Mergers & Acquisitions

M&A processes are complex processes with many challenges in the pre-deal and post-deal phases. We support companies, private equity funds and entrepreneurs with data-driven and market-oriented (research) advisory on the buyer and vendor side as they go through these processes. We can accompany them on individual steps or on the entire process through to completion. Our approach focuses in particular on aligning the M&A plans with market conditions that are in a state of dynamic change. All members of the M&A practice team have experience in transactional advisory and worked in corporate finance, private equity or venture funds prior to joining CLR. The team gets continuous support from our analysts during projects and transactions.

Sell-Side Transaction Support

Sell-Side Advisory with focus on small-cap transactions

In the course of our sell-side advisory services CLR supports the entrepreneurs and PE-firms in the analyses of the market environment, the opportunities and risks during a sales process and jointly develop the documents for the transaction (investment memorandum, business plans, vendor due diligence documents, financial models). We facilitate our broad network in the industry to approach potential buyers and introduce them to new cases and support the vendor due diligence process in every step. Our team builds the success of the projects on the network from the founders and partners, especially in the innovation, technology and digitalization industries in Europe to identify the best investors and exit partners.

Buy-Side Transaction Support

Pre-Deal Phase

Target Screenings/Sector analyses: Identification of suitable targets

Listings and industry screenings during the first phases of an M&A process are important success factors. CLR applies a structured approach in the identification of suitable targets based on performance indicators, strategic fit and availability. We are able to provide these screenings globally and support our clients with a staged screening approach in any given market or country. Results of our work are shortlisted strategic target companies, enriched of company data to allow an ideal direct approach through the buyer or process advisors.

Transaction Phase

Transaction phase buy-side: Commercial Due Diligence

CLR performs commercial due diligence support on one or multiple potential acquisition targets: Competitive analysis, growth potential, SWOT-analyses, validation of management‘s business plan, strategic development options and opportunities for the buyer to grow the company value. CLR also assesses the strategic fit of the acquisition to the value proposition of the buying party.

Company valuation/Financial Modelling

Development of reliable data basis for determination of true market value by applying state-of-the-art valuation methods. Creation of transparency on critical value drivers, risk factors (sensitivity analyses) and growth triggers in detailed financial models.



Simon Fischer ; Geschäftsführer der CLEVIS Research GmbH
Phone: +49 (0) 89 242 111-0
Contact: Simon Fischer

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