Knut EngelmannPartner, Head of the Frankfurt office
He advises companies on complex capital markets transactions including IPOs and cross-border M&A deals, as well as in corporate communications, reputation, positioning and crisis mandates.
Knut has advised on the majority of large IPOs in the German-speaking market over the past five years, with a particular focus in the tech and digital sector.
Prior to joining Kekst CNC, Knut spent more than 20 years in high-profile roles in international finance and business journalism. These included various leadership roles at global news agency Reuters and at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal in both Germany and the United States.
Q&A with Knut
How has the firm changed since you first joined?
Kekst CNC has become significantly more international since I joined the firm in 2013. Today, Kekst CNC is a truly global company with unmatched advisory and execution capabilities across all major markets in the world. Getting there has been an exciting journey for all of us, and our global footprint offers unprecedented opportunities for our clients.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
One aspect of our work that does not cease to amaze me is the incredible diversity of the work we do every day – not a single mandate or project is like the other, not a single client is like another. There are no standard solutions or prescriptions. It forces us to think of new solutions to new problems every day, it keeps us on our toes, it forces us to challenge the status quo constantly – and it keeps us intellectually curious.
What do you like most about Kekst CNC?
It’s got to be the diversity and quality of the people we work with, first and foremost. We have some of the best brains in the industry on our team, and these are some of the most committed, intelligent and driven people that I have ever worked with. The quality of our people around the world makes Kekst CNC truly unique, and it sets Kekst CNC apart from any other organization I have worked for.