Who we are

Our partners have wide experience in the professional field and have been working successfully together for many years. We have the same approach to problems and their solutions. Various fields of expertise and career backgrounds complement each other during project work, and ensure balanced and successful results. Each partner is responsible for a specialised team. A total of 38 consultants are available.


Norbert Strecker

(Graduate in Business Administration)

combines 20 years of consultancy with over 10 years in management practice. He gained sound skills in strategic development, increasing efficiency and company restructuring in his role as partner in an international firm of consultants. He here concentrated on complex restructuring situations requiring rapid action, and repeatedly assumed management functions. As managing director of a corporation listed on the stock exchange, he led the company out of crisis by means of rigorous structural adjustments and comprehensive operational re-alignment. His focus within the CIC Partner Team is on economic performance restructuring. He is convinced that change is a major constituent of good company culture, and a good opportunity for all involved. Winning over as many staff as possible for this is his recipe for success. Together with a number of colleagues, he founded CIC Partners at the end of 2011and has been partner and managing director of CIC Consultingpartner GmbH since 2013.

Norbert Strecker

Norbert Strecker
M +49 (0) 152 54066131
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Michael Schmitt

(Graduate Engineer)

benefits from in-depth industrial expertise gained in the area of mechanical engineering and in the automotive industry. During his career in the consulting company of a leading automobile manufacturer he concentrated on the operational restructuring of group companies and suppliers. Following this he gained comprehensive cross-sector experience in restructuring in a well-known firm of consultants. A major factor contributing to his success is his efficient, inter-disciplinary interface management between the various parties involved in the project. In the CIC Partner Team he concentrates his efforts on developing programmes for increasing efficiency and for steering and monitoring restructuring management. He is only satisfied when effective measures have been defined and their economic efficacy has been assured. He is a founding member of CIC and has been an authorised officer and partner in CIC Consultingpartner GmbH since 2013.

Michael Schmitt

Michael Schmitt
M +49 (0) 152 54066090
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Dr. Volker Beissenhirtz

is a fully-qualified German lawyer combining comprehensive legal expertise in the field of commercial, company and restructuring law, and years of operational experience in company turnarounds. As a graduate of the London School of Economics (LL.M.) and Fellow Certified Turnaround Professional (EACTP), he is able to draw on his sound knowledge of German, English and US commercial law.

With more than 17 years in the service of major German and international law firms, he has primarily been responsible for out-of-court restructuring processes in companies of various sizes at both national and international level. Worthy to mention are his management of numerous Chapter 11 und scheme of arrangement procedures. His special focus lies in the (alternative) energy, retail, mechanical and plant engineering sectors. Furthermore, he has specialized knowledge of the charity and health care sector. This results not only from his activities as a consultant but also from assuming the role of CRO.

In the elaboration of restructuring concepts, he is responsible on a regular basis for developing individual financial solutions and their implementation in accordance with contractual legislation. He supervises all necessary structural and organisational changes and implements them under company law. This includes, in particular, the sale of company divisions or business units, developing succession plans and adjusting articles of association to changed circumstances.

As a reserve officer and paratrooper, Dr. Volker Beissenhirtz is fully at ease in critical situations. Within the CIC Partner team he is thus able to solve all legal problems arising with the greatest precision and under extreme time pressure. He is a partner in the CIC Consulting Partner GmbH since the beginning of 2014.

Dr. Volker Beissenhirtz

Dr. Volker Beissenhirtz
M +49 (0) 172 7584745
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Wolfgang Hummel

(Graduate in Business Administration)

can rely on a wealth of experience gained throughout his career when assessing and processing the most varying restructuring situations. As a trained bank officer he knows the conditions prevailing in the banking business. Due to many years with line responsibility in industry he also has achieved sector-wide management acceptance. Additionally, he has many years of experience in consulting that enables him to provide stability even in critical stages of the project and to find solutions. In order to manage problems which are both complex and critical in terms of time he makes use of proven, mainly self-developed systems. Efficient organisational analyses and economic diagnoses enable meaningful business reviews to be made within a short period of time. He is responsible for the areas of controlling and organisation in the CIC Partner Team. He is quite sure of one thing: without commercial transparency, comprehensible business planning and informative reporting turnarounds cannot be achieved. He has been a partner in CIC Consultingpartner GmbH since the beginning of 2013.

Wolfgang Hummel

Wolfgang Hummel
M +49 (0) 171 6554445
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Erik Mates

(Graduate in Business Administration)

has over the past years accompanied numerous enterprises through the restructuring and change process. As a qualified auditor and accountant (of counsel) he is fully familiar with the demands involved in the practice of restructuring. He initially gained experience at a leading auditing and consultancy firm in the field of company transactions and introduction of management information systems. He further contributed greatly to the planning and operational implementation of complex restructuring projects, also at international level. In addition to his experience in various industrial sectors his activities have also focused on the trade and services sectors. He combines his precise and sound powers of analysis with well-proven methodology and efficient systems. He thus provides both transparency and stability in critical company situations. His main focus within the CIC Partner Team lies in the provision of financial analyses, the development of integrated planning calculations as well as liquidity management. Due to his consistent approach Erik Mates is able to ensure that all restructuring aims defined are reflected in the cashflow and profit and loss sheets.

Erik Mates

Erik Mates
M +49 (0) 174 3053520
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Melanie Metz

(Graduate in Business Administration)

has many years of experience with companies in special situations gained in her former position as partner in a leading German auditing firm where she specialised in restructuring. She is responsible for the development and implementation of restructuring concepts. As a qualified auditor and accountant (of counsel), she prepares expert reports in accordance with the stipulations laid down by professional bodies and Supreme Court jurisdiction (German Institute of Auditors and Federal Court of Justice). As a Certified Public Accountant, she is fully familiar not only with US and international accounting methods, but also with complex, cross-border tasks and situations. Within the framework of re-alignment and restructuring, mainly of larger, medium-sized enterprises, her focus lies on the development of appropriate corporate planning and control systems as well as on the elaboration of innovative and sound financial solutions. A major factors in her success in this area is her close and fruitful method of communication with all stakeholders involved. Melanie Metz was formerly mainly active in the mechanical and plant-engineering sector. Her further specialist area is focused on the construction industry. Within the CIC Partner Team Melanie Metz is in charge of the overall coordination of restructuring projects where she is responsible for all financial matters. She also supports their implementation if required in the role of CFO within the management team. She is convinced that orderly communication with all internal and external stakeholders from the very beginning provides a major guarantee for successful restructuring.

Melanie Metz

Melanie Metz
M +49 (0) 173 5424770
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Christian Schmidt

(Dipl. Business Administration (FH))

has concentrated on enterprises undergoing change for over 10 years. As a financial auditor and accountant (of counsel), his focus is on financial process optimisation and the development of innovative financing concepts. Together with the implementation of classic re-development measures, his emphasis lies in creating future-oriented long-term financial sustainability. Alongside classic loan-financing he also develops individually-tailored additions and alternative solutions for varying requirements. This includes ABS financing as well as debt certificates and bond issues. Christian Schmidt here coordinates the entire process and takes over responsibility for drawing up the prospectus and documentation. In the past he has accompanied and provided support for bond issues amounting to hundreds of millions. In his opinion, efficient finance and accounting are just as important as the restitution of solid financing. Together with his team he concentrates on systematically optimising company data, processes and systems. The period after turnaround is thus also well-provided for at a stage when companies have smoothly managed fast closing and can swiftly provide their financers with the information necessary. Such requirements have for a long time been directed not only at corporate groups but are also expected from modern medium-sized companies. This situation is ideal for Christian Schmidt. Coming from a family with a medium-sized business for special machinery, he understands the situations prevailing in medium-sized enterprises. Proof of this can be seen especially in the successful projects he has managed in the metal-working industry and the logistics sector. For Christian Schmidt restructuring is only then completed when its effectiveness has been put to the test.

Christian Schmidt

Christian Schmidt
M +49 (0) 170 3242402
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Mario Schwager

(Graduate Industrial Engineer)

combines comprehensive knowledge in the sector with sound expertise in methodology. This ensues from his activities with leading automobile manufacturers, both as a consultant and in a linear function. His mainly internationally-based tasks encompassed the entire value-added chain, ranging from development through to production. Additionally, he extended his competence in strategic matters through his activities in well-known firms of consultants. He has concentrated for a number of years on the development and implementation of restructuring concepts in the field of manufacturing. Operational restructuring demands experience both in practice and in management skills, and he has demonstrated and proven this in various interim functions as COO of renowned companies. He is responsible within the CIC Partner Team for product development, production and supply chain management. His vision of successful restructuring is marked by the pacemaker role of the automotive industry: gaining a competitive edge through a sustained increase in productivity. He has been a partner in CIC Consultingpartner GmbH since the beginning of 2013.

Mario Schwager

Mario Schwager
M +49 (0) 171 6744646
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Expert Pool

Access to our Expert Pool allows you to make use of individual experts from our team for selected topics. Our experts are skilled at a fast and pragmatic exchange of information and expertise in special situations – a crucial success factor of our work. We would like to offer this added value to you as our business partners as well. Our colleagues, without exception, are consultants with extensive experience, most of them with an additional industrial background. The unique feature we all share, however, is our common understanding for special situations. If you are interested in contacting our experts, just give us a call or send us an email. We will organize everything else.

Norbert Strecker
M +49 1525 4066 131
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Michael Schmitt
M +49 1525 4066 090
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Digitalisation / web based sales and marketing strategies / CRM systems

Ralph Lee

works as a consultant and interim manager in the field of global sales and marketing since 1992. His focus lies in the development and implementation of sales and marketing strategies for digital business initiation. In addition to the definition of strategic brand positioning, this includes the derivation of the corresponding media, online, and digitalisation strategy. By introducing digital and data-driven marketing based on new internet technologies he and his team achieve a personalised and customer-specific evaluation of buyer interests and behaviour. This enables sales processes to become automated and achieves maximum efficiency in existing customer, and new customer management. The project successes are reflected in the growth in sales and/or cost reductions. Mr. Lee is active across the whole industry and has also implemented successful projects in both traditional industries such as the automotive, machine, and plant manufacturing industries as well as for start-ups. Due to his many years of experience he is a lecturer for marketing and eCommerce at the University of Mannheim at the Institute for Medium Sized Business Research and at the Dual University Baden-Württemberg.

Mr. Lee is your contact person for both digitised and data-driven sales and marketing strategies as well as for technical marketing systems such as eCommerce platforms and customer relationship management systems (CRM).


Production planning and technical expert opinions

Dr. Bernd Hirthammer (Dipl.-Ing.)

is a renowned expert for all relevant production planning topics. His expertise ranges from planning complete new production sites on a green field to optimizing production processes in existing production facilities. By using new simulation programs known as Digital Factory, investment decisions can be verified in advance in terms of their profitability and feasibility. A fast decision-making process with manageable risks is essential especially in special situations. Dr. Hirthammer and his team have already successfully supported CIC Consultingpartner many times in special situations.

As a technical expert, Dr. Hirthammer also supports banks prior to the approval of investment loans. He reviews investment proposals with regard to innovation, feasibility, possibility for market entry and implementation risks.

Mr. Dr. Hirthammer is your contact when it comes to production planning and technical expert opinions for investment decisions.


Shop floor management, Lean Manufacturing and supplier development

Dieter Maier

started his career in 1989 at Porsche AG and was one of the first specialists in Germany to deal with the Toyota Production System and Lean Manufacturing. He gained his first experience in the implementation of the production system at Porsche, which was one of the success factors in the restructuring of the German sports car manufacturer and still is a prime example in the German automotive and component industry.

Mr. Maier is a shop-floor expert and is able to quickly identify weaknesses in production systems on the basis of his experience. His expertise ranges from the optimization of single machines and their changeover times to the implementation of new production systems and maintenance programs. By implementing pragmatic key production indicators he identifies weak points in the production processes and develops efficiency programs using tried and tested Lean Manufacturing methods. Production workers are closely integrated in the optimization process and trained in new methods in order to ensure a sustainable production optimization. He has worked successfully across various sectors for mid-sized companies as well as for large enterprises.

Mr. Maier is your contact for shop floor management, Lean Manufacturing and supplier development.


Investment and outsourcing decision in Central and East Europe

Catalin Nichifor

is Managing Director – Central and East Europe at Bryan Mansell &Tilley (our ERS partners) and based in Bucharest. He is a graduate in finance from the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest. Mr. Nichifor is a hands on business adviser specialized in support for cross-border investments and restructuring. He undertakes CRO, interim CEO/ CFO, management advisory or shareholder representative roles for companies in CEE. Mr. Nichifor has over 15 years advisory and executive experience gained in Romania and CEE. He acted as financial officer for companies in the sectors automotive, real estate, oil & gas and energy. In the past he was responsible for the buildup of different subsidiaries of enterprises like Lear Corp. and ING Real Estate in Romania. Recently he was also responsible for the turnaround and financing for several companies in the energy sector. Due to his experience he is the professional contact for investors in CEE. Furthermore he advises and supports companies in their outsourcing decisions.

Mr. Nichifor is your contact for investment and outsourcing decision in Central and East Europe.


Asian / European cross border transactions

Fred Ng

is UK Chartered Accountant and Managing Director - Asia Pacific at BM&T LLP, our ERS colleagues in London. He has over 25 years advisory, banking and executive experience gained in UK/Europe and Asia. Mr. Ng is a cross-cultural business adviser specialized in Asian/Chinese cross-border investments, restructurings. He works with both buy-side or sell-side in cross-border M&A deals, before acquisition, or during and after the acquisition by way of deal support, execution, interim CFO, coaching/ training and stakeholder management. Mr. Ng has worked in over 20 countries and with significant experience in UK, Italy, Turkey, China, and Singapore. For one of his last assignments he was based in Italy for 3 years as CFO of Ferretti, one of the world’s largest luxury yacht makers which was acquired by a major Chinese industrial group where he also acted as a shareholder representative. He has gained deep insight into the management and integration issues involving a major Chinese cross-border transaction. His sector experience includes yacht manufacturing, media and entertainment, building materials, glass and ceramics, real estate, printing, telecommunication, oil and gas, consumer goods and plastics. He is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Mr. Ng is our contact person for any relevant questions for Asian / European cross border transactions. Due to his long lasting experience he has an excellent relationship to investors who are willing to invest in Europe.

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