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

Courage

Steadfastness

Vigour

Independence

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.

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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.
 

Confidentiality

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

Independence

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.

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The Partners

Founding Partner

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our Services

As experienced consultants, we strive to achieve the best solution for our clients in everything we do.

We advise in the following areas:

Ownership & Succession

Disposal Of A Business

Acquiring a business

Co-Operative Partnership

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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.
 

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Vigour

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.

  • 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.
 

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Steadfastness

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.

  • 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.
 

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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.

    • 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

     

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    References

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    Selected Transactions

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    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

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    News

    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.The background of the transaction was the wish of the managing directors to hand over the management as well as the...
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    June 2017 – The owner-managed company has established itself as a niche provider of highly professional services in the healthcare sector and employs approx. 100 employees. National as well as international customers, including globally active corporations and public clients, appreciate the quality of the offered services. The company has grown substantially in recent years and is increasingly executing international projects.With the extension of the shareholders circle by the healthcare...
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    December 2016 – As from January 1st 2017, the well-known automotive parts wholesaler Schwenker located in Minden becomes part of the cologne based Hess Group. In the future the company continuously operates in the market under its own brand name. Through the acquisition of Schwenker, Hess Group expands its business in Germany and Europe. All employees of Schwenker will be taken over.Within contract signing, the manager Dr. Friederike Schwenker expressed her positive attitude towards the...
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    Frankfurt, September 2016Twelve years after the joint foundation of the M&A advisory firm MARKUS Partners, senior partner Rolf Koechling is retiring. Rolf Koechling and Bernhard Rittel started under the logo of the "winged lion" in 2005 and have successfully positioned MARKUS Partners as an advisor for medium-sized M&A transactions."I'm very grateful for the good cooperation and partnership between Rolf and myself" explains Bernhard Rittel regarding the retirement of his founding partner....
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    July 2016 – MIKROP AG, a portfolio company of INDUS Holding AG, has acquired IN-SITU GmbH.IN-SITU is engaged in the development of optical testing systems. Examples of application include the inspection and reading system “DotScan”, which captures 3D shapes for the quality control of braille on pharmaceutical packaging and for identifying surface bubbles and wrinkles on industrial products, a laser scanner system for capturing the geometry of vehicles in car washes as well as a mobile...
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    June 2016 – GI Energy Investments and GI Power Plants, the subsidiaries of Graanul Invest group, signed a shares purchase agreement with German Pellets Holding Belgium NV, after which Graanul Invest became the owner of Langerlo NV.Langerlo NV owns an electric plant in Flanders region in Belgium with the capacity of 656 MW. 86 MW of producing capacity uses gas and 470 MW uses coal as a fuel. Supporting measures in the form of green certificates have been appropriated to the Langerlo plant in...
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    October 2015 – The M&A advisory boutique MARKUS Partners strengthens its circle of Partners by Daniel Kral. Daniel has more than 10 years of experience in M&A and corporate finance advisory. Since 2003, he accompanied numerous transactions, primarily cross‐border, for international corporations, medium‐sized and ownermanaged companies as well as for financial investors.read full article
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    November 2014 – INDUS Holding AG has acquired a majority in MBN Maschinenbau‐Gruppe, Neugersdorf, from the three owners Ernst Lieb, Dr. Iris Kaden and Heiko Krause. Employing some 300 people, the medium‐sized company from Saxony develops and manufactures automated plants and machinery for vehicle assembly. Among the company’s main customers are the major German auto brands and their foreign subsidiaries and manufacturing joint ventures. MBN maintains distribution and service companies in Alabama...
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    September 2014 - The MARKUS Partners team has moved, as our previous offices will be altered for different use.We stay in the Frankfurt Westend area. From September 4th,2014 our new address will be:Guiollettstraße 54 60325 Frankfurt am Main GermanyOur telephone numbers, E‐Mail‐ and PO Box‐addresses will remain unchanged.
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    July 2014 – Nemetschek has acquired a majority interest in BIM specialist hartmann technologies GmbH, Berlin. htG develops and distributes software solutions for building-model-oriented processes in the construction industry. Nemetschek with its building technology solution NEVARIS now covers the process from cost planning and AVA (tenders, awarding of contracts, invoicing) all the way to building construction and controlling. This investment adds the detailed determination of costs and...
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    March 2014 - Allegion plc (NYSE: ALLE), a leading global provider of security products and solutions, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Denmark-based producer of door levers, Randi. The buyer is Eco Schulte GmbH, a family-owned German producer of trim and lock products. In return, Allegion will receive a minority stake in Eco Schulte, forging a mutually beneficial partnership between Allegion and Eco Schulte. The transaction is expected to close early in the second...
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    Reports

    Im Fokus: Machine Vision

    M&A-Branchenreport von MARKUS Partners

    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.

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    Im Fokus: Kfz-Teilehandel

    M&A-Branchenreport von MARKUS Partners

    April 2017 - Wir freuen uns, Ihnen hiermit unseren M&A-Branchenreport mit dem Fokus auf den Kfz-Teilehandel in Deutschland präsentieren zu können. Der Markt für Kfz-Ersatzteile zeichnet sich durch einen intensiven Wettbewerb aus. Der hieraus resultierende Preis- und Margendruck hat in den zurückliegenden Jahren zum Beginn einer Konsolidierungsphase geführt. Hierdurch nahm die Anzahl der Transaktionen im deutschsprachigen Raum erheblich zu und auch in Zukunft rechnen wir mit erhöhter M&A-Aktivität.

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    Career

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    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
    MARKUS PARTNERS
    Guiollettstraße 54
    60325 Frankfurt am Main
    Tel.: +49 (0) 69 17 28 99-11
    contact(at)markuspartners.com

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    Contact

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

    PO Box 170452
    D-60078 Frankfurt

    contact(at)markuspartners.com
    www.markuspartners.com

    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.

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    Privacy

    Privacy Policy

    We are delighted that you have shown interest in our enterprise. Data protection is of a particularly high priority for the management of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH. The use of the Internet pages of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH is possible without any indication of personal data; however, if a data subject wants to use special enterprise services via our website, processing of personal data could become necessary. If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no statutory basis for such processing, we generally obtain consent from the data subject.

    The processing of personal data, such as the name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number of a data subject shall always be in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and in accordance with the country-specific data protection regulations applicable to the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH. By means of this data protection declaration, our enterprise would like to inform the general public of the nature, scope, and purpose of the personal data we collect, use and process. Furthermore, data subjects are informed, by means of this data protection declaration, of the rights to which they are entitled.

    As the controller, the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH has implemented technical and organizational measures to ensure the most complete protection of personal data processed through this website. However, Internet-based data transmissions may in principle have security gaps, so absolute protection may not be guaranteed. For this reason, every data subject is free to transfer personal data to us via alternative means, e.g. by telephone.

    1. Definitions

    The data protection declaration of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH is based on the terms used by the European legislator for the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our data protection declaration should be legible and understandable for the general public, as well as our customers and business partners. To ensure this, we would like to first explain the terminology used.

    In this data protection declaration, we use, inter alia, the following terms:

    • a) Personal data

      Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“data subject”). An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

    • b) Data subject

      Data subject is any identified or identifiable natural person, whose personal data is processed by the controller responsible for the processing.

    • c) Processing

      Processing is any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.

    • d) Restriction of processing

      Restriction of processing is the marking of stored personal data with the aim of limiting their processing in the future.

    • e) Profiling

      Profiling means any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects concerning that natural person's performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or movements.

    • f) Pseudonymisation

      Pseudonymisation is the processing of personal data in such a manner that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the use of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.

    • g) Controller or controller responsible for the processing

      Controller or controller responsible for the processing is the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data; where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its nomination may be provided for by Union or Member State law.

    • h) Processor

      Processor is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.

    • i) Recipient

      Recipient is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or another body, to which the personal data are disclosed, whether a third party or not. However, public authorities which may receive personal data in the framework of a particular inquiry in accordance with Union or Member State law shall not be regarded as recipients; the processing of those data by those public authorities shall be in compliance with the applicable data protection rules according to the purposes of the processing.

    • j) Third party

      Third party is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, controller, processor and persons who, under the direct authority of the controller or processor, are authorised to process personal data.

    • k) Consent

      Consent of the data subject is any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject's wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.

    2. Name and Address of the controller

    Controller for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), other data protection laws applicable in Member states of the European Union and other provisions related to data protection is:

    MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH

    Guiollettstraße 54

    60325 Frankfurt am Main

    Deutschland

    Phone: +49 (0)69 17 28 99 - 0

    Email: kontakt@markuspartners.de

    Website: markuspartners.de

    3. Name and Address of the Data Protection Officer

    The Data Protection Officer of the controller is:

    Bernhard Rittel

    MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH

    Guiollettstraße 54

    60325 Frankfurt am Main

    Deutschland

    Phone: +49 (0)69 17 28 99 - 0

    Email: datenschutz@markuspartners.com

    Website: markuspartners.de

    Any data subject may, at any time, contact our Data Protection Officer directly with all questions and suggestions concerning data protection.

    4. Cookies

    The Internet pages of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH use cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored in a computer system via an Internet browser.

    Many Internet sites and servers use cookies. Many cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a character string through which Internet pages and servers can be assigned to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This allows visited Internet sites and servers to differentiate the individual browser of the dats subject from other Internet browsers that contain other cookies. A specific Internet browser can be recognized and identified using the unique cookie ID.

    Through the use of cookies, the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH can provide the users of this website with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without the cookie setting.

    By means of a cookie, the information and offers on our website can be optimized with the user in mind. Cookies allow us, as previously mentioned, to recognize our website users. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to utilize our website. The website user that uses cookies, e.g. does not have to enter access data each time the website is accessed, because this is taken over by the website, and the cookie is thus stored on the user's computer system.

    The data subject may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies through our website by means of a corresponding setting of the Internet browser used, and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. If the data subject deactivates the setting of cookies in the Internet browser used, not all functions of our website may be entirely usable.

    5. Collection of general data and information

    The website of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH collects a series of general data and information when a data subject or automated system calls up the website. This general data and information are stored in the server log files. Collected may be (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system reaches our website (so-called referrers), (4) the sub-websites, (5) the date and time of access to the Internet site, (6) an Internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider of the accessing system, and (8) any other similar data and information that may be used in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

    When using these general data and information, the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. Rather, this information is needed to (1) deliver the content of our website correctly, (2) optimize the content of our website as well as its advertisement, (3) ensure the long-term viability of our information technology systems and website technology, and (4) provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in case of a cyber-attack. Therefore, the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH analyzes anonymously collected data and information statistically, with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security of our enterprise, and to ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by a data subject.

    6. Routine erasure and blocking of personal data

    The data controller shall process and store the personal data of the data subject only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of storage, or as far as this is granted by the European legislator or other legislators in laws or regulations to which the controller is subject to.

    If the storage purpose is not applicable, or if a storage period prescribed by the European legislator or another competent legislator expires, the personal data are routinely blocked or erased in accordance with legal requirements.

    7. Rights of the data subject

    • a) Right of confirmation

      Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller the confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning him or her are being processed. If a data subject wishes to avail himself of this right of confirmation, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.

    • b) Right of access

      Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller free information about his or her personal data stored at any time and a copy of this information. Furthermore, the European directives and regulations grant the data subject access to the following information:

      • the purposes of the processing;
      • the categories of personal data concerned;
      • the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, in particular recipients in third countries or international organisations;
      • where possible, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period;
      • the existence of the right to request from the controller rectification or erasure of personal data, or restriction of processing of personal data concerning the data subject, or to object to such processing;
      • the existence of the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority;
      • where the personal data are not collected from the data subject, any available information as to their source;
      • the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, referred to in Article 22(1) and (4) of the GDPR and, at least in those cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject.

      Furthermore, the data subject shall have a right to obtain information as to whether personal data are transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. Where this is the case, the data subject shall have the right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards relating to the transfer.

      If a data subject wishes to avail himself of this right of access, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.

    • c) Right to rectification

      Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning him or her. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, the data subject shall have the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement.

      If a data subject wishes to exercise this right to rectification, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.

    • d) Right to erasure (Right to be forgotten)

      Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning him or her without undue delay, and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies, as long as the processing is not necessary:

      • The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed.
      • The data subject withdraws consent to which the processing is based according to point (a) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR, or point (a) of Article 9(2) of the GDPR, and where there is no other legal ground for the processing.
      • The data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(1) of the GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(2) of the GDPR.
      • The personal data have been unlawfully processed.
      • The personal data must be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject.
      • The personal data have been collected in relation to the offer of information society services referred to in Article 8(1) of the GDPR.

      If one of the aforementioned reasons applies, and a data subject wishes to request the erasure of personal data stored by the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller. An employee of MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH shall promptly ensure that the erasure request is complied with immediately.

      Where the controller has made personal data public and is obliged pursuant to Article 17(1) to erase the personal data, the controller, taking account of available technology and the cost of implementation, shall take reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform other controllers processing the personal data that the data subject has requested erasure by such controllers of any links to, or copy or replication of, those personal data, as far as processing is not required. An employees of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH will arrange the necessary measures in individual cases.

    • e) Right of restriction of processing

      Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller restriction of processing where one of the following applies:

      • The accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject, for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data.
      • The processing is unlawful and the data subject opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests instead the restriction of their use instead.
      • The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by the data subject for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
      • The data subject has objected to processing pursuant to Article 21(1) of the GDPR pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of the controller override those of the data subject.

      If one of the aforementioned conditions is met, and a data subject wishes to request the restriction of the processing of personal data stored by the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH, he or she may at any time contact any employee of the controller. The employee of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH will arrange the restriction of the processing.

    • f) Right to data portability

      Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator, to receive the personal data concerning him or her, which was provided to a controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. He or she shall have the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from the controller to which the personal data have been provided, as long as the processing is based on consent pursuant to point (a) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR or point (a) of Article 9(2) of the GDPR, or on a contract pursuant to point (b) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR, and the processing is carried out by automated means, as long as the processing is not necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

      Furthermore, in exercising his or her right to data portability pursuant to Article 20(1) of the GDPR, the data subject shall have the right to have personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible and when doing so does not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

      In order to assert the right to data portability, the data subject may at any time contact any employee of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH.

    • g) Right to object

      Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to object, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, at any time, to processing of personal data concerning him or her, which is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions.

      The MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH shall no longer process the personal data in the event of the objection, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

      If the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH processes personal data for direct marketing purposes, the data subject shall have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her for such marketing. This applies to profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing. If the data subject objects to the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH to the processing for direct marketing purposes, the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH will no longer process the personal data for these purposes.

      In addition, the data subject has the right, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to object to processing of personal data concerning him or her by the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH for scientific or historical research purposes, or for statistical purposes pursuant to Article 89(1) of the GDPR, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.

      In order to exercise the right to object, the data subject may contact an employee of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH. In addition, the data subject is free in the context of the use of information society services, and notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, to use his or her right to object by automated means using technical specifications.

    • h) Automated individual decision-making, including profiling

      Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning him or her, or similarly significantly affects him or her, as long as the decision (1) is not is necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract between the data subject and a data controller, or (2) is not authorised by Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject and which also lays down suitable measures to safeguard the data subject's rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, or (3) is not based on the data subject's explicit consent.

      If the decision (1) is necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract between the data subject and a data controller, or (2) it is based on the data subject's explicit consent, the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH shall implement suitable measures to safeguard the data subject's rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, at least the right to obtain human intervention on the part of the controller, to express his or her point of view and contest the decision.

      If the data subject wishes to exercise the rights concerning automated individual decision-making, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH.

    • i) Right to withdraw data protection consent

      Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to withdraw his or her consent to processing of his or her personal data at any time.

      If the data subject wishes to exercise the right to withdraw the consent, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the MARKUS Corporate Finance GmbH.

    8. Data protection for applications and the application procedures

    The data controller shall collect and process the personal data of applicants for the purpose of the processing of the application procedure. The processing may also be carried out electronically. This is the case, in particular, if an applicant submits corresponding application documents by e-mail or by means of a web form on the website to the controller. If the data controller concludes an employment contract with an applicant, the submitted data will be stored for the purpose of processing the employment relationship in compliance with legal requirements. If no employment contract is concluded with the applicant by the controller, the application documents shall be automatically erased three months after notification of the refusal decision, provided that no other legitimate interests of the controller are opposed to the erasure. Other legitimate interest in this relation is, e.g. a burden of proof in a procedure under the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).

    9. Data protection provisions about the application and use of Matomo

    On this website, the controller has integrated the Matomo component. Matomo is an open-source software tool for web analysis. Web analysis is the collection, gathering and evaluation of data on the behavior of visitors from Internet sites. A web analysis tool collects, inter alia, data on the website from which a data subject came to a website (so-called referrer), which pages of the website were accessed or how often and for which period of time a sub-page was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used for the optimization of a website and the cost-benefit analysis of Internet advertising.

    The software is operated on the server of the controller, the data protection-sensitive log files are stored exclusively on this server.

    The purpose of the Matomo component is the analysis of the visitor flows on our website. The controller uses the obtained data and information, inter alia, to evaluate the use of this website in order to compile online reports, which show the activities on our Internet pages.

    Matomo sets a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. The definition of cookies is explained above. With the setting of the cookie, an analysis of the use of our website is enabled. With each call-up to one of the individual pages of this website, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically through the Matomo component prompted to submit data for the purpose of online analysis to our server. During the course of this technical procedure, we obtain knowledge about personal information, such as the IP address of the data subject, which serves to understand the origin of visitors and clicks.

    The cookie is used to store personal information, such as the access time, the location from which access was made, and the frequency of visits to our website. With each visit of our Internet pages, these personal data, including the IP address of the Internet access used by the data subject, are transferred to our server. These personal data will be stored by us. We do not forward this personal data to third parties.

    The data subject may, as stated above, prevent the setting of cookies through our website at any time by means of a corresponding adjustment of the web browser used and thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Such an adjustment to the used Internet browser would also prevent Matomo from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, cookies already in use by Matomo may be deleted at any time via a web browser or other software programs.

    In addition, the data subject has the possibility of objecting to a collection of data relating to a use of this Internet site that are generated by Matomo as well as the processing of these data by Matomo and the chance to preclude any such. For this, the data subject must set a "Do Not Track" option in the browser.

    With each setting of the opt-out cookie, however, there is the possibility that the websites of the controller are no longer fully usable for the data subject.

    Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Matomo may be retrieved under matomo.org/privacy/.

    10. Legal basis for the processing

    Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing operations for which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party, as is the case, for example, when processing operations are necessary for the supply of goods or to provide any other service, the processing is based on Article 6(1) lit. b GDPR. The same applies to such processing operations which are necessary for carrying out pre-contractual measures, for example in the case of inquiries concerning our products or services. Is our company subject to a legal obligation by which processing of personal data is required, such as for the fulfillment of tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6(1) lit. c GDPR. In rare cases, the processing of personal data may be necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person. This would be the case, for example, if a visitor were injured in our company and his name, age, health insurance data or other vital information would have to be passed on to a doctor, hospital or other third party. Then the processing would be based on Art. 6(1) lit. d GDPR. Finally, processing operations could be based on Article 6(1) lit. f GDPR. This legal basis is used for processing operations which are not covered by any of the abovementioned legal grounds, if processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by our company or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data. Such processing operations are particularly permissible because they have been specifically mentioned by the European legislator. He considered that a legitimate interest could be assumed if the data subject is a client of the controller (Recital 47 Sentence 2 GDPR).

    11. The legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party

    Where the processing of personal data is based on Article 6(1) lit. f GDPR our legitimate interest is to carry out our business in favor of the well-being of all our employees and the shareholders.

    12. Period for which the personal data will be stored

    The criteria used to determine the period of storage of personal data is the respective statutory retention period. After expiration of that period, the corresponding data is routinely deleted, as long as it is no longer necessary for the fulfillment of the contract or the initiation of a contract.

    13. Provision of personal data as statutory or contractual requirement; Requirement necessary to enter into a contract; Obligation of the data subject to provide the personal data; possible consequences of failure to provide such data

    We clarify that the provision of personal data is partly required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or can also result from contractual provisions (e.g. information on the contractual partner). Sometimes it may be necessary to conclude a contract that the data subject provides us with personal data, which must subsequently be processed by us. The data subject is, for example, obliged to provide us with personal data when our company signs a contract with him or her. The non-provision of the personal data would have the consequence that the contract with the data subject could not be concluded. Before personal data is provided by the data subject, the data subject must contact any employee. The employee clarifies to the data subject whether the provision of the personal data is required by law or contract or is necessary for the conclusion of the contract, whether there is an obligation to provide the personal data and the consequences of non-provision of the personal data.

    14. Existence of automated decision-making

    We do not use automatic decision-making or profiling.

    This Privacy Policy has been generated by the Privacy Policy Generator of the German Association for Data Protection that was developed in cooperation with Privacy Lawyers from WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE, Cologne.

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