Robert Stafler

Co-Founder & Chief Executive
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Robert leads the activities of Excellion Capital as Chief Executive.

In this role, Robert successfully managed the firm’s transition in 2013 from a firm principally focused on providing advice to clients to a fully-fledged merchant bank. Since then Excellion has been successfully combining client-driven corporate finance advisory with proprietary principal investing. Under his stewardship, the Excellion team created its first proprietary, discretionary investment fund in 2013 which was followed in 2015 by the creation of Fintex Capital.

Robert grew up in Germany and graduated from Law School at the University of Cologne. Whilst at university he launched his first successful start-up venture. As such, Excellion Capital is a natural continuation of his entrepreneurial desire. Prior to founding Excellion in late 2007, Robert spent close to a decade at JPMorgan and JPMorgan Cazenove in Investment Banking, M&A and Equity Capital Markets. At JPMorgan, he gained significant expertise advising corporates and private equity firms on capital markets and M&A transactions. This included large-scale IPO’s and capital raisings for a number of UK and international companies on stock exchanges in the UK (Main Board LSE and AIM), Germany, Poland, India, Kazakhstan and other markets. Robert was an integral part of the team that led companies such as Xstrata PLC, Vedanta PLC, TVN SA, Kazakhmys PLC and Nikanor PLC and others to immensely successful IPO’s.

Robert’s pre-Excellion work includes a long list of M&A and capital markets transactions including a $2.5 billion follow-on offering for Xstrata, which earned the 2006 IFR Award for European Deal of the Year; the $12.9 billion merger between BHP and Billiton to form BHP Billiton PLC, a successful $19bn hostile takeover of Falconbridge Ltd. (Canada) by Xstrata PLC, the successful M&A defence for Gold Fields from a hostile $8.3bn bid by Harmony Gold, Xstrata’s $5.5 billion rights issue (at the time, as the largest-ever capital raising in the UK), and several other landmark transactions.

As early stage investor and long-term adviser since 2007, Robert also played an important role in helping to grow auxmoney GmbH. Under the stewardship of its CEO, Excellion Co-Founder Raffael Johnen, auxmoney has become Continental Europe’s largest peer-to-peer lending business. Robert’s active involvement in the peer-to-peer lending arena started in 2007 when alternative credit platforms where still a very novel and new idea few people believed in. Robert remained active in this sector which in 2015 led him to establish Fintex Capital, one of the first investment firms in Europe dedicated to alternative credit.

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Cross-Border M&A

  • $12,900m merger between BHP and Billiton to form BHP Billiton Plc
  • $18,800m hostile M&A offer by Xstrata PLC for Falconbridge Ltd. (Canada)
  • $8,300m M&A defence for Gold Fields (SA) – successful defense against a hostile bid from Harmony Gold (SA)
  • $3,000m Xstrata acquisition of MIM Holdings (AUS)
  • $2,600m Xstrata acquisition of Glencore’s (CHF) coal companies, Enex & Duiker (AUS & SA)
  • $920m acquisition by Kazakhmys PLC (UK / Kaz) of a 25% stake in ENRC (Kaz / NL)
  • $300m strategic investment by Glencore (CHF) into Nikanor PLC (UK / DRC)
  • $250m exchange offer of shares in ITI S.A. (Lux) for shares in TVN S.A. (Poland)
  • $175m acquisition of iron ore assets by Aricom PLC (UK / RUS)
  • $160m acquisition of further iron ore assets by Aricom PLC (UK / RUS)


  • $1,400m IPO of Xstrata PLC (LSE)
  • $1,370m IPO of Kazakhmys PLC (LSE)
  • $890m IPO of Vedanta (LSE)
  • $670m IPO of Inmarsat PLC (LSE)
  • $440M IPO of Nikanor PLC (London AIM)
  • €150m IPO of TVN S.A.(Warsaw Stock Exchange)

Selected equity offerings

  • $5,600m underwritten rights issue for Xstrata PLC
  • $2,500 million follow-on for Xstrata – Received IFR-award: EU Deal of the Year ‘06$1,430m rights issue for NTL (UK / USA)
  • $1,400m rights issue (CULS) for Xstrata PLC
  • $225m placing of shares for Gold Fields Ltd.
  • $158m placing of shares for Aricom PLC

Convertible Offerings

  • $600m convertible bond offering for Xstrata PLC
  • $270m Convertible bond for Harmony Gold (SA)
  • $140m Convertible bond for Peter Hambro Mining PLC (UK / Russia)
  • $75m Convertible bond for Max Petroleum
  • $75m Convertible bond for Sterlite Industries (India)

Structured Equity

  • $7,000 million Standby Underwriting Facility (Equity Bridgne) for Xstrata PLC
  • $750m share pledge & margin loan for Mr Kim, Kazakhmys Chairman, to acquire 25% in ENRC
  • $825m Call Option Agreement for Kazakhmys PLC over Mr Kim’s 25% stake in ENRC
  • $550m Aricom (UK / Russia) placing of Units comprising Shares and Warrants, AIM

Debt Capital Markets

  • $12 billion Senior Acquisition Facility for Xstrata PLC
  • $1.4 billion revolving credit facility for Xstrata PLC

Physical commodities

  • Long-term copper & cobalt offtake agreement between Nikanor PLC (UK / DRC) and Glencore (CHF)