Building long-term relationships is key for me personally – I want to be the advisor of trust for my clients.
Michael provides overall strategic and operational leadership for Lincoln International’s activities in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Benelux region. He principals the procurement and management of clients, leads deal teams and recruits qualified personnel.
In addition to his operational roles within the firm, Michael is passionate about mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Germany. He has 25 years of experience advising on M&A, public takeovers, fairness opinions and corporate divestitures. His clients are comprised of large corporations as well as mid-sized privately-owned businesses and leading private equity groups. Michael brings global, cross-border expertise to his projects, helping clients navigate the increasing complexity of transactions, and creating a comprehensive deal experience.
Michael is currently Vice Chairman of Shareholder Value Beteiligungen AG and Vice Chairman of the German software company, SNP SE. Michael is lecturer on the topic of M&A at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Prior to joining Lincoln International, Michael led M&A at Sal. Oppenheim (Germany), Europe’s largest private bank. Previously, he worked in the investment banking division of Citigroup Global Markets in London and Frankfurt. Michael began his career at EY.
Michael holds a doctorate in corporate finance from Fribourg University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst in the UK.
Lincoln International advised FRS on its agreement to sell its subsidiary FRS Iberia with operations in the Strait of Gibraltar to DFDS
Lincoln International advised Galileo Lebensmittel Group on its sale to Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG
Lincoln International advised Private shareholders on the sale of ISM Heinrich Krämer to Protective Industrial Products, a portfolio company of Odyssey Investment Partners
Lincoln International advised Deutsche Invest Capital Partners on the sale of Loibl Förderanlagen to Martin Group
Lincoln International advised SMP in its sale to Eraneos, a portfolio company of Deutsche Private Equity
Lincoln International advised AdEx Partners on its agreement to sell to Capvis
Lincoln International advised AL-KO, a portfolio company of Primepulse, on the sale of AL-KO Air Technology to Trane Technologies
Perspectives featuring Michael Drill
Best Practices for Preparing a Corporate Carve Out
While macroeconomic challenges and rising interest rates correlate to a slowdown in mergers and acquisitions, corporate carve out transactions often see significant upticks during times of economic uncertainty as businesses… Read More
Corporate Carve Outs: A Strategic Growth Tool for Turbulent Times
When challenges arise in the economic environment, businesses become much less interested in discretionary acquisitions—particularly larger deals or at higher multiples, creating a need for dealmaking alternatives. The result is… Read More
Webinar | Investing in Europe: Q&A on Executing and Financing Deals Post-COVID-19 – Part II
Lincoln International hosted a virtual panel on January 28, 2021, featuring the firm’s experts from across Europe for a Q&A on some of the key considerations and opportunities for investors… Read More
European Deal Making in 2020: Insights on Selling, Buying and Opportunities for Investors
Businesses across Europe are facing challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic every day. Despite the challenges, there have been several bright spots—presenting opportunities for private equity and corporate investors. Lincoln… Read More
News & Media featuring Michael Drill
pemacom | Outlook for the German M&A Market in 2023
Originally published by pemacom on September, 19, 2023. 1. Challenging Economic Environment Following a weak second half of 2022, the number of M&A deals will continue to decline in… Read More
Real Deals | Undiscovered Gems
Originally published by Real Deals on May 5, 2022 Dr. Michael Drill, CEO Germany shares that large American and Japanese corporates are willing to invest in the mid-sized companies in Germany.… Read More
Lincoln International Adds Milan Saric-Toplica as Managing Director
Lincoln International, a leading global investment banking advisory firm, is pleased to announce that Milan Saric-Toplica has joined the firm’s Munich office as a Managing Director in Lincoln’s Technology, Media… Read More
GoingPublic | Germany’s M&A Outlook
Originally published by goingpublic on March 10, 2022. Dr. Michael Drill, CEO Germany at Lincoln International, shares insights on current situation of the country’s M&A activity amidst the global economic… Read More
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