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Tomáš Karakolev

Senior ExpertPrague

Helps clients plan and execute M&A transactions, integrate targets, and build new, innovative companies and business models

Tomáš leads McKinsey’s Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice in Central and Eastern Europe. Before fully focusing on corporate finance in 2009, Tomáš was a generalist partner at McKinsey.

Since joining the firm in 1997, he has served clients–financial and strategic buyers, and entrepreneurs–throughout Africa, Europe, and the Middle East on corporate finance, strategy, and disruptive business models. Working across industries, Tomáš has led more than 50 M&A transactions and due diligence projects, post-merger integrations, and finance transformations for some of the world’s biggest organizations, including an insurance company active in more than 20 countries, and a leading sovereign wealth fund. He has also helped develop and plan several successful businesses, including digital businesses, from scratch to profit.

Prior to McKinsey, Tomáš worked as an associate in Citibank’s alternative investment strategies group in London. He is fluent in Bulgarian, Czech, and English and understands Polish and Russian.


Cambridge University
MPhil, finance

Charles University, Prague
BA, economics