Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Junior Professorship in M&A of Small- and Midsized Entities

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Lahmann


Sparkassen Finanzgruppe Junior Professorship in
M&A of Small- and Midsized Entities


Ostdeutscher Sparkassenverband, Sparkasse Leipzig

Academic Group at HHL

Finance, Accounting and Corporate Governance

Junior Professor

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Lahmann

Research Associates

Hendrik Büttner, Max Fischer, Franziska Stimper, Thorben Tröger


Corporate Valuation
Risk Management
Financial Management

Research Areas

Asset pricing
Corporate valuation
Capital structure
Mergers and acquisitions


S-Beteiligungen, Stefan Leermann
Wachstumsfonds Mittelstand Sachsen (WMS), Harald Rehberg
Leipzig University, Chair of Taxation: Prof. Dr. Carmen Bachmann




The Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Junior Professorship in Mergers & Acquisitions of Small- and Midsized Entities (SME) was found in 2013 and focuses on analyzing the determinants and structure of M&A activities in the takeover market of SME as well as the applied pricing techniques.  

In current research projects we analyze the determinants of contingencies and capital structure decisisons in german takeovers as well as in leveraged buyouts. A further major research area comprises the techniques and pricing tools in corporate valuation.

In addition, the Junior Professorship fosters the knowledge exchange between practice and academic research. We collaborate with the S-Beteiligungen and Wachstumsfonds Mittelstand Sachsen in order to establish a cooperation to perform theoretical research with the potential to solve problems in financial decision making. In addition we closely cooperate with the Chair of Taxation of the University of Leipzig to facilitate the combined research of finance and taxation.

Our teaching activities aim at providing students with state of the art knowledge and tools in finance. In order to do so, we combine analytical and empirical techniques with real-life case situations. Our courses, prepare students for the growing importance of financial decision making.


Currently, our teaching activities comprise all HHL programs. We offer core and elective modules for the part-time and full-time M.Sc. and MBA programs:   

  • Corporate Valuation
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Management
  • Finance

Our interactive lectures offer an overview of modern financial theory with its assumptions, restrictions and implications. Furthermore, we give interesting insights into current financial research.


Research projects at the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Junior Professorship in M&A of Small- and Midsized Entities focus on:

  • Asset pricing
  • Corporate valuation
  • Capital structure
  • Mergers and acquisitions

The conducted research mainly builds upon projects with academic and business partners as well as selected master theses. Our overall objective is to perform analytical and empirical research with precise links to current problems in the area of finance.

Knowledge Transfer

For transferring our knowledge we emphasize a lively exchange with the business world. In this context, we focus on the transfer of knowledge and current results of our academic research as well as on the transfer of methodological competence. International conferences allow us to present and discuss our research and to connect with other researchers on a regional and international level.

In direct cooperation with the Sachsen Bank we focus on valuation techniques applied for the pricing of small- and midsized entities during M&A transactions. In addition we support SMEs in their valuation and M&A efforts. Our combined work should foster the perception of the firm value as management decision tool.


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Lahmann
Junior Professor
T +49 341 9851-665
F +49 341 9851-689
Hendrik Büttner
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-664
Max Fischer
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-668
Franziska Stimper
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-667
Thorben Tröger
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-663
F +49 341 9851-689
Law of Economic Regulation

Accreditation & Rankings

Among the leading EMBA
programs worldwide

Top 5 in Germany

Most International University
in Germany

#1 for Entrepreneurship
in Germany