Benchmark International is Delighted to announce its Market Entry into Germany

Posted on November 1, 2021 By

Benchmark International is delighted to exclusively reveal the location of its new European office and introduce Managing Director, Martin Franz.

With Benchmark International’s expansion originally announced in the latest publication of The Mark, we are now pleased to announce that the search for a location has concluded, and Benchmark International will be opening its new office in Düsseldorf.

We’re also delighted to welcome Martin Franz as Managing Director. Possessing a wealth of experience across the M&A industry, Martin has held roles at KPMG, NORD Holding and most recently as Head of M&A and Corporate Controlling at ARDEX, a family-owned manufacturer of premium construction chemicals and building materials with more than €800m revenue and approximately 60 operating entities globally.

Academically, Martin has a degree of economics from one of the prestigious universities in Europe, Humboldt University of Berlin.

After more than 11 years in M&A, completing many M&A transactions with SME companies and business owners, a background in private equity and a position as Head of M&A at a multinational family-owned hidden champion, Martin will be adding value for our clients, particularly with his experience from the buy-side perspective.  

On joining Benchmark International, Martin commented: “I am very grateful to have the opportunity to expand Benchmark International into Germany as the next important milestone of the company’s global expansion.

Germany is a very attractive market as there are many SMEs and company owners looking for a succession plan for their businesses in the upcoming years. Though there is already a broad and established range of M&A advisory firms in Germany I am very confident that Benchmark has the potential of becoming a relevant player in the German market.

From the beginning I was drawn to the people, the professionalism and Benchmark’s approach focusing on the sale of owner operated businesses. The combination of working in M&A, which is my passion, and driving the business development of Benchmark in Germany backed by a strong international organisation, is a great opportunity that does not come around often.”

Schedule A Call

Europe: Michael Lawrie at +44 (0) 161 359 4400 /

Americas: Sam Smoot at +1 (813) 898 2350 /

Africa: Anthony McCardle at +27 21 300 2055 / 


Benchmark International’s global offices provide business owners in the middle market and lower middle market with creative, value-maximizing solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. To date, Benchmark International has handled engagements in excess of $7B across various industries worldwide. With decades of global M&A experience, Benchmark International’s deal teams, working from 14 offices across the world, have assisted hundreds of owners with achieving their personal objectives and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses.


James Thornton & Martin Franz



in 'Benchmark International'
in 'Benchmark International'
in 'Benchmark International'
in 'Benchmark International'

Recent Posts

Subscribe to Email Updates

Follow Us on Twitter


see all