ZF CEO Scheider moves to Partners Group

Zurich, Stuttgart ZF boss Wolf-Henning Scheider has a new job: The top executive, who is letting his contract with the Friedrichshafen-based car supplier expire, will join private equity firm Partners Group early next year. The Swiss announced on Tuesday. At Partners Group, Scheider will be responsible for what is by far the largest division: the … Read more

New companies in crisis – investors announce funds

Dusseldorf Although the start-up scene is currently in crisis after years of uncontrolled growth, many venture capitalists are starting new investment funds. Internationally active company Headline announced three funds for early-stage investments on Thursday. Headline wants to invest €320 million in startups in Europe. €400 million is available for new investment in the US, €166 … Read more

Market researcher GfK will be part of NielsenIQ in the future

Frankfurt Five years after financial investor KKR got involved, market researcher GfK is losing its independence. The company is slipping below US rival NielsenIQ. Its owner, Advent, will hold a majority stake in the merged company, while GfK’s majority owner, the Nuremberg Institute for Market Decisions (NIM) and KKR will become significant minority shareholders, the … Read more

EUR 100 million to combat climate change

Manon Littek and Janna Ensthaler The founders want to combine the yields with the reduction of CO2 emissions. Düsseldorf Manon Littek and Janna Ensthaler have turned their passion into a profession. Both are vegetarians. Both are driven by the desire to do what is necessary to combat climate change. And now they have € 100 … Read more

Ergon Capital puts the Opseo intensive care group up for sale

Nurse (symbol photo) The company cares for seriously ill people. (Photo: ullstein bild – Hoff / WELT) Frankfurt According to business circles, private equity investor Ergon Capital is putting up for sale the German intensive care group Opseo, which specializes in intensive care. Goldman Sachs Investment Bank is preparing an auction that could start in … Read more

Former boss of GE: investments in troubled medium-sized enterprises

Munich “In difficult times there are always great investment opportunities”, “Nani” Falco Bekali is convinced. From 2019, the former European boss of General Electric (GE) invests in small and medium-sized industrial companies that have encountered difficulties or have not yet made the leap to digitalization. His fund, Falco Global Partners, includes other former GE executives … Read more

Bosch is investing an additional € 250 million in technology companies

Bosch The car supplier is now also successful as a technology investor. (Photo: dpa) Stuttgart The world’s largest car supplier, Bosch, has been providing venture capital to start-ups for almost 15 years. Four funds have already been launched. Now the fifth with a volume of 250 million euros is added. “Tickets are getting bigger and … Read more

Adidas shareholder GBL targets German companies

Professional Alaban Lakata mountain biker with Canyon bike GBL is already the majority shareholder in the bicycle manufacturer Koblenz. Other companies from Germany will soon follow. (Photo: Canyon Bicycles) Frankfurt Belgian investment company Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL) intends to become more involved in private off-stock companies in the future. To this end, it brought in … Read more

Hedge funds are attacking German companies

Düsseldorf Europe and especially Germany are becoming more important for “activist” investors. At the beginning of the year, the trend of 2021 intensified. Hedge funds are primarily looking for European companies as targets for campaigns and influence. In the US the phenomenon has been declining for quite some time. Activities in Europe initially declined as … Read more

Infinite companies achieve the best returns

Düsseldorf Venture capital companies are often very successful in start-up investments. This is the result of analyzes of the Munich Equation investment platform. “Among the ten best start-up funds of a year, a disproportionately large number of investment companies are represented by their first or second fund,” says Equation founder Mark Schmitz. Competition between venture … Read more