VR Equitypartner

VR Equitypartner is one of the leading private equity financiers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They support medium-sized family companies on a target-driven basis, underpinned by their decades of experience in solving complex strategic financing issues. Events that have prompted them to realise investments in such companies include growth and expansion financing, corporate succession or a change of shareholders. They offer not only majority and minority investments, but also mezzanine financing facilities. As a joint subsidiary of DZ BANK and WGZ BANK, Germany's leading co-operative banks, VR Equitypartner consistently prioritises the sustainability of corporate development ahead of a short-term exit philosophy. They have been operating very successfully on the private equity market for many years. This proven expertise ensures their customers always receive individual equity financing appropriate to their current corporate situation. Given these circumstances, openness, partnership, trust, expertise and responsibility have been their key values for many years.

Alexander Berninger

Investment Manager


Astrid Binder

Investment Director


Johannes Fleck

Investment Director

Christian Futterlieb



Dorothee Joch

Director of Finance and Administration


André Lammering

Senior Investment Manager


Wiebke Langhans

Investment Manager


Malte Maier

Investment Manager


Jens Osthoff

Director of Risk and Portfolio Management


Peter Sachse


Peter Saxon



Daniel Schmidt

Senior Investment Manager


Christof Schmitt

Director of Risk and Portfolio Management


Jens Schöffel

Head of Risk and Portfolio Management


Daniel Seifert

Head of Operating Partner Team

Michael Vogt

Head of Team Bavaria


Simone Weck

Director of Risk and Portfolio Management

48 past transactions

Goldeck confectionery GmbH

Acquisition in 2011
Goldeck confectionery GmbH operates as a chocolate confectionery. The Company offers whole milk, caramel, white, and bitter chocolate candies and bars. Goldeck Suesswaren serves customers in Germany.


Acquisition in 2018
Auto-Pflege-Zentrum is the nationwide provider of vehicle preparation services.
UTT Technische Textilien GmbH & Co. KG manufactures technical textiles. It manufactures airbag-and mobiletec fabrics for car interiors, parachute fabrics, nylon ribbon fabrics, lightweight fabrics, peel ply fabrics, warps, and airbag textiles; and research and development services. The company was founded in 1850 and is based in Krumbach, Germany. As of February 28, 2019, UTT Technische Textilien GmbH & Co. KG operates as a subsidiary of PHP Fibers GmbH.

Digades GmbH

Acquisition in 2007
digades GmbH develops and manufactures electronic components and systems. Its solutions for automotive sector includes control units for seat control, heating control solutions, fuel pump electronics, multimedia infotainment and other remote controls, and low-energy radio modules. The company also offers home automation and radio systems for temperature control; and signal requesting equipment for municipalities, public building operators, and other infrastructure providers.


Private Equity Round in 2016
NCTE AG (www.ncte.de) develops, manufactures and sells sensor systems based on the magnetoelastic operating principle for non-contact torque and force measurement for industrial use. In addition to standardized sensors for test bench and test applications, the focus of the product portfolio is on highly integrated specific customer applications. The largest and most successful product portfolio we offer in the field of e-bike drives.

DILAX Intelcom GmbH

Acquisition in 2015
Dilax Intelcom develops, manufactures and distributes software and hardware systems for the measurement of passenger numbers and passengers. The systems are used, for example, in public transport, on railway stations, airports or in sports stadia.

Janz IT AG

Private Equity Round in 2002
Janz IT AG conceives, develops, and manufactures electronic assemblies and industrial computer systems. Janz IT AG offers embedded computer systems, industrial PCs, industrial communication products, and couplers and I/O modules; software; and custom design for industrial computer systems.


Acquisition in 2013
DUO PLAST AG manufactures and supplies packaging films. It offers stretch films for use in pallet wrapping applications; silage wrap and multi-layer co-extruded blown films for use in various agricultural applications, such as round and square bales; and barrier films for use in packaging food and health products.

n3k Informatik GmbH

Private Equity Round in 2016
N3K Network Systems is a globally acting systems integrator with a large multi-national, blue chip customer base. N3K specializes on IP Address Management, Active Directory & Cloud Auditing, and Privileged Access Management. Its deep-rooted technical knowledge and experience in each of these areas spans the entire project cycle including analysis, design, project planning, implementation, training, extensive ongoing maintenance and global 24/7 support services.

Kuhn Made-to-measure KG

Acquisition in 2013
Kuhn Maßkonfektion KG, based in Schneeberg (Odenwald), has stood for high-quality fashion made to measure for 65 years. In addition to suits and costumes, the product range for the currently around 100,000 customers also includes tailored shirts and blouses as well as accessories.

Becker Marine Systems

Private Equity Round in 2010
Becker Marine Systems GmbH offers automated material handling systems. Its systems are used for provisions and luggage handling on ferries, mega yachts, cruise vessels, inland navigation, and automated floating warehouses, as well as for provisions and ammunition handling for aircraft carriers and auxiliary ships. Becker Marine Systems GmbH was founded in 1946 and is based in Hamburg, Germany with an additional office in China.
The GHM Group is a good example of how SMEs are helping to shape the digitization of the economy. The specialist for measuring and control technology processes the business fields of industrial sensors and electronics, environmental measuring technology, mobile measuring devices as well as data acquisition and transmission.

CleanCar AG

Acquisition in 2007
CleanCar AG CleanCar AG currently operates 27 powerful full-service car wash facilities in Germany and Austria

Mr. Wash Autoservice AG

Private Equity Round in 2011
Mr. Wash Autoservice AG offers car care services in Germany. It offers car washing, interior cleaning, and oil change services, as well as operates gas stations. The company was founded in 1964 and is based in Essen, Germany.

Maritim Hotelgesellschaft mbH

Private Equity Round in 2010
Maritim Hotelgesellschaft mbH owns and operates a chain of hotels in Germany, Egypt, China, Malta, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey.

Wingert Foods GmbH

Private Equity Round in 2014
Wingert Foods is a leading supplier of ready-to-serve ready meals in trays and cups based in Cuxhaven.


Private Equity Round in 2012
VELOX GmbH (Hamburg) is a leading European distributor of raw material specialties. At the same time, the company acts as an important and exclusive interface between the manufacturers and their customers.

quick-mix Gruppe GmbH & Co. KG

Private Equity Round in 2015
quick-mix Gruppe GmbH & Co. KG is the international manufacturer and specialist for sustainable premium construction.
billerbeck Betten-Union GmbH & Co.KG develops, manufactures, and sells bedding products. It offers duvets, pillows, neck support pillows, mattress pads, mattress protectors, and other bedding products.

böhm Kunststofftechnik GmbH

Private Equity Round in 2008
böhm Kunststofftechnik GmbH develops and produces customer specific injection molded plastic packaging solutions for cosmetics, chemical, cleaning, janitorial, personal care, and pharmaceutical markets in Europe and internationally.

ProxiVision GmbH

Venture Round in 2006
ProxiVision GmbH is a manufacturer, supplier and service provider for high-grade electro-optical components and detector systems, especially for - low-light and short-gating (nanoseconds) intensified cameras - image intensifiers - detectors for x-rays, UV, visible light, NIR, particles Roots of ProxiVision GmbH go back to the know-how and production facilities of Proxitronic Detector Systems GmbH, formerly Proxitronic Funk GmbH & Co. KG, which was originally founded in 1978 as a management buy-out from Bosch TV manufacturing plant. At that time that company was located in Darmstadt and the main product was the PROXIFIER®, a proximity focused diode-type image intensifier. In 1984 Proxitronic Funk GmbH & Co. KG moved to Bensheim, which is up to now the location of ProxiVision GmbH.

LEUNA Tenside GmbH

Acquisition in 2015
Leuna-Tenside Gmbh manufactures industrial chemicals such as alkane sulphonate.

Weisshaar Gruppe

Acquisition in 2014
Weisshaar specialises in high-performance plastic injection parts used in the automotive and furniture industries.

Sauer BAU GmbH

Private Equity Round in 2017
Sauer BAU & Projektentwicklung GmbH offers civil engineering and demolition services. The company also offers refurbishment of pollutants (especially asbestos), disposal, recycling, earthworks, and utilization of land for new buildings and project development.

Breitenfeld AG

Private Equity Round in 2006
Breitenfeld AG manufactures and distributes steel products. It offers tempered steel, heat resistant construction steel, ball-bearing steel, case-hardened steel, tool steel, and high-speed steel products; austenitic, martensitic, and ferritic stainless steel; specialty steels for particular applications and customers’ specifications; and other steel products.

Geiger-Notes AG

Private Equity Round in 2012
Geiger-Notes AG: Calendars, sticky notes, notebooks and print advertising media in first-class quality with top service. Print Präsent publishing house for advertising media GmbH and began in 1987 with the production of advertising materials. In accordance with the constantly expanding business model, renamed Geiger Kalender GmbH in 1989 and Geiger AG in 1999. In 2014, the merger with Notes GmbH & Co. KG into Geiger-Notes AG took place.


Acquisition in 2016
schwa-medico is a leading provider of equipment for non-medicinal pain therapy, medical aids and muscle stimulation (the "Medical") and in transformer (the "Industrial Technology").

Bookwire GmbH

Private Equity Round in 2019
Bookwire GmbH provides services, software, and personal support for the distribution and marketing of publishers’ digital products and digital content. The company offers Bookwire OS, which includes dashboard homepage, digital asset management, statistics, reporting, quality assurance, user management, and integration features. The company provides services through its platform that include production support in strategy consulting, conversion, data upload, and quality control; distribution services, which include worldwide distribution, direct to consumer, print on demand, eBooks, and audiobooks; marketing services, such as shop marketing, consulting, target groups, and marketing tools; and analytics services. Bookwire GmbH was founded in 2009 and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Acquisition in 2017
KÄLTE ECKERT GMBH supplies and installs refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The company offers commercial, industrial, and environmentally friendly refrigeration systems. It also provides consulting and planning of installations as well as post installation maintenance services. The company caters to food, hotel, chemical, pharmaceutical, laboratories, and process technology industries. KÄLTE ECKERT GMBH was founded in 1966 and is based in Markgröningen, Germany.

melvo GmbH

Private Equity Round in 2007
melvo GmbH manufactures and supplies shoe care products and comfort articles in Germany. It offers creams, lotions, liquids, waxes, and sprays; and washing agents for sportswear, cleaning shampoos for sports shoes, fabric waterproofing for application in washing machines, and insoles for children’s shoes. The company’s products are also used for leather goods and textiles.

Ostertag Group

Private Equity Round in 2016
Ostertag Solutions operates as a communications and information technology provider. Ostertag Solutions provides professional IT and telecommunications services to our clients. We also represent the ITK product portfolio of the most important manufacturers.


Acquisition in 2019
Signon is an IT service provider specializing in mobility, infrastructure and digitalization. SIGNON Austria stands for software development and consultation in the field of business-critical systems with a passion for technology.

MK Metallfolien GmbH

Private Equity Round in 2007
MK Metallfolien GmbH produces foils and superfoils of steels and other materials. It offers foils of catalytic converters material, steel, nickel, titanium, perforated foils, brazing foils, and contract work. The company also offers packaging and logistics services. The company serves to automotive, clean and greentech, power generation, metal formers, chemical, electrical, medical technology, and aerospace industry. MK Metallfolien GmbH was founded in 1999 and is based in Hagen, Germany.
Groneweg Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH engages in manufacture and sale of frozen and air-dried food, such as herbs, vegetables, spices, and fruits. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Greven, Germany.

Ismet AG

Acquisition in 2011
Ismet AG is a manufacturer of low-voltage transformers, chokes and electrical components. The focus is on customer-specific developments, one-off production and small series based on unique engineering expertise and highly efficient manufacturing locations.
KTP Kunststoff Palettentechnik GmbH has specialized in the production and development of foldable large containers and large load carriers as well as pallets and carrier systems made of plastic.

aku.automation Gmbh

Private Equity Round in 2020
aku.automation Gmbh engages in design, production and distribution of optical inspection systems. The company offers solutions illumination methods, color, deep learning, focus variation, hyperspectral, Id-reader, laser triangulation, shape from shading, stereo camera systems, structure light, telecentricity, thermography, time of flight, line scan cameras and aku.plus solutions. Its product includes lenses, cameras, illuminations and aku.webshop. Additionally, aku.automation Gmbh offers maintenance, service and support facility in industrial image processing sector. aku.automation Gmbh was founded in 2007 and is based in Germay.
Norafin is a leading manufacturer of specialty and technical nonwovens and composites. Norafin's products mainly serve industrial markets, such as filtration, protective clothing, and special applications. Other customers include the medical, automotive, and construction industries. In addition, Norafin is an innovative solution provider and the European pioneer in spun lace production; it also operates a needlepunch production line.

McPaper AG

Acquisition in 2006
McPaper AG owns and operates stationery stores. The company sells paper, office, and stationery products at retail outlets.

European Convenience Food GmbH

Acquisition in 2014
European Convenience Food Gmbh produces and sells a range of frozen food products, including vegetarian, meat, and snack products. The company produces roulades and vegetarian products. Its distribution takes place via the wholesale and cash-and-carry markets. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Garrel, Germany with an additional office in Borken, Germany.

TRACOE medical GmbH

Private Equity Round in 2016
TRACOE medical GmbH manufactures tracheostomy and laryngectomy products.

HÖR Technologie GmbH

Acquisition in 2013
HÖR Technologie GmbH provides custom-made solutions in the area of engine and gear technology for automobiles. Its products include Camshafts, Gearboxes, Gearwheels, Differential Locks, Aluminium Castings, and Chassis Parts.

Novum Group Holding GmbH

Private Equity Round in 2015
Novum Group Holding GmbH operates hotels and residential properties in Hamburg, Berlin, Köln, and Dortmund, Germany.

Vectron Systems AG

Acquisition in 2006
Vectron Systems AG manufactures, sells, and installs point of sale (POS) systems and communication software for the networking of branch shops worldwide.


Acquisition in 2005
Hornschuch is a provider of premium films and artificial leather surface solutions used for a wide range of applications including home interiors and decoration, vehicle interiors, seats and flooring.

Grundig Business Systems GmbH

Acquisition in 2016
Grundig Business Systems GmbH manufactures professional dictation systems. It provides digital dictation devices, such as mobile devices, PC microphones, transcription stations, and comprehensive packages; analogue dictation devices that include mobile devices and tabletop stations; and accessories, such as accumulators, docking stations, connecting cables/power cables, storage cards/cassettes, headphones/foot switches, and miscellaneous products.

Vohtec Qualitatssicherung

Acquisition in 2013
Vohtec Qualitätssicherung GmbH is one of the market leaders in destructive and non-destructive materials testing .

TKW GmbH & Co. KG

Acquisition in 2008
TKW GmbH & Co. KG is a niche supplier of technical plastic injection molding and multi-material components in the safety-related areas of the automotive supply industry.