Jürgen Zapf
Managing Director
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20+ years conducting financial due diligence services
Worked with large global private equity houses as well as large corporates
Qualified as tax consultant and auditor
Co-Lead A&M German Practice
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Jürgen Zapf is a Managing Director with Alvarez and Marsal GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft. He is co-leading the German A&M practice and heads the firm’s German Transaction Advisory Group. Mr. Zapf specializes in providing financial and related due diligence advisory services to private equity houses, debt providers and large corporates, advising throughout the whole transaction lifecycle.

With more than 20 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.