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Pietro Cinquegrana

Pietro Cinquegrana


Pietro Cinquegrana has 30 years of international experience in investing, advisory and consulting.  He is a Managing Director at CDIB Capital International, a global institutional investing group.  Pietro is based in New York and focuses on direct private investing with a broad and flexible mandate.  Prior to joining CDIB Capital, he was a Managing Director at Hudson Hill Capital, a long-term-oriented US private investment firm with flexible capital and a broad investment mandate.  Previously, he was a Managing Director at Aleph Capital Partners, a European investment firm focused on flexible capital solutions, from 2014 to 2016.  In 2013 and 2014 Pietro was a member of Vitol Investment Partners, an energy private equity fund, where he completed investments in Europe and in Asia/Australia.  Until October 2012, Pietro was a Managing Director at Fosun-Pramerica Fund – a US$600 million private equity fund managed by Fosun International, a Chinese investment holding company – with a focus on investing in European niche-leading companies.

Previously, between 2009 and 2011, Pietro was a Managing Director at Apollo Global Management – as Head of Acquisitions in their Hong Kong office – and a Managing Director of Holdfast Capital Limited in Hong Kong, which was bought by Apollo.

Prior to moving to Asia in 2009, Pietro lived in the U.S. for over 18 years. Between 2007 and 2009, he worked for two years at Ospraie Special Opportunities, a US$1.2 billion private equity and special situations fund based in New York. From 1994 to 2005, Pietro worked at Morgan Stanley in various capacities: between 1999 and 2005, he was an Executive Director in Princes Gate Investors, a US$1.2 billion private equity fund closely affiliated with Morgan Stanley.

Previously, he was a Vice President in the M&A Department, and was a member of the three-person team that raised and invested the Morgan Stanley Bridge Fund, a US$600 million bridge loan fund (1995-1997). Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Pietro worked at Seacor Holdings Inc., was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group Corp, Inc. from 1993 to 1994, and a Financial Analyst in the Corporate Finance Department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in London from 1989 to 1991.

Pietro has been a board member of several companies, including Core Metals Group (private company), GST Telecommunications (publicly listed company) and two private joint ventures.

Pietro received an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Serafino Ferruzzi scholar. He received a M.Sc. in Economics from Oxford University and a B.Sc. in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Pietro is fluent in English, Italian, and French, and holds both U.S. and Italian citizenships.

Florian Hirschmann

Florian Hirschmann

profil_florian-hirschmannFlorian Hirschmann is a lawyer and partner at DLA Piper in Munich, advising financial investors as well as strategic investors in the field of corporate law, with a focus on national and international private equity and M&A transactions, venture capital and joint ventures. As an advisor to the Cannonball Group he actively advises on investments and structuring, as well as acting as an active sparring partner.

Prior to his move to Reed Smith LLP in 2018, Florian worked as a partner for leading American and English law firms in Munich and Frankfurt.

Florian completed his studies at the Universities of Frankfurt a. M, Cambridge and Milan. He holds a completed apprenticeship as an industrial manager and speaks fluent English and Spanish.

A selection of transactions Florian has provided legal advice on are:

  • Consulting Pro7Sat1 Media AG in the acquisition of Sonoma (Amorelie)
  • Consulting the market leader in the field of laser technology in the planned acquisition of a German automation company
  • Advising an English pharmaceutical company in founding a Joint venture with a German medical-technology company for the DACH market
  • Consulting Mobile Ventures (VC company of Drillisch AG) in a financing project for PipesBox
Prof. Dr. Franz Isselstein

Prof. Dr. Franz Isselstein

profil_isselsteinProf. Dr. Franz Isselstein is co-founder and CEO of Radios AG and has in this position successfully advised institutional investors and family offices on investments in public and private equity. Radios is a provider of analytical tools for company valuation and serves equity analysts and fund managers worldwide. Through its ValueSimulatorTM platform Radios delivers fundamental valuation models and real-time event driven intelligence and analyses to buy-side institutions worldwide. Radios has developed data interfaces with Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and EDGAR and covers 30.000+ companies worldwide.

Prior to founding Radios Franz was a director of strategy within Deutsche Bank’s global investment banking business with the mandate to build a portfolio of strategic ventures and develop e-commerce initiatives operating out of London between 2000 and 2004. Prior to this position he was involved as a Senior Associate Director at Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Strategy Group in Frankfurt in important corporate strategy issues. In 1999, he was a core member of the Bankers Trust acquisition team.

He commenced his investment banking career in corporate finance and worked from 1994 at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell’s investment banking division where he was involved in numerous significant merger and equity capital market transactions.

Franz is a Professor of Finance at IUBH School of Business and Management in Bad Honnef/Germany. His research focus is on Tactical Asset Allocation and Behavioral Finance.

Franz holds a Ph.D. in economics, a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Cologne, in Germany and a CEMS Master’s degree from HEC in Paris.

Dr. med. Dominik Pförringer

Dr. med. Dominik Pförringer

profil_dominik-pfoerringerDr. med. Dominik Pförringer was born and raised in Munich, before moving to California where he graduated from high school. Returning to Europe, he studied Medicine at Regensburg University and gained his PhD in Munich. He is a medical specialist for orthopaedics and trauma surgery.

 In 2010, after successfully completing his MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau and Singapore, he joined Bain & Company where he was engaged within their healthcare practice. Within this role, he consulted hospitals, pharma players, insurance companies as well as private equity teams in the healthcare sector.

In 2010, Dr. Pförringer was selected to join the Young Leaders Programme of the Atlantik Brücke, a transatlantic organization strengthening economic and political relationships. He has since been a strong supporter and active leader within the YL alumni programme.

In addition Dr. Pförringer regularly lectures on diverse health economics and hospital management topics at national and international conferences and conducts research in the field of hospital process optimization.

Thanks to the diversity of his roles, activities and academic degrees,  he has established an international network over a broad range of business sectors, mainly within healthcare, which he enjoys and actively maintains.

Since 2013, Dr. Pförringer has been working as a trauma surgeon and DRG specialist in Munich University Hospital „Rechts der Isar“ as well as serving as a senior advisor.

Hans W. Reich (Chairman)

Hans W. Reich (Chairman)

profil_hans-reichHans W. Reich is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Citigroup Global Markets German Corporation and has been Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Bank since October 2008. He is also member of the European Advisory Board to Citigroup.

Moreover Hans W. Reich is member of the International Advisory Council of the Chinese Development Bank, as well as Hon. Chairman, Financial and Investment Committee Charoen Pokphand Group Co. Ltd, Bangkok, Thailand.

Furthermore, he is Member of the Board for the Foundation of Capital Markets Research, Frankfurt (since 2004)

Prior to joining Citigroup Mr. Reich was Chairman of the Board of the KfW Bank Group (1999-2006) as well as Member of the Board from 1990-1999. He began his KfW career in 1966 in the field of Export and Project Financing.

During a career spanning over 56 years, he has brought his expertise and experience to the following supervisory and advisory boards:

  • Thyssen Krupp AG, Duisburg 2000-2010
  • Ruhrkohle AG, Essen 2000-2005
  • IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG, Duesseldorf 1999-2006
  • HuK Coburg VaaG, Coburg 2000-2011
  • Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn 1999-2006
  • Deutsche Post AG, Bonn 2000-2006
  • Depfa plc, Dublin 2002-2006
  • Aareal-Bank AG, Wiesbaden 2002- 2013
  • Deutsche Afrika-Linien, Hamburg 2002-2009
  • WestLB, Duesseldorf 2005-2007
  • Fraport AG, Frankfurt 2003-2010
Robert Salzl

Robert Salzl

profil_robert-salzlRobert Salzl advises the Schörghuber Foundation in Munich, having been an active member of the foundation’s board until summer 2014.

From 1996-2006 he was member of the board of the Schörghuber Group where he oversaw the hotel and aircraft leasing business units as well as all central-purchasing activities. The group is involved in hotels (Arabella Hotels), beverages (Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Kulmbacher etc.), real estate development (Bayerische Hausbau) and investments and seafood.

From 1962 to 1996, he was a flight captain and part of the senior management of Lufthansa German Airlines and, in his last position as Chief Pilot, responsible for all flight operations.

He is supervisory board and committee member of a few select companies, institutions and associations.

Mr. Salzl supports Cannonball’s efforts to develop client relations in Europe and actively advises on investment opportunities.