Dr. Winfried Weigel, VERCOR Strategic Partner - Switzerland

Winfried Weigel

Dr. Winfried Weigel, LL.M., VERCOR Managing Director, is a former investment banker who worked for leading investment banks in Munich, New York, London and Zurich before setting-up his own corporate finance boutique, a management consultancy company and various start-up companies. He worked on landmark transactions including the privatizations of SPT Praha, Mobilkom Austria, Telekom Austria, GASAG Berliner Gaswerke and the East German Sugar Industry. He also worked on public takeovers including the first unfriendly takeover in Switzerland and the then biggest public takeover of Debitel AG in Germany as well as project financings including the BOT project of the new terminal II at Prague Ruzyne Airport.

Winfried started his career as assistant to Prof. Dr. Bernd Rudolph at the Institute for Banking and Finance at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt before joining Munich based investment firm Matuschka Corporate Finance, Inc. He was asked to join the newly set up team in New York to help build up the US Corporate Finance operations where he advised leading US-based companies including Ameritech, Inco and JWP on their European growth strategies.

In 1991, Winfried joined J.P. Morgan in London as a Vice President in the Advisory Group where he worked in various functions in Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity. In 1994, Winfried joined the international investment banking unit of UBS in Zurich were he helped to build-up the bank’s continental European Mergers & Acquisitions operations. He was promoted to Managing Director in 1997. After the merger with Swiss Bank Corporation in 1998, Winfried moved back to London were he worked as senior M&A specialist at UBS Warburg.

"Over the past few years, processes in M&A were, to a large degree, standardized and information about them is manifold. However, finding the right buyer, getting the best price or closing a deal in a reasonable timeframe requires good access to the appropriate investors, good business judgement in designing the divestiture process and in-depth experience in executing it successfully."

Winfried enjoys doing deals as much as teaching students at the business school of the University of St. Gallen. He is also an active member in various academic and professional organizations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland trying to develop business standards. Besides business, he loves the Alps and is an enthusiast skier in nearby Davos where you can also meet him trying to improve his golf.

You can contact Winfried at +41.41.760.8730.