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BiographyWouter is Director in the Brussels Office of Hering Schuppener’s Corporate Affairs & Public Strategies Practice. He advises clients on strategic positioning and interest representation in the political-regulatory domain at both EU and national level. Wouter joined Hering Schuppener in 2018, after spending four years as head of the technology practice at Kreab Brussels. In this position he was responsible for providing political analysis, strategies and campaigns in view of existing law, political pressure and future regulation to a wide range of global companies. Prior to joining Kreab, Wouter was Head of EU Affairs for SWIFT, the global financial messaging provider headquartered in Belgium, and worked as Vice-President in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Government Affairs EMEA team. Wouter holds a master's degree in EU Policy Studies (Honours Program) from the University of Amsterdam and a BA Degree in European Studies (Maastricht University).
BiographyDr. Tatiana Belgorodski is a Managing Director at Hering Schuppener. She advises clients regarding crisis and change communication, with a focus on internal communications and cultural change. Before joining Hering Schuppener in 2006, she worked for more than five years in internal and external HR communications at Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt and New York. After her studies in American Literature, Economics and French at the University of Göttingen, she made her Executive MBA in „Communication and Leadership“ at the TU Munich and wrote her PhD thesis on „Value and implementation of storytelling in internal communications“ at the University of Leipzig in parallel to her job. She is a certified business coach (EBS Oestrich-Winkel) and has received in a Change Management Training with the Neuwaldegg Consulting Group.
BiographyHendrik Bender is a Director in Hering Schuppener’s Frankfurt office. He has advised clients on strategic positioning, financial communications, and investor relations. He has consulted clients on private, public, domestic and cross-border transactions. Hendrik is a member of Hering Schuppener’s shareholder activism task force. Prior to joining HSC, Hendrik had worked for several international law firms specializing in Corporate Law. Hendrik is a fully qualified lawyer. He studied at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and completed his legal training at the higher regional court Düsseldorf. In 2017, Hendrik was seconded to the New York and London office of Hering Schuppener’s strategic partner Finsbury.
BiographyChristoph Bertram has led the build-up of the Brussels office. His focus in Germany and Europe is on advising companies on European anti-trust procedures and regulatory advocacy. He joined Hering Schuppener after six years in politics and social entrepreneurship, where he was among other things a founding member of the Hertie School of Governance. In previous roles, he worked inter alia as personal assistant to Lord Ralf Dahrendorf in the House of Lords, at the ZEIT foundation and at Teach First Deutschland. Christoph studied European competition law, political science, economics and public law in Berkeley, York, Hamburg and in London at the LSE and King’s College.
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BiographyKatharina Blumenfeld works in the capital markets communications division and is based in the company’s Frankfurt office. She advises clients particularly on M&A transactions and IPOs as well as on strategic positioning. Having worked for consultancies in France, Katharina has built up a vast expertise on the French market. Before joining Hering Schuppener in 2010, she worked at a French-American finance company in Paris. Katharina has studied at the Universities of Hohenheim, Stuttgart and Sciences Po Bordeaux and holds a diploma in communications and political science.
BiographyBiancastella de Angelis works for the Corporate Affairs & Public Strategies division and is based in the company’s Brussels office. She advises clients on strategic positioning and interest representation in the political-regulatory domain at both EU and national level, and the political dimension of trade cases. Before joining Hering Schuppener, she worked for Hewlett-Packard in the areas of Global Account Management and Marketing. Biancastella holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Lund University, a Master of Arts in European Politics and Administration from the College of Europe in Bruges and studied business at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. Besides her native Italian, she speaks German, English, French and Swedish.
BiographyTanja Dorr is Director at the Frankfurt office of Hering Schuppener. She advices large and small companies in all matters of strategic positioning, media relations and financial communications. She particularly enjoys moving between the world of start-ups and large corporate groups. She works for companies in various sectors, but with a focus on finance and energy. Tanja Dorr studied political science, business administration and sinology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She was a scholarship-holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation).
BiographyOda von Dreising is a Director Recruiting & HR Development at Hering Schuppener and works out of the Frankfurt office. Previously, she focussed on advisory services for clients in capital market transactions as well as all aspects of strategic positioning. Prior to joining Hering Schuppener in 2009, she worked at Deutsche Asset Management in London and Frankfurt as well as for the international management consulting firm Towers Perrin. Oda studied Business Administration and Romance languages at the University of Mannheim and the Université Lyon 2 in France.
BiographyFolker Dries is a Managing Partner at Hering Schuppener and works out of the offices in Frankfurt and Duesseldorf. He focuses on advising clients particularly on issues relating to corporate and CEO positioning and financial communications. Folker is also Hering Schuppener's media trainer. Prior to moving into consultancy, he spent 17 years working as a business journalist; in his last role, he was the Financial Editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in Frankfurt. Before that, he was the newspaper’s Wall Street correspondent in New York. He started out in journalism at the Börsen-Zeitung as a correspondent in Munich, London and New York. Folker holds a diploma in economics. He studied at the University of Würzburg.
BiographyChristian Falkowski is a Managing Director at the Frankfurt office of Hering Schuppener. He advises clients regarding communication challenges particularly in connection with capital market transactions as well as on the field of investor relations. Christian works for companies in various sectors, but with a focus on real estate. Before he joined Hering Schuppener, Christian supported the communication units of two worldwide leading auditing and tax consulting companies. Christian holds a German diploma in Business Administration. Furthermore, he studied International Management at the University of Surabaya, Indonesia, and the German- Kazakh University, Kazakhstan.
BiographyRegina Frauen is a Director within the capital markets team in Frankfurt. She focuses on all aspects of strategic positioning, on financial and on M&A-related communications. Over the past years, Regina has consulted clients on private, public, domestic and cross-border transactions. She spent one year working in London and New York, where she was responsible for the company’s international network. Earlier work experiences include inter alia the PR agency Pleon (now Ketchum Pleon). Regina holds a Dipl.-Kffr. degree (M.Sc. equivalent) in Business Administration with a major in Finance, Marketing and Statistics. She studied at the University of Mannheim, London School of Economics and University of Valencia.
BiographyBettina Fries advises clients on capital markets communications with a particular focus on IPOs. She also supports listed companies in all aspects of financial communications and in building up and expanding their communications activities. Bettina Fries has many years of experience in advising family businesses. She joined Hering Schuppener more than ten years ago and works from the Düsseldorf office. Previously, she was Head of Corporate Communications of a TecDax company. Bettina holds an M.A. in communications, economics and art history.
BiographyAlexander Geiser is Managing Partner at Hering Schuppener since 2003. He advises clients on the development and implementation of their communication strategies and is also specialized in the communication of M&A as well as CEO changes. Alexander has advised on more than 100 domestic and international transactions. Between 1996 and 2001, he worked within the Hering Schuppener Group in the field of corporate strategy and development in Düsseldorf, London and New York. Alexander studied business administration and politics at the Western University in Canada. He completed post-graduate studies at INSEAD in 2000, and Harvard University in 2016. In 2014, he was appointed to the group of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum (Geneva).
BiographyJohannes Gunst is a Director in the Dusseldorf based Special Situation Unit of the firm. In particular, he provides communication counsel on complex crises issues and litigation cases. In his former profession as a journalist, Johannes worked at Stern, one of Germany's most popular news magazines. Being one of the co-founder of the magazine's investigative reporting team, he mostly covered security matters and economic crime. He holds a Magister degree in Communications, Psychology and Sociology.
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BiographyDr. Brigitte von Haacke is a Managing Partner at Hering Schuppener and works out of the Frankfurt office. She focusses on advisory services for clients in capital market transactions as well as all aspects of strategic positioning. She works for companies in various sectors, but with a focus on technology and retail. Prior to joining Hering Schuppener, she worked as a journalist for Wirtschaftswoche (German Business Weekly) for 12 years, as the US correspondent and financial markets reporter in Frankfurt, amongst other roles. Brigitte is a graduate of the Cologne School of Journalism and studied economics at the University of Cologne, where she also completed her PhD thesis.
BiographyKatrin Häbel is a Managing Director at Hering Schuppener in Frankfurt/Main, where she works in the Corporate Communications Team. She advises clients particularly in crisis and change situations and in all aspects of internal communication. Katrin Häbel began her career with Hering Schuppener and has been with the company since the year 2001. She studied Mass Communications, German and American language and literature and Journalism at the University of Mainz and at the American University in Washington D.C.
BiographyPhilipp Halstrick works at the Frankfurt office of Hering Schuppener and advises clients of different sectors on all issues regarding capital market communications and strategic positioning, with a particular focus on M&A transactions. Prior to joining Hering Schuppener, Philipp had worked for 14 years as a business journalist for Reuters. Most recently, he served as the Top News Editor in Germany, coordinating the news agency’s German file. Previously, he was leading the international banking team in Frankfurt as Chief Correspondent. In that role, he also broadened and strengthened the M&A and corporate finance coverage. Philipp started his career as a trainee at the news agency. He studied political science and economics in Bamberg (Germany) and Fribourg (Switzerland).
BiographyOn February 16, 2018, Ralf Hering, founder of the Hering Schuppener company to which he also lent his name, died suddenly of heart failure at the age of only 61. We are deeply shocked and terribly saddened. Ralf Hering gave the Group its character and set of values. For all of us, his passing is a huge loss. Our thoughts are with Ralf’s family and our condolences go out to his wife and three children.
BiographyJan Hiesserich advises clients mainly on M&A, CEO reputation and on corporate strategy mandates. He works in the Frankfurt office. Previously, Jan advised international clients on numerous M&A and financial communications mandates, working from the London and Madrid offices of the leading consultancy firms Maitland and Llorente & Cuenca. Jan is the author of the book “Der CEO-Navigator” (Campus, 2013) and co-author of the book “Der CEO im Fokus” (Campus, 2015). He studied international relations, political science, finance and leadership at the Wharton and Harvard Business School and at the universities of Bonn, Prague and Warwick.
BiographyJobst Honig is a Director at the Frankfurt office of Hering Schuppener. He advises clients on financial communications, strategic positioning and M&A transactions. His clients include German and international blue chip companies, large family-owned corporations and international private equity funds. Jobst is a member of Hering Schuppener’s shareholder activism task force. Before he joined Hering Schuppener, Jobst was a project manager at a major German family-owned company where he was responsible for strategic development, M&A and restructuring projects. Prior to that, he worked at Deutsche Lufthansa AG for seven years, whereby in the last three years, he was an Investor Relations manager and spokesperson. Jobst studied law and business administration, is a trained aviation manager and holds a master in law and business (MLB) from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management and Bucerius Law School.
BiographyGeorg Jakobs focuses on all aspects of strategic positioning, on financial as well on M&A-related communications. Georg works from the Frankfurt office and advises clients from various sectors, in particular from the financial services industry. Before joining Hering Schuppener in 2005, Georg worked 14 years as a journalist, in his last role as a financial correspondent for manager magazin. He also spent seven years at Handelsblatt as a financial markets correspondent and banking reporter in Frankfurt. He graduated in economics and started his professional career as a reporter for a regional daily.
BiographyMatthis Kaiser works for the Corporate Affairs & Public Strategies division and is based in the company’s Berlin office. He advises clients on strategic positioning, political-regulatory affairs, and the political dimension of competition cases. Before joining Hering Schuppener, Matthis worked at the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation’s international and economic policy research unit, policy think tank Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and for a member of the German Bundestag. Matthis holds a master’s degree in political science from the Universities of Bonn and Birmingham and a Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law from King’s College London.
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BiographyWorking from the Frankfurt office, Phoebe Kebbel focuses on corporate and financial communications. In addition to supporting various DAX and MDAX groups for many years, Phoebe has advised clients on communications in over 50 M&A transactions – ranging from midcap acquisitions to hostile cross-border takeovers. Earlier work experiences include inter alia the PR agency Kohtes Klewes (now Ketchum Pleon). The business administration graduate studied at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada and the Ecole de Management de Lyon in France. She teaches communications management at the University of Leipzig.
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BiographyAndreas Kolbe is a Director in Hering Schuppener's capital markets team. Based in the Düsseldorf office, he preliminarily advises clients in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area. He focusses on strategic positioning and financial communications. He also advises on M&A transactions. Andreas joined Hering Schuppener from the German national public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, after he was a radio journalist for more than ten years. He holds a diploma in journalism and business administration from the Universities of Dortmund and Cape Town.
BiographyJoachim Koschnicke works in the Corporate Affairs & Public Strategies Practice in the Berlin office. He focuses on advising companies in strategic stakeholder communications and especially on how to position themselves and advocate their interests in the political sphere. Before Joachim joined Hering Schuppener in 2018 he consulted Chancellor Merkel as Head of Strategic Planning and Strategic Communications during the federal election in 2017 – as he did from 2005 to 2011. From 2013 to 2017 he joinend General Motors Europe / Opel&Vauxhall as Vice President Public Policy & Industry Strategy. From 2011 to 2013 he was Managing Director with a German company specialized on opinion surveys in the political & commercial & media enviroment. Joachim started his carreer with Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances as Inhouse Consultant of the Boards Strategic Planning Unit. Joachim studied Business and joined Executive Trainigs with Insead and Stanford in Measuring Coperate Performance and Transformational Leaderhip. He is Founder and Member of the board of the NGO InCharge and Member of the Advisory Board of the Berlin based Quadriga University.
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BiographyTina Kunath works at Hering Schuppener Consulting’s Dusseldorf office. Since 2008, she provides advise to clients in strategic corporate communications in preparation and implementation of change, in particular in restructuring, as well as for crises issues. From 2016 and 2018 she was media spokesperson of international insurer ERGO Group. Prior she worked for public affairs consultancies Plato as well as Burson-Marsteller in Berlin. She studied history, politics and English literature in Bremen, Dusseldorf and Newcastle, UK.
BiographyPatrick Maloney is a Managing Director in the Frankfurt office of Hering Schuppener. He advises clients from various industries in their positioning and in change communications with a particular focus on leadership and employee communication. Before joining Hering Schuppener, he worked as a freelance communication consultant and executive speechwriter for a year. Prior to this, he spent more than ten years with E.ON where, in his last role, he headed the communications department of the utility’s global business services subsidiary. Patrick holds a Master degree in Business Administration. He studied at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and the University College Dublin.
BiographyDirk von Manikowsky advises companies and organisations in challenging crisis and change situations, focusing particularly on communications advice in criminal or civil litigation, antitrust or fraud proceedings, compliance issues as well as restructuring. He headed the press and public relations department of private bank Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. until 2011 and served as the group’s press spokesman in Cologne and Luxembourg for six years. Previously, he worked for nine years as an advisor focusing on financial and crisis communications in Cologne and Düsseldorf. Dirk studied communications, political science and English literature.
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BiographyTina Mentner leads the Special Situations Practice of Hering Schuppener. From the Düsseldorf office, she develops communication strategies for crisis and change situations with a focus on restructuring processes and insolvencies. Since joining Hering Schuppener in 1999, Tina has advised far more than 100 companies on the prevention and handling of crises. Her previous work experience includes a leading corporate communications consultancy where she formed part of the advisory team that backed up the IPO of Deutsche Telekom. Tina studied at the universities of Bochum and Munich. She holds an M.A. in communications, economics and market and organisational psychology.
BiographySebastian Mewißen is a Managing Director at the Düsseldorf office of Hering Schuppener. He advises clients particularly in connection with IPOs, capital market transactions and strategic corporate profiling and positioning. Before joining Hering Schuppener in 2007 he worked with other PR-Consultancies. In addition, he built up journalistic expertise by working for a regional TV station and newspapers. Sebastian Mewißen graduated from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn as Magister Artium (M.A.). He studied Politics, Sociology and Modern History.
BiographyKathrin Meyer works from the Frankfurt office and specializes in financial communications, media relations and CEO positioning. Prior to joining HERING SCHUPPENER, Kathrin spent seven years as a business journalist at Springer Science & Business Media. Most recently she worked as a financial journalist for “Der Platow Brief” in Frankfurt. Kathrin holds a diploma in Business Administration. She studied at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and the Universiteit St. Ignatius of Antwerp and underwent formal training as a banker.
BiographySandra Neuner works for the Corporate Affairs & Public Strategies division in Berlin. She advises clients on strategic positioning in the political and societal domain, as well as in interest representation in Germany and at EU level. Her focus lies with companies from the manufacturing industry, and in the areas sustainability and infrastructure. In addition, she is responsible for recruitment and employee development within the Corporate Affairs & Public Strategies division. Prior to joining Hering Schuppener in 2010, she worked for the energy supply company EnBW and for Bosch Gasoline Systems. Sandra Neuner has a diploma in communication studies from the University of Hohenheim, Germany.
BiographyAlexander Otto advises international clients, primarily from the industrial, technology and infrastructure sectors, in the areas of strategic positioning and representation of interests. Before joining HERING SCHUPPENER, Alexander worked for Philip Morris International in Munich in the corporate affairs section, for the German Embassy in London and the Cologne-based OnVista Group in the fields of marketing and external communications.
BiographyHenriette Peucker works from the Berlin office in the Corporate Affairs & Public Strategies Practice. She focuses on advising companies in strategic stakeholder communications and especially on how to position themselves and advocate their interests in the political sphere. Henriette joined Hering Schuppener in 2010 from Deutsche Börse Group where she was Head of European Public Affairs. Between 1997 and 2002, she worked in the investment banking divisions of Schroders and Citigroup in London and before that in the French public affairs consultancy ESL&Network in Paris and Brussels. Henriette graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
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BiographyFelix Schönauer works from the Frankfurt office and advises clients on capital markets communications and strategic positioning. He has a particular focus on national and international M&A and other capital markets-related transactions. He also offers media coachings on a board member level. Felix joined Hering Schuppener from a strategic and organisational consultancy firm where he spent four years. Previously, he worked for eight years as a financial journalist for Handelsblatt, a German business and financial daily. He had assignments in several cities, especially in London where he worked for roughly five years as a financial markets correspondent. Felix holds a degree in economics.
BiographyBen Schroeter advises clients on regulatory and legislative strategy as well as strategic positioning. He is based in Berlin, where he focuses on clients from highly regulated industries and the technology sector. Prior to joining Hering Schuppener, he was for many years a policy adviser at the German Parliament and worked for an economics think tank. He studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Western Ontario and holds a degree in economics and political science.
BiographyAlex Seiler advises companies on strategic positioning, financial communications as well as on M&A transactions. He works from the Frankfurt office and supports clients from various sectors, with a focus on the aviation, automotive and financial industries. Prior to joining Hering Schuppener, he worked for the communication and PR consultancy Pleon (now: Ketchum Pleon). During this time, he particularly advised financial services firms. Alex majored in modern German literature with minors in theatre studies and political science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. In 2016, he completed the executive programme “M&A and Corporate Strategy” at INSEAD Business School.
BiographyAnna Sperber is a Managing Director at Hering Schuppener and works out of the Frankfurt office. She focusses on advisory services for clients in capital market transactions as well as all aspects of strategic positioning. She works for companies in various sectors, but with a focus on technology and the financial services industry. Prior to joining Hering Schuppener in 2007, she worked as a free lancer journalist for ZDF (German public TV broadcaster). Anna studied economic history at the University of Mannheim. Moreover she holds a Masters in Communication Management of the University of Technology in Sydney (Australia).
BiographySimon Steiner works from the Frankfurt office and advises clients in all aspects of financial communication, strategic positioning and particularly on communication in the context of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and capital market transactions. Before joining Hering Schuppener, Simon Steiner had worked for Commerzbank since 2012. There, he was initially responsible for the financial communications activities of the group. Subsequently, he became the head of external communications and was in charge of the entire media relations department of the Bank. Simon Steiner, who holds a degree in political science, started his career as a financial and business journalist at the news agency VWD. From 2004, he reported on international financial markets as stock market correspondent for the news agency Dow Jones Newswires. Most recently he was responsible for the reporting on the finance sector in Germany and Austria at the US media outlet.
BiographyDr. Nikolaus Tacke is Managing Director of the Brussels Office of Hering Schuppener’s Corporate Affairs & Public Strategies Practice. He joined Hering Schuppener in April 2016, after spending eight years as chief lobbyist of The Coca-Cola Company in Brussels. In this position he was responsible for political analysis, strategies and campaigns in view of existing law, political and societal pressure or future regulation. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Nikolaus Tacke worked in the public affairs department of a global agribusiness company in Brussels and headed the office of a multinational PR agency in Berlin. He holds a PhD in Egyptology and has published a number of books and articles on Ancient Egyptian language, religion and art.
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BiographyDominik Veit advises companies on strategic positioning, corporate and financial communications as well as mergers and acquisitions. Working from the Frankfurt office, he supports clients from a range of sectors, with a special focus on the financial services industry. In particular, he has extensive experience in private equity, and advising on CEO transitions. Dominik started his professional career in journalism, working for a regional newspaper. He holds a Bachelor (BA) from the University of Mannheim (Germany) as well as a double master degree (MSc) from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics (LSE).
BiographyFrom the Frankfurt office, Dr. Robert Vollrath mainly advises companies on questions of financial communication and investor relations, including corporate governance. Before joining Hering Schuppener, he was Deputy Head of Investor Relations at Deutsche Bank and issuer representative on the Executive Board of the German Investor Relations Association (DIRK). From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Robert Vollrath worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Germany and New York. Subsequently, he was responsible for setting up the OTC Clearing business at Deutsche Börse Group. Dr. Robert Vollrath holds a PhD from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and a degree in Business Administration from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management.
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