As the largest economy in Central Europe, Germany is the continent's most important logistics centre with a globally leading infrastructure and state-of-the-art logistics services. The location offers companies the opportunities for convenient pan-European distribution and easy access to the EU's 500 m consumers. The World Bank recently ranked Germany as number one in the global Logistics Performance Index three consecutive times.




Executive Summary


Michael von der Heydt

Current Developments

Innovative technologies as growth drivers

The world's leading logistics network in Germany is currently being further promoted. The main focus is on the transport of goods and people by rail. Most recently, the largest investment package to date of over EUR 86 bn for the maintenance and modernisation of the rail network was approved.

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Artificial intelligence & autonomous logistics

Artificial intelligence holds crucial potential for the logistics industry, such as efficiency gains through reduced downtime and increased planning accuracy.


Our Sector Transactions


Highlight Transaction

Graaff Transportsysteme GmbH Duingen x Alcan BV

Number of M&A transactions - DACH region, 2021 (as of August)


Significant Transactions

DHL Global Forwarding GmbH X J.F. Hillebrand Group AG (2021)

Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG X Apex International (2021)

Future Trends

The use of innovative technologies to optimise supply chains is becoming increasingly important. Through the Internet of Things (IoT), every object can be linked to another via the network and enable data exchange. The digital networking of the supply chain is increasingly turning freight forwarders into strategic partners via deep integration into customers' supply chains. This opens up new business fields and cost advantages.

Our View

Germany occupies a leading position in infrastructure quality and logistics technology. The logistics sector is a clear growth market - the digital networking of supply chains is at the centre of this. New service offerings and business models can be developed in particular from the coupling of existing, successful technologies and innovative processes.

People & Voices

Saxenhammer has in-depth technical and industry knowledge and can draw on a broad network of industry experts with many years of transaction experience.

"The state-of-the-art German infrastructure and the central location create an excellent starting point for modern logistics services throughout Europe. The importance of Germany as a logistics centre is also being heard in the international environment - increased investor interest is noticeable.”

Michael von der Heydt

Senior Adviser

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