Solon has a story to be told.
Successful since 1996.
In the early 1990s, three students at the Kennedy School of Government in Boston have the idea of forming a joint consulting company. After their return to Europe, they start their careers at different strategy consultancies, but realize their dream of entrepreneurship in 1996: They name their new company after the Greek statesman and philosopher Solon.
Solon is ranked as the leading TMT consulting company for the 4th time in a row winning the title of Hidden Champions of the Consulting Market. A few weeks earlier Solon successfully defends its title at the TMT M&A Awards 2019 as “TMT Due Diligence Provider of the Year”. Anthony Milovantsev strengthens the Management Team in London and Justin Hotchkiss gets promoted Managing Director at the Warsaw office. Solon opens two new offices. Emil Arnell heads the new Milan office and Francois-Nicolas Kielwasser is Managing Director at Solon Paris.
Solon celebrates its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1996 as a boutique consultancy with a focus on TMT, today Solon is an internationally leading strategy consulting firm for the telecommunications, media / entertainment / online, cloud and technology industries.
Solon repeats its success in the Hidden Champion survey and is once again named winner in the category for telecommunications and media.
Solon moves its CEE and CIS office from Budapest to Warsaw under the leadership of Filip Liharik. Jens Waltermann becomes Executive Director at The United World Colleges. Solon widens its global reach: with key European markets and transatlantic joint projects with Altman Vilandrie & Company, Africa becomes a new and promising focus for work.
Patrick Bellenbaum and Christian Teichmann become additional Solon partners, after having joined Solon in 2003 and 2005 respectively and developing within the firm. Martin Weiss moves to a new role at one of Solon´s large clients.
Due to its steady growth, the Solon London office moves to a larger space still in downtown London close to Piccadilly Circus. Solon places first in the survey Hidden Champions of the Consulting Market in the telecommunications and media industries, ahead of McKinsey and BCG.
Solon works in almost all European countries and generates revenues in equal parts from the media and telecommunications sectors. The client base includes leading industry clients as well as private equity players investing in the TMT industries.
Hubertus von Wulffen leaves day-to-day management of the firm and takes on the new role of senior advisor to Solon.
Solon opens the 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.
Solon opens the Budapest office under the leadership of Hubertus von Wulffen. The office works on projects all across Central and Eastern Europe.
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 works on a broad range of projects covering all aspects of the TMT industries. The company grows to 25 employees.
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 grows to ten employees and starts to support private equity investors and capital markets projects.
Solon realizes the 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.
Tilman Rhein, Martin Weiss and Hubertus von Wulffen found Solon Management Consulting and open the first office in Munich.