OUR TEAM

With our expert knowledge and leadership experience we provide a clear orientation and set the right priorities. This ensures that the necessary activities and steps to revitalize the company are consistently implemented. Our multi-functional team covers 100% of the required skills and is ready to take on responsibility and to set the course from day one. We are 100% committed to drive your business towards success

If required, we complement our projects with experts from our network. This means that each client profits from our extensive experience and expertise.

We work with great dedication and enthusiasm towards your goals.

Dr. Walter Bickel
Dr. Walter BickelManaging Partner
Walter has more than 30 years of restructuring experience in top executive positions.
Johann Spanner
Johann SpannerPartner
Johann has more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance, restructuring and auditing.
Dr. Boris Trautmann
Dr. Boris TrautmannPartner
Boris is a registered lawyer and has many years of experience in the areas of restructuring and M&A.
Manuel Vinke
Manuel VinkeVice President
Manuel has several years of experience in the areas of restructuring, transactions and finance.
Erika Himmel
Erika HimmelExecutive Assistant and Administrative Head
Erika has been supporting Mr. Bickel and the Bickel & Company team as an assistant since December 2017.

OUR TEAM MEMBERS

Dr. Walter Bickel

As Chief Restructuring Officer he assumed executive responsibility as CEO or board member and was responsible for several important restructurings with a focus on both financial restructurings and performance improvement programs. He has an extensive capital market know-how and has worked for multinational corporations and mid-sized companies in various industrial sectors. He has an extensive and sound network with banks, private equity funds, lawyers, liquidators, distressed investors and to politicians.

Amongst others, Walter worked for Alvarez & Marsal as Managing Partner for the German business and was a member of the European Executive Committee. Prior to that, he was the managing director of Droege & Comp. International business consultancy and was responsible for the global restructuring and turnaround business.

Ad interim Walter was on the Management Board of Treofan Holdings GmbH (CEO, CFO, CRO), on the Management Board of Kuka AG, on the Board of Directors of Maillefer Group, on the Board of Directors of Swisslog AG, on the Supervisory Board of Kuka AG (chairman of the audit committee) and CEO of Gigaset GmbH to only mention a few.

 
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Johann Spanner

Johann is a certified public accountant and a tax accountant. He has worked in consulting and interim positions in many different industries, with a focus on financial services and the automotive and packaging industries.

Ad interim Johann held the position of Global Head of Finance for a multinational company in the packaging industry and was in charge of complex refinancing processes as well as various transactions and the implementation of a complex restructuring concept. Previously, he was able to gain valuable experience with the top management consulting firm Alix Partners. During his time in corporate finance consulting at Deloitte, Johann supported strategic investors and financial investors in M​​&A processes, financial due diligence projects and corporate valuations. As account manager for a DAX30 client in the automotive industry, he was in charge of all of the client’s corporate finance issues. During his time in the audit department, he was in charge of major insurance company audits and gained experience in different insurance segments.

 

Dr. Boris Trautmann

Being admitted to the German bar, Boris Trautmann has gained comprehensive experience in restructuring, finance, and M&A both in law firms and corporates. He has covered different industries with a focus on the chemical industry, shipping, and financial institutions.

Boris Trautmann has served as a managing director of Treofan Group, a producer of plastic films, for many years. In this function, he was responsible for Personnel, IT, Legal and IP. Boris has earlier worked for the M&A team and as part of the leadership team for Latin America of Syngenta, a multinational agribusiness. As an attorney, Boris has worked on multiple corporate law and financing projects, inter alia as a member of the Financial Institutions Group of international law firm Freshfields.

Boris Trautmann has led to success many buy-side and sell-side M&A projects. In restructuring processes he has been responsible for the detailed implementation of corporate reorganizations, refinancing transactions and personnel reductions including complex negotiations with employee representatives, unions and other stakeholders like government institutions.

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Manuel Vinke

 

Manuel has worked in many different industries, his main focus has been on transport and logistics, especially in the maritime and in the packaging industry.

Ad Interim, Manuel was a Manager of Corporate Finance / Business Development for a multinational packaging company. His responsibilities included, in particular, corporate financial planning and issues related to the strategic repositioning of the company, e.g. market analysis, control of the M&A process, and analysis of potential synergies. Prior to this, Manuel gained in-depth knowledge of financial restructuring at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He assisted clients in the development of restructuring concepts while focusing on the development of business plans. Furthermore, Manuel advised his clients during transaction phases, especially in financial due diligence projects as well as in company valuations. He also gained operational restructuring experience during his secondment at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Brussels, Belgium. In Belgium, he guided clients in the development of stand-alone concepts after carve-outs.

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