Markus Otto

  • Managing Partner
  • Head of Industrials & Chemicals DACH

Profile

I have more than 20 years' experience in corporate finance, leading the industrial sector in the German-speaking region. In this diversified industry no transaction is the same. The connection with the automotive industry is very tight, interlinked with logistics chains, industrial services and the dominating electronics sub-sector. Digitisation, IoT and AI are combining to create new megatrends influencing the sector. More than 50 industrial professionals advise our clients internationally, having deep sub-sector know-how and access to global players and mid-sized companies in the industrial regions worldwide.

Family businesses, corporates and private equity firms are among my regular clients, for whom I find tailored and best-possible solutions in the DACH region, thanks to well-established and excellent connections, especially in Asia and the US. My area of responsibility also includes the leadership of the international special situations division for Clearwater.

My qualifications include a degree in Business Administration from the University of Frankfurt am Main with prior training as an Industrial Clerk at HOECHST AG. Before joining Clearwater Germany as a founding member, I worked for Arthur Andersen in Frankfurt am Main.

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Featured transactions

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    Adviser to GPV , a portfolio company of Schouw & Co on its acquisition of CCS Group

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    Adviser to palero on its sale of Krähe-Versand GmbH to HBB Holding

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    Adviser to Buchbinder on its sale to Europcar

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    Adviser to FINOBA AUTOMOTIVE on its sale to Chinese Automotive Engineering Corp a subsidiary of Sinomach Group

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    Adviser to Induc on its sale of Grundig Business Systems to VR Equitypartner

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    Adviser to HeidelbergCapital Private Equity on its sale of Snom Technology AG to VTech Holdings Limited

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    Adviser to palero on its sale of Lausitzer Analytik GmbH to SYNLAB

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    Adviser to SEIDEL Holding GmbH on its sale of SEIDEL Electronics Group to SVI Public Company Limited to SVI Public Company Limited

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    Adviser to Heinz Kettler GmbH & Co. KG on its sale of Bicycle division of Heinz Kettler GmbH & Co. KG to ZEG Zweirad-Einkaufs-Genossenschaft eG

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    Adviser to palero invest S.à.r.l. on its acquisition of Gallhöfer Dach GmbH from Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Deutschland GmbH

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    Adviser to DMB – Deutsche Mittelstand Beteiligungen GmbH on its sale of WEGU Leichtbausysteme and WEGU Slovakia s.r.o. to Anhui Zhongding Sealing Parts Co., Ltd

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    Adviser to palero on its sale of cenadruck GmbH to BEUCKE & SÖHNE GmbH & Co. KG

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