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M&A yearbook 2020


Rödl & Partner was able to support 205 completed deals in the 2020 business year. After many years of unhindered growth, this represents a decline of approximately one third compared to the previous year, based on the number of transactions conducted. In particular, the coronavirus pandemic left its mark on the figures of our target group comprising family enterprises and medium-sized financial investors. Nevertheless, the 2020 business year was extremely successful. Even if the number of transactions, especially abroad, decreased, there was a significant increase in the size of some of the transactions. We can therefore
look back on a 2020 business year which was almost as successful as 2019.

We thank our clients, who placed their trust in us to conduct the most diverse range of tasks. Our strengths in the field of international and interdisciplinary advisory services again acted as the significant transaction driver. These are reflected in the following points:

  • The target companies in the transactions we accompanied come from a total of
    29 different countries
  • Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa – we were active on almost all continents
  • In 40% (new record!) of the deals, neither of the parties was from Germany
  • Nearly 60% of the transactions required the services of two or more of our divisions

The first months of 2021 business year allow us to look ahead with great confidence. Postponed deals of the year before are being picked up again, and new transactions are being initiated in order to take advantage of the current possibilities and to implement knowledge gained in the past „corona months“. With our international and interdisciplinary set-up, we are one of the leading M&A consultants and a reliable strong partner for German SMEs in this rapidly changing environment.


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