Comprehensive corporate finance advisory for the mid-market

We see ourselves as a representative of our clients’ interests. We develop creative and successful corporate finance solutions together with our clients.

We have an outstanding M&A experience especially in the German-speaking mid-market with a distinct expertise in the advisory of strategic and tactical aspects in the implementation of M&A projects. We coordinate and lead the entire transaction after consulting with our clients in order to enable the process exactly according to our clients’ interests.

We always pursue the goal to optimize the result for our clients not only in a quantitative manner (e.g. purchase price) but also in a qualitative manner (e.g. continuation of the business operations and location). We place value on a sustainable relationship and collaboration with our clients.


Carsten Frede is the founder and Managing Partner of H.C.F. Hanse Corporate Finance GmbH with nearly 20 years of corporate finance and M&A experience. He has been part of more than 50 corporate finance and M&A transactions.

Prior to establishing H.C.F. in 2009, Carsten Frede was Senior Vice President of an Investment Boutique in Munich responsible for the deal generation and execution as well as key account management for the Private Equity community with a focus on equity- and equity-linked-financing as well as acquisition-financing.

From 2002 to 2007, he worked as a director in the corporate finance team of Ernst & Young, where he mainly focused on mergers & acquisitions as well as on buyout transactions (MBO, MBI, OBO) of mid-sized / family-owned companies and subsidiaries. Prior to his employment at Ernst & Young, Carsten Frede spent 3 years with the multinational professional services firm Deloitte & Touche, executing numerous international M&A and corporate finance transactions. During this time, he supported many companies with their transition to the new market in Frankfurt.

Carsten Frede graduated from Otto-Friedrich-University, Bamberg, with a degree in Business Administration (“Diplom Kaufmann”). He is the father of three children and likes to spend his free time with his family in the mountains as well as with sports.

HCF – Carsten Frede

Carsten Frede – CEO & Founder


H.C.F. has a very experienced and motivated team.

Every team member / professional has successfully participated in M&A and financing projects as well as in corporate finance transactions in the past and has consequently gained valuable experience. The acquired complex expertise will be essential in the initiation and implementation of transactions due to the growing challenges in the corporate finance sector. Therefore, H.C.F. is positioned competitively in the current market environment due to the clients’ demands for a comprehensive and individual corporate finance advisory. Our clients’ interests are always in the center of our advisory during the process.


The team of H.C.F. combines its M&A experience with financing expertise and advises mid-sized companies and private equity firms / family offices with the development and implementation of their M&A and financing strategies.

Lately, H.C.F. Hanse Corporate Finance GmbH has had mandates in the following sectors:

  • Advertising and communication

  • Machinery and plant engineering

  • Business services / staffing

  • Automation / robotics / sensor technology

  • Construction machines

  • Security technology

  • Consumer goods

  • Recycling

  • Medical technology

  • Logistics

  • Gastronomy

  • Convenience Food

  • Agricultural technology

  • Wholesale