Solon has a history to tell.
Established in 1996.
In the early 1990s, three students met at the Kennedy School of Government and decided they wanted to go into business together. After their return to Europe, they initially worked at different strategy consultancies. In 1996, they realized their dream of entrepreneurship, and named their new company after the Greek statesman and philosopher Solon:
Tilman Rhein, Martin Weiss and Hubertus von Wulffen found Solon Management Consulting and open the first office in Munich.
Solon realizes its first strategy projects in the nascent internet and digital media industries. It is the beginning of a series of international projects in the booming mobile communications industry
Solon grows to ten employees and starts to support private equity investors and capital markets projects.
1999 – 2001
During the first internet boom, Solon is heavily involved in new media consulting. The company starts an incubator for new business ideas in Berlin which is closed after the new economy bubble has burst. Tilman Rhein leaves the Solon partnership.
Solon works on a broad range of projects covering all aspects of the TMT (telecoms, media, technology) industries. The company grows to 25 employees.
Jens Waltermann (who joined Solon in the year 2000) becomes equity partner. Solon moves to a more spacious office in the heart of downtown Munich.
Solon opens its Budapest office under the leadership of Hubertus von Wulffen. Since that time, the office worked on projects in 17 CEE countries.
Solon enters into a strategic partnership with Altman Vilandrie & Company in Boston to offer transatlantic advisory services. Both firms start a regular exchange of staff and joint project work for both corporate and private equity clients.
Solon opens its London office under the leadership of Martin Weiss and Christian Teichmann. In London, Solon works closely with clients from the private equity and financial industry. The company grows to over 50 professionals
Hubertus von Wulffen leaves day-to-day management of the firm and takes on the new role of senior advisor to Solon.
Solon works in almost all European countries and generates revenues in equal parts from the media and telecommunications sectors. The company has grown to over 60 professionals. The client base includes leading industry clients as well as private equity players investing in media and telecoms.
In order to accommodate its growth the Solon London office moves to a larger space still in downtown London close to Piccadilly Circus.
Patrick Bellenbaum and Christian Teichmann who joined Solon in 2003 and 2005, respectively, become additional Solon equity partners.