Munich - Roland Berger Strategy Consultants is acquiring the entire team from German consulting firm FMC Consultants GmbH. In taking this step, the Number 1 in the market for restructuring advisory services is further consolidating its leading position and broadening its extensive restructuring expertise permanently. FMC's two founding partners and Roland Berger alumni Sven Gless and Andreas Robeck will be appointed Senior Partners and are now returning to their roots after more than 15 years running their own business. Their three Partners, Christian Glaser, Marco Horstmann and Alexander Müller, are coming over to Roland Berger as Principals. The FMC team – working out of offices in Bremen, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Stuttgart – will augment the Roland Berger Restructuring & Corporate Finance Competence Center from September 1, 2015, the new additions taking the numbers up to more than 120 experts in Germany alone. Bringing this team on board is a move that further reinforces this important business line for the strategy consultancy.

Sven Gless, Andreas Robeck and their colleagues from FMC will primarily advise small and medium-sized enterprises across all industries for Roland Berger. Besides restructuring and corporate rescue mandates (including insolvency proceedings), they will also focus on strategic realignment, transaction support (M&A) and operational business optimization. "We are thrilled that the longstanding experience and excellent contacts possessed by our new colleagues will be able to further enrich our consulting expertise in restructuring and corporate finance," declared Roland Berger Partner Sascha Haghani, head of the Restructuring & Corporate Finance Competence Center and Deputy CEO Germany, adding, "The German economy is built on the SME sector and it is important to us to optimally advise these clients on the very particular challenges they face." The international presence boasted by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants thanks to its offices around the globe and the industry Competence Centers' extensive knowledge of markets and how they operate enable the strategy consultants to offer their clients custom-tailored solutions. "We combine and bundle all of the experience needed to overcome crises and put companies on the right strategic path," said Roland Berger's head of restructuring, Sascha Haghani.

Information on the new Partners

Dr. Sven-Erik Gless
Sven-Erik Gless is a co-founder and Managing Partner of FMC Consultants GmbH. He worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the Restructuring Competence Center from 1995 to 1999. Prior to that he earned his Ph.D. with a thesis on the subject of corporate turnaround (1995) and worked on numerous projects for Germany's Treuhandanstalt privatization agency. His longstanding practical experience has a basis in restructuring and strategy projects for medium-sized and large corporations in a range of industries. In particular, he led teams working on major reorganization projects for banks, public institutions and industrial firms. The restructuring projects Sven Gless was in charge of involved both voluntary financial restructuring and insolvency proceedings. His mandates spanned all aspects, from developing concepts and ensuring their operational implementation through taking on interim management functions. Aside from his consulting work, Sven Gless also sits on several advisory and supervisory boards. Furthermore, he is an active member of various industry associations and societies.

Dr. Andreas Robeck
As a co-founder and Managing Partner of FMC Consultants GmbH, Andreas Robeck works on a national and international level, predominantly with SMEs facing radical change – from strategic realignment and the realization of growth opportunities to dealing with crisis and implementing far-reaching change programs. He worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the Restructuring Competence Center between 1997 and 1999, where he advised manufacturing companies, the service industries and the public sector. Andreas Robeck began his career at Fraunhofer IPA in 1990 after obtaining a Master of Engineering degree. He held a managerial role within that organization, where the projects he was in charge of covered such aspects as implementing and realizing time-cost-quality leadership programs, and measures to bring about business process optimization. He drew added inspiration for his work from his residency at IRI Yokohama along with the exchange of experience he enjoyed with representatives of the Japanese automotive and electronics more