EC M&A Professionals

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Professionals

Hans C. HornbostelFounder and Managing DirectorEvan S. YellinFounder and Managing DirectorAlan K. GranbergManaging DirectorTeresa WatsonManaging DirectorRichard KromkaManaging DirectorGerard E. TooheyManaging DirectorPim KraaijeveldManaging DirectorVolker SeekampManaging DirectorPhilippe SchmittManaging DirectorVictoria W. LeungManaging DirectorRobert SulmaManaging DirectorSally ShaDirectorMonika BansalDirectorEwoma OteriDirectorHelmut LanerDirectorMatthew NicastroVice PresidentRichard HaleBusiness Development DirectorDavid MorrisBusiness Development Director

We work together as a team to provide clients tangible, value-enhancing strategic advice, creative business development ideas, and expert transaction execution services.  With extensive experience at leading global investment banks, industry, accounting and consulting firms, our seasoned, multicultural team has particular expertise in successfully completing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and company sale transactions.

Hans C. Hornbostel

Founder and Managing Director
+1 (212) 972-4300
hans.hornbostel@ec-ma.com

A co-founder and Managing Director of EC M&A, Hans is responsible for managing all aspects of the firm's activities including originating, managing and closing transactions and overseeing client relationships. Before co-founding EC M&A, he helped to establish Deutsche Bank's Mergers & Acquisitions group, advising leading global companies on cross-border and domestic transactions in Europe and the United States. Mr. Hornbostel, who is fluent in both English and German, holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University 's Graduate School of Business and a BS, also in Finance, from Syracuse University.


Evan S. Yellin

Founder and Managing Director
+44 (0) 207 665 6930
evan.yellin@ec-ma.com

A co-founder and Managing Director of EC M&A, Evan is responsible for managing all aspects of the firm’s activities including originating, managing and closing transactions and overseeing client relationships. He has led over 75 completed M&A transactions in test, measurement, and control instrumentation, helping to establish EC M&A as the #1 advisor in this sector. Before founding EC M&A, he helped to establish Deutsche Bank’s Mergers & Acquisitions group, advising leading global companies on cross-border and domestic transactions in Europe and the United States. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he was an investment analyst at MONY Group (now AXA), a leading financial services firm. Evan earned his MBA degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business and Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. He is a Registered Securities Principal and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 FINRA licenses


Alan K. Granberg

Managing Director
+44 (0) 207 665 6930
alan.granberg@ec-ma.com

Based in London, Mr. Granberg is responsible for all aspects of the firm's M&A and strategic advisory activities, including transaction origination, project management, client relationship management and financial analysis and valuations. Mr. Granberg worked at Standard & Poor's Corporation in New York for five years, where he analyzed, established and changed the credit ratings on debt issuers. Mr. Granberg then served as an investment banker for eight years at a major U.S. regional investment bank specializing in the structuring and issuance of fixed-income debt issues. Immediately before joining EC M&A, Mr. Granberg served as Chief Financial Officer at a U.S. publicly traded company. Mr. Granberg graduated Cum Laude from the University of Washington with a BA in Finance and obtained his MBA in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business. Mr. Granberg is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and also is a Registered Securities Principal holding Series 7, 24, 27, and 63 FINRA licenses.


Teresa Watson

Managing Director
+1 (212) 972-4300
teresa.watson@ec-ma.com

Teresa joined EC M&A in 2008 and, since then, has devoted the majority of her time assisting and advising clients within the industrials sector on numerous acquisitions, divestitures and advisory transactions. She provides M&A origination and execution services on small-to-middle market cross-border deals across Europe, North America and Latin America. Teresa also runs the day-to-day operations of the New York office, overseeing junior staff. Prior to EC M&A, Teresa worked previously as an Associate in the Industrials & Transportation investment banking coverage group at JPMorgan where she focused on advisory and capital raising transactions. Teresa graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a BS and received her MBA from the Anderson School at University of California Los Angeles. She is a Registered Representative and holds Series 24, 7 and 63 FINRA licenses.


Richard Kromka

Managing Director
+852 3960 6318
richard.kromka@ec-ma.com

Richard is based in Beijing and is responsible for managing the firm's activities in Asia. Prior to joining EC M&A, Richard was a Board member of xG Technology (AIM:XGT:L) a developer of a mobile VoIP platform and a senior manager with their infrastructure partner, Treco International. He was the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Deutsche Bank’s Angel Fund L.P., a $200 Million early-stage Private Equity Fund. The fund’s most notable investment was PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) which has since been purchased by eBay. On behalf of Deutsche Bank, he served on the boards of Q-Trade, 3 TEX, Farechase, Execution Ltd., and Univits. Preceding Deutsche Bank, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Grupo TACA Airlines. With the management team, he bought and merged the national airlines of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua into one unified profitable airline and collaborated with LAN and TAM airlines to jointly purchase 100 new Airbus A-319 and A-320 aircrafts. Before the airline business, he was at JP Morgan Chase (formerly Chemical Bank) where he spent eleven years as a banker. In his free time, Richard founded Guerrilla Entertainment, a music and film company focused on rights management to create and own entertainment content. He sold this business in 2005. Richard holds an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and he earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, in Virginia.


Gerard E. Toohey

Managing Director
+1 (312) 788-2788
gerard.toohey@ec-ma.com

Gerard joined EC M&A in February of 2014 after spending more than 15 years working as a general manager, strategist and buyside corporate development specialist for diversified industrial conglomerates Parker Hannifin, IDEX Corporation and ThyssenKrupp.  As an adviser, Gerard brings a unique perspective. Having worked for two acquired companies, and participating in or leading the acquisition or divestiture of more than 30 other companies on behalf of large industrial technology concerns, he understands the needs of both private sellers and sophisticated acquirers.  Gerard is focused on identifying key strategic growth and value realization opportunities for clients in the Midwest region.  He received his MS in Business Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, his JD from The College of William & Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law and his BS from the University of Scranton where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is a Registered Representative and holds Series 79 and 63 FINRA licenses.


Pim Kraaijeveld

Managing Director
+1-212-972-4300
pim.kraaijeveld@ec-ma.com

Based in New York, Pim is responsible for all aspects of EC M&A’s advisory activities including origination, execution and client relationship management.

Prior to EC M&A, Pim worked with Atlas Advisors on cross-border public and private M&A transactions in a variety of industries, and with J.P. Morgan’s investment bank in London and New York, where he worked on advisory and capital raise assignments.

Pim holds a postgraduate degree in Japanese Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands and graduated with honors from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, the Netherlands with an M.Sc. in Business Administration. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Montessori School in Manhattan. Pim is a Registered Representative and holds Series 7 and 63 FINRA licenses.


Volker Seekamp

Managing Director
+49 (69) 955 1854 0
volker.seekamp@ec-ma.com

Volker joined EC M&A's Frankfurt office in May 2014 and focuses on new business development, M&A transaction origination and execution, project management and client relationship management. Volker is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with corporate and Private Equity clients with a focus on the German speaking countries and across Europe. Prior to joining EC M&A, Volker worked for a small M&A boutique specializing on small to mid-size German companies and cross border transactions. Volker has also worked for four years as Investment director for the Private Equity arm of DZ Bank AG, Germanys central cooperative bank, focusing on Buy-out as well as Mezzanine financing transactions. He started his career in the Corporate Finance department at KPMG, Hamburg and Frankfurt, where he was a Manager in the Consumer Markets team. Volker graduated as Diplomkaufmann (MBA) from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, and has done an apprenticeship as banker with Commerzbank AG.


Philippe Schmitt

Managing Director
+33 (0) 170385459
philippe.schmitt@ec-ma.com

Philippe joined EC M&A in 2018 from Natureo Finance, an environmental and cleantech corporate finance boutique he co-founded in 2008. Philippe is based in Paris and brings over 32 years of experience in industry, technology and financial transactions. Before co-founding Natureo Finance, Philippe headed the alternative energy sector at Landsbanki Kepler where he contributed to the development of corporate finance practices in Europe, headed BNP Paribas’ Technology & Industrials research team, and Lehman Brothers’ European Telecoms Equipment team in London. He started his financial career at ABN Amro France in 1996. From 1986 to 1996, Philippe occupied a number of operational positions at Groupe Sagem. In particular he supervised the collaboration with the UK telecoms group STC Plc, set up joint ventures in Hungary and in Poland, put in place commercial partnerships in South East Asia, and headed the Access Network Division. Philippe holds an engineering degree in French telecoms high school (ENSTb), a MSC in Microelectronics (Grenoble University), a Masters in Physics (Aix-Marseille University) and a full time MBA (Cranfield School of Management, UK).


Victoria W. Leung

Managing Director
+44 (0) 207 665 6930
vicky.leung@ec-ma.com

Ms. Leung, a Managing Director based in EC M&A's London office, is responsible for all aspects of the firm's M&A and strategic advisory activities, including transaction origination, project management, client relationship management and financial analysis and valuations. Prior to joining EC M&A, she worked in the Investment Banking and M&A department of Dresdner Bank AG (now Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein), both in New York and in Frankfurt. A native of Hong Kong, Ms. Leung has lived and worked in the UK, Germany, Sweden and the US and is fluent in English, German and Chinese. Ms. Leung graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University and completed her MBA, with a concentration in Finance, at New York University's Stern School of Business. She is also a Registered Securities Principal and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 FINRA licenses.


Robert Sulma

Managing Director
+420 (2) 2272.8933
robert.sulma@ec-ma.com

Prior to joining EC M&A, Robert was founder and Managing Director of EuroCorporateFinance, a Prague-based M&A advisory boutique. Robert is responsible for managing the firm's activities in Eastern as well as Western Europe. Prior to founding EuroCorporateFinance, he was employed as a Managing Director with the Corporate Finance and M&A group of MeesPierson, the investment banking division of Fortis, one of Europe's largest financial services groups. Before that, he held similar positions with Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance and in the M&A department of Deutsche Bank. A native of the Czech Republic, Mr. Sulma speaks Dutch, German, English and Spanish as well as Czech and has a degree in business administration from Switzerland's Universität St. Gallen. Mr. Sulma resides in Prague.


Sally Sha

Director
+1 (212) 972-4300
sally.sha@ec-ma.com

Sally Sha has over 12 years of experience in client strategic advisory. Ms. Sha joined EC M&A's New York office in 2012 and is responsible for all aspects of client M&A advisory activities including business development, M&A transaction origination and execution, and client relationship management.

Prior to joining EC M&A, Sally worked in the Investment Banking Group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. Sally previously worked as a strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (current IBM BCS Strategy & Change) providing management consulting services to multinational clients across all industries. Before joining consulting, Sally was the Investor Relations Manager of Bank of China (Hong Kong) based in Hong Kong.

Sally graduated from Peking University in China with a M.S. and B.S. of Economics and obtained her MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. She is a Registered Representative and holds Series 7 and 63 FINRA licenses.


Monika Bansal

Director
+1 (212) 972-4300
monika.bansal@ec-ma.com

Monika joined EC M&A in 2012 and focuses on providing M&A and strategic advisory services to clients within the industrials and life sciences sectors. She provides M&A origination and execution services on small-to-middle market cross-border deals across Europe, North America and Asia. Prior to joining EC M&A, Monika worked for Nomura’s Investing Banking group in New York where she focused on the Oil and Gas sector. Monika has also worked in a corporate development role with Dresser-Rand in Houston where she focused on buyside acquisitions for the company. Monika received her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She is a Registered Representative and holds Series 79 and 63 FINRA licenses.


Ewoma Oteri

Director
+1 (212) 972-4300
ewoma.oteri@ec-ma.com

Ewoma joined EC M&A in 2010 and focuses on M&A transaction origination and execution, project management, and client relationship management. He assists and advises clients within the industrial sector on mergers, acquisitions, company sales and corporate divestitures, and is involved in every stage of the deal process from sourcing through to transaction evaluation/analysis and execution. Prior to EC M&A, Ewoma worked as a management consultant for Accenture’s London office, where he focused on the Oil & Gas sector. He worked as a process engineer for Nalco Energy Services prior to that. Ewoma graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with a BEng in Chemical Engineering, and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He is a Registered Representative and holds Series 63 and 79 FINRA licenses.


Helmut Laner

Director
+44 (0) 207 665 6930
helmut.laner@ec-ma.com

Helmut joined EC M&A's London office in 2012 and focuses on new business development, M&A transaction origination and execution, project management, and client relationship management. Helmut is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with corporate and Private Equity clients. He also advises clients in the Industrial Technology space on mid-market, cross-border deals across Europe, North America, and Asia. Helmut joined EC M&A's New York office in 2007, where he advised clients on acquisitions, divestitures, and buy-and-build strategies, including origination of proprietary acquisition opportunities, financial analysis and valuation, due diligence, and project management. Helmut graduated with a BA in Economics from University of Innsbruck and received his MPA from Cornell University. A native of Italy, Helmut is fluent in German, Italian, English, and Spanish. He is a Registered Representative and holds Series 7 and 63 FINRA licenses.


Matthew Nicastro

Vice President
+1 (212) 972-4300
matt.nicastro@ec-ma.com

Matt joined EC M&A's New York office in 2012 and focuses on M&A transaction origination and execution, project management and client relationship management for small-to-middle market cross border transactions across North America, Europe and Asia. He advises clients on acquisitions, divestitures, and buy-and-build strategies, including origination of proprietary acquisition opportunities, financial analysis and valuation, due diligence, and project management. Prior to joining EC M&A, Matt worked for a boutique investment bank in New York specializing in financial markets advisory services for structured credit and complex asset valuation. Matt holds an MBA from Fordham University in New York and a BS and BA in Business Administration and Economics from Stony Brook University. He is a Registered Representative and holds Series 7 and 63 FINRA licenses.


Richard Hale

Business Development Director
+44 (0) 20 7665 6930
richard.hale@ec-ma.com

Richard joined EC M&A London in 2019 to spearhead new business development, M&A transaction origination, and client relationship management. Richard is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with corporate, entrepreneur-led, and private equity clients, and advisory partners. Prior to joining EC M&A, Richard held various senior positions in the financial services sector, building out investment services businesses for global banks including JP Morgan Chase, Royal Bank of Canada, HSBC and Citibank. He has an extensive network of contacts and intermediaries built over his 25 years of sales and relationship management. Richard graduated with BA Honours in Business Studies from North London Metropolitan Business school.


David Morris

Business Development Director
+1 (212) 972-4300
david.morris@ec-ma.com

David joined EC M&A’s New York office in 2016 and is responsible for leading the company’s business development initiatives for buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions.  This includes identifying, developing, and maintaining client and target company relationships with CEO’s, business owners, corporate development & private equity teams, and other senior management.  David has over 8 years of business development experience within the financial services industry.  Prior to joining EC M&A, David was Controller at a multi-billion dollar private equity firm and began his career within the Investment Management Assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  David holds a BS in Accounting with a minor in Economics from Fordham University.