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Tilman W. Kruse

Director Corporates & Funds Europe / Middle East / Central Asia at DEG


Dr. Tilman Kruse is heading DEG´s private equity business in FSU, SOE, Turkey and the Middle East. DEG is one of the largest European bilateral DFI with a portfolio of EUR 8bn. With his investment team based in Istanbul, Moscow and Cologne, Tilman covers primary fund investments, co-investments, directs and mezzanine on a full-cycle basis. He serves on the LPACs of leading emerging markets GPs. In previous roles, Tilman was DEG´s Director Russia, based in Moscow, and lead counsel to KfW Group, based in Frankfurt, on KfW´s PE/VC risk capital and fund-of-funds business in the German speaking countries. He started his career as a senior associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer based in Munich, London and Cologne, advising blue chip strategic and financial investors on multi-billion, cross-border M&A mainly on the European Market.