Who We Are

About Us

As an advisory firm we’ve been working at the heart of the digital transformation for decades. Disruptive business models have been familiar to us from our beginning. We're digital natives because that's our daily bread and butter.

We answer the typical questions about what’s next for our clients in Asia, Europe and the US, every day since our foundation in 1995 (a date we share with amazon and eBay).

What’s Next?

How can we accelerate growth? What opportunities does the digital transformation offer our business? What are the threats? Which technologies should we consider and rely on? Is this business an attractive investment for us? How can we best optimize our investment portfolio in the digital space? What’s our best exit strategy?

We’ve handled more than 4,000 What’s Next projects for our corporate clients, mainly from the sectors of telecommunications, information technology, media, e-business and adjacent service providers (“TIMES”): more than 300 of them, including companies such as AOL, Axel Springer, Bertelsmann, Cisco, Dolby, Endemol, Founder, Google, Haier, ProSiebenSat.1, SAP, Telefonica, Uzai, Vodafone, Xing, Yelp and Zeit, to name several.

For more than 120 private equity players and financial institutions, we’ve executed more than 400 due diligences, managed about 180 M&A deals and supported 16 IPOs with a total transaction volume surpassing USD 6 billion. Our clientele includes 3i, Advent International, EQT, Franklin Templeton, General Atlantic, hg Capital, Iris Capital, Softbank and Warburg Pincus.

The tougher the challenge, the more we're motivated. Our special DNA isn’t appropriate for the average client. We pursue a very entrepreneurial, business-driven approach. We accept public policy as the framework in which we work, and proper project documentation is mandatory. We’re open and direct from the start. Our deliveries are realistic and ready for successful implementation by our clients for valuations that exceed the peer group when they lead to a transaction.

Our clients like this approach, so they return to us over and over. Our international set-up in Asia, Europe and the US matches the challenges of our work. All Skillnet partners are entrepreneurs. We’ve all founded companies. We all invest actively. We all share the mindset of entrepreneurs and reflect it in our fields of expertise. We define our success by the contribution we make to our clients. We work in small teams with the relevant expertise for highly demanding clients.

We’re serious about our work and cooperate with like-minded experts around the globe, experts we select carefully and with whom we establish working relationships that span many years. And that’s the core of our DNA: long-term business relationships.

We’re dedicated to digital transformation and delivering superior results to the world’s most sophisticated clients.