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Jens Kengelbach

Partner & Managing Director


M&A and Divestitures

BCG’s Exit Strategy Expert Shares Some of the Secrets to Successful Divestitures

In this video, Jens Kengelbach, global head of M&A, outlines what companies should consider when preparing for divestiture and explains how BCG can help.

Jens Kengelbach is The Boston Consulting Group's global head of mergers and acquisitions and leads the firm’s Transaction Center. He is a member of BCG's Corporate Development and Industrial Goods practices.

Since joining the firm in 2002, Jens has worked on numerous due diligence and transaction projects—on both the buy side and the sell side. He has executed M&A strategy and target search mandates using a profound portfolio strategy, M&A strategy, and execution road map. Jens has run multiple strategic and commercial due diligence checks across numerous sectors, including industrial goods, pharmaceuticals, metals, engineered products, and automotive supply.

He has extensive experience on the sell side in end-to-end divestiture support in all phases, including equity story, info memorandum, management presentation, Q&A sessions, site visit preparation, and bid comparison. He has led dual- and triple-track equity deconstructions, including carve-outs and IPOs.

Jens is the author of BCG's annual M&A report and has written many internal and external M&A-related publications. He is also responsible for the worldwide marketing activities in BCG’s Corporate Development practice.

Areas of Expertise

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Strategic and commercial due diligence
  • Divestitures, carve-outs, and trade sales
  • Shareholder value creation, TSR strategy
  • Portfolio strategy
  • Target search
  • Initial public offerings
  • Performance management
  • Management reporting and incentives


  • PhD, finance, magna cum laude, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Double master’s degree, business administration and civil engineering, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Honors and Awards

  • Member of the editorial board of Corporate Finance magazine
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