carlsquare in 2019. He previously gained experience in credit risk and equity research in India and the UK. Anshul holds a M.Sc. in Finance and Management from Cranfield School of Management (UK) and B.Com. in Banking and Insurance from University of Mumbai (India).
Philip Ulveman Juel-Berg Vice President
Philip joined Carlsquare in 2022. Prior to Carlsquare, he has already gained more than five years of M&A experience from BDO Corporate Finance and Faqtum M&A. He has successfully closed numerous transactions within Industrials, B2B services and Consumer/Internet. Philip holds a degree in Economics from University of Colorado Boulder, and certified Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst by CFI (Corporate Finance Institute).
Sybille de Vegvar Business Development
Sybille joined Carlsquare in 2020. Following a dual degree in Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen and the Ecole Supérieure Commerce Marseille-Provence she worked at Deutsche Bank, initially in Munich followed by Morgan Grenfell in London. There she then joined Mercury Asset Management and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), part of BlackRock since 2006.
Constantin von Wiedersperg Director
Constantin von Wiedersperg started his career at UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking in 2010. Since then, Constantin focused on structured finance and capital markets and gained extensive transaction experience in commercial real estate and corporate finance on both the advisory and execution side. Prior to joining Carlsquare, he was responsible for sponsor coverage and leveraged finance for the small cap segment with a particular focus on corporates in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Before earning a diploma degree in business administration from the University of Nürtingen-Geislingen (HfWU), he underwent a three-year training to become an infantry officer in the German armed forces.
Tizian Wienstroth Associate
Tizian joined Carlsquare in 2020. Previously, Tizian gained professional experience at Odewald (private equity), Capcellence (private equity) and HSH Nordbank (investment banking). He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.Sc. in Finance.
Oskar Wollert Vice President
Jan-Frederik Zapp Senior Associate
Frederik joined Carlsquare in 2018. He has previously worked at UniCredit and Berenberg. Frederik holds a joint MSc in Finance from the Nova School of Business and Economics and the Sao Paulo School of Economics and a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Hamburg.
Nils Zettelmeyer Director
Nils joined Carlsquare from Deloitte in London, where he worked within the M&A advisory team. He has gained M&A experience since 2010, mainly advising technology companies on buy and sell side transactions within the mid-market. Nils holds a degree in Economics from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.
Andreas Zetzsche Partner
Andreas Zetzsche was Group Head of M&A at RWE for many years. Operating out of the firm’s Essen headquarters, Andreas led numerous significant M&A transactions, including capital-markets deals. He was previously Managing Director of the European Chemical Group at Chase Manhattan Bank in London. Since 2018, he has been Chair Affiliate of Mergers & Acquisitions at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Marta Zientarski Vice President
Marta joined Carlsquare in 2021. She has previously worked at Scotiabank (London and Toronto) in both investment and corporate banking. Prior to that, she worked at Deloitte. She has a B.B.A. from Schulich School of Business, York University (Toronto, Canada) and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (Canada).