Frank Merkel

Managing Partner

SECTORIndustrial Automation & Machinery; Industrials

ServiceM&A; Strategic Advisory


Frank Merkel is a Managing Partner in the Frankfurt office of Alantra. He heads up the Global Industrial Automation team, is a key senior member of the global Industrials team and serves as a member of the Global Executive Management Committee as well as the chairman of Alantra’s Nordic operations.

Mr. Merkel has successfully led numerous sell-side and buy-side transactions for private equity clients, corporates and family offices over the past 20, years involving businesses across Europe, North America and Asia. Since joining Alantra, Mr. Merkel has successfully led 25 M&A transactions in excess of €4bn enterprise value.

Prior to joining Alantra, Mr. Merkel was a founding partner of C.W. Downer & Co.’s platform in Europe, a global M&A boutique focused on cross-border M&A transactions, which merged with N+1 to become Alantra in 2016. His professional education includes studies at the International Business School in Bad Nauheim (Germany), where he received his Diploma in International Management, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lincoln (UK).