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Owner-strategy consulting for family-owned companies

INTES is a pioneer, trailblazer and and market leader in owner-strategic thinking and work in German-speaking countries.
Numerous family business owners and owner families have already worked with the experts at INTES to develop and implement their succession, owner and family strategies, family governance and family constitutions. Our content and methods have become the standard for owner-strategy solutions.
"Professionalism and empathy" is the description used by many of the clients whom we have had the privilege to assist in drawing up their family constitutions or succession plans.

Our success
is built on trust. We see ourselves as "trusted advisors" to the business-owner family and have a clear objective in mind: working with you, we we want to make you and your business-owner family even stronger and your family business even better. Securing familial cohesion. Enabling business success. Sustainable for the long term.


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Our consulting services

Success as a family business owner across generations calls for professional organization of the company and the owner family as well. From generation to generation. Over and over, again and again.
With this in mind, we work with you to develop and implement:
Owner strategies, family constitutions and governance concepts
Ownership requires an owner strategy. A strategy that, from the owners' point of view, sets the guard rails for healthy development of the company. We help you develop your owner strategy, map it in a family constitution and establish appropriate governance models.
Succession plans for business and family assets
Every change of generation presents a risk and an opportunity at the same time. It is about more than the question: Who can, should and wants to take over operational management? It is also about succession at the shareholder level. It is about smart, fair and tax-optimized asset succession. We work with you to develop a coherent overall concept around the subject of succession.
Setting up new and optimizing existing advisory boards
A professional and effective advisory board delivers genuine added value for your company. We help you implement the advisory board that's best for you or assist with realigning an existing body. On request we will search in our business network for qualified individuals to serve on your advisory board.
Solutions for difficult issues of owner strategy
The larger and more international an owner family becomes, the more complex the issues of owner strategy can get: How do we deal with the risk of fragmentation of our shares? Is a "tribe" principle right for us? What investment policy would we like to pursue as a family? What tax and asset-specific challenges arise if there are family members permanently living abroad? We work with you to develop answers to these and other specific questions.




Our consulting methodology

Based on the INTES Principle, we have created a longstanding and proven methodology. It combines our expertise in the thematic areas of family, assets and personality, creating a convincing overall system. And it is based on a clear foundation:

  • We derive our findings in teamwork with you – in a structured and moderated process.
  • We understand our role as one that extends far beyond that of a mediator – as process partner and as expert.
  • We have different skills and personalities to provide you with the best possible guidance through your individual issues and challenges.




Our owner strategists

Select experts are available to assist you with your owner-strategy issues. They all have vast practical experience in working with family-owned businesses, and as network partners of the INTES Academy for Family Businesses they share our passion for family-run companies and our empathy for owner-strategy issues.

Depending on your individual situation and the specific challenges you face, we will be pleased to bring you together with the colleague best suited for you and your topic of concern.


peter may Q




Widely regarded as a leading expert for family-run businesses, the founder of INTES served as Wild Group Chair of Family Business at IMD in Lausanne and teaches as an honorary professor at WHU in Vallendar, Germany. Peter May advises leading owner families, publishes and speaks regularly and has launched a variety of important initiatives for family-run businesses (among them the "Governance Code for Family Businesses" and the "Family Business of the Year").
He is assisted by Karin May with complex processes in owner-strategy consulting and mediation.



Telephone: +49 228/36780-11
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nina heinemann Q  




studied economics and political science at the University of Cologne. Ms. Heinemann is a trained systemic organizational consultant and business mediator. As Managing Director, she was in charge of her parent's family business for several years before dedicating herself to consulting owners and owner families. Nina Heinemann specializes in monitoring succession processes, designing family business governance and developing family constitutions.



Telephone: +49 234/58846-97
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lehmann tolkmitt Q  




LT-Inhaberberatung GmbH, is an attorney and mediator. With more than ten years of experience in the field, he assists and advises owners and owner families with owner-strategy decision-making and successor plans within the moderation and mediation context. He also assists family-run businesses with the improvement of management and control structures.



Telephone: +49 228/36780-217
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karsten schween Q  




Schween Inhaber Strategie Beratung GmbH, is a longtime consultant to owners and family-run companies. For many years, he advised family-run businesses and groups of companies in Europe, Asia and the US in his capacity as a partner at McKinsey before taking the reins at a larger family-run company in Germany for several years. Today, his consulting is focused on the areas of strategy, succession and optimization of management and control systems in family-run businesses. Dr. Karsten Schween is the chairman of a variety of advisory boards for family-run businesses



Telephone: +49 8075/91493-45 und +49 175/9384112
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