A special situation is filling the top position in a medium-sized company when the founder or a long-standing managing partner relinquishes this position. The special challenge usually lies in the fact that the demands made are oriented towards the predecessor, which is often not achievable. The degree of difficulty is not infrequently increased by the fact that further changes in governance take place in this context. However, this is also an opportunity for a good solution. We have extensive experience in the interaction of top management, supervisory and advisory boards as well as shareholder representatives.