Jan Caspar Hoffmann



Jan Caspar Hoffmann is former Managing Director and Partner, Head of M&A German-speaking Europe, Moelis & Company

Special interests

Jan Caspar Hoffmann has worked on both sides of the spectrum, as a banker and as an investor. He has a keen interest in the field of public takeovers but embraces the challenge in many other areas of the diverse world of Corporate Finance at the same time.


Jan Caspar Hoffmann studied Business Administration and Languages at the University of Cologne and the Business and Economics University of Vienna and received his Vordiplom from the University of Cologne. He then attended ESCP Europe, formerly EAP Ecole des Affaires de Paris, where he spent an academic year each in Oxford, Madrid, Paris and Berlin and graduated with the German Diplom Kaufmann and the Diplôme Grande École de Gestion.

Jan Caspar started as an investmentbanker at Merrill Lynch early 1999 where he worked in Frankfurt and London before moving to Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity, the primary direct investment platform of Merrill Lynch, in 2007 with responsibility for the activities in Germany as a Senior Principal. He then joined Société Générale mid 2010 as a Managing Director and Head of M&A for German-speaking Europe and was later given additional responsibility as Co-Head of Corporate Finance for German-speaking Europe. Early 2015, Jan Caspar (re)opened the German office for the global independent investment bank Moelis & Company where he was a Managing Director and Partner and acted as Head of M&A for German-speaking Europe until his departure end of 2019.

Over the span of his career as an investmentbanker and investor, Jan Caspar has had the chance to gain exposure to a broad variety of situations, many of which in a cross-border context, with a focus on public takeovers and corporate carve outs.

Jan Caspar lectures widely and holds a lectureship for Corporate Finance at Frankfurt University since 2012. He also currently holds a lectureship for Investment Banking at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management where he is a Senior Fellow. Jan Caspar has held lectureships in the past at the University of Cologne and EBS in Oestrich-Winkel and is a long standing guest lecturer at his alma mater ESCP Europe. As of lately, Jan Caspar has committed to various sessions at Saïd School of Business at the University of Oxford.


Corporate Finance: Introduction and a Practitioner's View on Deal Making