About Portus

Our company

Since its establishment in 2003, Portus Corporate Finance has supported and implemented numerous projects, such as financings, M&A, successions and company foundings. We operate from our company’s headquarter in the heart of Berlin and support companies from all over Germany. We also have offices in Frankfurt/Main, Hannover, Leipzig  and Basel (Switzerland).

Our mandates

In all our mandates, we can rely on our proven knowledge. Our customers benefit from our long-term experience and solid business relationships. We support all clients personally and individually. Among our clients are medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and several listed companies.

Our team

Our employees have enjoyed first-class education. All of them have gathered relevant industry experience, both in national and international environments. Our senior partners have held leading positions in industry, finance and politics. We assist you and realize your projects in reliable fashion – as consultants, coaches or part time managers.

» We assist entrepreneurs in all financial issues and provide them with solutions. This requires a high degree of confidence. Therefore, we at Portus attach great importance to integrity and to the fundamentals of our work: solid knowledge, awareness of current developments, creativity, the right contacts and quality of implementation. «

Thomas Fink
Partner,Portus Corporate Finance GmbH

Senior Partner

Dr. Jonathan David Turner

Dr. Jonathan David Turner
Senior Partner

Dr. Jonathan David Turner

Career Stages:

  • Managing director of a consultancy
  • Advisor for a U.S. investment firm
  • Head of Business Development in an international pharmaceutical corporation
  • Global Director Discovery Alliances in an international pharmaceutical corporation
  • Department head in a major German Pharmaceutical company

Studied pharmacology and physiology, holds a PhD from St. Andrews

Dr. Bernd Wulffen, Ambassador o.D.

Dr. Bernd Wulffen, Ambassador o.D.
Senior Partner

Dr. Bernd Wulffen, Ambassador o.D.

Career Stages:

  • Diplomatic service for the Federal Republic of Germany, e.g.
    • German ambassador to Cuba
    • Civil coordinator in Kosovo
    • Commissioner for trade and sciences in Indonesia and China
    • Commissioner for culture at the German embassies in Argentina and Mexico
    • German ambassador to Kuwait and Bahrain
  • Various roles as a lawyer

Studied law and political science in Frankfurt/Main, Berlin and Marburg

Dirk G. Müller

Dirk G. Müller
Senior Partner

Dirk G. Müller

Career Stages:

  • Strategy and business consulting
  • Chairman of a major German investment firm
  • Managing director and spokesman of a mid-cap investment firm
  • Managing director and spokesman of a guarantee bank
  • Loan officer and team leader in a major German bank

Studied business administration in Munich

Dorothea Stabolewski

Dorothea Stabolewski
Senior Partnerin

Dorothea Stabolewski

Career Stages:

  • Head of Marketing / Sales at a bank and insurance company
  • Establishment and management of s medium-sized company consulting
  • Member of the board of a Bausparkasse
  • General Manager of a Sparkasse
  • Interim Manager as CFO and CIO

Banking traineeship and a degree in business administration

Dr. Andreas Joachim Schulze

Dr. Andreas Joachim Schulze
Senior Partner

Dr. Andreas Joachim Schulze

Career Stages:

  • Various top management positions in European Biotech companies
  • Partner in a Swiss venture capital firm
  • Vice President and head of the life sciences department in a major German investment firm
  • R&D in biotech and pharmaceutical corporations

Studied biology in Stuttgart, holds a PhD from Max Planck Institute for biochemistry, Martinsried; studied industrial engineering with business studies in Zurich

Günter Frankenne

Günter Frankenne
Senior Partner

Günter Frankenne

Career Stages:

  • Various top management positions at pharmaceutical companies for more than 30 years
  • Supervisory board positions in biotech companies
  • Member or chairman in several committees of the German Pharmaceutical Industry Association (BPI)
  • Deputy Chairman of the board, German Association of Researching Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (VFA)

Studied economics in Berlin

Partner

Thomas Fink

Thomas Fink
Partner

Thomas Fink

Career Stages:

  • Managing director in an investment firm
  • CFO in various German companies
  • Commercial judge, district court of Berlin
  • Investment manager and member of the management in a venture capital firm
  • Investment banking at a German bank

Studied business administration in Frankfurt/Main

Jan Gering

Jan Gering
Associate Partner

Jan Gering

Career Stages:

  • Business Development in an international technology company
  • Head of strategic consulting in Corporate Finance
  • CFO of an international group of companies in the automotive segment

Studies of Business Administration in Leipzig

PROJECT MANAGER

Manuel Rüschke

Manuel Rüschke
Project Manager

Manuel Rüschke

Career Stages:

  • Financial manager for various technology companies
  • Supported various start-ups with business- and financial planning
  • Accompanied numerous seed- and growth financing rounds
  • Global Director Discovery Alliances in an international pharmaceutical corporation
  • Carried out an international M&A transaction in the biotech industry

Studied economics in Berlin

Jan Spiegelberg

Jan Spiegelberg
Project Manager

Jan Spiegelberg

Career Stages:

  • Project- and product finance in an international technology corporation
  • Consultant in a leasing company
  • Consultant at a major German commercial bank

Apprenticeship as a bank clerk, studied business administration in Berlin

Timo Heroth

Timo Heroth
Project Manager

Timo Heroth

Career Stages:

  • Relationship manager of a Chinese state-owned bank
  • Program manager of a Swiss-Chinese start-up in the sector of cross-border investment as well as business and cultural exchange
  • Program manager of a Swiss-Chinese governmental program at the University of St. Gallen

Studied business administration and chinese at the University of Applied Sciences Konstanz; studied chinese studies at the Free University of Berlin

Relationship Manager

Michael Pass

Michael Pass
Relationship Manager

Michael Pass

Career Stages:

  • Leading positions in mid-cap companies in the publishing, retail, and consulting sector

Marketing businessman, studied sports and German studies

ASSOCIATES

Sophie Rosenbaum

Sophie Rosenbaum
Associate

Sophie Rosenbaum

Career Stages:

  • First professional experience as a working student at HOLTMEYER CORPORATE FINANCE, a consulting boutique in Berlin
  • Supported several technology start-ups during business- and financial planning, as well as financing

Studied business administration in Potsdam

Industry-Specialist (external)

Dr. Jörg Rupp

Dr. Jörg Rupp
Industry-Specialist (external)

Dr. Jörg Rupp

Career Stages:

  • For more than 15 years Dr. Rupp has been dealing with the topics innovation, research and development, technology funding and start-ups.

He holds a PhD in engineering as well as degrees in chemistry and business administration.

Dr. Ulrich W. Schiefer

Dr. Ulrich W. Schiefer
Industry-Specialist (external)

Dr. Ulrich W. Schiefer

Career Stages:

  • Team head at BMW Motorsport
  • Board member at Aston Martin, responsible for development
  • Founder and director of Porsche Engineering Group
  • Member of various supervisory boards in the automotive industry
  • Lecturer at several colleges
  • Founder and director of AtTrack, a company focused on vehicle technology and design, advising medium-sized companies, and developing sports cars (www.attrack.de)

Studied aerospace technology

Prof. Dr. Heiko von der Leyen

Prof. Dr. Heiko von der Leyen
Industry-Specialist (external)

Prof. Dr. Heiko von der Leyen

Career Stages:

  • Faculty member at Stanford University
  • Professor at Hannover Medical School since 2002
  • Managing director of several biomedical technology companies
  • Since 2005 Managing Director of Hannover Clinical Trial Center. The Hannover Clinical Trial Center is an academic clinical research organization that deals with preparing and conducting clinical trials (Phase I – IV) for drugs and medical devices (www.clinical-trial-center.de).

Studied medicine in Hamburg, Hannover and Stanford (USA)

Network

For more than 15 years, our cooperation partner DORUCON has been a partner for innovation, research and development, technology promotion and start-ups. With a competent team of engineers, physicists and operators, you can get support for the implementation of research and innovation promotion. Special emphasis is placed on ZIM consulting, technology promotion and innovation management.

Portus is an accredited coach with the BAFA in the consulting-programs for small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups. We support entrepreneurs in all economic and financial issues. BAFA promotes the use of our services.

Bioplus is a competence network of consulting firms with extensive life science expertise. On an annual basis, the partners publish an industry report on life sciences, medical technology, diagnostics, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. In addition, Bioplus organizes the industry event “Life Sciences in conversation” for entrepreneurs and founders several times a year.

Our bioPLUS partners are UHY Deutschland AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Weitnauer Rechtsanwälte and the Graf von Stosch Patentanwaltsgesellschaft.

Portus Corporate Finance is accredited by the High-Tech Gruenderfonds as a coach for equity & debt financing, finance, controlling and reporting.

The Investment Bank Berlin (IBB) accredited Portus Corporate Finance as a consultant and coach for business planning, financing and corporate succession. In this context, business advice and coaching are supported by the IBB.

We are an accredited coach with B!GRÜNDET, an entrepreneurial network of Berlin universities. The platform provides start-ups and spin-offs of the Berlin universities a network through which they receive the support of evaluated coaches and experts.

Our senior partner Dirk G. Müller is a longstanding member of the Association of Berlin Merchants and Industrialists Association.

Portus Corporate Finance is accredited as a coach by RKW Sachsen GmbH.

Portus Corporate Finance is a member of the Berliner Tagesspiegel Economic Club.

Portus Corporate Finance is accredited both as coach and judge by the Business Plan Competition Berlin-Brandenburg. The Business Plan Competition Berlin-Brandenburg is an initiative to promote start-ups, organized by the investment bank of the state of Brandenburg.

Portus Corporate Finance is a member of Competence Network Lifescience (CONELIS e.V.) since 2014. CONELIS is an association of selected life science experts. The network provides competent consultancy. We focus on corporate finance and partnering.

The ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg (ZAB) accredited Portus Corporate Finance as a consultant and coach for business planning and financing. In this context, business advice and coaching are supported by the ZAB with the program “Innovationen brauchen Mut”.

We are a member of the European Finance Forum, which is a network and platform for leaders from the financial services industry and their advisors.

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