Since 2000, we invest in medium-sized companies. We have faith in the midmarket and see our role as a partner to our portfolio companies and their management teams.
We are an independent partner-managed private equity firm based in Frankfurt and invest in majority buy-outs of companies with business activities and/or know-how in German-speaking Europe.
We focus on midsized companies with sales between € 20 to 125 million. Typical situations are company successions, group spin-offs and growth-related follow-up investments.
We are not focused on one industry sector but seek companies which aspire to play a leading role in their sector.
Our investment team has broad financing experience in the German midmarket. We are supported by industry experts with long-standing national and international management experience as well as expertise in various industrial sectors.
As co-founder of the private equity network "Alliance for Global Growth", we support our portfolio companies in meeting the challenges of market globalisation.
Our investor base consists of a large number of German entrepreneurial families as well as European institutional investors.
Finatem is a member of the following organizations:
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Technical services related to steel protection systems and traffic safety
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Production of lattice boom sytems
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MBO / Expansion
Development, production and sale of fastening technology products for the construction industry
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Owners Buy-out / Expansion
Distribution of proprietary full-range equestrian product assortment
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Development, production and marketing of small- to medium-sized series volumes of gear wheels and gearboxes mainly for the power tool, outdoor equipment, automotive and material handling technology
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Distribution of lamps and luminaires as well as complementary lighting planning and consulting for professional clients
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Design, production and distribution of metal fasteners, components for suspension and safety systems
Manufacturing and distribution of precision turning parts for the automotive, gear manufacturing, drive/hydraulics and electronic engineering.
Techno Physik Group
Manufacturing and distribution of thermal lagging materials and fire protection products
Design, production and distribution of decorative furniture fittings made of die-cast metal and plastics
Development, production and distribution of natural cosmetics and nutrition supplements; distribution of semi-precious stonesohn-Accessoires
Manufacturing and distribution of high precision turned and milled parts for common rail injection systems and steering systems in the automotive sector
Construction of turnkey projects involving materials handling with an emphasis on the pulp & paper industry, the biomass industry and minerals technology
Design, production and distribution of safety components, heat shield systems, welding assemblies and assembly/fixing components for the automobile manufacturing and auto parts industry.
Design, assembly, and sale of bicycles, in particular through specialist bicycle retailers in Germany and Europe
Development, production, and distribution of electrical contacts, precision-stamped parts, technical plastic parts, plastic-coated precision-stamped parts and subassemblies
Lifting platforms and conveying technology
Development and sale of Big Data analytics software
Civil explosive ordnance detection and recovery
Christophe Hemmerle founded Finatem in 2000. Before that time he was managing director of Halder in Germany. He began his career at the Société Générale, where he most recently led the development of the M&A division in Germany.
Dr. Robert Hennigs
Dr. Robert Hennigs has been managing director and partner at Finatem since 2004. Previously, as Managing Director of DZ Equity Partner and GZ Capital Partner, he was responsible for managing portfolio companies and investing in private equity funds. He began his career with BHF Bank Corporate Finance at the private equity subsidiary responsible for SME transactions. Since June 2019 Robert is Member of the Board of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK).
Eric Jungblut has been Investment Director and Partner at Finatem since 2001. Prior to that, he worked in structured finance at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
Irmgard Schade has been Investment Director and Partner at Finatem since 2002. Prior to that, she was Investment Manager at DG Private Equity and MUK Capital Investment Company. She started her career in controlling.
Daniel Kartje has been working for Finatem since 2003 and has been one of the partners since 2009. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the departments of Mergers & Acquisitions and Valuation and Strategy.
Alexander Stein has been Investment Manager at Finatem since 2013. Prior to that, he worked as project manager in the department of Transaction Advisory Services - Restructuring at Ernst & Young.
Boris Yudin has been Investment Manager for Finatem since 2014. Previously, he worked as Associate Director in leveraged finance at General Electric Capital. He began his career with the private equity firm Invest Equity in Vienna.
Felix Rieder has been Investment Manager for Finatem since 2014. Previously, he was responsible for national and international corporate acquisitions and sales as M&A Manager of Celesio AG. He began his career in Transaction Services at Rödl & Partner with a focus on German SMEs.
Katrin Radtke has been responsible for Controlling, Accounting and Treasury at Finatem since 2010. Before that time, she worked as a consulting and auditing assistant for the tax firms Haag Eckhard Schoenpflug and Jörns & Platt.
Katharina Freund has been responsible for Investor Relations, Risk Management and Compliance at Finatem since 2014. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Consultant for Fereal AG, in Accounting at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG and as Senior Controller at Axa Private Equity.
Sabine Gräfin Zedtwitz
Sabine Gräfin Zedwitz has been responsible for Finance and Treasury at Finatem since 2000. Before that time, she worked as an assistant at s-Oliver and comma soft.
Agata Wagner is since 2016 responsible for the reception, internal administration and events at Finatem. She previously worked in sales of Union Tank Eckstein GmbH and as store manager in retail.
Ron Berger has supported Finatem since 2017. He founded Outfitter, developed it into a leading multi-channel sports retailer and successfully sold it to the Signa International Sports Group. Today he is as one of many activities Member of the Supervisory Board of Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH.
Consumer goods, branding and marketing, sales, operations, logistics
Dr. Heiner Diefenbach
Dr. Heiner Diefenbach has been supporting Finatem since 2016 and was for many years CEO of CSC Plönske AG, TDS AG and Vice President Services Central Europe at Fujitsu.
Software and IT industry, service business, corporate development, accounting, controlling, corporate integration, mergers & acquisitions
Dr. Axel Horstmann
Dr. Axel Horstmann has supported Finatem since 2013 and is a Partner of Stellwerk Management Consulting, Cologne. For many years he served as Group Representative for EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG and as Minister (most recently for Transport, Energy and State Planning) and Member of the Parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Business start-ups and business development, acquisition and investment controlling in the energy and transport industry, public business promotion and financing, public-private partnerships and project management in regulated markets
Fritz-Wilhelm Krüger has been supporting Finatem since 2000 and was for many years managing director of Erich Jäger GmbH as well as the Finatem portfolio company MBB Liftsystems AG.
General Industrials & Engineering (hydraulic tail lifts & lift technology), automotive suppliers (faucets panels, interior trim), medical diagnostics, consumer electronics, consulting, finance, administration, controlling, refurbishment, restructuring, international growth, corporate sales
Roland Lacher has been supporting Finatem since 2010 and for many years was Chairman of the Executive Board and later of the Supervisory Board of Singulus Technologies AG. Prior to this, he was, among others, the division manager of Leybold AG and the technical director of WIBAU AG.
Mechanical and plant engineering, new technologies, research and development, construction, production, restructuring, new business fields, acquisitions
Bernd Lattemann has been supporting Finatem since 2000 and worked as a consultant and managing director for, among others, Collins & Aikman Europe, Becker Group, SKF Group and Seeger Group.
Automotive - supply industry, distribution, production, restructuring, international expansion
Jörg Pretzel has been supporting Finatem since 2010 and was Managing Director of GS1 Germany and member of the GS1 Global Management Board as well as various executive and executive positions for Herlitz PBS AG, Uvex GmbH and A.C. Nielsen GmbH.
Consumer Goods, Commerce, Healthcare, eCommerce, Logistics, Marketing, Sales, Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, Innovation Management
Mathias Seidler has supported Finatem since 2010 and was CEO and Managing Director of Finatem's investment Derby Cycle. Before that time, he held various executive positions at Herlitz AG and Beiersdorf AG.
General Industrials & Consumer Goods, Paper & Print, Health Care, Marketing, Restructuring, Strategic Reorientation, Sales, IPO, Corporate Integration, Mergers & Acquisitions
Volker M. Stauch
Volker Stauch has been supporting Finatem since 2012 and has worked for Daimler AG throughout his career, most recently as Vice President Powertrain in the Mercedes Car Group. Today he is honorary professor at KIT Karlsruhe and operates a specialist logistics company for hazardous substances.
Automotive industry, logistics, corporate development in the areas of process and quality management, innovations and market launches, cost management, internationalization
Felix Sulzberger has supported Finatem since 2000 and was for many years CEO of Calida AG. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Reebok, Fruit of the Loom, Levi Strauss and Philip Morris, among others.
Consumer Goods (Apparel, Footwear, Sports), Global Markets, General Management, Branding & Marketing, Sales, Finance, Operations, Restructuring
Konstantin Winterstein has supported Finatem since 2014 and is active as a member of the Management Board of Ringmetall AG and as a member of the Board of Directors of Clariant SE. Before that, he worked for BMW AG for many years, most recently in Supply Chain Consulting.
Automotive and automotive supply industry, large volume industrial production, lean management
05. April 2018
Finatem acquires majority stake in HKM Sports Equipment GmbH
Finatem is further expanding the portfolio of Fund IV by the acquisition of the majority of shares in HKM Sports Equipment GmbH, Neuenhaus, as well as the business operations of HKM Textil GmbH from Managing Partner Klaus Egbers. Mr. Egbers will remain Managing Director of the company and hold a strategic stake under company law.
As the market leader for full-range equestrian products in Germany, HKM Sports Equipment offers a differentiated portfolio of equestrian products addressing the respective target audience of every price segment. The company lists more than 21,000 total product variations. About two-thirds of its product range consists of functional clothing and equipment for riders and horses, with the remaining third being fashion accessories. Besides its flagship brand HKM, the portfolio includes other strong end customer brands such as Lauria Garrelli, Cavallino Marino and Pro-Team. Products are developed and designed in-house and manufactured exclusively by established suppliers under strict quality guidelines. HKM Sports Equipment’s customers are primarily European specialist retailers and selected eCommerce dealers.
HKM Textil GmbH is Europe’s market leader for applications for attaching and ironing onto textiles. Besides trimmings, embroidery motifs and printed motifs, HKM Textil also sells other haberdashery products such as scissors, shoulder pads and Velcro straps. The business activities of both companies will be continued under the HKM Sports Equipment umbrella.
Irmgard Schade, Partner at Finatem: “With HKM Sports Equipment, we are adding another very attractive company with worldwide customer base to our investment portfolio. HKM is now in its second generation under Managing Director Klaus Egbers and we are delighted that his experience and expertise will continue leading the company into the future.” Mr. René Schäfer has been successfully managing HKM Textil’s business and will continue in this responsibility as second Managing Director of HKM Sports Equipment.
The HKM Group generated sales of around EUR 24 million in 2017. More than 80% of its sales are generated in Europe, around half in Germany. The company’s internal logistics handles the entire flow of goods with high efficiency from the delivery of containers in Neuenhaus to handing over customer orders ready for shipping.
“The company has impressively demonstrated its efficiency in recent years, the market is offering attractive opportunities and we have the necessary capital. In our view, these are strong prerequisites for continuing to grow together in the coming years,” explains Alexander Stein, Investment Manager at Finatem.
Klaus Egbers, co-founder and Managing Director of HKM Sports Equipment, adds: “We have been a market specialist for equestrian equipment since the 1980s and have earned ourselves a leading industry position. Demand for our products has never faltered, and we see further growth opportunities in the market. With Finatem, we now have the right partner at our side to seize these opportunities.”
HKM employs nearly 120 people at its company headquarters in Neuenhaus, working in the areas of collection/design, purchasing, sales, marketing, IT, finance and accounting, administration and warehousing and logistics. The market volume for equestrian products and services in Germany is around EUR 6.7 billion. The running costs of horse husbandry, such as board and lodging, account for around EUR 2.6 billion. Germans therefore spend around EUR 4.1 billion on other products and services. The market for equestrian products and services across Europe amounts to around EUR 100 billion per year.
The parties agreed not to disclose transaction details.