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The shareholders of management consult, a leading market research and consulting company, have sold a majority stake to Rhein Invest as part of a succession plan and reorganization of the shareholder structure. At the same time, Dr. Michael Kost joins the company as co-investor and future member of the advisory board. The previous shareholders will remain associated with management consult as managing directors and, in part, as shareholders. By taking this step, management consult is strategically positioning itself for future development in this dynamic market segment.

Rhein Invest is a German-Dutch investment company which invests on a long-term basis in medium-sized companies with a strong DNA. The interdisciplinary team is based in Amstelveen near Amsterdam and consists of Dutch and Germans. The company invests in particular in profitable companies in the industry, software, services, food and agricultural technology sectors.

management consult is an internationally active institute for market research and consulting in the areas of marketing and sales based in Mannheim. For more than 20 years, management consult has been providing sophisticated blue-chip clients from a wide range of industries in Germany and abroad with in-depth knowledge of markets and target groups. Especially in the energy, tourism, automotive, tech, retail and FMCG industries, management consult has built up outstanding competencies and references and has been firmly anchored in the marketing and sales departments of leading companies for many years. management consult conducts more than 2 million interviews p.a. in over 40 countries.

“I am delighted that the company I founded is passed on into responsible hands and will be led into a successful future by Rhein Invest together with my previous managing director colleagues. This ensures the highest degree of continuity for our customers and offers all employees an outstanding basis for their further development,” explains Dr. Jürgen Eisele. And he continues: “We would like to thank IMAP for their professional advice and tireless commitment, which made this future-proof solution with Rhein Invest possible”.

“We are pleased to continue to pursue the implemented path to success together with our new partner and to take advantage of the strategic development opportunities in our market environment. In doing so, we remain faithful to our principles of success: customized market research and consulting solutions of the highest quality, agile and with a top price-performance ratio,” add Markus Mayer, Hannes Wölfer and Stefan Seng.

“With management consult, we are acquiring a leading market research institute with a high degree of value creation and established customer relationships in a consolidating market. We are convinced that management consult represents an ideal platform for further growth and that we can take the company to the next level together with the management. Especially for strategic measures, such as inorganic growth, we are available to provide advice and support to the management team”, says Kevin Heerema, founding partner of Rhein Invest.

The IMAP team consisting of Nils Keller, Patrick Fritscher and Nicolas Geßner exclusively accompanied and advised the shareholders of management consult through all phases of a structured M&A process and supported them in finding the ideal succession solution.