As a bank independent corporate finance advisor for German SME’s, we see ourselves as the attorney of the entrepreneur. Thus motivated, we carry out the following topics of current interest, which we believe could be of particular benefit (only available in German).

Below you will find publications written by Aquin employees or published with their participation. The hierarchical tree structure will take you directly to the individual subject areas.



- Martin Kanatschnig, Dr. Kurt Gerl, Raphael Muth, Jana Dillmann in: Highlight

You have probably asked yourself before: why are some lighting companies so successful while others are not? Even though they seemingly do the same? Especially Italian luminaire manufacturers financially outshine their German competitors clearly. Read our surprising findings in ...


- Aquin & Cie.

In an era of ubiquitous digital transformation, the spotlight on the IT services and software market is intensifying. This is evident in a sector characterized by numerous innovation drivers and highly scalable business models, whose growth and reach are ...


What a year it’s been - FotoFinder saves lives with their groundbreaking early skin cancer detection technology, and is growing even stronger thanks to their partnership with the investor EMZ Partners. We feel priviledged to have been part of such ...



The following books were published by the executive board and the supervisory board of Aquin. If interested, you can order these via email from, Amazon, or quoting the ISBN number in the book trade.

Passing on the fire –
Shaping the future of your company

Authors: Kanatschnig / Knürr / Kuttruff / Metzler / Reichert / Zippel

As successful entrepreneurs feel a strong bondage to their lifetime achievements, they are greatly concerned about finding the right successor for the companies they passionately built up. This book provides answers to factually as well as emotionally challenging questions concerning succession, helping entrepreneurs to take satisfactory and future-oriented decisions.

Based on their own entrepreneurial experience as well as on their functions as executive respectively supervisory board members at Aquin, the authors shed light on the multifaceted topics of corporate succession. A symbiosis of entrepreneurial and scientific perspectives resulted in a so far unique oeuvre – written in intelligible speech – which assists in the timely and sound preparation and successful execution of the transfer of business.

ISBN 978-3-943021-15-8 | 28,50 €

Passing on the fire II –
M&A means advising entrepreneurs and enterprises

Authors: Kuttruff / Kanatschnig et al.

Good M&A requires in-depth knowledge of the industry, protects the future of the company and establishes the transfer from one entrepreneur to the next.
Maintaining the good and future-oriented during change, yet at the same time remaining open for the new is a difficult balancing act. For this reason, the title of the book is inspired by an old proverb:

»Tradition is not preserving the ashes, but passing on the flame.«

It is up to the new entrepreneur to keep the fire, which he bought, burning, to develop initiative, to motivate and to create.

ISBN 978-3-943021-75-2 | 28,50 €

80 insights of an accomplished entrepreneur –
views and suggestions resulting from 40 years of passionate entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial commitment and passion characterizes this book. Only a few German managers have experienced a comparably long and comprehensive presence as head of an internationally expanding company like Hans Knürr. This is demonstrated in all 80 views. »Business Environments« and »Markets«, »Corporate Finance«, »Globalization«, »Day-to-Day Business« and economic topics: Heading the Knürr AG for 40 years, the author faced almost all possible challenges in any of the above mentioned fields. He does not hold back and speaks a clear language with tact and social skills. In addition to the always dominant perspective of an experienced entrepreneur, the book leaves room to experience strategy and operations from other angles.

A book full of passion and expertise which contains the essential touch of toughness, a quality successful entrepreneurs have to practice these days; maybe more than they want to.
ISBN 3-937960-01-5 | 28,90 €