Karsten is a managing director at Oaklins Germany with nearly 20 years of experience in M&A and corporate finance advisory in both sector-specific as well as agnostic situations. He has in-depth knowledge of the consumer goods and food industries, including fish and meat, plant-based products, food logistics, textile production and retail. Having come from one of the largest ship financing banks in the world, Karsten also has experience in the transportation and logistics industries, and has advised on both asset and share deals. His most recent deal activities focus on ESG-enhancing and sustainable business models, which also inspire his work in the renewable energy markets, where he has gained expertise in the sale of onshore wind and solar projects. Recent transactions include the sale of ABC Westland, a leading fresh food logistics company in the Netherlands, to US investor Hines; the sale of a 50,000 TEU container vessel portfolio to Maersk; the sale of a 20MW onshore wind farm to EWE; the capital raise for Hansegarnelen AG, a sustainable aquafarm in Northern Germany; the carveout of KMG Kliniken’s senior care operations and real estate to Curata Care Holding; the acquisition of a marine logistics company; 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 and larger asset transactions. 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.