Governance in Family/Unlisted Firms


Distinguished Guests for the Roundtable Discussion: Family Firms - Answering the Challenges

The following fascinating speakers will share their thoughts about family firms with us on Friday afternoon:

Heinz-Peter Elstrodt (McKinsey & Company)
» Christoph Kaserer (TU München)
» Mathias Margreiter (Daniel Swarovski Corporation)
» Peter Nobel (Universität St. Gallen and Nobel & Hug Attorneys at Law)
» Kurt Schiltknecht (BZ Group and Universität Basel)
» Karl Spielberger (UBS AG)
» Rudolf Stämpfli (Stämpfli AG and Confederation of Swiss Employers)


Short CVs of our distinguished guests:

Heinz-Peter Elstrodt (McKinsey & Company)
Heinz-Peter Elstrodt is the Office Manager for the Mercosur offices of McKinsey & Company, Inc.  He joined the firm in 1983 in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Since 1987, he has been part of the leadership team who established the Brazilian practice.  He is leading a McKinsey´s interest group on Family Owned Businesses (FOBs).  Also, he has led strategic, operational and organizational programs in several industries in the region, most of them FOBs. He has extensively worked on corporate governance and corporate strategy issues for leading family owned businesses in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Augusburg and a degree in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe.  He is the author of several articles that were published in the McKinsey Quarterly.

Christoph Kaserer (TU München)
Christoph Kaserer is co-director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies (CEFS) and full professor of Finance at Technische Universität München. Since 2002 he is also head of the department for Financial Management and Capital Markets at TUM Business School. Christoph Kaserer published his research in leading international and German academic journals and he is the editor of the Zeitschrift für Bankrecht und Bankwirtschaft.
He is also active as an advisor of
large private companies, private equity funds and public institutions. In particular, he worked as a consultant for the European Commission, the European Venture Capital Association
(EVCA) as well as the Swiss Government. In joint projects with Deutsche Börse AG he created the IPO Sentiment Index as well as the German Entrepreneurial Index (GEX©). For the latter he was awarded the “Initiativpreis Stiftung Industrieforschung” in 2005.

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Mathias Margreiter (Daniel Swarovski Corporation)
Mathias Margreiter is a member of the executive board of Daniel Swarovski Corporation and General Partner responsible for corporate controlling and mergers and acquisitions.
He studied international economics and business administration at the University of Innsbruck and holds a Master of Business Administration from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.


Peter Nobel (Universität St. Gallen and Nobel & Hug Attorneys at Law)
Peter Nobel is a Professor for Private, Trade and Commercial Law at the University of St. Gallen. He was a visiting scholar at the Lomonossov University of Moscow and at Columbia University School of Law in New York. He has published in various legal areas an is currently editor of the Swiss Review of Business Law.
Nobel was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1980. He is a founding partner of Nobel & Hug, where he is actively engaged in the field of business law for both Swiss and foreign clients.
For 17 years, Nobel served as a part-time professional judge at the Superior Court and the Court of Commerce of the Canton of Zurich. He was also a member of the Swiss Federal Banking Commission (a governmental committee which supervises the banking industry, brokers and stock exchanges in Switzerland) between 1988 and 2000. Prof. Nobel is frequently appointed as an arbitrator or mediator in both international and domestic arbitrations.

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Kurt Schiltknecht (BZ Group and Universität Basel)
Kurt Schiltknecht was chairman of the board of directors of Bank Leu in Zurich and president of Nordfinanz in Zurich before he joined BZ Group in 1990. Prior to that he worked for the Swiss National Bank, last as director in the national economics department. Kurt Schiltknecht is chairman of the board of directors of Intershop Holding AG and, among other, member of the boards of Patinex AG and BZ Trust Limited. Since 1984 he has been associate professor of the University of Basel. He studied economics at the University of Zurich and worked at the Institute for Economic Research of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, at the Econometric Research Unit of OECD in Paris and at the Wharton School of Economics.



Karl Spielberger (UBS AG)
Karl Spielberger is head of ‹Structured & Corporate Finance Schweiz› of UBS. He holds an MBA degree from Texas A&M University and a doctorate form University of St. Gallen. Before joining UBS in September 2004, he was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he substantially involved in building-up the Swiss Corporate Finance Practice. He is specialized on M&A-transactions, corporate restrucurings and firm valuation. Mr. Spielberger is author of several professional articles.



Rudolf Stämpfli (Stämpfli AG and Confederation of Swiss Employers)
Rudolf Stämpfli is chairman of the board of directors of Stämpfli AG, a Swiss publishing company with a long tradition. He is also acting as president of the Confederation of Swiss Employers, the governing body of more than 70 regional and industrial associations. He is a member of the board of directors of various companies. Mr. Stämpfli studied management and operations research at the Universities of Bern and the Stanford Graduate School of Business and he holds a doctorate form Univerität St. Gallen.


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