Gunther has been instrumental in more than 30 M&A transactions and direct investments and has valued well over 500 companies. He has international experience across a broad range of industries and M&A experience both in healthy and distressed markets.
His experience spans both technology (software, internet, semiconductor, medical device, cleantech) as well as industrial manufacturing and distribution. He began his career at the corporate venture arm of the automaker Daimler Benz, making direct investments in technology companies, first in Germany and then in the US. After founding a semiconductor start-up he moved on to strategic advisory and investment banking. Most recently, he built up the corporate finance practice at the largest independent Consulting/CPA firm headquartered in California.
He has extensive experience in special situation and distressed transactions, including expedited company sales out of insolvency. Gunther is the President of EuroCham - the Association of American-European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations as well as a member of the board of directors of the German American Business Association.
He graduated from Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany with a joint master's degree in electrical engineering and business administration and was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley as well as the "Institut supérieur d'élelctronique de Paris" in France. He is a CFA® charterholder and is credentialed in valuation as well as business exit planning.
Prior to his studies, Gunther was a dispatcher in the German armed forces deployed in the NATO Allied Force Command in Heidelberg, Germany.