M&A Advisory

Special Situations:

Buying and selling a company in situations of transformation

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Ways out of the crisis
Restructuring advisory & financial restructuring through company acquisition & sale.


The global economy is currently characterized by extreme uncertainties. Companies face corresponding challenges on a daily basis. Despite planning for economic cycles, unforeseeable difficulties can therefore arise, possibly resulting in existential challenges for a company. Our experts offer immediate and professional support in the areas of corporate finance and M&A with tailored advice and, above all, the successful implementation of solutions for medium-sized companies.


The strategic realignment of a company can have various causes. It may be necessary due to market changes, disappearing markets, changed customer behavior, new legal framework conditions or for other reasons. We are at your side.


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Individual solutions. Customized strategies.


  • Due to different entrepreneurial dynamics or strategic orientations, a carve-out is sought as a spin-off or the sale of parts of the company
  • Financing partners change their strategy in light of corresponding challenges for the further financing or refinancing of the company
  • An entrepreneurial or strategic special situation leads to acute liquidity needs
  • Family businesses are looking for new strategic options when succession is unresolved
  • As an operationally and economically well-positioned company, a growth strategy is pursued that includes the acquisition/restructuring of distressed companies while at the same time leveraging corresponding economic opportunities (acquisition of crisis companies)



Individual solutions.

Transactions in special situations with Saxenhammer.


As your advisors and executing force, we avert the crisis before it occurs or, following personal restructuring advice, successfully help you out of the special situation, with successful M&A measures, such as the purchase or sale of a company. Why us? Get to know us.

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Planning & implementation of financial restructuring


To identify the necessary financial measures, we analyze the current state of the company's balance sheet. If a restructuring program is to be initiated, we immediately and systematically take over the planning of the financial measures after determining the ability to service the debt, coordinate the implementation in a timely and quality manner, and ensure the result of the financial restructuring.

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„We offer you the personal and entrepreneurial advice you should expect in challenging times.“ – Christian Saxenhammer, Managing Partner

Special Situations M&A
The acquisition of companies in challenging situations


In particular, crisis situations such as the recent Corona crisis or geopolitical conflicts have shown that the ensuing entrepreneurial challenges or an impending insolvency need not be the end of all prospects for a company and especially the entrepreneur. The structured search for potential strategic investors or for a financial investor can also open up new entrepreneurial perspectives in the very short term. In both variants, the sale of a minority or a majority stake can be considered.


One thing is certain: even in tough crisis scenarios, special situations M&A, i.e. the implementation of structured investor processes in special situations, offers a suitable way of securing a company as a whole and thus the life's work of an entrepreneur.





From the buyer's point of view, special situations M&A opens up an excellent opportunity to tap into new markets and specialist know-how and to expand the market position of one's own company on favorable terms. Growth and increase in knowledge for the buying company, fresh capital for the economically ailing company, which can be used for turnaround and operational restructuring: change, optimization and development of the business model as well as internal processes of the company in a special situation. 

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The course of a special situations M&A process

When a decision is made to sell a company, we can achieve our clients' goals in the shortest possible time with a stringent, practical approach, and many years of experience in designing meaningful equity stories. To achieve this, we proceed as follows, after a personal consultation:

We conduct a detailed analysis of your operational status and current financing structures with a view to all options for a turnaround or restructuring and discuss these with you openly and transparently. We develop models of possible sales structures and use them to derive forecasts of possible purchase price proceeds. On this basis, we are also at your side to discuss possible measures with current financing partners.


In the event of a crisis, immediate action is required. In a short preparation time, we structure the transaction process and identify potential transaction obstacles, at an early stage, on the basis of specific warning signals. When preparing external sales documents and searching for investors, we draw up a list of potential buyers ("long list"), condense this to potential investors ("short list"), prepare a sales exposé ("teaser"), draw up non-disclosure agreements ("NDAs"), as well as other process documents.


Thanks to our many years of expertise, we are able to develop a convincing equity story for our clients - even in difficult entrepreneurial situations. This is the core of every investor process, and it is on the basis of the equity story that we discuss a financial commitment with potential investors.


Key steps in approaching prospective buyers then include addressing potential buyers with the teaser and sending and negotiating the NDAs, preparing a comprehensive corporate presentation ("info memo"), preparing and sending a "process letter," preparing management presentations, and creating the virtual data room. All these steps require high speed and equally high precision at the same time.


Careful due diligence, in preparation for the entry of investors, is essential to ensure successful negotiation results and to avoid liability risks. We effectively compile necessary documents and information in preparation of the data room, sparing operational resources in the company as much as possible.


Our management of an investor process ensures the structured development of competition among several interested parties, through targeted negotiation management, creates options in this way and thus guarantees in particular the best possible process outcome in the interests of the company and its shareholders.



At your side in crisis and opportunity

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M&A Advisory


The sale and purchase of companies form the core of our expertise in the Mergers & Acquisitions segment, especially in special situations. The variants are manifold: share deal, asset deal, buy-out, carve-out, leveraged buy-out, merger, joint venture, restructuring, spin-off, squeeze-out, each transaction structure requires special expertise and, in special situations, above all the ability to act at high speed. We build on the necessary expertise gained from more than 300 successfully completed transactions. 


Your partners at Saxenhammer are ready to revolutionise the value creation history of companies with innovative and cross-sector M&A solutions of tomorrow. We analyse potentials, discuss opportunities in restructuring consultations or management consultations and ultimately achieve the desired goals together with you - financially, economically and entrepreneurially.


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Corporate Finance


It is not only important to keep an eye on the liquidity of one's own company in times of crisis. Corporate finance covers the broad range of all corporate financing issues. In terms of content, this includes planning and guaranteeing financing (procurement of funds) and investments (use of funds), controlling and monitoring them. In concrete terms, it is important to maintain the liquidity of the company.


Our support in the area of corporate finance is multifaceted - from the discussion and development of an optimal financing strategy to its successful implementation.


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Our Expertise.

Consumer Goods and Trade

As the most important consumer market in Europe, Germany offers attractive opportunities for companies that have positioned themselves in the consumer goods and retail sector. Even if the individual market segments within the industry have their own specific characteristics and developments, ultimately each company’s success in this sector depends on the adaptation to consumer behaviour, which is precisely what has changed continuously and rapidly in recent years. Brick-and-mortar retailers must create attractive shopping experiences and integrate online retail concepts. Consumer goods manufacturers must focus on consumers' growing awareness of health, sustainability and social aspects. Companies that actively adapt and offer innovative solutions can benefit significantly from these changes and set themselves apart from the competition. M&A can be a useful means of driving innovation, generating or consolidating market share through buy-and-build concepts – and should be part of any active corporate strategy.

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Green Energy & Infrastructure

Infrastructure projects are usually very large, complex and capital-intensive projects and transactions involving the financing of new infrastructure projects (greenfield) or the purchase/sale or implementation of renewal/growth programmes for existing infrastructure facilities (brownfield). In addition, particularly in the case of new technologies, capital raising is used to realise the first expansion stage of a major project. 

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Healthcare and Life Sciences

Healthcare and life sciences are significant sectors in the German economy with high innovation and employment rates. They are divided into medical care, industrial healthcare and other sectors. Medical care includes hospitals, clinics, doctors' practices and care facilities. The industrial health care industry provides products and services to the health care industry. Other sectors include pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices. In total, the healthcare industry employs around 5.8 million people, which is equivalent to around 17% of the workforce in Germany.

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Industrial products and services

Industrials in Germany are an important economic factor and global leaders in various sectors such as mechanical engineering, the automotive industry, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Industrial companies contribute significantly to gross value added and innovation. German SMEs play an important role in the manufacture of sophisticated products and intermediate products. These companies are internationally successful and contribute to exports. The industrial sector is also an active area for M&A transactions, where we have a track record of around 60 completed deals.

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Real Estate

The property and infrastructure market is one of the most important economic sectors in Germany and encompasses development, project planning, brokerage, management, trading and letting. In addition to its economic importance, the property market plays a central role for the state and the economy, particularly the residential market as an investment market and commercial property for companies. The expansion of infrastructure is crucial for economic development and location development.

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Technology (TMT and Software)

The German technology sector is playing an increasingly important role in the digital era. With annual sales of over EUR 280 billion and around 1 million jobs, it is a major driver of innovation. The sector includes areas such as IT, telecommunications, software development and digital services. Technology companies drive progress, efficiency, business models and digitization in many industries. Subsectors such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and cybersecurity are crucial for Germany's competitiveness. Our technology team supports start-ups and established companies in transactions such as fundraisings, acquisitions or exits.

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