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Christian Behrends

Advises software and private-equity portfolio companies about transformation, strategy, and due diligence programs

Christian is a partner in McKinsey’s software sector as well as our Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice, focusing on change management and corporate strategy.

He has deep experience in advising software companies and private-equity groups investing in the software industry. His expertise includes go-to-market strategies, customer success, and product engineering.

Christian has previously managed transformation programs for leading software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) businesses, redesigned operating models for major B2B software companies, and led many due diligence efforts on software and tech assets. He has worked extensively with large US-based and Chinese technology companies, leading transformation offices and coaching chief technology officers on change management.

Before joining McKinsey, he worked for another management consultancy, and in banking.


Where could $374 billion in dry powder go? Six themes to watch,” McKinsey & Company, July 2023

Reversal of fortune: How European software can play to its strengths,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

From pure investor to entrepreneurial owner: How private-equity firms can master the shift,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019


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Esade Ramon Llull University
MS, finance

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
BS, economics