Due to a lack of data from official statistics, IfM Bonn regularly estimates (since the mid 1990s) the number of enterprises which are to be transferred to new owners. The current estimation for the period 2014 until 2018 calculates a number of approx. 135 000 enterprises in search of new owners; as their present owners are expected to leave the enterprise due to a variety of personal reasons. In the analysed five year term, some 2 million employees will be affected by these business successions.
Kay, R.; Suprinovič, O. (2013): Unternehmensnachfolgen in Deutschland 2014 bis 2018, in: Institut für Mittelstandsforschung Bonn (Hrsg.): Daten und Fakten Nr. 11, Bonn.