CleanTech Rating: CleanTech Investment and Financing – Companies and Projects


Oliver Everling (Editor): Cleantech Rating: Investment and Financing of Cleantech – Companies and Projects, Kindle Edition (Amazon Media EU S.à rl), RATING EVIDENCE GmbH, 1st Edition Frankfurt am Main 2015, 268 pages, ASIN: B00QFNHAQ8.

“Cleantech” is not a new buzzword, but names the consistent continuation of a fundamental trend. Clean technologies encompass all products and services that have a positive and sustainable impact on the environment, climate change and humans. Sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly use of our planet’s scarce resources so that humankind can continue to survive in the long term and sustainably will remain a challenge for science and practice in the long term. This includes both vertical applications and horizontal base technologies.

We do not want to anticipate the definitions of our authors. For example, “cleantech” in this book covers a variety of sectors and subsegments. The rating, ranking or scoring of companies in the field of “cleantech” and the opportunities offered to them is therefore based on the idea of ​​bringing transparency to many investors in an opaque market. The book offers a forum for discussing the nature and design of rating sentences. “Rating” is understood as a generic term for any type of classification for the purpose of preparing investment and financing decisions.

By placing the title on the view of investors or decision makers, the reader should be offered a publication that, although scientifically sound, is rather positioned as a practice-oriented compendium with concrete benefits for those affected. Thus, there is a broad target group for this book: investors in cleantech companies, cleantech entrepreneurs, asset managers, foundations, (eg church) pension funds, financial advisors, investment brokers, banks, insurance companies and other financial service providers, consultants, scientists, business journalists and last but not least – private investors from the entire German-speaking area.

Authors of the book: Jan G. Andreas, Dr. Michael Brandkamp, ​​dr. Matthias Gündel, Thomas Hellener, Christoph Herr, Prof. Dr. Johannes Hoffmann, Wilhelm Kötting, Daniela Kramer, Dr. Ing. Bernd Kreuter, Ingmar Kruse, Dieter Pape, Dr. Ralf-Rainer Piesold, Michael Wilkins, Axel Wilhelm, Stefanie Zillikens.

Oliver Everling (Herausgeber): Cleantech Rating: Investition und Finanzierung von Cleantech – Unternehmen und ProjekteKindle Edition (Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.), RATING EVIDENCE GmbH, 1. Auflage Frankfurt am Main 2015, 268 Seiten, ASIN: B00QFNHAQ8.

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Next Generation Financial Services: The New Digital Power of Customers


Oliver Everling and Robert Lempka (Publisher): Next Generation Financial Services: The New Digital Power of Customers, 1st Edition Frankfurt am Main 2013, Frankfurt School Verlag, 462 pages, ISBN 978-3-940913-62-3.

The Internet and the digital revolution have changed society and the economy on an unprecedented scale. After industries such as publishing or retail have been fundamentally reoriented in recent years, the financial sector is still lagging behind in this development. The book shows how the financial industry is changing and what new business models and opportunities are emerging.

This book is about presenting trends in the financial industry and presenting new business models made possible by the digital revolution and the resulting strengthening of the customer. It identifies adaptation processes and changes that the financial sector faces not only through the potential of the Internet, but also through the use of a wide range of different end-user devices that bank customers of the past will use to communicate with their financial service providers. As a scientifically founded and practice-oriented compendium, the book offers concrete benefits for investors and decision-makers.

It will address internet industry readers as well as bankers and other financial service providers, as well as rating agencies, venture capitalists, seed financiers, business angels, investors, consultants, headhunters, academics and business journalists.

Oliver Everling und Robert Lempka (Herausgeber): Finanzdienstleister der nächsten Generation: Die neue digitale Macht der Kunden, 1. Auflage Frankfurt am Main 2013, Frankfurt School Verlag, 462 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-940913-62-3.

Rating Software


Werner Gleißner, and Oliver Everling (publisher): Rating Software. Which Products Are Used by Whom ?, Verlag Franz Vahlen,, Munich 2007, 448 pages, ISBN 978-3-8006-3248-0.

For many medium-sized companies, the question of improving their own rating results is currently being raised, even if they want to compete for debt capital in the future after the Basel consultation paper comes into force in 2006. For this purpose, a variety of rating software offers already exist on the market.

However, as a rule, the software application does not provide sufficient transparency as to which evaluation methods and weighting of the partial results are carried out. Therefore, it makes sense to use a decision support in the choice of rating software and to evaluate the software used accordingly.

In Part I of the book, based on the methodology and the requirements of a rating based on the Basel II Accord, the requirements for a rating software are described by the publishers and their evaluation criteria are presented. In addition, the design variants of the software are systematized. Furthermore, the state and development tendencies of this expanding field of application are shown.

In Part II, well-known authors from the rating advisory sector compare and rate the rating software products available on the market. In doing so, both the scope and the system of presentation are strictly defined for the individual contributions in order to make the comparative assessment objective.

Parts III and IV present various rating software systems, highlighting both bank-specific features and the application of the software and concrete experience reports.

The book is best for specialists and executives of medium-sized companies, credit institutions, tax consultants, auditors and management consultancies.

Werner Gleißner, und Oliver Everling (Herausgeber): Rating-Software. Welche Produkte nutzen wem?, Verlag Franz Vahlen,, München 2007, 448 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-8006-3248-0.

Succession Rating


Ann-Kristin Achleitner, Oliver Everling and Stefan Klemm (publisher): Successor Rating: Rating as an Opportunity for Company Succession: Rating as an Instrument of Medium-sized Company Succession, Betriebswirtschaftlicher Verlag Th. Gabler, Wiesbaden 1st edition January 2006,, hardcover, 366 pages, ISBN 3-409-14327-0.

The topics “medium-sized business succession” and “rating” are closely interwoven. At the latest when the bank adapts the credit terms with the reference to the age and the unresolved succession question of the entrepreneur to the increased credit default risk from their point of view, it is worth analyzing the underlying relationships.

Basel II motivates banks to adjust the loan terms to the respective risk assessment of the borrower. At the same time, banking supervision does not stick to qualitative direction. Rather, it is precisely prescribed with how much equity the bank has to deposit loans of different risk classes. In addition, Basel II provides guidelines for the design of bank-internal rating systems.

The systematic recording and evaluation of factors such as an “existing emergency planning” or “existing succession planning” are the consequence. A lack of succession planning leads more frequently than before Basel II to significantly worse credit conditions up to the refusal of credits. Even the good personal relationship with the corporate customer service can not help here.

With the concretization of the Basel II guidelines by the banks and thus systematization of the evaluation of the credit risk, the leeway of the account managers disappears. Here we see a focus of the editorial volume – with up-to-date reference and direct assistance for the concerned entrepreneur. The present book shows internal views of the bank’s internal rating. The underlying regulations are presented and explained in detail. It will be shown where creative leeway opens up and how individual banks implement the requirements. This explanatory information is followed by concrete help for the entrepreneur. In doing so, the relation to succession is always established and the meaning of the controlled succession planning as an input parameter of the rating is reflected.

Ann-Kristin Achleitner, Oliver Everling und Stefan Klemm (Herausgeber): Nachfolgerating: Rating als Chance für die Unternehmensnachfolge: Rating als Instrument der mittelständischen Unternehmensnachfolge, Betriebswirtschaftlicher Verlag Dr. Th. Gabler, Wiesbaden 1. Auflage Januar 2006,, gebundene Ausgabe, 366 Seiten, ISBN 3-409-14327-0.

Start-up Rating


Ann-Kristin Achleitner and Oliver Everling (Publisher): Start-up Rating: Rating of Young Companies (German Edition), Betriebswirtschaftlicher Verlag Th. Gabler, Wiesbaden 1st edition August 2004,, hardcover, 516 pages, ISBN 3-409-12572-8.

The classification of the future opportunities of a start-up project by rating – presentation of the business fields, products and services, the prognosis of the incomes and expenditures, the calculation of essential characteristic numbers and the evaluation of financing instruments up to the description of expected market developments – help the company founder to understand his chances and properly evaluate his enterprise. A good rating result provides support in negotiations with investors.

This practice-oriented book goes a long way from the consideration of the rating events, rating instruments to the concrete benefit of the rating for start-ups. It also offers recommendations for action to improve the rating result and includes reports from successful start-up founders.

Professor Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner is holder of the KfW Endowed Chair for Entrepreneurial Finance and Scientific Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Finance Studies at the Technical University of Munich, Honorary Professor at the European Business School and Privatdozentin for Finance and Accounting at the University of St. Gallen.

Dr. Oliver Everling is the founder and owner of Everling Advisory Services, Frankfurt am Main, a provider of consulting services, publications and rating events. He is the publisher and author of numerous books and specialist articles on rating.

Ann-Kristin Achleitner und Oliver Everling (Herausgeber): Existenzgründerrating: Rating junger Unternehmen (German Edition), Betriebswirtschaftlicher Verlag Dr. Th. Gabler, Wiesbaden 1. Auflage August 2004,, gebundene Ausgabe, 516 Seiten, ISBN 3-409-12572-8.

Rating – Opportunity for SMEs According to Basel II


Oliver Everling (Publisher): Rating – Opportunity for SMEs according to Basel II. Concepts for Credit Assessment, Key to Financing, Betriebswirtschaftlicher Verlag Th. Gabler, Wiesbaden 1st edition December 2001,, hardcover, 700 pages, ISBN 3-409-11812-8.

As recently as the 1980s, ratings in the German-speaking world were regarded as a peculiarity of the US capital markets. At that time, ratings and rating agencies in at least 50 countries were also widespread outside the United States. At first it seemed that differences in the financial systems were responsible for the fact that ratings did not spread in Germany: the universal banking system here, the segregation banking system there. Too big were the opposites. On the one side of the Atlantic, virtually every company present on the capital market was already equipped with ratings, on the other side of which the circle of rated companies was limited to those that served the international financial markets. Even for this circle the relevance of ratings had to be questioned.

What benefit should be associated with the classification of globally known “first” addresses? So the creditworthiness of such companies in financial circles was long known! However, it was precisely the Siemens group that was the first address in the industry in Germany to be rated as an independent agency. “Rating” has long since developed into an indispensable business card on the international financial markets. Those who were above any credit rating found that rating was a crucial additional element of building trust among financiers. For business partners around the world, the rating is the essential signal for assessing the viability of a company.

Oliver Everling (Herausgeber): Rating – Chance für den Mittelstand nach Basel II. Konzepte zur Bonitätsbeurteilung, Schlüssel zur Finanzierung, Betriebswirtschaftlicher Verlag Dr. Th. Gabler, Wiesbaden 1. Auflage Dezember 2001,, gebundene Ausgabe, 700 Seiten, ISBN 3-409-11812-8.