Karsten is a managing director at Oaklins Germany with nearly 20 years of experience in M&A and corporate finance advisory. He has an in-depth knowledge of the consumer goods industry, including fish and meat, food logistics, plant-based proteins, grain processing and baking, textile production and retail. In addition, Karsten has expertise in advising on cross-sector transactions, such as in the healthcare industry, the specialty hospital and senior care segment, and the maritime industry as well as in the area of sustainable business models. Transactions he has advised on include the sale of ABC Westland, a leading fresh food logistics park in the Netherlands, to US investor Hines; the carveout of KMG Kliniken’s senior care operations and real estate to Curata Care Holding; and the sale of Dailycer France, a French producer of private label breakfast cereals, to the Belgian Cereal Group.
Prior to joining Oaklins, Karsten led the corporate finance business of Hamburg Commercial Bank AG, specializing in advising on mergers and acquisitions and complex financings for mid-sized companies. Furthermore, Karsten brings many years of deal experience from numerous M&A and debt transactions, which he successfully led to closing, during his time as head of M&A and previously as sector head for consumer goods at HSH Nordbank. His network of entrepreneurs and transaction partners extends to the Americas and Asia, where he served as M&A advisor to HSH Nordbank’s Singapore branch. Karsten started his career as an M&A consultant with Ernst & Young in Berlin and Frankfurt. He studied at the universities of Oldenburg, Germany, and La Crosse, USA, and has a degree in economics.