We are entrepreneurial partners for high-potential enterprises – successful since 1995.

About us

Our DNA

Experienced

We have been successful as an investor in medium-sized businesses since 1995. We have always pursued a consistent investment strategy: as a specialist for changes to the shareholder structure, we invest when companies are at a milestone in their development. For the next development phase, we contribute our experience from over 50 investments and acquisitions.

Partnership-oriented

We act as true partners for management teams and founders in the sustainable development of companies. By offering management teams and existing shareholders the opportunity to invest in the company, we create an alignment of interests. During the partnership, we discuss at eye level, provide sparring and pave the way for further development.

Entrepreneurial

We think and act entrepreneurially – at ECM and in the partnership with the respective management teams. We also invest personally in each individual company. Our goal is to position companies for sustainable success. We act quickly and pragmatically and are independent of external bodies. We have been very successful with this approach for over 25 years – for our portfolio companies, their employees and our investors.

Our value-add

Partnership with ECM

Working in partnership with management teams is the core element of our philosophy. The operational responsibility always remains with management. We take the role as an active sparring partner and contribute our broad functional know-how (Value Impact Program (VIP)), our network and, if required, additional capital.

Our values

For us, a successful cooperation is not only based on common goals, but in particular on common values.

ECM Value Impact Program

Based on our long-term experience from numerous investments, we have developed the ECM Value Impact Program (VIP), which covers the following development areas:

To our Cases

Investment focus

We invest in companies with potential.

Our focus is on majority investments in medium-sized enterprises with further development and growth potential in the GAS region. We invest across all industries in attractive business models with sustainable competitive advantages and strong market positions. We are looking for motivated, skilled and entrepreneurial management teams.

Investment opportunities:

  • Succession situations
  • Corporate spin-offs
  • Partnership investments with entrepreneurs
  • Growth financing
  • Changes to the shareholder structure
  • Special situations with complexity

Investment criteria:

  • Operating profit (EBIT) typically >€2.5 million
  • Enterprise value usually up to €125 million
  • Platform investments based in the DACH region
  • Add-on acquisitions worldwide of all sizes

Our Funds

Fund evolution since 1995

Since 1995, we successfully raised five funds and invested into more than 50 companies. The funds German Equity Partners (GEP) I-III are fully realized. We are currently investing the fifth fund generation (GEP V) with equity commitments of €325 million.

Our investor base

Long-term oriented equity investors

The funds managed by ECM have a diversified investor base with a long-term investment horizon. All investment decisions are made exclusively by us. We have trustful relationships with our investors and some have been working with us for decades. Our investors include pension funds, insurance companies and family offices. Since 2018, we are investing our fifth fund (GEP V) with equity commitments of €325 million.