With more than 17 years of private equity transaction services experience, Mr. Zapf has worked with companies across a range of industries, including automotive, retail, healthcare, software, manufacturing and real estate. He has advised on numerous private equity-led and bank-led transactions, mid-market and large cross-border LBOs, both on the buy-side and sell-side. Mr. Zapf has supported more than 30 real estate transactions in Germany and Austria. Further, he has advised on more than 15 large nonperforming loan transactions in Germany.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Zapf was a Transaction Services Partner at Ernst & Young in Munich. Together with a colleague he built the Transaction Advisory Services group between 1996 and 2012. Previously, he qualified as a German Tax Consultant and Chartered Accountant working in the Audit practice of Ernst & Young since 1992.
Notable transactions Mr. Zapf has been involved in include: advising NTT on the acquisition of Cirquent Group from BMW; financial, tax, commercial and operational vendor due diligence of Wittur Group, supporting 3i with the acquisition of Amor GmbH; buy-side due diligence Adidas acquiring FiveTen USA; advising Pinova Capital on several mid-market acquisitions (e.g., Deconta GmbH, Hemotec AG, Norafin Industries GmbH); buy-side due diligence on Spheros GmbH; several due diligence projects advising DZ Private Equity (e.g., Kentaro AG); add-on buy-side due diligence for a portfolio company of Bridgepoint; pre-analysis of a potential target for General Atlantic; independent business review on Pfleiderer on behalf of a large banking consortium including Deutsche Bank, WestLB and Unicredit; buy-side due diligence for more than 10 large nonperforming loan portfolios (e.g., Dresdner Bank – IRS, DZ Bank, HVB); advising Goldman Sachs on several opportunistic investments opportunities; supporting Morgan Stanley in acquiring large real estate portfolios; supporting Allianz Real Estate on several real estate projects spread over Europe; buy-side due diligence support for Goldman Sachs on more than 10 large real estate opportunities; distressed due diligence on a large commercial real estate portfolio sold by Speymill Group.
Mr. Zapf earned a master´s degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from the University of Passau. He is a German certified tax advisor (Steuerberater) and Chartered Accountant (Wirtschaftsprüfer). He is a German national and is fluent in German and English.