Lünendonk List 2022

Leading Business Consulting Companies in Germany

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The Lünendonk® List 2022 “Leading Business Consulting Companies in Germany” is a ranking of the leading business consulting companies in Germany. The consulting companies are presented with their respective total turnover and number of employees.

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The Lünendonk® List 2022 “Leading Business Consulting Companies in Germany”

  • for the first time provides a ranking of the 20 leading consulting firms, whose share capital is mainly located in Germany (top 20 German consultancies)

  • lists the international consulting groups that generate significant revenues of more than 50 million euros in Germany from management consulting services, but are headquartered abroad

  • provides an overview of the players in the German market with their respective sales and head counts for both 2020 and 2021

  • is an excerpt from the Lünendonk® Survey 2022 “Business Consulting in Germany” which was published in August 2022.


After a decline in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the consulting market now shows signs of recovery. The 20 largest management consultancies headquartered in Germany reported an average revenue growth of 16.6 percent in fiscal 2021. In 2020, total revenues declined on average by 6.8 percent – after more than 10 consecutive years of growth. The leading international consulting groups grew on average by 13.1 percent in fiscal 2021 (2020: 1.6%). Current challenges such as the Ukraine war, rising energy and manufacturing costs, and related inflation have had little impact on the revenue guidance of the leading business consultancies: the German top 20 plan to grow by 15.4 percent in fiscal 2022, and the international consultants by 11.5 percent. For more information, see our press release.

The German consulting market is dominated by international firms. The 17 leading international providers on the Lünendonk List generated an estimated global revenue of 136.4 billion euros in 2021, of which Germany accounts for 10.5 billion euros (2020: €8.2 billion; +28%).

The Lünendonk List “Leading Business Consulting Companies in Germany” forms the basis for the Lünendonk Survey, which was published in August 2022. Seventy business consultancies operating in Germany were surveyed in the period February to May 2022. A detailed evaluation of the results and how the companies assess current market developments and trends can be found in the study, which can be ordered here.

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Background information about the Lünendonk® List

The Lünendonk® List of the leading business consultancies in Germany reflects both international and German consulting providers. A ranking based solely on consulting revenues in Germany cannot be meaningfully depicted in sufficient detail for the international service provider category. Thus, the classic Lünendonk ranking of business consultancies only in Germany also considers companies that were founded and have most of their share capital in Germany. These 20 German consultancies with the highest revenues are listed in the order of their total revenues.

The multinational business consulting groups that have either their headquarters or most of their capital stock abroad are listed in the separate overview, “Leading International Business Consulting Companies in Germany”, with their relevant global consulting revenues and head counts – provided they generated a turnover of more than 50 million euros with business consulting services in the German market in 2020 and 2021. These include both the major strategy consultancies and full-service providers, as well as specialised consultancies from the Human Resources (HR) sector. The revenues that were taken into account for the Big Four auditing companies are those generated with advisory services.

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The Lünendonk® Survey “Business Consulting in Germany” contains the results of the 70 business consulting companies surveyed, in the form of a graphical evaluation, commented and classified on the basis of more than three decades of market observation.

The new edition of the Survey was published in August 2022 and can be ordered now.


Jörg Hossenfelder

Managing Partner

Jörg Hossenfelder is a managing partner and your contact in the field of business consulting, auditing, tax and advisory, corporate finance and legal advice. If you need advice on surveys, publications, benchmarks, moderations, workshops or seminars, please contact him directly.