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Business succession in family businesses

According to estimates of the IfM, about 30,000 family businesses are in the process of being handed over every year, which affects approx. 480,000 employees. The IfM Bonn estimates differ from those of other institutes by considering only those companies that exceed a minimum profitability threshold. A comparison of our estimates with the observed number of business successions in 2016 (cf. the Gewerbeanzeigenstatistik) shows that the estimation procedure of the IfM Bonn reflects the actual number of company successions well.

Please find below our contributions (some are currently only available in German language).

Further information

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Why there are fewer business successions than generally expected

Business successions in Germany 2022 to 2026

Succession as closure risk

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Statistische Daten

Unternehmerisches Verhalten im Zuge der Unternehmensnachfolge

Unternehmensnachfolge durch Arbeitnehmer und Arbeitnehmerinnen – Chancen und Risiken

Video "Unternehmensnachfolge planen"

Video "Notfallkoffer in der Unternehmensnachfolge"