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Stefan Brunnschweiler is the managing partner of CMS Switzerland and co-heads the CMS Corporate/M&A Practice Area Group.
He was named one of the top 10 lawyers in Switzerland in the edition of “Who is Who” by Bilanz.
Stefan Brunnschweiler specialises in international and domestic M&A transactions, venture capital, corporate restructurings, corporate law and general contract matters (e.g. joint ventures, partnerships and shareholders' agreements).
He is experienced in a broad range of national and international transactions, both sell- and buy-side (including corporate auction processes) as well as the assistance of clients in their ongoing corporate and commercial activities. Stefan Brunnschweiler has engaged in competition law, including merger control filings for more than 10 years.
Since 2010, David has led more than a 2,500 shareholder communication mandates across the EMEA region including listed companies such in his career and more than one trillion dollars worth of deal value. Previously, David worked for John Mayo, CBE, in a series of vehicles including Beehive Capital (finance), Efficient Capital Structures (shareholder activism) and Salisbury Associates (shareholder communications). He was European Co-Head at Georgeson. David was an investment banker from 1992 to 2005 at Deutsche Bank and Société Générale with a specialization in M&A debt financing in the O&G sector. David holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University (School of International & Public Affairs), completed the foreign degree with honors from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College. He is professionally qualified with the Certificate in Corporate Finance from the CISI, is FSA-approved and holds a Series-7 brokerage license. He is a member of France’s CLIFF, including its Corporate Governance Board, the UK IR Society, Germany’s DIRK and the ICGN. He speaks regularly on Corporate Governance and Shareholder Engagement internationally. David is a recognized expert is several shareholder engagement subjects including: M&A, corporate governance and shareholder activism.
Kristy is a Partner in our Corporate team. Having previously worked for six years with Clayton Utz in Australia, she moved to the UK in 2005 and subsequently qualified in England and Wales in 2008. Kristy has a wide range of experience in corporate and corporate finance transactions, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investment and reorganisations. She regularly advises on cross-border transactions.
Kristy acts for a number of listed FTSE 250 clients on their public and private M&A and capital markets activities. Kristy is also named as a key individual by Legal 500 2021 in the categories of: ECM – Mid-large cap; Listed Funds; Infrastructure; and M&A – Upper mid-market & Premium deals, in which she is referred to as ‘a key figure for cross-border infrastructure matters’.
Niall is a senior deal lead in Shell’s global M&A team, currently responsible for renewables M&A in the Americas and oil refinery divestments in Europe.
A chemical engineer by education, his 25 year career in the energy sector has spanned oil refinery and chemical plant operations, fuel supply chain optimisation, biofuels, corporate strategy and consultancy, and M&A across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Prior to his current role he led the design of Shell’s new group-wide M&A organisation. He is passionate about leading change, developing people and building high-performing organisations and is fascinated by diverse cultures.
Head of Virtual Data Room sales and Client Managers in Norway with extendened sales teams in Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
Admincontrol is the leading Virtual Data Room provider in Norway and with a fast growing market share in other Nordic countries, the Netherlands and the UK.
Admincontrol is a Visma company.
Eric Sibbern, 1979, has over fifteen years of experience as a specialist for corporate and capital market law.
Prior to joining VERAISON Capital he worked at Homburger AG in Zurich and at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York. In this role, he was responsible for a broad range of strategic transactions of private and listed companies. He advised boards of directors and senior management on corporate policy and strategy in both growth and restructuring situations with emphasis on corporate finance, regulatory, corporate governance as well as M&A matters. Most recently he worked as a director in the Corporate Development team at Credit Suisse and helped to implement the bank’s new strategy around the world.
Eric holds a master degree in law from the University of Zurich and Geneva. Further he attended the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) and holds a master degree in Banking and Finance. Eric is admitted to the bar as attorney at law. He is father of three children.
- 24 years of Corporate Finance experience
- Joined BNP Paribas in 2016
- Previously Managing Director at Greenhill & Co and CEO of Greenhill & Co Sweden AB
- Started in investment banking in 1997 at Enskilda Securities
- Based in New York at Blackstone’s office between 1999-2001 focusing on US-Nordic cross-border deals
- Master of Science and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics including studies in Finance at HEC outside Paris
Cas has more than 25 years’ experience in international investor relations and shareholder identification and has been with Georgeson since 1998. As responsible for Georgeson’s Global activism and M&A practice, he has been involved in the highest profile M&A and activist situations.
Cas has a longstanding knowledge of Global proxy voting mechanics and key governance matters affecting issuers and shareholders globally. Having worked for several activists and against many more he has in-depth experience in how activists run their campaigns and the different stakeholders they look to influence in sensitive activist campaigns.
Prior to joining Georgeson he had five years’ experience in international investor relations and shareholder identification. While honing his skills in the US, Cas has been in the UK since 2002.
Ryan Terpstra is the Chief Product Officer of ION Analytics and the former Chief Technology Officer of Acuris. Prior to that, he was the Founder & CEO of Selerity, an AI-powered contextual search and analytics company, until its successful sale to Dealogic, an ION Analytics company. Before Selerity, Terpstra held several senior roles at Thomson Reuters, including Director of Quantitative News and Senior Strategist in the Corporate Strategy group. Terpstra also worked for the World Economic Forum in the Center for Global Industries, where he worked on projects for the Forum's financial services and alternative investment members. He was recognized as a New York Power 30 Under 30 and holds a B.A. in Finance & Entrepreneurship, graduating with honors from Miami University (Ohio).
Louise Wallace has been a partner in the Corporate Team since 1997 and is a member of CMS’ Executive Committee.
She covers all aspects of M&A, private equity, corporate finance, takeovers, joint ventures, corporate outsourcing, integrations and governance, and all forms of corporate restructurings.
Louise specialises in the hotels & leisure and the consumer and retail sectors. She is ranked in the top tier of Chambers 2016 for her work in the hotels & leisure sector and is recognised in Chambers for M&A (High End)
Heading Mergermarket and Dealreporter editorial output across EMEA, leading a team of more than 50 reporters across both products.
Philip is chief strategy & marketing officer at Sterling Technology, a premium provider of virtual data room solutions for M&A, capital markets, and real estate. He has more than 30 years' experience working in strategy, M&A, corporate development, and corporate finance leadership roles in management consulting, investment banking, public companies, and private equity backed firms. Philip is a non-executive adviser to startups, investment management and private equity firms. He has served as an honorary visiting fellow in finance, and as a member of the advisory board of the M&A Research Centre, at Cass Business School. He is a co-author of over a dozen published M&A research studies and papers, as well as a co-inventor and patent holder for computerised, networked secure collaboration technology. Philip graduated from the University of London with Masters degrees in computer science and finance.
Based in Paris, Emilio Zito is EDF Group Head of M&A, Investments and EDF Invest. He is also in charge of Investor Relations.
Emilio joined EDF in 2008 and since he originated, led and executed a wide range of greenfield and brownfield transactions across the energy chain and related infrastructure. He has also been holding Boards positions within several subsidiaries of the Group, mainly in the Renewables business.
Emilio started his career as an investment banker in London, covering natural resources, energy and power sectors. He joined EDF in 2008 as an M&A and Investment Manager and relocated to London in 2011 to take on the M&A and Investment responsibility of EDF Energy, the largest subsidiary of the Group. Between 2018 and 2020 he also held the position of Deputy Head of M&A for EDF Group, before being appointed EDF Group Head of M&A and Investor Relations. On March 1st, 2023, Emilio had his responsibilities widened to include the Group’s principal investments activity and EDF Invest.
Originally from Milan, Emilio holds a double MSc in General Management from Milan Bocconi University and HEC Paris. He also graduated from the University of California San Diego with a major in Corporate Finance.
Emilio is an Italian native speaker, and speaks fluent English and French.