The intelligentis team
The intelligentis team specialises in corporate transactions in the German SME sector with a volume of up to EUR 100 million. We combine profound expertise in a wide range of industries and can point to more than 40 years of experience in transaction projects for company sales and acquisitions.
More than 10 years ago, an entrepreneur entrusted us with the task of selling the profitable family business he had taken over from his father with a turnover of EUR 16 million after 20 years as managing director. His problem? He lacked the knowledge to approach this process skilfully. A short time later, we spoke with another entrepreneur who, at the age of 65, had not found a successor in the company or the family to be able to go into well-deserved retirement. Therefore, he too was seeking to sell his very successful company with 18 employees. We were able to help both of them in this situation.
For us, this was the trigger to advocate that every entrepreneur is successfully guided through the company sale with the best advice. We are aware of the responsibility we have for our clients’ life’s work in the sales process. With a lot of heart, commitment and passion, we and our team of motivated employees therefore lead transaction projects for our clients to a successful conclusion.
Get to know the intelligentis team
Matthias Ehnert (born 1980) experienced his first corporate transaction in 2004 at a listed company in the financial sector. Since then, he has been active in countless projects in medium-sized companies and also in corporate groups. In 2010, he founded intelligentis GmbH with the aim of solving business challenges for entrepreneurs in a goal-oriented manner.
As a trained banker and business graduate, he worked for various banks and financial services institutions. With a focus on controlling and organisation, Matthias Ehnert was also a lecturer at various universities and a lecturer at a university of applied sciences. Matthias Ehnert is involved with Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland, the largest network of young business people in Germany with 10,000 entrepreneurs and managers.
- focus: company sales
- sector expertise: FinTech, finance, certifications, medical technology, testing/testing laboratories, lift technology
Rainer Witt has been an entrepreneur in the IT field for 20 years and advises his clients on IT strategy and all questions of digitalisation in order to sustainably increase their value creation. He provided support at an early stage in the technical integration of mergers and acquisitions in the M&A environment. In the course of this, he got to know the complexity of a company acquisition. Since then, he has assisted many companies in their successful acquisition and subsequent integration.
After studying philosophy and business informatics, he founded the company kreITiv GmbH, as a digitalisation forge for growing companies. From this activity, he has an extensive network in the IT-related industries in Germany and has contacts to many successful, medium-sized IT entrepreneurs.
As a technology and integration expert at intelligentis, he advises our clients on transactions with a view to successful integrations, key technologies and synergy development with a focus on processes shaped by IT.
- focus: corporate acquisitions
- sector expertise: Internet and digital media, information technology, IoT, blockchain, AI, e-commerce, real estate industry
Jürgen Schwarz worked as a finance and insurance broker in the commercial SME sector and was the owner of the Allfinanz Consulting Group, founder and managing director of the Starthilfe Academy and Krych und Schwarz. He is also an honorary lecturer at Heidelberg University Hospital.
He completed his studies in business administration in Passau, majoring in insurance, organisation and human resources management. With his extensive commercial know-how in business start-up consulting and as a financial advisor, Jürgen Schwarz has over 19 years of practical experience. As an M&A expert with a profound understanding of both sides, he knows how to accompany projects professionally from start to finish. In addition, his professional experience provides him with numerous contacts in the German SME sector, with investors, with banks and he is an accredited KfW consultant.
- focus: Distressed M&A, financing concepts for M&A
- sector expertise: industry and manufaturing, mechanical engineering, diecasting foundries, finance, insurance industry
Katja Uhlig worked in both auditing and controlling for several years. She was able to gain extensive experience in the analysis and management of corporate key figures. During her work in auditing, she was responsible for the smooth running of the “on-site audit” as well as the preparation of the final audit report.
She completed her studies in business administration in Dresden and Salford (England) with a focus on business finance, auditing and taxes. With her extensive commercial knowledge and her experience as a project manager, she knows how to accompany the projects of intelligentis with commitment and to ensure that they run smoothly.
- focus: sale of companies, acquisition of companies
- sector expertise: auditing, industry and manufacturing, real estate industry
Dr. Maik Hamann
Dr. Maik Hamann has a doctorate in controlling on the impact of corporate planning on success, which gives him a comprehensive understanding of all topics related to key figure management as well as strategic and operative planning. Due to his training as a banker and as an alumnus of the Eberle-Butschkau Foundation, Dr. Hamann has very good knowledge of the German financial sector as well as an extensive network in the German savings bank organisation.
As an advisor to works councils, he has in the past accompanied the carve-out of locations from corporate groups, especially in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The sale of these business units to various medium-sized companies was his entry into the M&A sector. For more than 20 years, Dr. Hamann has also been active in various areas of consulting, project management and organisational development. As an experienced project manager, he has been responsible for the smooth operational process in the intelligentis projects to the complete satisfaction of our clients since 2018.
- focus: sale of companies, acquisition of companies
- sector expertise: finance, consulting services, chemicals/pharmaceuticals
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Heiko Thomas has more than 25 years of experience in general mechanical engineering and mining. As an inventor, he registered valuable industrial property rights in this sector. He was managing director and co-partner of B&T Holding GmbH and its portfolio companies FB-Aufzüge GmbH & Co. KG, Aufzugteile BT GmbH, Kubb GmbH and Lift 24 GmbH.
In 2016, this group of companies was sold to Schindler. This transaction attracted international attention. Mr. Thomas is chairman of the supervisory board of DEM – Deutsche E Metalle AG. He advises on company sales, succession arrangements, investor searches and expansions in Europe, America and Canada. As an advisor to our industry team, he is familiar with the current sector-specific trends in the relevant industry niches and can draw on his global as well as local relationships in the search for the appropriate strategic partner. Thomas has a wide-ranging understanding of the German SME sector and numerous contacts with medium-sized companies as well as group companies.
- focus: networker, due diligence, company acquisition, IPO, company sale, succession
- sector expertise: conveyor and lift technology, automation technology, robotics, mechanical engineering, automotive industry, fuel cells, raw materials & mining
Stefan Müller, CEO and founder of DGWA – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wertpapieranalyse GmbH, began his career at Dresdner Bank AG in international securities trading. He then headed global proprietary trading as Senior Vice President at Bankhaus Sal Oppenheim (Europe’s largest private bank at the time). From 2005, he was a managing partner at Proprietary Partners AG, a Swiss portfolio and asset management boutique. In 2011 he founded DGWA GmbH.
Mr. Müller is a member of the supervisory board of Agrarius AG, which is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and has served and continues to serve as a director, advisor, supervisory board member or member of numerous other national and international companies and organisations. Prior to his career, he attended the INSEAD business school, among others, and has accompanied over 250 capital market transactions during his career.
- focus: sale of a company, acquisition of a company, Initial Public Offering (IPO)
- sector expertise: Mining and quarrying, extraction and processing of rare raw materials
Dr. Jürgen Ehnert
Dr. Jürgen Ehnert is a co-founder of the former intelligentis GmbH and experienced numerous company transactions in his work as Managing Director of the Labour Market and Education Division of the Saxony-Anhalt State Association of Employers’ and Business Associations and the Bildungswerk der Unternehmerverbände. More than 50% of all company transfers do not develop the desired effect for the buyer due to a lack of communication and coordination.
With his extensive expertise in the field of vocational training and further education, he accompanies both employers and employees in the phase after the change of ownership, the so-called post-merger phase, to ensure a smooth and communicatively coordinated transition process. In doing so, he combines the needs of the staff with his view of the business processes, which he, as an auditor according to DIN EN 19011 for management systems in the areas of ISO 9001, AZWV, AZAV, ISO 29990, optimally coordinates.
- focus: Post-merger consulting, esp. integration of personnel and harmonisation of business processes
- sector expertise: business process and management system consulting, vocational education and training