May 11 Buy Yourself a Company, Zurich

Join us for an evening conference in Zurich with a presentation and panel discussion on entrepreneurial acquisitions.

Buy Yourself a Company, May 11, 2016, Zurich
There are other paths to becoming an entrepreneur besides creating a start-up. Entrepreneurial acquisitions are an attractive path that many INSEAD alumni have already taken or are investigating. But how do you do it? Where do you start? What are the risks and benefits? We will benefit from the experience and insights of two keynote speakers, sharing their different perspectives, and an interesting mix of panelists.

Keynote Speakers

Mark-Anthony Holloway, INSEAD MBA 98J

Owner and CEO of Swissfeed AG

In 2008 Mark-Anthony Holloway acquired the Swiss industrial company Swissfeed AG after a 12-month search for an MBI target. Previously, he led, turned around and sold a veterinary company. He holds a Doctorate in veterinary medicine.

Tobias Raeber, Bocconi MSc10

Co-Owner and Managing Director of Herchenbach Industrie-Zeltebau GmbH

In early 2015 Tobias acquired Herchenbach with his Search Fund, a concept for conducting an entrepreneurial acquisition. The concept, devised at Harvard and Stanford, is now taught to students at INSEAD, LBS, IESE and other business schools.


Patrick Forte, Kellogg MBA

Head of KMU Advisory Switzerland & Regional Head Corporate Clients Central, UBS

With UBS since 1998, Patrick has served corporate banking clients in the US and Switzerland, now responsible for Swiss SMEs and corporate clients in the Swiss central region. Patrick holds an Engineering MSc. from ETH Zurich.

Jules Grüninger INSEAD MBA 95D
Founding Partner, Quarton International AG Zurich

Jules co-founded Blue Corporate Finance AG in 2001 and recently merged it with Quarton International. Before that he was CEO and co-owner of Beldona AG, which he successfully sold to an investor. He holds an Electrical Engineering MSc. from ETH Zurich.

Roger Kollbrunner, INSEAD MBA 97J

Co-Owner and Partner of Novus Partners AG

Roger acquired with partners several smaller industrial companies in Switzerland via their industrial holding Artum AG. Previously, he acquired Aebi & Co AG together with Peter Spuhler and was CEO for several years. He holds an MSc. from ETH in Zurich.

Key Facts


When: Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 18:30
Where: Impact Hub Viadukt, Viaduktstrasse 93, 8005 Zurich
Tickets: Swiss NAA members CHF 60 / Non-NAA members and guests CHF 90


18:30 Welcome Drinks and Registration
19:00 Mark-Anthony Holloway & Tobias Raeber – Presentations
19:50 Panel Discussion and Q&A – Moderated by Matthias Frieden
20:30 Apéro Riche


INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland, Zürich Chapter
Matthias Frieden, MBA 05J, Treasurer & Event Organizer
[email protected]