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Your expert for company sales, acquisitions and financing solutions

About PALA Corporate Finance

Pala Corporate Finance is an owner-managed consulting company with focus on corporate finance solutions for small and medium-sized companies. We act as an independent partner in succession solutions for medium-sized companies, raising capital (equity and debt) for companies as well as in the implementation of strategic goals such as buy-and-build for private equity companies or family offices. With our expertise, we support our clients throughout the entire transaction process.

Our innovative and digital solutions ensure efficient and transparent management of the sale, purchase or financing process. The management of the projects is exclusively carried out by the managing partners and Pala Corporate Finance acts as an independent and partnership-based company.

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With our many years of expertise, we support clients in all phases of a transaction

Company sale

  • Sale of companies and company shares
  • Management buy-outs and buy-ins
  • Exit strategies for private equity companies
  • Carve outs
  • Company valuation, investor search and approach, due diligence and negotiation

Company acquisition

  • Company purchase
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Market studies
  • Identification of target companies tailored to the respective M&A strategy

Financing solutions

  • Raising equity, debt and expansion capital
  • Structuring of acquisition financing
  • Refinancing of existing credit lines

Venture Capital

  • Equity capital for startups and young companies
  • Identification of growth companies
  • Consulting for the participation in growth companies


With many years of experience, entrepreneurial passion and high flexibility, we implement the needs of our clients in the best possible way

Patrick A. Bauer

Managing Partner
Patrick Bauer has many years of international corporate finance and M&A experience in top tier M&A boutiques / banks.

Prior to founding Pala Corporate Finance, he executed numerous transactions for mid-market companies and private equity in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and industrial sectors.

During his time at a renowned bank, he built up profound knowledge in IPOs, bonds and promissory notes.

Laurens A. Ahlring

Managing Partner
Laurens Ahlring has many years of international corporate finance and M&A experience in top tier M&A boutiques / accounting firms.

Prior to founding Pala Corporate Finance, he executed numerous transactions for small and mid-sized companies in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and industrial sectors.

In addition, Mr. Ahlring gained extensive experience in asset management through his work at a multi-family office.

Frequently asked questions

We will be happy to answer further open questions during a personal meeting.


How do I find a suitable successor for my company?

An experienced M&A advisor not only supports you in identifying potential buyers, but also accompanies you throughout the entire transaction process. This is done by drawing on the network of private investors, companies and investors that M&A consultants have. In addition, we screen the market according to your specifications in order to identify suitable buyers.


How do I best prepare my company for a sale?

The course for a successful sale should be set before the actual sales process begins. In doing so, an M&A advisor draws on a variety of measures to prepare the sale of your company in the best possible way and to determine the optimal time for the sale.


Can I carry out the sale of the company on my own or should I mandate an M&A advisor?

Involving an M&A advisor is not necessarily required, but it offers a number of benefits, especially if this is your first business sale. For example, a consultant provides support in the preparation of all documents relevant for approaching interested parties, in the due diligence carried out by buyers or in the purchase price negotiation, thus significantly reducing the workload in your company. Furthermore, an M&A consultant will market your company in a targeted and discreet manner without generating attention that could damage your reputation.


How much is my company worth?

The value of your company is based on a number of different factors (market and competitive environment, growth prospects, profitability) and can be determined using different methods. The determination of the value of your company should be carried out by an experienced M&A advisor. In this process, a consultant calculates the value using different valuation methods commonly used in the market (e.g. discounted cash flow, transaction multiples).


How long does the sale usually take?

The length of the sale varies greatly and depends on a variety of factors. As a rule, mandating an M&A advisor leads to a faster sale of the company and usually takes 4-6 months.


How can I optimize the tax burden?

Find out in advance from your tax advisor or auditor about tax optimization options. An experienced M&A advisor will address the tax structuring options in the sales process and include them in his transaction structuring.


On what basis do I continue to work with the buyer after the transaction?

In many cases, a transition period is agreed in which you remain in your company after the final handover and continue to work there to ensure a smooth handover.

Get in touch

Pala Corporate Finance
Große Reichenstraße 27
20457 Hamburg

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