The health economy is one of the largest sectors of the German economy and contributes significantly to growth through its creativity and high employment rate. It consists of three sub-sectors: medical care, the industrial health economy and other sub-sectors. circa 5.8 million people are employed in this sector and that is about 17% of all employees in Germany.

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    Felix Engelhardt, CFA

Current Developments

Fragmented, but infallible

Health has become a ubiquitous topic and a trend that is developing rapidly. An increased proportion of elderly people and greater health awareness are driving growth in the industry. The Covid 19 pandemic significantly increased the demand for health products, which also led to an increase in PE activities and assessments.

Growth Rates


Privatisation and consolidation

The number of private healthcare providers is increasing, while the number of hospitals overall is decreasing. Larger providers emerge to leverage economies of scale.


Our Sector Transactions
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Number of M&A transactions - DACH region, 2021 (as of August)
Significant Transactions
  • ICON x PRA Health Sciences
  • Avantor® x Ritter GmbH

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Medical progress is creating modern treatment methods that make it possible to provide new drugs and personalised therapies. However, these can be associated with higher costs and longer approval times. In addition, there is a change in the disease pattern of the population, which is generally more susceptible to chronic diseases and mental disorders. As a result, demanding and costly therapies will increase in demand over longer periods of time.

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"The healthcare market in Germany is still highly fragmented - financial investors are increasingly looking for opportunities to establish themselves in the market as part of a buy-and-build strategy. The relevance and potential of the market became particularly clear during the Corona pandemic."

CEO & FounderFelix Engelhardt, CFA

Our M&A perspective

The health sector is clearly on the rise. An ageing population and increased health awareness are key factors that continue to drive growth. Technological progress means that new medicines and therapeutic methods can be developed. The ubiquitous shortage of experts, especially in the nursing professions, remains problematic. In general, we observe a trend towards size, which will lead to a consolidation of the fragmented market.

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