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Timo Knak to take over as new Head of M&A at KPMG

Media Release: Timo Knak as new Head of M&A

KPMG has appointed Timo Knak as new Head of M&A, effective 1 October 2018. In this role, he will continue efforts to expand KPMG’s multidisciplinary deal advisory business even further.


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Timo Knak

KPMG Switzerland appointed Timo Knak (46) as the new Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), effective 1 October 2018. In this role, he will take over responsibility for all M&A-side deal advisory services provided by KPMG. Originally born in Kloten, Switzerland, he will succeed Patrik Kerler, who is taking on a new professional challenge. As new Head of M&A, Timo Knak will also hold on to his current role as Sector Head of Private Equity at KPMG.

Over the course of his 20-year M&A advisory career, Timo Knak has successfully headed up numerous international transaction projects for a variety of companies. Acting in his capacity as partner, he has made a sizeable contribution to the multidisciplinary approach employed in Deal Advisory since joining KPMG more than five years ago. Timo Knak is confident: “KPMG’s multidisciplinary success model will prevail in the M&A business, too, since it offers our global clients all the expertise they need on business acquisitions and sales from one single source.”

The 15-person M&A team soon to be under Timo Knak’s leadership is one of Switzerland’s largest, most successful teams when it comes to providing deal advisory services to medium-sized companies. He is extremely well networked within KPMG’s global M&A practice and has an extraordinarily broad knowledge of the sector, including the chemical and manufacturing industry, the consumer goods industry and the private equity business.

Before joining KPMG, this Swiss certified accountant with a MBA from the IMD Business School in Lausanne and father of two children held a senior position at a leading, independent asset management and financial consulting firm where he was also responsible for M&A. Prior to that, he had worked for several different companies where he was also involved in the deal advisory business.

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