Sebastian Wintgens joined the Munich office in July 2021 as a Director in the DACH/NL team. Prior to joining Equistone, Sebastian was a Managing Director in the European Technology and Services investment banking practice of Raymond James. His appointment is an important component to the team’s technology sector strategy (see Local View).
Sebastian is based in the firm’s Munich office. He is focusing on sourcing opportunities, deal execution and portfolio management.
“I have always been focused on mid- and long-term relationships, whether with entrepreneurs or private equity clients, facilitating trustful exchange and helping to shape a company’s strategy. I am now excited to do this for Equistone and its investors in the technology sector.
Mark Feiler joined Equistone’s DACH/NL team in October from strategy consultancy Stern Stewart & Co. He was introduced by Philipp Gauß, who joined Equistone from the same consultancy in 2019.
Mark was attracted to the culture in the Munich office, with its “good distribution of people with different backgrounds” and a strong, trusting culture that also applies to portfolio management relationships. “The culture at Equistone fosters diverse opinions and an entrepreneurial spirit,” he says.
After a month in the role, Mark has been pleasantly surprised at how quickly he has been involved in topics. “From day one I have been involved in all processes which guarantees a tremendously steep learning curve.” Mark has been enjoying the diversity of topics – from financial modelling, to recruiting and sourcing activity.
In November, Josh Aalbers became the second professional to join Equistone’s Amsterdam office as part of the DACH/NL team (alongside Hubert van Wolfswinkel). Josh joined from Lazard, where he spent five years covering the Benelux region out of the Amsterdam office.
Equistone is becoming increasingly active in the region, and Josh sees plenty of opportunity for further growth and future investments. “It’s exciting to work together with Hubert and the team to further expand in the Dutch and Belgian markets. There is a lot of activity in the Netherlands and Belgium and both markets have really kept up since Covid as well.”
Josh said he was attracted to Equistone’s high-performance and down-to-earth culture and the fact its broad investment mandate will make best use of his skills. “Continuously analysing all types of companies and fully understanding their business models to ultimately identify value where others might not: that is something that truly fascinates me.” ☐
A full version of this article appeared in PLATFORM 06, Winter 2021/22