On 4 May 2023, the networking event "Quo vadis Mittelstand" took place on the premises of ISM Dortmund. In addition to ISM, the sponsors of the event were Sparkasse Dortmund, the business law firm Husemann & Partner and Institut für Wirtschaftsberatung Niggemann & Partner GmbH. As part of this event, our Managing Director Mark Niggemann gave a talk on "Future risks - selling companies?" to around 80 participants. It was discussed whether, in view of the partly disruptive developments, a sale of the family business is a suitable solution to master the future economic challenges and what possibilities exist for the entrepreneurial family after a sale (securing retirement provisions, diversification of assets, fair succession, etc.).