We are specialist advisers on ownership succession planning, the acquisition and disposal of businesses, and corporate co-operations. 





Who we are

We are specialist advisers on ownership succession planning, the acquisition and disposal of businesses, and corporate co-operations.

Our clients are business people and companies across all sectors of the economy, both domestic and foreign. MARKUS PARTNERS was established on 1 January 2005 by Rolf Köchling and Bernhard Rittel as a partnership. In October 2015, Daniel Kral became Partner of the company. In September 2016, Rolf Köchling retired by reasons of age. As a co-founder he remains in amicable contact with the company.

The active partners are the only shareholders. Together we look back to several decades of accumulated experience in M&A and private equity. During the course of our professional lives, we have initiated, managed and brought to a conclusion many transactions, both domestic and cross-border.

A qualified team supports the partners.

We have a partnership network covering all the significant industrialised countries.

We are member of Vereinigung Deutscher M&A-Berater (VMA) - the German association of M&A advisory firms.

Excellence in M&A

What guides us

Personal service

Each project is personally managed by a shareholding partner. Each client has a partner as a constant point of contact.

We enjoy our work and give it our complete personal commitment.

Our exclusive duty to the client

We form a team with our client; and as a team we discuss and settle all necessary and important steps.

Only the interests of the client determine the selection of potential acquirers and vendors as well as co-operative partners.


We keep the names of our clients, their projects and their plans confidential.


The only shareholders of MARKUS PARTNERS are the active partners. We are independent of any bank or other third party.

This freedom from conflicts of interests enables us to give our clients totally objective advice. Moreover, we only accept tasks that we are competent to handle.

Excellence in M&A

Founding Partner

Rolf Köchling
Excellence in M&A

Bernhard Rittel

* 1965

After graduating in Economics Bernhard Rittel began his professional career at the Bankhaus Lampe in Düsseldorf in 1990. Starting in 1991, he made a major contribution towards building up the bank’s corporate finance business which consisted of consultancy mandates, share issues and specialised corporate funding. As managing director of Lampe’s private equity company, from its beginning in 1995, he was responsible for building up its investment portfolio. He became managing director when Lampe Corporate Finance was established in 1998, and was responsible for the acquisition of Krüger & Uhen. In 2002, he joined Rolf Köchling as a Managing Partner of Krüger & Uhen.

On 1 January 2005, Rolf Köchling and Bernhard Rittel founded MARKUS PARTNERS. Since then, they managed the company jointly.

Bernhard Rittel has long experience in M&A consultancy and private equity investments. He has also managed stock exchange and structured finance transactions.

The Partners

Daniel Kral

* 1977

After studying Business Administration at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Turku Business School, Finland, Daniel Kral started his professional career in 2003 in the M&A and corporate finance department of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.

Following another M&A-occupation at Rothschild Frankfurt, where he accompanied especially transactions for financial investors, he has been working as an independent Investment Manager for several years and was Director at Silvia Quandt & Cie. AG.

Daniel Kral supports the team of MARKUS Partners since spring 2013 as a Senior Consultant and became Partner on 1st October 2015.

He has extensive experience in M&A and Capital Market Advisory (ECM & DCM) and successfully accompanied numerous of national and international transactions.

The Partners

The Winged Lion

The symbol of Mark is the winged lion, whose characteristics are
courage, steadfastness, vigour and independence.
These attributes give us guidance for our advisory business.

This is why we have chosen the name MARKUS PARTNERS and the winged lion as our logo.

Excellence in M&A

The Mandate Agreement

The mandate is tailored exactly to the needs of the client. Our compensation is based on time spent as well as the conclusion of a transaction.

Excellence in M&A

Ownership & Succession

Securing succession for the proprietor of a business is a task that requires experience and professional strategic preparation. The interests of the owner and his family have to be brought into harmony with the development potential of the company, the interests of the employees and the community of relevant business relationships.

Due to its complexity and consequences, planning ownership succession requires careful project management. It therefore makes sense to engage an independent specialist for this task.

We support the owner in carrying out what is arguably a very important personal and business task.

We greatly respect the life-time achievement of successful proprietors and the responsibilities they carry, often for decades. As self-employed partners, we are consciously and explicitly identifying ourselves with entrepreneurial values and thus we can say that our advice comes from one entrepreneur to another.

Experience, independence and entrepreneurial motivation are the key qualifications we bring to our advisory activity to achieve optimal solutions.

Contact us now


Disposal of a Business

Transferring a business into someone else's hands is a particularly challenging task which requires experience and comprehensive project management. It should always be carried out according to plan and professionally.

Entrepreneurs can secure management succession by selling their business. Large corporations’ strategic goals may be to concentrate on their core business, or to secure additional financial resources for other investments, or to exit from markets where they cannot reach the position they aspire to. Financial investors effect disposals to fulfil their scheduled exit strategy.

Owners can only sell their business once. So it makes sense to entrust this task to the best qualified adviser.

A good adviser pays for his fees many times over.

Our Advisory Services


Disposal of a Business - Our Advisory Services

  • Development of disposal strategy
  • Market surveys and research
  • Business valuation
  • Identification of preferred aquirers - worldwide
    • Strategic acquirers
    • Financial investors
    • Management (MBI/MBO)
  • Information memorandum and documentation
  • Approach to potential acquirers without revealing the client’s identity
  • Management and control of the entire disposal process up to completion
    • Structuring of the transaction/design of participation models
    • Price and contract negotiations
    • Close co-operation with legal and tax advisers and accountancy firms/auditors
    • Organization of due diligence/(electronic) data room

Our experience covers the different procedures used for the disposal of businesses both nationally and internationally including controlled auctions and we are able to apply them accordingly.

Contact us now


Acquiring a Business

Businesses face many widely differing strategic tasks:

Entering the German or European market, extending the product range, opening up new distribution channels and taking on new technologies, reducing production costs and much more.

It often makes sense to strengthen a business and make its future more secure by way of external growth, in other words, by making acquisitions, either at home or abroad in order to achieve time advantages and thus secure the future prosperous development.

Our advisory services


Acquiring a Business - Our Advisory Services

  • Definition of acquisition criteria
  • Development of acquisition strategy
  • Market surveys and research
  • Identification of preferred targets
  • Initial contact with potential vendors
  • Preliminary discussions on a 'no-names' basis
  • Business valuation
  • Management and control of the entire acquisition process up to completion
    • Structuring of the transaction/design of participation models
    • Price and contract negotiations
    • Close co-operation with legal and tax advisers as well as accountancy firms/auditors
    • Supporting the due diligence

We dispose of long-lasting experience to associate with entrepreneurial businesses and corporations, both in Germany and international.

Contact us now


Co-Operative Partnerships

Due to the advancing globalization German Mittelstand companies, and large corporations may take the opportunity to enter into strategic alliances with other companies in order to meet the growing requirements in the markets.

We advise our clients on all aspects of strategic co-operations, be it a question of geography, product, marketing/sales, or research and development features.

Our advisory services:

  • Definition of the criteria for a strategic partnership
  • Elaboration of the co-operation strategy
  • Market survey and research
  • Identification of potential co-operation partners
  • Approaching potential co-operation partners
  • Preliminary negotiations without disclosure of the client's name
  • Guidance through the complete negotiation process up to completion


Selected Transactions

Previous Next


Sector Experience

We have closed transactions in the following industry sectors:

  • Adhesives
  • Advertising
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Automotive parts (equipment/accessories)
  • Bakery chains
  • Banks
  • Beverage industry
  • Business consultancies
  • Candle producers
  • Chemicals industry
  • Circuit boards
  • Clamping technology
  • Clothing industry
  • Communication
  • Computer manufacturing
  • Confectionery producer
  • Connectors
  • Construction
  • Construction materials
  • Conveyor technology
  • Digital image processing
  • Electronics
  • Emergency lighting systems
  • Engineering
  • Environmental technology
  • Filtration technology
  • Financial services
  • Floor and wall coverings
  • Food industry
  • Food processing machinery
  • Forming technology
  • Forwarding agencies/Transport
  • Furniture accessories
  • Furniture production
  • Glass construction
  • Hydraulics
  • Industry Automation
  • Leisure industry
  • Lighting technology
  • Luxury foods
  • Machine tools
  • Measurement and control technology
  • Mechanical engineering
    - Suppliers
    - Trade
  • Medical technology
  • New media
  • Office equipments
  • Optoelectronics
  • Packaging machines
  • Pastry items
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics industry
  • Plastics technology
  • Porcellan producers
  • Power engineering
  • Pre-press
  • Printing machines
  • Publishing
  • Raw materials production
  • Real estate
  • Refrigeration technology
  • Reproduction technology
  • Restaurants (chains)
  • Retailers
  • Safe/Vault construction
  • Safety technology
  • Service sector
  • Software
  • Stationery wholesale
  • Steel construction
  • Technical services
  • Technical documentation
  • Telecommunications
  • Telephone macufacturing
  • Textile industry
  • Thermal power stations
  • Tools industry (-trade)
  • Watchmaking industry
  • Wholesale



M&A-Branchenreport von MARKUS Partners – Im Fokus: Machine Vision

Dezember 2017 - Wir freuen uns, Ihnen hiermit unseren M&A-Branchenreport mit dem Fokus auf dem Markt der industriellen Bildverarbeitung in Deutschland präsentieren zu können. Mit diesem Branchenreport wollen wir Ihnen einen Einblick in den dynamischen Machine-Vision-Markt geben und zeigen dazu die Marktstruktur, Trends sowie Transaktionen auf.

Studie herunterladen

MARKUS Partners advised the shareholders of a company in the healthcare sector on the sale of their shares to a private equity investor.

November 2017 – The Berlin, Germany, based DIK Deutsche Industriekapital has acquired the manufacturer of process heat systems HTT energy with headquarters in Herford, Germany, within the scope of a succession plan. With the entrepreneurial investment company DIK, HTT has found a reliable financing partner for the strengthening and long-term development of the company.

read full article


Zur Zeit haben wir folgende Stellen zu besetzen:


Zur Verstärkung unseres Teams suchen wir Sie als
Praktikant (m/w) – M&A in Frankfurt am Main
für die Dauer von 3 Monaten (ab sofort)



Ihr Ansprechpartner, auch für telefonische Anfragen:

Daniel Kral
Guiollettstraße 54
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 17 28 99-11

Excellence in M&A


MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH
Guiollettstraße 54
D-60325 Frankfurt am Main

PO Box 170452
D-60078 Frankfurt


Telefon +49 (0)69 17 28 99 - 0
Telefax +49 (0)69 17 28 99 - 22


Member of Vereinigung Deutscher M&A-Berater (VMA), the trade association of professional mergers and acquisitions advisors in Germany.

Excellence in M&A


Responsible for the website content:

MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH

Guiollettstraße 54
60325 Frankfurt am Main


Tel: +49 (0)69 17 28 99 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)69 17 28 99 - 22

Registergericht: Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main
Registernummer: HRB 73778

VAT-Id.: DE239595525


Managing Director

(responsible for the website content as per section 10 paragraph 3 of the Federal Treaty governing Media Services (MDStV)): 

Bernhard Rittel


Design & Development

Hakuya One

Legal Disclaimer

The contents of this website were carefully processed and are regulary checked and updated. MARKUS PARTNERS do not accept any guarantees for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided. This site links to other sites. MARKUS PARTNERS have not verified these sites and are not responsible for the contents of these sites.

MARKUS PARTNERS reserves the right to change or amend the information provided on this website at any time.

All trademarks or brands contained on this website respectively trademarks or brands protected by third parties are subject to the unrestrained regulation of the right of designation and the right of possession of the respective inscribed proprietor. Contents and structure of the MARKUS PARTNERS website are protected by copyright. Duplication of information or data, especially the use of texts, text parts or graphical material recquires prior written approval by MARKUS GmbH Köchling & Cie.

Photograph Credits

www.shutterstock.com, www.istockphoto.com, www.fotolia.de

MARKUS GmbH Köchling & Cie.

Friedrichstraße 39-41
60323 Frankfurt am Main


Telefon +49 (0)69 17 28 99 - 0
Telefax +49 (0)69 17 28 99 - 22