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 smaller midsized companies with sales between € 10 to 50 million or EBITDA between € 2 to 6 million. Typical situations are company successions, group spin-offs and growth-related follow-up investments.
We are not limited to specific industry sectors but concentrate on services, industrials and consumer goods. We 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.
We see ourselves as a responsible investor and consider sustainability risks in the investment decision-making process. Our disclosures under Articles 3, 4 and 5 of Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 can be found here.
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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Delivery wholesale of food and non-food items with focus on snack bars with internal meat and sausage production
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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 high precision gears and components with focus on e-mobility, e-bikes and professional e-tools
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
Design, production and distribution of metal fasteners, components for suspension and safety systems
Towntalker Media AG
Provider of out-of-home media services
Distribution of lamps and luminaires as well as complementary lighting planning and consulting for professional clients
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.
Irmgard Schade heads all ESG activities at Finatem and drives the development of company indiviual ESG strategies.
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 since 2013 and Investment Director since 2020 at Finatem. Prior to that, he worked as project manager in the department of Transaction Advisory Services - Restructuring at Ernst & Young.
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.
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
21. May 2021
Finatem has sold a stake in hGears AG through an Initial Public Offering
Finatem sold a stake in hGears through an initial public offering on the prime standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
hGears AG (www.hgears.com) is a global manufacturer of high-precision gears and components with a focus on products for e-mobility applications. hGears delivered revenue of EUR 126.3 million in 2020 with e-mobility revenue growth of 59% vs. the prior year and demonstrated strong operational profitability in 2020 with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 18%. The company’s high-precision gears and components were contained in approximately two million of the 4.6 million e-bikes sold in Europe in 2020.
Pierluca Sartorello, CEO of hGears: “We are proud to have successfully completed the leap onto the stock market. The high demand of our shares shows the strength of our future-oriented growth strategy and demonstrates the shareholders’ confidence in the high quality of our products. During our meetings with investors, we received very positive feedback on our market position and strategy. The opportunities arising for hGears as a supplier of high-precision gears and components for e-bikes and electric and hybrid vehicles in the context of the increasing importance of e-mobility are clear, and we are excited about the future.”
Daniel Kartje, Partner at Finatem added: “This important transition marks the start of a new phase of growth for hGears, we will retain a meaningful stake in hGears post IPO and believe strongly in the quality and the future growth opportunities for this business.”
For Christophe Hemmerle, Managing Director and Founding Partner at Finatem, the long-term development of hGears AG was in the foreground right from the start: “We acquired Herzog GmbH almost ten years ago and merged it with mG miniGears in Italy, which we acquired in 2014 as part of a Buy & Build strategy, to form the company hGears. We initiated and accompanied the strategic change to the area of e-mobility. Our strategic vision has come true. Today we can say: The common path so far has been very worthwhile for everyone involved!”
Hauck & Aufhäuser acted as Sole Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner in the IPO and ABN AMRO (in cooperation with ODDO BHF SCA) acted as Joint Bookrunner.
Evercore acted as adviser to Finatem in the evaluation of alternative exit scenarios.