Lutz Selle as new partner at IfW

With Lutz Selle, IfW was able to gain a new, experienced partner. Mr Selle has gained extensive experience in company acquisitions and sales as the majority shareholder of an investment holding company for medium-sized companies and as a board member of an investment company. Through his work as managing director of a mechanical engineering company, he is familiar with the typical issues of operational management in medium-sized companies. At IfW, Mr. Selle will contribute his extensive transaction experience in M&A consulting. In addition, he advises on acquisition financing and the implementation of post-merger integrations.


Family-internal business succession

Company succession involves challenges and is best planned well in advance. Because it is not only about the company, but also about people's expectations, their wishes and fears. Intra-family succession in particular is often strongly characterised by emotions. But a successor who makes this life decision should make it well prepared and not be guided by emotions alone. In the DUB article we deal with the examination of the future viability of a company from the point of view of the successor.


We are planning to strengthen our team in Meinerzhagen

Junior Consultant M&A (m/f/d)

Activities include the preparation of financial statement analyses, company valuations and presentations, conducting market analyses, e.g. to identify and approach suitable buyers and sellers, as well as attending meetings and independently contacting clients.

Please find the detailed job offer here.



A guide for company sellers

The M&A-guide has emerged from our everyday practice that explains the process of a company sale step by step - from the preparation and selection of a suitable M&A-advisor to the search for the ideal buyer and the final closing of the transaction. We have designed the guide in a practical way with the aim of preparing entrepreneurs for a sales process and pitfalls.

The book can be purchased in the online shop of the nwb publishing house. Here you can also take a “look inside the book”.


IfW advises on the sale of magazines

IfW advised on the sale of title and publishing rights to several magazines. The publications are a B2B magazine for sporting goods retailer and several B2C publications for the outdoor sports industry.

The buyer is a media group that is continuing its growth strategy with focus on the sports sector with this acquisition. The employees responsible for the publications will continue to run the trade magazines under the new shareholder.

IfW advised the seller in the exclusive negotiations.




Selling companies in times of crisis

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published a report by Britt Niggemann and Prof. Diethard B. Simmert in its supplement "Finanzierung im Mittelstand" (Financing in SMEs) that focuses on the sale of companies in times of crisis.


IfW advises on the acquisition of a medical technology company

IfW advises a long-standing client on the acquisition of a company in the medical technology sector. The company manufactures long-term stents, which are a minimally invasive, reversible alternative solution - as opposed to the common practice of invasive or short-term solutions.

The company is based in Israel and sells its products worldwide.

The transaction was negotiated exclusively. IfW advised the buyer in all phases of the purchase process.




IfW advises on the sale of a company in the electrical engineering sector

IfW advises the shareholders of a company that has been active in the field of electrical engineering for over 25 years on the sale to a strategic partner.

The company's scope of services includes project planning, creation and implementation of automation concepts as well as the production and assembly of control cabinets and electrical systems. It employs about 40 people.

IfW advised the sellers exclusively and in all phases of the process as part of a structured sales process.



Corporate disposals in the pandemic

In Creditreform magazine, Britt Niggemann describes the special features of selling family businesses in the pandemic.

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Successful MBI transaction

IfW advises an executive on the acquisition of a manufacturer of welding equipment. Founded in 1911, the company develops and produces highly automated welding systems for a wide range of industries. With about 140 employees, the company achieves a turnover of around EUR 20 million.

IfW supported the buyer throughout the entire purchase process, starting with the search for suitable target companies, establishing contacts, due diligence and negotiations. In addition, IfW advised the MBI executive on securing acquisition financing.



Corona effects favour business succession

On 7 March 2021, Welt am Sonntag informed about the possibility of saving gift tax if a company experiences a decline in earnings due to Corona. Family businesses can use this situation to transfer business assets to the next generation in a tax-saving way.


IfW advises the shareholder of a service provider for the hospital and care sector on the sale by way of MBI

IfW advises the owner of a service provider for car racing on the sale to an MBI team.The company's scope of services includes conception, design, production and installation services for film technology in professional motorsport as well as individual vehicle finishing in racing.

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Corona Logistics by Cryotherm

The local newspaper Meinerzhagener Zeitung reports on the company, whose shareholder had been advised on a management buy-out by IfW.


IfW advises the shareholders of a leading provider of industry software for publishers and media houses

In December 2020, the sale of a leading provider of industry software for publishers and media houses to a strategic buyer was completed. IfW advised the sellers on this transaction.

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Cryotherm: Safe logistics for Covid-19 vaccines

Our long-standing client Cryotherm, based in Kirchen in the Siegerland region of Germany, manufactures the containers in which Covid-19 vaccines can be transported at temperatures as low as -80°C. In the super-insulated Cryotherm container "Biosafe", vaccines can be stored and transported at the lowest temperatures for weeks, filled with dry ice or nitrogen. The cold chain is never interrupted and is constantly controlled by remote diagnosis and monitoring. This short film shows how this works.

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Company succession through owner buy-out

The regulation of asset and company succession is one of the most important challenges for entrepreneurs.

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