Mergers and Acquisitions
Global Practice Lead, Transactions & Transformation
Alberto currently leads the Global Transactions and Transformations (T&T) practice at Kearney and has spent more than 20 years advising private equity funds and corporations across the full transaction and transformation cycle. Kearney’s T&T team specialises in helping clients assessing acquisitions and divestitures from multiple commercial, technology and operational perspectives and driving value creation for all stakeholders during the different phases of the ownership period.
McKinsey & Company
Alex Liu is a Global Co-Leader and a Partner at McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, Liu works closely with executive leadership teams and has an in-depth track record of delivering the full potential from M&A focused on Healthcare and Advanced Industries across all deal types. Through his 18+ years of experience across all aspects of transactions including M&A Strategy, Due Diligence / Deal Structuring, Integration and Transformation, he has helped CEOs exceed their ambitions creating exceptional value for customers, employees, and investors alike and been at the center of several transformational transactions. Alex has an in-depth passion for growth-based M&A and is a notable speaker and publisher on the topic; key publications include: “Post-close excellence in large-deal M&A”, “7 Rules to Crack the Code on Revenue Synergies”, “Integrating Marketing and Brand in M&A”, and “The 6 C’s of Cross-Sell”. Prior to joining McKinsey, Alex served as a Brand Manager for General Mills where his passion for growth began. Alex holds two degrees from Northwestern University, a bachelor’s degree in Learning and Organizational Change and an MBA in Finance and Strategy & Management from the Kellogg School of Management.
As a Partner with management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, Bernd Oehring serves as the Lead of Corporate M&A and Carve-outs in Industrials, Services, and Consumer while also maintaining co-coverage of the firm’s multiple financial sponsors and heading up its restructuring efforts in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He advises said clients on M&A and carve-out preparation and execution, including due diligence and post-merger integration (PMI) as well as strategy and business case development and overall value creation. Before rising to his current role, Oehring spent six years as the Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Finance & Advisory (CFA) for the practice globally. Preceding his time with Oliver Wyman, he was a Senior Associate with J.P. Morgan handling investment banking and M&A. His earlier career was peppered with internships at various leading financial investment institutions such as Morgan Stanley and IVC. Oehring earned degrees and certificates from a variety of schools, including Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Universidad de Alcalá, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Principal Consultant, Global M&A
Christine Cheung is a Principal for Slalom’s Global Mergers & Acquisition practice. She has a track record of leading award winning and high-performing local and international teams, being recognized with excellence in leadership, client delivery and management ability. She holds deep expertise in driving growth strategies for global businesses and has extensive experience in due diligence, deal synergy acceleration, go-to-market strategy, post-merger integration, and global expansion. She drives bold ideas and pragmatic solutions to resolve complex and challenging topics by drawing on expertise in operating model and organizational design. Christine advises clients across a wide range of industries including technology, retail, financial services, and life sciences, delivering successful companywide programs for multi-billion dollar global initiatives. Outside of the Global M&A practice she is passionate about helping and building communities. She founded a pro bono program at Slalom which has supported the visions of nonprofits across Northern California.
Alvarez & Marsal
Managing Director, EMEA M&A Transformation Practice Leader
Dhruv Sarda is a Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) in London. At A&M, Dhruv works with corporate boards and management teams on M&A and transformation topics. Through his 23+ years of experience, he has worked on over 100 M&A transactions across the deal lifecycle (M&A strategy, diligence, post-merger integration and carve-out) and also assumed interim management roles such as Chief Integration or Transformation Officer on large-scale, full potential value capture programs. His experience covers a broad spectrum of corporate and private equity situations. Dhruv has contributed to various publications and is a sought-after speaker at M&A Forums and Business Schools. He earned an MBA from Cambridge University and a Bachelors degree from King’s College London. His charitable endeavours include supporting the work of The British Asian Trust and Our Moon Foundation.
Jeff Black is a Partner with Mercer, spearheading the company’s Global Mergers & Acquisition Transaction Services business. Black brings to the table his nearly 25 years experience as a trusted advisor to leading business leaders. He specializes in assisting employers across the full spectrum of Mercer’s people-advisory capabilities. Black’s experience includes advising on the full range of M&A considerations, namely start-ups, IPOs, acquisitions, mergers, partnerships, and divestitures. In addition, he has held numerous leadership positions within Mercer’s Health business. His previous work ventures include time as an Associate with Hewitt Associates and Towers Watson as well as time as a Benefit Analyst for W. F. Morneau & Associates. Black is currently a frequent speaker on M&A people risks, regularly partnering with Transaction Advisors and the Conference Board to offer his valued opinion. Black graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
RSM US LLP
Principal, National M&A Practice Lead
Joseph Ring joined the RSM Management Consulting group in 2018 with 25 years of experience in industry and client advisory to assemble the Management Consulting Merger and Acquisitions practice. Building on a foundation of adjacent advisory services in place at RSM, Mr. Ring has connected the broad capabilities of RSM to provide a full set of solutions to M&A clients in Private Equity and the Public Markets. He has served multinational clients across Healthcare, Life Sciences, Industrial Products, and ENRC as they transform their businesses through mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures. Mr. Ring’s focus on client value delivery and value creation across the deal life cycle has been the cornerstone of his advisory career. The focus on value is core to the every aspect of the practice and the approach to realizing the highest return on client investment. Speed to value, reducing the impact of change, and the fundamentals of deal financial management are the critical few and foundation of the practice philosophy.
Partner, Global M&A, Transactions Services Leader
Iain Macmillan, a well-known and highly respected M&A executive, has specialized in due diligence services for more than 25 years. He currently serves as the Global Leader for all M&A Services across Deloitte and is a member of the consulting giant's extended Global Executive team. In addition, Macmillan is a partner in the U.K. firm, where he is responsible for Deloitte North South Europe’s M&A proposition. In this role, he leverages his extensive experience in complex U.K. and multinational transactions. Macmillan, who has been with Deloitte since July 2002, previously served as the firm's Global Lead Client Service Partner. Earlier in his career, he spent 14 years at Arthur Anderson, where he also served as a partner. In addition to being a qualified accountant, Macmillan holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Bristol.
Partner, Head, Outsourced Corporate Development Practice
With over two decades of experience in private equity and consulting leadership positions, Kevin Lane currently leads Crowe’s Outsourced Corporate Development Solutions practice, where he provides M&A advisory solutions to both public and private companies. Since September 2022, Lane has also served as a Partner in the advisory services group at Crowe. Over his career, Lane has provided expert accounting and valuation testimony in venues such as the Federal District Court, American Arbitration Association, and formal mediation. Lane, who is both a CPA and CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant), previously served as VP of Akoya Capital. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Navigant and Charles River Associates. He graduated cum laude from The University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's in business administration. He also holds an MBA from The University of Chicago.
Klaus Peter Müller
Implement Consulting Group
Senior Partner, Strategy & Transformation
Klaus Peter Müller is a Partner with Implement Consulting Group (ICG), an international consulting company with 1200+ consultants across Europe and, since 2022, the US (Raleigh). ICG helps private- and public-sector companies implement strategic change with impact. ICG is consistently recognized as one of best consulting companies in EMEA for Firm Culture. Building on his more than 25 years of experience, Klaus is working on accelerating the development of ICG in a key geographical market Germany. Klaus is a recognized expert in a variety of fields and publishes regularly on the global economic outlook. Further, he helps clients in pursuing M&A deals and realizing their full potential via innovative accelerated value creation projects. Before joining ICG, Klaus worked for more than 20 years with another major European management consultancy, where he became partner in 2008. Klaus earned an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig.
Implement Consulting Group
Nicholai Tandrup is based in Munich where he serves as the Managing partner for Implement Consulting Group in Germany. He also co-leads the Global Strategy and M&A Practice. Implement Consulting Group is one of the fastest growing consultancies in Europe, founded in Copenhagen, now with more than 1,200 consultants in 6 countries. Through more than 20 years Tandrup has supported both industrial and private equity clients through all parts of the M&A deal cycle – from M&A strategy, through due diligence, post-merger integration, to exit preparation and divestiture. He has supported numerous transactions – majority in Scandinavia, but also in other parts of Europe as well as the US and China. Most of Nicholai’s work has been focused on Industrial B2B, Building Materials, and Transport & Logistics sectors. Prior to joining Implement Consulting Group Tandrup was a Partner with Kearney where he led the Copenhagen office. He also spent 8 years in industry, among others as Head of Strategy and M&A with Danfoss, a Global leader in energy & climate solutions and Denmark’s largest industrial manufacturing company.
Global Head M&A
Phil Isom leads KPMG’s Global M&A practice and the U.S. Capital Advisory practice. As Global Head of M&A, Phil leads over 2,500 investment banking professionals working in over 80 countries around the world. KPMG Corporate Finance’s Global M&A platform has been ranked as the #1 middle market global advisory firm for over 20 years. KPMG Capital Advisory includes the U.S. investment bank, as well as the Infrastructure Projects Advisory, ESG, Securitization and Lender Diligence practices. Phil has over 30 years of experience in investment banking, investing, consulting and restructuring. Phil has contributed to numerous publications and has appeared on Bloomberg News and CNBC.
Director of M&A
As a senior leader in Wipro's M&A function, Ramendra has helped Wipro establish best-in-class capabilities around its acquisitions' commercial and operational success. Wipro, a global digital, engineering, technology services, and consulting organization with annual revenues of $ 11 Billion+, has been a programmatic acquirer and added several capability and scale-centric assets. Its recent $ 1.5 Billion acquisition of Capco is amongst the largest ever by an Indian technology player. Rout has been fortunate to have the opportunity to lead the merger integration of Capco with Wipro. Rout is a seasoned executive known for bringing deep acquisition expertise around M&A strategy & operations, helping drive synergies, enabling organization collaboration to differentiate positioning, and generating long-term value creation by establishing a robust target operating model. Over the years, he has been fortunate to be involved in some of the iconic transactions done by Wipro. In his previous role at Wipro, he was pivotal in steering Wipro's growth around comprehensive technology transformation for clients in Manufacturing & Hi-Tech sectors. He is known for his proficiency in structuring innovative service models to bring Wipro's unparalleled technology offerings to clients.
McKinsey & Company
Rodrigo Slelatt is one of the leading global advisers on M&A at McKinsey. As a global operating leader, he is the Global Co-Lead of M&A for all Industry Domains and the Global Co-Lead of M&A for Consumer sectors. Rodrigo has over 20 years of consulting experience, the last 12 dedicated to M&A. In this capacity, he advises CEOs and executives on all types of transactions, with a specialty on setting up and executing large transformational deals, and has been at the center of several market-shaping integrations and separations in the last decade. Rodrigo has authored several publications on M&A and frequently serves as faculty to executives on various M&A topics. Prior to joining McKinsey, Rodrigo served as a Partner at Kearney, where he co-founded and co-led the M&A practice in the Americas. Rodrigo grew up in Argentina, lived many years in New York City, and has worked in numerous countries across the Americas and Europe. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Rowan University, and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Partner, HR, Leadership & Change, Transactions & Transformation Practices
Steve Berger is known for successfully using mergers and acquisitions as the catalyst for driving transformation across his client’s business and is an expert in helping organizations with their most challenging growth and performance issues. Over the course of his 30+ year career, Berger has successfully led both complex transformative as well as tuck-in integration and divesture efforts across a wide range of industries including tech, manufacturing, ag, mining and A&D on a global scale. Berger’s approach to M&A puts people and change at the center, leveraging his experience as a former Chief HR Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for 2 publicly traded companies. Berger also focuses on HR strategy and HR transformation, where he led the transformation of his company’s culture from reactive & passive to forward-thinking & high-performing – creating a mindset of operating with excellence along the way. Berger is also proud to serve on the board of directors of Children International, which fights to end poverty by working with children and youth to build the healthy environments that they need to thrive, empowering them to create lasting change in their own lives and communities.
Senior Vice President & Head of Corporate Development
Tim Crowhurst is a Senior Vice President and the Head of Corporate Development for Cognizant, a Fortune 200 leader in technology services. In this capacity, Crowhurst leads Cognizant’s M&A unit, helping the company to stay ahead of its rivals by making smart acquisitions. This includes expanding its operations in growth verticals, lines of service, and geographies. He joined Cognizant in 2017, having previously spent 13 years at Goldman Sachs. During this time, he served as a managing director in the Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT) Group, where he advised on such notable transactions as the $14 billion merger of NBC and Universal, among over a dozen other significant TMT M&A transactions. At Goldman, Crowhurst additionally covered the Advertising and Marketing Services sector; and held various staff responsibilities in the M&A Group relating to strategy and business practices. In addition, Crowhurst previously founded White Oak, an independent merchant banking and advisory practice. In 1999 he received a Bachelor's in Economics from The University of Chicago.
RSM US LLP
Partner and National Leader, M&A Tax Services
Vikas Sekhri is partner and national leader of mergers and acquisitions tax practice at RSM US LLP. He has more than 23 years of professional services experience, including over 16 years of experience advising private equity, corporate and family office investors with respect to the tax implications of mergers, acquisitions and restructuring transactions. As a member of RSM’s global tax services, Vikas leads the largest team of M&A tax professionals focused on middle market. Vikas assumed the national M&A tax leader role in 2020. Under Vikas’ leadership the M&A tax practice has added significant talent and has more than doubled in size since 2020. Prior to his current role, Vikas led the northeast region M&A tax practice and served as the operations and strategy leader for the national M&A tax practice. He is past chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions committee New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.