We are an accomplished team of senior consultants with many years of complementary transaction-related experience in investment banking, auditing, strategic consulting and management roles within the industrial sector. This allows us to quickly understand our clients’ strategic goals and challenges and successfully transform these into solutions.
Thanks to the size of our team, we have what it takes to assist with large-scale transactions and ensure that they are implemented successfully.
Harald Tomaselli studied Industrial Engineering (Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing.) at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany and Production Engineering (MSc) at the University of Birmingham in the UK.
After completing his studies, he worked on lean production processes for several years within Daimler AG Human Resources Division before joining Oliver Wyman/Mercer Management Consulting, a renowned international management consulting firm, in the mid-1990s. In his ten-year career there, he was responsible for national and international strategy as well as restructuring and advisory projects, most recently in the role of Automative Practice Partner.
Since 2004, he has been a partner at investment banking consultancies with a focus on German SMEs, responsible for the successful implementation of many M&A and corporate finance projects – first at albatross invest and now at benten capital.
Harald Tomaselli is a founding partner of benten capital and author of various publications such as “Unternehmenstransaktionen im Mittelstand in Baden-Württemberg”.
Dr Florian Eisele studied Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm.) majoring in finance, accounting, business taxation and controlling at the University of Tübingen, Texas A&M University and the University of Saarland. Following his studies, he returned to the University of Tübingen, where, as a research associate, he gained a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) focused on the finance sector.
He then moved to the Finance Division of Daimler AG. There, most recently as a manager, he dealt primarily with matters relating to value-oriented management and valuation. He subsequently held roles heading up the finance divisions of stock-market listed SMEs. The first of these was as Head of Finance and Controlling at a plant engineering company, while the second was as Finance Director at a TecDAX-listed mechanical engineering company.
Dr Florian Eisele has many years of broad experience in the fields of M&A and corporate finance as well as restructuring and reorganisation in both managerial and advisory positions within SMEs and international corporations.
As a partner at benten capital since 2014, he has been responsible for the successful implementation of a variety of M&A and corporate finance projects. He is also the author of a number of research-focused and applied publications in the area of finance and accounting.
Eisele, Florian/Weiss, Mario (2020): Die M&A-Praxis trifft auf Corona: Auswirkungen, Besonderheiten und Gestaltungspotenziale [“M&A practice meets corona: Impacts, special features and organisation opportunities”], in: REthinking Finance, Vol. 2, Issue 4, pp. 51-57, link: https://research.owlit.de/document/f6ed3cbf-5afb-3b4a-be33-e8f9e8b97374.
Eisele, Florian/Weiss, Mario (2020): Neue Chancen für M&A-Transaktionen in Zeiten der Corona-Krise [“New opportunities for M&A transactions during the coronavirus crisis”], in: Der Betrieb, Vol. 73, Issue 32, pp. 1642-1643, link: https://research.owlit.de/document/164b5b31-c5a7-3fad-b0db-8a016c670f52; and in: Der Betrieb-Spezial zur Bewältigung der Corona-Krise [“Special edition of ‘Der Betrieb’ on dealing with the corona crisis”], Issue 13/2020, pp. 2-3, PDF download
Dr Frank Schaffrath studied Industrial Engineering (Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing.) at the University of Kaiserslautern.
After completing his studies, he continued his academic career as a research associate and obtained his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) with a thesis on a business administration topic. Subsequently, he spent more than four years working for Consilio Transformation Management, an SME-oriented management consulting firm specialising in strategy, cost management and product development before moving to the Group Planning & Controlling division of Allianz SE for six years. There, he dealt with value-oriented corporate management as well as cash flow and balance sheet structure optimisation.
This was followed by four years at Klein & Coll., an M&A consulting firm serving specialising in the SME sector, where as a member of the management team he was responsible for the successful completion of numerous transactions.
During his role as Executive Board member and CEO at ASC technologies AG, he concentrated mainly on internationalisation/key account management, product development and optimising the development departments.
Frank Galgenmüller studied Technical Business Administration at the University of Stuttgart. Alongside his studies, he worked on a variety of consulting projects at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation.
After completing his degree, he occupied a number of roles at Daimler AG. Initially, he gained extensive experience in the fields of production and logistics before moving to Daimler AG’s Finance Division in 2000. There, among other things he was responsible, as CFO of a predominantly SME-focused company in which Daimler held a stake, for its four-year restructuring – a process that involved a broad range of M&A and corporate finance activities. Subsequently, as Director of Business Development in Sales from 2007 onwards, he was responsible for sales-related Internet activities and the development of multi-channel marketing operations.
In 2014, he joined the European Automotive Practice of Alvarez & Marsal, where had particular responsibility for projects with a digital focus. In addition, he was able to gain further experience in restructuring and M&A projects.
Before joining benten capital in late 2017, he served as managing director of a boutique consulting firm for two years, where he was responsible for projects involving new digital technologies. Frank Galgenmüller has extensive experience in the management, automotive, digitalisation, M&A and corporate finance fields.
Felix Kröll studied Industrial Engineering (Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing.) at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.
After completing his degree, he held a variety of management positions, including as Sales and Business Unit Manager, at an international, family-owned SME. In his last five years there, he led the company in the role of Managing Director. During this period, he was first responsible for the successful restructuring before selling the family-owned firm – on behalf of the shareholders – to a larger group of companies as a stand-alone enterprise.
Subsequently, as Managing Director, he was responsible for the post-merger integration and then the carve-out of a business unit for sale to a Canadian company as part of the strategic realignment process.
Prior to joining benten capital as a partner in early 2020, he gained extensive experience in a range of areas including succession planning, reorganisation and restructuring, as well as post-merger integration, internationalisation, strategic reorientation, M&A and corporate finance.
Carsten Wendt is a qualified banker and studied business administration (Dipl.-Kfm.) at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands.
Upon completing his studies, he was recruited as a manager at Siemens AG before joining the internationally renowned Olive Wyman/Mercer Management Consulting firm with a focus on the financial sector four years later. There, he was responsible for a number of significant strategy and business development projects in the banking and insurance sector while, in parallel, developing the firm’s digital practice for Germany.
Following his move to the E.ON Group in 2002, he held a variety of management roles. As a senior partner and manager of the Berlin office, he was instrumental in establishing in-house consulting services and was responsible for a number of international merger projects focused on Eastern Europe and for developing the German subsidiary brand. As managing director of a distribution company, head of the new B2B business unit within Germany and by establishing and taking charge of the industrial customer business unit, he successfully assumed line management responsibility in a number of areas.
With his M&A and business development expertise gained from more than 20 projects and numerous management roles, he advises our clients as a partner at benten capital.