M&A consulting

M&A consulting

Mergers & Acquisitions

"We help companies to understand the connections behind the numbers and connect them with industry experts or other companies – including takeover targets – worldwide in order to optimize their transaction both financially as well as strategically."
Portrait of Jörg Eschmann
Senior Partner
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe

Successful transactions are a core component of entrepreneurial value creation. For this reason, Roland Berger has long had its own competence area for company sales, mergers, and takeovers including related investment banking issues such as financing and capital structure consulting. The consulting services that we offer our clients within this context are based on extensive experience from well over 250 complex, often transnational M&A projects over the last 10 years.

Our specialized Roland Berger partners and consultants help companies worldwide to understand the essence of value creation through transactions and thereby make better investment and portfolio decisions. This makes us a leading consultancy for all issues relating to the company sales and acquisitions side of the M&A spectrum, from the in-depth company valuation to the preparation of an offer (offering) and contract conclusion (signing) all the way to the closing of the transaction, including associated financing issues (financial advisory) and, if necessary, the repayment of non-performing loans (debt advisory). We support family businesses with their sale in succession situations, advise private equity investors or family offices on the sale of portfolio companies, and lend our support to industrial concerns when it comes to the splitting off of subsidiaries and business divisions (carve-outs). We support the sales and acquisitions of financially healthy companies (sunshine deals) as well as those in crisis and special situations (distressed M&A).

Publications

The goal of our consulting in the area of mergers & acquisitions is to sustainably ensure profitability and growth of our clients through strategic portfolio management. In doing so, we cover the entire range of M&A services: Our consultants support buyer companies and their management in the search for fitting takeover or merger candidates, evaluate the potential target company and check where synergies can be created with a potential merger. Our transaction experts then calculate a purchase price and handle all further process steps all the way to post-merger integration (PMI). At the time time we also advise and support sellers in the targeted search for buyers and investors, e.g. in the event of distressed sales in crisis situations or a lack of successors for family businesses.

A successful M&A deal requires not only a great deal of knowledge, but also a good amount of experience – because it involves seeing beyond the individual figures. Our M&A experts offer independent consulting according to the latest financial knowledge and enable our clients' management to keep control in their own hands. We advise buyers as well as sellers and provide support for carve-outs, the search for target companies, company valuation, capital structure optimization, the identification of refinancing levers, and also claims and liabilities management including the moderation of stakeholder groups in the financing process (stakeholder management).

As a leading consultancy, we also perform our services quickly and precisely in complex constellations, even in special situations with the highest urgency (fire sales). Our partners and consultants specialized in M&A have a background in investment banking and a broad network of leaning financial and strategic investors, lawyers, and insolvency administrators. With this background, our functional experts help their clients to understand the contexts behind the figures and connect them with global investors, industry experts, or other companies – including takeover targets – worldwide in order to optimize the value creation of a transaction.

As a globally active consultancy, we not only have an eye on the worldwide markets but also cover all industries in this. We thereby combine our experience with mergers and acquisitions with the international industry expertise of a Tier 1 business consultancy. With their know-how, our partners and consultants make sure that an M&A deal is the optimal step for your company in the current market environment and in the company's individual situation. Because a transaction is only sensible if our clients profit from it financially, operationally, and strategically.

With their functional expertise in the area of M&A and financing, our consultants work closely together with our industry specialists or the expert teams in the related areas of private equity [LINK], restructuring , performance improvement , and business transformation – all disciplines in which we are a leader in the German-speaking market.

Consulting Services

Valuation

Determination of a final valuation range by means of various valuation methods – such as the discounted cash flow process – as well as comparison with publicly trades companies and similar transactions; sensitivity analyses

Financial and debt advisory

Evaluation of the ability to service debts, taking liquidity and capital structure into account; optimization of the capital costs and identification of refinancing levers incl. evaluation of alternative sources; coordination of financing partners

Company sale

Preparation of the transaction through analysis of the company's situation; selection and addressing of potential bidders; development of a persuasive equity story; negotiations of indicative and binding offers; contract conclusion (signing) and closing of the transaction

Company acquisition

Definition of the due diligence requirements with regard to the processes, systems, and schedule; search for takeover targets; contacting of takeover targets; comprehensive valuation; support in the negotiation of the contracts of purchase in collaboration with lawyers; signing and closing; post-merger integration

Distressed M&A

Utilization of strategic, operational, and financial restructuring levers for the development of an independent turnaround business case; support from trustees, administrators, and restructuring lawyers; intensive exchange with all groups of creditors, fire sales to international investors in distressed companies and strategic buyers

Roland Berger M&A Leadership
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Senior Partner, CEO Germany and DACH Region, Member of the Supervisory Board
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe
+49 69 29924-6444
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Senior Partner
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe
+49 69 29924-6299
Experts
Bahrain
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Partner
Manama Office, Middle East
Belgium
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Senior Partner
Brussels Office, Western Europe
+32 2 6610-389
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Principal
Brussels Office, Western Europe
+32 47 644-6340
Brazil
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Partner
São Paulo Office, South America
+55 11 3046-7111
France
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Senior Partner
Paris Office, Western Europe
+33 1 5367-0908
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Senior Partner
Paris Office, Western Europe
+33 (1) 53670-322
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Senior Partner
Paris Office, Western Europe
+33 1 70 39-4109
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Partner
Paris Office, Western Europe
+33 1 7092-8937
Germany
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Senior Partner, Managing Director Doha
Berlin Office, Central Europe
+49 160 744-3598; +97 45 5430-877
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Senior Partner
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe
+49 69 29924-6299
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Senior Partner
Hamburg Office, Central Europe
+49 40 37631-4327
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Senior Partner, CEO Germany and DACH Region, Member of the Supervisory Board
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe
+49 69 29924-6444
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Senior Partner
Stuttgart Office, Central Europe
+49 16 0744-7321
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Senior Partner
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe
+49 69 29924-6401
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Senior Partner
Munich Office, Central Europe
+49 89 9230-8291
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Senior Partner
Munich Office, Central Europe
+49 89 9230-8539
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Senior Partner
Munich Office, Central Europe
+49 89 9230 - 8106
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Senior Partner
Munich Office, Central Europe
+49 89 9230-8006
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Senior Partner
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe
+49 69 29924-6318
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Senior Partner
Munich Office, Central Europe
+49 89 9230-8543
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Partner
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe
+49 69 29924-6301
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Partner
Munich Office, Central Europe
+49 160 744-4309
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Partner
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe
+49 69 29924-6504
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Partner
Munich Office, Central Europe
+49 89 9230-8800
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Partner
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe
+49 69 2 9924-6131
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Partner
Munich Office, Central Europe
+49 89 9230-8340
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Partner
Dusseldorf Office, Central Europe
+49 21 14389-2208
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Principal
Dusseldorf Office, Central Europe
+49 211 4389-2119
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Principal
Munich Office, Central Europe
+49 89 9230-8325
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Principal
Munich Office, Central Europe
+49 89 9230-8142
Greater China
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Senior Partner
Shanghai Office, Eastern Asia
+86 21 5298 6677-806
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Partner
Shanghai Office, Eastern Asia
+86 21529 8667-7108
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Principal
Shanghai Office, Eastern Asia
+86 215 298 667-7817
Italy
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Principal
Milan Office, Southern Europe
+39 022-9501
Japan
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Partner
Tokyo Office, Eastern Asia
+81 3 3587-6660
Netherlands
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Senior Partner
Amsterdam Office, Western Europe
+31 20 7960-600
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Partner
Amsterdam Office, Western Europe
+31 20 7960-600
Portugal
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Senior Partner
Lisbon Office, Southern Europe
+351 21 3567-601
Sweden
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Senior Partner, Managing Partner Nordics
Stockholm Office, Northern Europe
+46 8 410438-91
United Arab Emirates
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Senior Partner, Managing Partner Middle East, Member of Supervisory Board
Dubai Office, Middle East
+971 4 364-5300
United Kingdom
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Partner
London Office, Western Europe
+44 20 3075-113
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Partner, Managing Partner United Kingdom
London Office, Western Europe
+44 74 6744-1839
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Partner
London Office, Western Europe
+44 02 03075-1100
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Partner
London Office, Western Europe
+44 20 3075 1100
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Partner
London Office, Western Europe
+44 20 3075-1100
USA
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Senior Partner
Chicago Office, North America
+91 99 2063-0131
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Senior Partner
Chicago Office, North America
+1 312 662-5500
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Senior Partner
Detroit Office, North America
+1 312 662-5500