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The Automotive Group provides corporate finance services and in-depth transaction expertise for the automotive industry globally. With skillful professionals in more than 46 offices with global coverage, the group provides a full range of financial advisory services at the highest standards. These services include mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, equity, debt financings, and financial restructuring.

Our market view

The automotive sector has been undergoing a global reshaping for a long time. Our experts are aware of the latest trends and future outlooks. Large OEMs, suppliers, and smaller companies have come up with strategies and innovations which have made an impact on M&A activity. Therefore, we can currently observe deals, acquisitions, and consolidation activity very closely. This close scrutiny creates added value for our clients’ transactions.

This Industry Group aims to analyze the impact of M&As on the automotive industry overall. It analyzes the past and current M&As and their impact on participating companies as well as the automotive industry as a whole.

Market Outlook

More Consolidation is expected
Focus on efficiency gains
More M&A focus on OEM and suppliers
More opportunities for applied technologies

Latest Transactions


Managing Partner

Gregor Piechowiak

10 years of experience in corporate finance advisory that has focused upon national and cross-border M&A projects.

Has expertise in valuations and due diligence processes.

Has been involved in M&A and corporate finance projects in a range of sectors such as manufacturing, IT, pharmacy, and retail.

Industry expertise:

Agriculture; Automotive; Beverages; Business services; Electronics; Information technology; Real estate & facility management.


Advisor Corporate Finance

Sebastian Pogorzelski

Ambitious, hard-working, highly motivated person. Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting. Passed level III of the CFA Program. Winner of the most prestigious Polish financial competitions. Extensive experience in teaching and education, presently active in DD, corporate finance, and M&A fields.

Industry expertise:

Education and training.

Partner / Advisor Corporate Finance

Eric de Rujiter

Experience in M&A > 5 years & > 20 mid-corporate (inter)national deals. Industry expertise in Automotive, business services & employment agencies. Extensive valuation expertise (Master in Business Valuation).

Joined M&A Worldwide in 2017. Member of MAWW Automotive Industry Group.

Leader of the Business Services Industry Group.

Industry expertise:

Automotive; Engineering; Trade; Wholesale.



Gerhard Abel

Experience in M&A and Corporate Finance for more than 30 years. 20 years as MD in investment banking. Advice, project management in mid-cap transactions, mostly cross-border.

Industry expertise:

Automotive; Building & construction; Business services; Energy & renewables; Real estate & facility management; Transport & logistics.


Lucas Vogler

M.A. Business Administration. Master thesis in cooperation with M&A Worldwide on international M&A processes. Awarded best thesis of the year 2018. 3 years of practical M&A experience. Accompanying national and international transactions. International Experience (FOCUS Investment Banking, Washington, D.C).


Managing Director

Michael J. McGregor

Managing Director at Robertson & Foley Investment Bank. Founder of 3 start-up businesses. Corporate and field experience at Bridgestone/Firestone.

Industry expertise:

Automotive; Business services; Healthcare; Life sciences; Retail and franchising.

Board Member

Nitin Arora

With over 15 years of experience, Nitin heads the National team in Transaction Advisory with a diverse skill portfolio which includes private & strategic equity placement, partner search, mergers & acquisition, business & regulatory valuation, financial due diligence, financial modeling, and negotiation.

Member of the Automotive and of the Business Services Industry Group.

Industry experience:

Advertising, PR & marketing; Chemicals; Engineering; Plastics; Transport & logistics.

Associate - Strasbourg

Pierre Schott

Graduate of the School of Management Sciences of the University of Quebec in Montreal (ESG)
Pierre joined in 2007 KNIPPER & PARTNERS, a member of the MAWW Paris, where he assists Bertrand KNIPPER in the execution of his various mandates.

Industry expertise:

Hotels & restaurants; Telecom.




Sam Barr

Sam joined MAWW London in 2017, having spent 3 years at Deloitte where he qualified as a chartered accountant. Sam has 1.5 years’ experience in M&A and is a member of the Healthcare Industry Group. He has varied expertise across sectors.

Industry expertise:

Beverages; Business services; Food; Healthcare; Information technology; Transport & logistics.


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