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The entire process, from the preparation of the sale, the search for the purchase candidates to the sales negotiations, was accompanied by KERN.

As part of the corporate strategy, a company acquisition was the favoured option for future growth.

KERN accompanied the process from the preparation of the sale, the search for the purchase candidates to the sales negotiations.

The entire sales process was accompanied by KERN and successfully completed.

The challenge was to find a successor who recognised the potential of the brand. The entire sales process was accompanied and implemented by KERN.

The auction house was successfully sold by KERN as part of a corporate succession.

The entire transaction was successfully accompanied and implemented by KERN. Hurdles were cleared out of the way and the business remains in operation with all employees.

The entire process of securing a successor, from the search for an investor to the handover, was successfully supported and implemented by KERN.

A special approach was necessary for this company sale, as it is a small but fine company.

The challenge of this company sale was to find a buyer with a passion for brewing and technical expertise in mechanical engineering.

The two founding partners have turned a start-up into a profitable and established company within a few years.

Within the framework of target scouting and the targeted approach of companies, a participation opportunity for the waste management company was sought.

The project included the preparation, investor search and approach as well as the organisation and moderation of the entire process.

The project included the preparation, analysis and coaching of both parties, as well as the organisation and moderation of the entire process.

The project comprised the complete M&A process, starting with the preparation of financials, transaction documentation, buyer identification and speeches, as well as negotiation facilitation, due diligence support and SPA coordination.

The project comprised the complete M&A process, starting with the preparation of financials, transaction documentation, buyer identification and speeches, as well as negotiation facilitation, due diligence support and SPA coordination.

The project included the preparation of the sale, the search for buyers and the approach as well as the organisation and moderation of the entire sales process. The sale was realised within 6 months.

The project included the preparation of the sale, company valuation, buyer search and approach, as well as the organisation and moderation of the entire sales process up to the final drafting of the contract.

The project included the valuation of the company, finding potential buyers, accompanying and moderating the negotiations and implementing the agreements in a legally compliant manner.

The medical technology company was successfully sold after only 5 months. The project included the complete organisation and moderation of the entire sales process.

The two founding partners have turned a start-up into a profitable and established company within a few years.

The mechanical engineering company was successfully sold within 15 months. The project included the complete sales process.

The M&A project, which received an award from Wirtschaftswoche, was successfully completed in less than 11 months.

The project included the preparation of the sale, company valuation, buyer search and approach as well as the organisation and moderation of the entire sales process up to the final drafting of the contract.

Customer testimonials

For us as a family business, the support provided by Mr Koerber was a great benefit

For us as a family business, combined with the many challenges of the future generation change, the support of Mr Koerber was a great benefit. Especially through mediation, we can now understand each other better and deal with conflicts differently. We recommend working with the experts from K.E.R.N. when problems arise in the succession process!

J.M., entrepreneur from Osnabrück , Manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade

Even the particularly difficult tasks ... were solved optimally

I am happy to have chosen KERN as my advisor in my succession process. In the run-up, I also examined other offers and for me, the seriousness and security of KERN was the decisive criterion. At all times I felt that my KERN ? consultant at all times. Even the particularly difficult tasks, such as financing questions and the drafting of contracts, were solved in the best possible way. From me again and again!

M.M., entrepreneur in the Hanau area near Frankfurt , Market leader for special services and online trading house

Pleasant feeling of not having made a mistake!

Thank you Mr Lang for the reliable and pleasant cooperation.
I have the pleasant feeling that I have not deceived myself and can and
I will recommend you at any time. L. K.?

L.K.

Mr Rehfuß from KERN provided us with competent and professional support at all times.

Mr. Rehfuß from the KERN location in Stuttgart provided us with competent and professional support at all times during the company takeover. Even difficult phases were handled successfully and promptly. The advice & support was important and helped us in all aspects of this very complex topic.

Gilbert Di Zillo , IGZ GmbH

Organisation of a successful succession for a craft business

We were very satisfied with Mr Claus from the KERN company. In particular, his commitment helped us a lot in organising a successful succession for a craft business. We are happy to recommend Mr Claus to others.

Herbert Seus , Entrepreneur from Wilhelmshaven

Professional and reliable until successful completion

Especially in the difficult phases, my advisor closed the gaps and paved the way for a further negotiation.
Everything was professional and reliable, meetings outside normal business hours were possible at any time.
Professionally, I feel comprehensive and in good hands, the successful conclusion is an expression of KERN competence!

J.M.

I have enjoyed working with KERN very much

I have very much enjoyed working with KERN and, as a representative of the buyer side, am always pleased when sellers ? especially family businesses ? receive holistic advice and are specifically prepared for a sale.

F.H., responsible M&A manager in NRW , International services group

Exciting method for sustainable leadership change

MeinSTABWECHSEL is an exciting method for a sustainable change of leadership in family businesses. With amazing ease, you find your own values and needs.
At the end of the journey, the goal, path and time frame appeared to me as a 3D vision for my personal baton change. So I worked out my ?to do list? myself in the best atmosphere and with the support of KERN.

Klaus-Peter Gust , Entrepreneur

I hope that family businesses will take advantage of your recommendations

Rarely has the feedback from the audience been so unanimously positive! You conveyed the topic authentically and with heart in every respect. I hope that family businesses will take advantage of your recommendations.

Ingrid Marten , Wesermarsch Economic Development

KERN contribution to our nationwide action day on business succession

Thank you for your innovative contribution to our nationwide DIHK Action Day on Business Succession. Focusing on the "soft" issues is in line with our experience of what makes a succession successful. The four phases provide structure and orientation in a very complex process. We'll be happy to do it again on another occasion.

Markus Neuner , IHK for Munich and Upper Bavaria

KERN's help, advice & support is worth its weight in gold

As an entrepreneur with over 40 years of professional experience, you certainly know a lot about a lot of things, but in no way about "succession". :-). I can only highly recommend Nils Koerber and Ingo Claus. Emotionally, humanly and professionally, succession is one of the most difficult tasks that an entrepreneur has to solve. The help, advice & support is worth its weight in gold and has really helped us in all aspects of this very complex topic. And it all worked out.

Klaus Bronder - vom Hove , Entrepreneur from Ennigerloh - Owner of a premium furniture store

Without Karl Rehfuß I would probably have despaired of the story long ago

Without Karl Rehfuß and his often selfless and always optimistic commitment, I would probably have despaired of history long ago. All of us here are really glad to have had exactly this CORE expert at our side in these past difficult times.

Jürgen Bantel

Maintained a constant dialogue between myself as the seller and the potential acquirers

What I particularly liked about Kern and Mr Ingo Claus was the very professional and trusting way in which they dealt with me as a company seller and the interested parties. Mr Claus always acted in a solution-oriented manner and was in constant dialogue between me as the seller and the potential buyers. Even though in the end the sale was not concluded, which was due to external circumstances, I was very satisfied with the work done by Kern and Mr Claus and would recommend Kern and him at any time and without reservation.

M.B. ? Project developer from Buxtehude , Owner of a property development company

Speed impressive, form always appropriate to the situation, behaviour honest ...

I would like to thank you very much for your support during the sale of the company. The speed was impressive, the form always appropriate to the situation, the behaviour honest and unpretentious ? it couldn't have been better! Thanks to your support, we were able to conclude this project satisfactorily for all of us.

C.K., entrepreneur from the Weser-Ems region , Production company and trading company

... Very satisfied and would recommend Kern at any time and without reservation.

What I particularly liked about Kern and Mr Ingo Claus was the very professional and trusting way in which they dealt with me as a company seller and the interested parties. Mr Claus always acted in a solution-oriented manner and was in constant dialogue between me as the seller and the potential buyers. Even though in the end the sale was not concluded, which was due to external circumstances, I was very satisfied with the work done by Kern, Mr Claus, and would recommend Kern and him at any time and without reservation.

M.B., entrepreneur from Lower Saxony , Owner of a property development company

Using many examples, he described the complex process of finding a successor in a very practical way

I got to know Ingo Claus from KERN as a speaker at a highly recommended workshop on the topic of selling a company. Using many examples, he described the complex process of finding a successor in a very practical way.

T.M. ? Company salesman from Osnabrück

... how important your topics are and that you were very convincing as a speaker.

Thank you very much for your presentation at our conference. The unanimously positive feedback from the 150 members of the audience confirmed how important your topics are and that you were very convincing as a speaker from KERN.

Lothar Sand , German Publishers and Booksellers Association

Company sale professionally accompanied and implemented from start to finish

KERN professionally accompanied and implemented my company sale from start to finish. Finding a buyer was surprisingly quick and the subsequent succession process was competently accompanied and moderated at all times.

H-J. N., entrepreneur from Neuss , Germany's largest dealer of a premium brand of copiers and DMSs

It helps enormously to have a neutral personality as a contact person for all members of the family.

Our internal family succession and the coaching of my sons was handled very sensitively and with commitment by Mr Koerber. Many insights and activities would have been left out in our family without the KERN support of our generational change. It helps enormously to get an outside perspective and to have a neutral personality available as a contact person for all members of the family.

K.S., entrepreneur from Essen , Personnel service provider

Ingo Claus from KERN represented me and my interests optimally

When unexpected complications arose during negotiations for the takeover of a practice, I turned to KERN and Mr. Ingo Claus. From the very beginning, I felt professionally accompanied by Mr Claus and that I and my interests were optimally represented. Thanks to Mr. Claus' negotiating skills, his objective, clear, goal-oriented communication, his efforts to find a good solution for both parties to the contract and his outstanding ability to calmly mediate and maintain an overview, a solution satisfactory to both sides (!) was quickly found for the takeover of the practice. Many thanks!

A.P. ? Specialist from Bramsche , Owner of a specialist medical practice

The complex topic was very well illustrated by KERN. and presented in an understandable way.

We engaged KERN as part of a seminar to show our association members the various options for succession planning. KERN illustrated the complex topic very well and presented it in an understandable way. The feedback from the seminar participants was consistently positive. We as organisers also had only positive experiences.

VdAW e.V.

The mixture from KERN was so far unique in its kind and therefore particularly valuable

Thank you very much for your lively contribution to the BVMW event Company Succession in Practice. Mr Greppmair, you succeeded in a special way in entering the world of the audience - the entrepreneurs affected by the succession - and picking them up where they are particularly emotional. The mixture of lecture and role play was so far unique in its kind and therefore particularly valuable.

Achim von Michel , Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft e.V. (Federal Association of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses)

Without the view from outside, we would probably never have reached our goal so quickly and safely

In the context of my company succession, the merger with a competitor company was the ideal solution. The KERN team, and especially Mr. Koerber, accompanied us sensitively as a moderator and process facilitator and combined the interests of both negotiating partners well. Without the view from outside and the negotiating experience, we would probably never have reached our goal so quickly and safely!

J.K. Entrepreneur from Berlin , Trade and services

Very much appreciated his ability to get to grips with the ins and outs of family businesses

I got to know Mr Claus in 2010 as part of an expansion project for an owner-managed company. During this time, I came to appreciate his goal-oriented approach and his ability to get to grips with the specifics of family businesses. I am happy to recommend him.

Petra Rausch ? Entrepreneur from Lohmar , Advises family businesses on internationalisation projects

Finally time for a new life plan

Mr Greppmair from KERN assisted me with the sale of my caretaker service in Munich in an always pleasant and very competent manner. In just nine months, he managed to sell my company at a satisfactory price despite falling sales and the Corona crisis. In doing so, he made a decisive contribution to a new life plan that I had longed for for a long time. Many thanks for that!

Stefan Krebs , GEON-Gebäudemanagement

If KERN accompanies, the chances increase significantly that Commerzbank will be available

If KERN accompanies an investor and develops a business plan with the MBI/MBO, the chances increase significantly that Commerzbank will be available with financing.

Commerzbank Bavaria , Corporate Relationship Manager

KERN has clearly opened a path for my son

KERN's coaching has clearly opened up a path for my son, with which we can now dedicate ourselves together to the project of generational change, in the sense of continuing the family business. We as parents simply cannot convey some things in the same way and help to realise how a professional coach can.

K.V., entrepreneur from Frankfurt , Traders and service providers in the IT segment

Cooperation in recent months has been characterised by professionalism and trust

The cooperation over the past months has been characterised by professionalism and trust; I, too, have always felt well represented by you, even though I have been not was your client. All the greater the compliment! MANY THANKS!

U.S., entrepreneur and buyer of a company in Bavaria , IT services

After a lengthy selection process we decided on KERN

By its very nature, there are not multiple opportunities when selling a business. That is why choosing the right management consultant is so important. After a lengthy selection process, we decided on KERN and Holger Habermann. With great personal commitment, Mr. Habermann has successfully mastered all tasks, both in terms of content and management. I would particularly like to emphasise the wide-ranging expertise, the methodical approach, the objective, calm manner and the straightforwardness in the discussion.

H.K., entrepreneur from Bavaria , Owner of an information technology company

And a short time later I was able to hand over the practice to a competent successor

My great wish to sell my physiotherapy practice remained unsuccessful despite all my efforts and also several job interviews. With his great, empathetic manner, Mr Greppmair quickly helped me to recognise the real reason. I realised that the cause was me and that I was unconsciously not yet ready to let go. This changed quickly with his help and a short time later I was able to hand over the practice to a competent successor. Many thanks for that!

Ursula Herzog , Physiotherapist

... we succeeded in finding exactly the right company for our particular niche

We had our growth strategy accompanied by the specialists from KERN. With a precise target analysis and detailed market research, we succeeded in finding exactly the right company for our particular niche. The effort involved in such a step should not be underestimated. With KERN, we have found professional support. At the same time, the succession problem of the company to be taken over could be solved substantially and in the long term.

W.S., Managing Director from the Frankfurt/Main area , Waste management service provider, market leader in a niche segment

... are surprised what great energies have been released in all of us

Change also means dealing with the culture, the goals, the responsibilities and the "rules of the game" in a company. With KERN, we have embarked on the exciting path of creating our own individual corporate philosophy and have been surprised at the great energies that have been released in all of us. For the benefit of our customers, employees and the entire company. Thanks to KERN for the targeted and professional moderation and development.

G-O.B, entrepreneur from Koblenz , Dealers and service providers in the hardware and software sector

From the very first moment, KERN understood how to create a very trusting basis for the project.

From the very first moment, Mr. Ingo Claus understood how to create a very trusting basis for the start of the project - to form a basis for discussion among the shareholders within the framework of a workshop, so that a very efficient further development of the ideas could take place within the company. We would like to thank you for this very pleasant and trusting cooperation and will gladly recommend your group of companies to others.

I.K. - Entrepreneur from Flensburg , Co-partner of a sewer cleaning company

... We have achieved our goal and can definitely recommend working with KERN.

The KERN team was recommended to me as part of our company sale and, in retrospect, we are very glad to have received this tip. The negotiation process for the sale was complex, lengthy and sometimes threatened by emotional misunderstandings in the outcome. However, thanks to the great experience and skill of our KERN consultant, we achieved our goal and can definitely recommend working with KERN.

J.F. , Entrepreneur in the Osnabrück area , Trade and technical services

We have Ingo Claus from KERN to thank for the unexpectedly successful sale of our company

Mr. Ingo Claus had accompanied us in the difficult task of finding a suitable successor for our expert office. We owe the unexpectedly successful sale of our company to him. Mr Claus has a fine sense for tricky negotiating situations, skilfully and calmly he finds the right ideas for solutions that are acceptable to both contracting parties. Mr Claus accompanied the project with a wealth of experience, knowledge of human nature and negotiating skills. We are happy to recommend him.

Katharina Leisner ? Specialist planner from Harsewinkel , Owner of an engineering and planning office

And indeed, I had not been promised too much, ...

In my search for a competent advisor who would professionally support me in the sale of my company, Norbert Lang was recommended to me. And indeed, I was not promised too much, from the valuation through all stages of the process of preparing the sale to the signing of the contracts, Mr Lang was always a very knowledgeable companion and advisor. I can recommend him with a clear conscience!

Klaus Markstahler

An extremely reputable and competent partner in the accompaniment of succession processes.

We have had very good experience with Norbert Lang in particular. He is an extremely serious and competent contact person when accompanying succession processes. As a lecturer at lecture events, he impresses with his very lively and authentic style.

J. K.

Parents and children from family businesses have a very concrete benefit from this

Our clients are medium-sized companies and the challenges of generational change, company sales or emergency provisions are 'perennial issues' for us. We have been working with Mr Koerber and KERN for years and value his practical knowledge and the oriented training and coaching. Parents and children from family businesses benefit from this in a very tangible way.

W.S., further education institute from Rheda-Wiedenbrück , Head of a nationwide academy for trading companies

Especially the seriousness and professionalism gave me a secure feeling at all times

My pre-selection decision to 100% proved to be the right one. KERN did a really good job from the preparation of my company in an exposé, to the search for buyers, to the facilitation of negotiations and the complete implementation of my succession. In particular, the seriousness and professionalism gave me a secure feeling at all times. Our goal was successfully achieved in a good 8 months. I am happy to recommend KERN to others.

G.O.K., entrepreneur from Hamburg , Service provider with own branch locations