Marktlink enters Swiss market with new office in Zurich

06 October 2023 2 min. read

European M&A consultancy Marktlink has opened a new office in Switzerland, its 12th across Europe.

Having in recent years already established three offices in Germany [Düsseldorf, Hamburg, and Munich], expanding into the Swiss market was a “logical next step” for the firm, according Tim van der Meer, managing partner at the Netherlands-headquartered mergers & acquisitions company.

“This significant milestone adds to our German offices and solidifies our presence in the German-speaking DACH region. It opens up new opportunities to support Swiss entrepreneurs with their transactions, and enhances our ability to support cross-border transactions,” he said.

Marktlink opens office in Zurich

“Switzerland is an economically robust location with a stable economy, a robust financial sector, and a high attractiveness to skilled workers. A significant part of the country’s economic strength is owed to smaller and medium-sized enterprises – our key area of focus,” Van der Meer said.

Since its inception in 1996, Marktlink has helped close more than 1.000 transactions. The firm typically focuses on transactions with a deal size of between €5 million up to €100 million.

Leading the new Zurich office is Marc Reinhardt, an experienced dealmaker with 17 years of M&A experience in Switzerland. He previously worked for Mazars and EY, among others.

Despite the slowdown in European M&A activity, Reinhardt said that the firm is optimistic about its growth prospects in Switzerland. “The market is currently teeming with opportunities just waiting to be seized. Recognising these opportunities is one of Marktlink’s strengths. It’s why we’ve grown into one of the leading mid-market M&A houses in Europe.”

Highlighting one area of opportunity, Reinhardt pointed at the growing need from Swiss mid-market businesses for leadership (and ownership) succession. “Over half of the Swiss population is over 40 years old, meaning that succession planning will gain significantly in importance in the near future. Marktlink is well-positioned to support this generational shift and help entrepreneurs reach their goals.”