Max KarpfSenior Consultant
He advises clients on private and public transactions and other special situations and crises.
Max focuses on providing strategic advice to clients going through special situations, from public and private M&A to IPOs, crises, leadership changes, restructuring and insolvency. Since joining the London office in 2015, he has worked on some of the most high-profile cross-border transactions.
He also supports clients in their daily corporate communications. Max has experience advising businesses across a broad range of industries, spanning private equity and venture capital firms, their respective portfolio companies, FinTechs and Start-ups, small- and mid-cap businesses, and public and regulatory bodies. Max often advises newly-listed firms in responding to the increased communications requirements and responsibilities following their capital market debut.
Prior to joining Kekst CNC in London, Max worked in Kekst CNC’s Berlin office where he focused on Public Affairs as well as for other Public Affairs and PR firms in Berlin and Hamburg.
Max completed a Masters in Political Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London and holds a Bachelors degree in Media and Communications from the University of Passau. He is a native German-speaker, is fluent English and has good basic knowledge of French and Spanish.
Q&A with Max
Describe your typical day.
There has never been a typical day – that is the beauty of working for Kekst CNC. A day could start in the office, on a call, at the airport, in a meeting or on the way to support a client-team on-site. Every day offers new challenges and opportunities to learn.
Take the most interesting project you have worked on recently: Why was it interesting?
I would have to name two: Firstly, an international crisis mandate, dealing with multiple issues from local political sensitivities to European financial regulation: the “perfect storm”. The project was extremely complex with a challenging political and legal context and a diverse stakeholder base.
Secondly, there have been many memorable M&A projects over the years, including some of the largest cross-border M&As in recent years. What connects all of them is that they were challenging and offered the possibility to grow and learn from colleagues and clients alike.
How has the firm changed since you first joined?
When I first joined as an intern in 2014, the firm had around 120 consultants. Today, just five years later, Kekst CNC has more than doubled its head-count, added new locations and has grown into a truly global company, both in footprint and outlook. But it’s what hasn’t changed – despite the rapid growth – that makes Kekst CNC a unique place to work. We have a fantastic team. From intern to partner, we put our clients first, take ownership, reward critical thinking and get to work on some of the most interesting and challenging international communications projects as a result.
What has been the biggest influence on your career?
Working in an environment that allows you to take ownership of your projects from a junior level and being given agency to develop new ideas.
What is the most exciting city you’ve ever been to?
London continues to be one of the most exciting cities for me.