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Dr. Mirko Warschun

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Dr. Mirko Warschun


Mirko Warschun is a Senior Partner & Managing Director who centers his client leadership around consumer-facing sectors in packaged goods, retail, mobility, and services. During his 25 years in consulting, he led several practices and initiatives, including Kearney’s European Consumer, Retail & Luxury Practice, and serves on the firm’s European leadership board.

Additionally, Mirko supported 50+ transactions and has an excellent track record in buy and sell side assignments. His proven expertise lies particularly in the support of cross-border transactions of private equity houses as well as strategic investors and international groups – often followed by transformational post-acquisition value creation programs.

Mirko enjoys particularly when he can work on exciting, challenging deals like a recent distressed M&A mandate:

Selling SportScheck, Germany’s leading omnichannel sports retailer, to the Italian retailer Cisalfa Sport during regular insolvency proceedings. Throughout the transaction, Mirko and his team advised SportScheck and the insolvency administrator on the management of the international investor process from the initial approach up to the closing. Kearney’s extensive transaction and retail expertise, combined with the firm’s access to international strategic and financial investors was a vital part of the successful completion of the transaction in a challenging distressed M&A situation.

Firm Profile

Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with more than 5,700 people working in more than 40 countries. They work with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, as well as with the most influential governmental and nonprofit organizations.

Kearney is a partner-owned firm with a distinctive, collegial culture that transcends organizational and geographic boundaries – and it shows. Regardless of location or rank, their consultants are down to earth, approachable, and have a shared passion for doing innovative client work that provides clear benefits to the organizations they work with in both the short and long term.

Private Equity and Principal Investors Practice
Kearney and its private equity and principal investor clients are united by a shared objective: creating value.

Kearney’s transaction services team understands the requirements, demands, and expectations of large-scale and mid-market investors in this competitive landscape. That’s why their “best-of-Kearney” approach provides clients with tailored solutions that integrate industry and operational expertise while also aligning with the unique investment thesis, time frame, and risk profile of each opportunity.

Areas of Expertise

•Investment Thesis:
Develop high-ROI investment strategies and define where to employ capital, considering market conditions, business models, and operational competencies.

• Due Diligence:
Eliminate transaction surprises by defining risks, value potential, and scalability for investments during commercial, operational, IT/digital, and ESG DDs.

• Portfolio-Wide Opportunity and Risk Assessments:
Evaluate thematic opportunities and systemic risks based on multiple factors and drive cross-portfolio assessments.

• Operational Value Creation:
Leverage a High-Impact Transformation framework to deliver EBITDA uplift strategies that provide material gains and ROI within three years.

• Commercial Value Creation:
Work with PortCo management to help the company capitalize on top-line and margin improvement opportunities that reflect the business model nuances and market circumstances.

• Transformational Carve-Outs:
Assess carve-outs to ascertain what is needed for the asset to operate and realize operational value across people, processes, assets, technology, and future-state operating model.

• Add-on Acquisitions:
Provide support via proprietary target identification and assessment tools, and develop playbooks to facilitate the efficient integration of tuck-in acquisitions.

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