EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

The Companies' Exchange

Phase: Management
  • Advice
  • Matching/Networking
  • Support of business transfers
  • Support of SMEs
Zuletzt geändert: 03 August, 2021
Ursprünglicher Name:

Bourse d’entreprises

Englischer Name:

The Companies' Exchange


Company sellers must be registered with the Chamber of Crafts (Chambre des métiers) or at the Chamber of Commerce (Chambre du Commerce). Company buyers need the qualifications required to take over a business.

Main characteristics

The Companies' Exchange of the Chamber of Commerce provides a platform on which business owners can offer to sell their company and potential business buyers can look for a company to purchase. The objective is to bring buyers and sellers together and to conclude a transfer. The owner has to fill in a relatively detailed form (fiche signalétique). This requires details on issues such as the type of business, its location, its legal form, the number and qualification of employees, the language used in the business, and the size of the business premises. However, in order to protect the anonymity of firms, this detailed information is not published. It is only used in the matching process.

The collected data are analysed and the most relevant features are included in a summary. The Chamber of Crafts publishes all of this summarised information on the internet and an extract in its regular publication called d´Handwierk. Interested people or enterprises must first contact the Chamber. If both parties agree, the Chamber will then organise an initial meeting between the potential partners. The Chamber will mediate these meetings and will also give free advice on issues such as legal and financial matters. There are no costs involved for participants and advertisements are published for an unlimited period.

The Chamber of Commerce manages its own 'Business Exchange' in cooperation with the Chamber of Crafts. Both participate in a project of transborder successors' bourses that covers Luxembourg and the two French regions Alsace and Lorraine.


  • Employers' organisation

Involved actors

Employer or employee organisations
Run by the Chamber of Crafts (Chambre des Métiers) and the Chamber of Commerce (Chambre du Commerce)


According to the Chamber of Crafts, the measure is quite efficient. Over 100 participants are permanently registered with the crafts sector. It can be estimated that between 100 and 150 takeovers are carried out every year in Luxembourg and around 15 of these occur in the crafts sector. Since 2000, the Chamber of Crafts has had 350 clients on this scheme, with a success rate of about 10%.

According to the Chamber of Commerce, in 2015 (latest data available), 25 new offers of business to take over in Luxembourg were published and 58 new recovery applications were registered. In terms of personal advice, 56 interviews were conducted. Finally, 35 contacts between sellers and potential buyers were organised by the advisors of the Chamber of Commerce.


This measure enables enterprises to continue, thereby safeguarding jobs and companies.


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