M&A


Protecting asset value. Maximising potential.

FalkenSteg is one of the leading boutique consulting firms for M&A transactions in the German small- and mid-cap sector. As such, we support business owners and investment companies with succession solutions, carve-outs and portfolio clean-ups. On the buy side, we assist European companies in the industrial and service sectors and North American and Chinese strategists when they acquire shareholdings in Germany.

We are always open to hearing our clients’ thoughts and ideas on any issue relating to upcoming corporate transactions. By adopting a comprehensive perspective on marketing, we can identify potential deal-breakers at an early stage and address these matters in a way that maximises value for our clients.

From initial transaction planning through to the crucial operational design, you will receive friendly and supportive guidance from one of our corporate-finance partners. Thanks to their decades of experience, our partners have excellent access to relevant decision makers in the industrial and financial sectors, giving your transaction the best possible conditions for success.

Top 10 M&A consultants for SMEs in Germany.

League Table Mergermarket FalkenSteg

League Table
M&A
Germany – Deal Count

Rank Financial Advisor 2020 2019 2018 2017
1. PwC 38 36 15 19
2. EY 37 57 35 34
3. GCA Corporation 26 23 28 20
4. Carlsquare 22 14 12 9
5. Deloitte 21 35 26 22
6. KPMG 21 26 31 25
7. Lincoln International 21 24 27 23
8. Livingstone Partners 20 12 13 15
9. FalkenSteg 17 19 21 17
10. Lazard 16 12 11 5

Source: Mergermarket
Financial advisor to either bidder or target/seller of announced transactions with German target companies ranked by deal count. When tied, rank follows cumulative deal value. Deal arena: private.

Overview of M&A services

Sell side.

FalkenSteg provides end-to-end support for your sale process. From thoroughly preparing for the process and communicating with prospective buyers to due diligence, negotiating contracts and concluding them, you will receive guidance from an experienced team of M&A specialists proficient in all stages of the sale of businesses. We think about the process in terms of the desired end results, enabling us to anticipate possible deal-breakers early on.

Overview of our sell-side M&A Services.

  • Market environment and company situation analysis
  • Formulating sale strategy
  • Identifying potential buyers (long list)
  • Working with clients to determine the shortlist
  • Establishing personal contact with selected investors (teasers, NDAs)
  • Creating a comprehensive marketing document (information memorandum/fact book)
  • Preparing for the management presentation, including management coaching
  • Due-diligence support
  • Reviewing and assessing offers
  • Selecting preferred buyers
  • Assisting with negotiation and conclusion of contracts of sale
 

Buy side.

FalkenSteg will advise you on all relevant issues relating to the corporate acquisition, particularly in cross-border transaction scenarios. From working out initial purchase-related strategy factors through to facilitating and steering the negotiation process and ultimately signing the contract, you can rely on our many years of transaction experience as you navigate all the sub-processes and acquisition opportunities.

Overview of our buy-side M&A Services.

  • Developing purchase strategy
  • Identifying suitable target companies
  • Formulating funding strategy, evaluating different financing models
  • Identifying and mediating between funding partners
  • Making contact with top decision makers from the target company and establishing willingness to sell
  • Facilitating meetings involving owners, management and employees
  • Planning and carrying out the due-diligence process
  • Determining effects of an acquisition on the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow
  • Providing support during contract negotiations until the purchase is completed
  • Assistance during the post-merger integration phase

Projects

Mikro Partner Service

eduPRO Group

Financial Advisor
Sell-Side
Business services
Oct 2019

Valantic

Dion Global Solutions

Financial Advisor
Buy-Side
Software & IT
Sep 2018

Armstrong Fluid Technology

HALM Motors + Systems - Circulator pumps

Financial Advisor
Buy-Side
Machinery
Jan 2018

Contact partners

Jonas Eckhardt

Partner
  • T: +49 89 614 24 26 12
  • M: +49 177 82 90 406
  • jonas.eckhardt@falkensteg.com

Jochen Wierz

Partner
  • T: +49 89 61 42 42 611
  • M: +49 177 38 46 271
  • jochen.wierz@falkensteg.com

Johannes von Neumann-Cosel

Partner
  • T: +49 69 87 40 316 12
  • M: +49 173 68 19 276
  • jnc@falkensteg.com

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