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Private Equity Backed Succession Buyouts

Explorative Study of Critical Success Factors


Maxim David Littek

Private equity investors offer one solution to medium-sized German family businesses facing succession by actively investing in these businesses through the managed process of a buyout or buyin. This study investigates the individual contributions of a wide range of factors impacting on the realization of a private equity backed succession buyout. Due to the explorative nature of the study the author makes use of a qualitative research design. Interaction theory and transaction cost economics are utilized to identify, analyze and systematize critical success factors. Next to behavioral and motivational aspects associated with the principally involved parties, framework conditions and process-related issues are discussed.
Contents: Medium-sized German family businesses – Succession – Private equity – Management buyouts – Success factors – Interaction theory and transaction cost economics – Qualitative research design – Empirical findings on critical success factors in private equity backed succession buyouts – Appraisal of factors associated with the parties involved, framework conditions, transaction process.