ONEtoONE Germany is part of a global team that specializes in buy side and sell side M&A.

ONEtoONE Germany is part of one of the leading international M&A Advisory Firms present in 16 countries that specializes in the buy side and sell side M&A in the middle-market. ONEtoONE searches for the best value counterpart with a global reach. For this reason, we have strived to have a highly professional international team along with access to the world´s top market databases.

We serve entrepreneurs, multinationals, private equity firms and family offices which are selling, financing or acquiring businesses globally. With many years of international experience and execution of well over one hundred transactions, we are comfortable performing cross-border transactions in a wide range of industries. We take pride in realizing efficient and successful transactions for our clients through maximising value while avoiding conflicts of interest.


Düsseldorf office


Graf-Adolf-Straße 41
40210, Düsseldorf

Economic Outlook

Germany remains the European Union’s most politically and economically influential member nation. It has one of the most open economies that is heavily involved in international trade with combined value of exports and imports totaling 84% of GDP with extremely low tariff rates below 2%.1 Government policies are also generally in favor of foreign direct investments. The financial sector is known for its largely stable and diverse range of services.  

Germany enjoys a diverse and competitive economy which favors freedom of investment and entrepreneurial activities. Long-term competitiveness and entrepreneurial growth are supported by openness to global commerce, well-protected property rights, and a sound business regulatory environment.

Market Access Opportunity

The M&A activity volume in Germany in 2017 totaled over € 115 billion, surpassing the deal volume of the previous year of € 81.2 billion. The primary industry sectors channeling M&A transactions were industrial and chemicals sectors, with an approximate deal value over € 78 billion in 2017.Although the recent large-cap deals like Linde-Praxair (worth €40.5 billion) and Siemens-Alstom (worth €7.4 billion) have heavily influenced 2017 deal statistics in terms of volume, the M&A market for German targets proved to be robust on an international level with around 72% of German targets in 2017 acquired by non-German investors.3

Source: 1, (2018). German Economy: Facts, Population, GDP, Inflation, Unemployment, Business. 2. (2017)  Mergermarket Trend Report DACH, FY 2017.  3. Von Sydow, C. & Enders, G. (2018). Update on M&A in Germany: Market Overview and 2018 Trends 

Main Services

Sell Side M&A

  • Core market research
  • Deal marketing
  • Buyer identification and contact
  • Due diligence support
  • Valuation
  • Transaction negotiation
  • Financing/ capital raising

Buy Side M&A

  • Core market research
  • Target identification
  • Target contact
  • Due diligence support
  • Valuation
  • Transaction negotiation
  • Financing/ capital raising

Fund Raising

  • Relationships throughout the lender and investor community
  • Regular dialogues with a large variety of financing sources
  • Story-oriented transactions
  • Competitive process
  • Listing sponsors in Europe and Asia

Strategic Advice

  • Valuations in connection with:
    • Mergers
    • Acquisitions
    • Private placement
    • Private/ Public partnership
  • Third-party fairness opinions
    • Independent
    • Unbiased opinions

Other Services

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Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures


Corporate Refinancing


Business Plan Development




Fairness Opinions


Merger Planning and Execution


Capital Restructuring


Debt Restructuring

Our Team

Brian Vella has over 20 years experience in M&A transactions and has advised on over 100 transactions across a wide range of industries. Brian qualified as a UK accountant (ACCA) and has an MBA from Warwick Business School, after which he spent most of his career with the Big 4 in Germany, UK, France and Russia. In 2001, he joined EY in Germany, and in 2006 became a partner in the Transactions Advisory Services Department. Before starting his career in ONEtoONE, Brian served as Senior Director with Cavendish Management Resources, a leading provider of venture capital & management support for international small to medium-sized businesses.

Brian’s expertise is mid-market cross-border M&A, working both on the buy and sell-side.

Team Leader

Selected M&A transactions by ONEtoONE Germany

Sell side mandate

ONEtoONE has advised the German company, AfCE - Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship on its sale to Verhaert Masters in Innovation. AfCE helps corporate organisations to innovate and increase their entrepreneurial capacity. The company operates worldwide and consists of a team of more than 40 high-level innovation mentors. Its curriculum is based on more than 200 tutorials, courses, tools and online tests, boosting its clients' ability to innovate and driving their breakthrough ideas forward.

Buy side mandate

SIMONSWERK GmbH, a leading supplier of high-quality hinges and hinge systems for doors, has acquired the Colcom Group S.p.A. from the Italian private equity company Wise Equity SGR S.p.A. with immediate effect. The takeover of the Colcom Group secures a further major step in expanding the SIMONSWERK product portfolio.

Sell side mandate

Midsona, providing healthfoods, personal care and hygiene acquires Davert, a leader in the German organic food market. The transaction, which has been advised by ONEtoONE Corporate Finance and Seufert Rechtsänwalte on seller´s side and Strata Advisory AB, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek and Fredersen Advokatbyrå AB by on buyer´s side, involves the acquisition of the German leading company in the organic food market with a turnover that exceeds 60 million euros per year.

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