VR Equitypartner

50 years’ experience with mezzanine financing, minority shareholdings and majority acquisitions

VR Equitypartner is one of the leading equity investors for medium-sized companies (the so-called Mittelstand) in Europe’s German-speaking countries. We support medium-sized family companies in implementing growth plans, financing expansion, in company succession matters and with changes to shareholder structure.This can be in the form of majority and minority shareholdings and with mezzanine capital .


As a subsidiary of DZ Bank, the parent holding of the cooperative banking group, we are part of a large cooperative network. A spirit of partnership and sustainable corporate development are integral to who we are. An open approach, trust in each other’s strengths and competencies and a sense of responsibility are part of our corporate culture. We see ourselves as financiers of the Mittelstand and not as investment bankers. We are not tied to pre-determined exit time frames and we support our companies for as long as it takes – which can sometimes be up to 12 years and longer. We adopt the same sustainable approach when it comes to debt financing: We assess the financial capacity of every company and make sure that the level of debt never impinges on the company’s room for maneuver.


With 50 years’ experience (our predecessor company was founded in 1970) and over several hundred engagements over that time, our accumulated know-how and experience can help you take your company forward, realize your objectives and find strategic solutions to complex financing issues. At present, our portfolio comprises some 60 companies with a total investment volume of EUR 400 million.


Our success is an endorsement of our partnership approach: A look at our current portfolio (status as of end 2019) shows not only that sales at most of our majority and minority shareholdings are up significantly, or very significantly, but also the number of employees.

What sets us apart

No pressure to sell our holdings and a broad network of reliable financing partners: VR Equitypartner’s investments are funded entirely by DZ Bank AG and we are therefore not subject to the requirements of fund-based refinancing.

This has three key benefits for you:

  • Long-term approach: We stay at your side for a long as it takes and as long as it makes sense to do so – because we do not have to consider fund investments and realization periods.
  • Invest in on an ongoing basis: We do not have to rely on successful fundraising but can invest DZ Bank’s equity on an ongoing basis.
  • Reliable, strong financing partners: As part of the cooperative financial group Genossenschaftliche FinanzGruppe, we have access to an established and reliable financing network of almost 1,000 cooperative banks – one of the largest private financial services organizations in Germany (based on balance sheet total).

Our advisory board

Seven renowned managers with decades of industry know-how support us in the acquisition and development of companies.


Former Managing Director at Dell Technologies Germany

Former Advisory Board Member at IBM Central Holding

Former VP at IBM and Navigon (now Garmin)

Private investor and board member in various companies


Chairman of the Supervisory Board Philips GmbH

Chairman of the Supervisory Board gfu Consumer & Home Electronics GmbH

Former Vice President of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie ZVEI)


Founding partner of the consulting company 2i international GmbH

Former managing director of various medium-sized companies (software, new technology, media)

Private investor and member of the Supervisory Board in various companies


Former member of the Management Board and personally liable partner of Freudenberg & Co.

Managing director of medium-sized companies in the plastics industry and exhaust gas treatment


Supervisory and administrative board member in family-run companies, publicly listed companies and PE companies

Former CEO of Vaillant, Oerlikon Textile, Neumag

Christian Wendler

Chairman and CEO of Lenze SE, a manufacturer and developer of automation systems and drive technology.

Former Vice President at ABB Ltd, Power and Automation.


Former member of the board / management board at Tchibo, Reemtsma, KarstadtQuelle AG

Managing director and investor in well-known brand companies and trading companies

The benefits

of partnering with VR Equitypartner

Long-term orientation

Together, we achieve long-term added value for your company. This puts you in a strong position to develop and implement growth opportunities.

A partnership

We can support you with management know-how, our international network of experts and opportunities that are exclusively available to our portfolio companies – for example, when looking for skilled employees. Success is a combined effort.

Committed and flexible

VR Equitypartner is not a fund, which means we are not obliged to bow to any yield-driven selling pressure and you can be confident of our support for as long as necessary. This way, all parties have the flexibility to realize joint plans without undue time pressure.

Our services



With mezzanine financing you combine the advantages of equity and debt – together with high flexibility with regards to important conditions. You can fund long-term investment plans or strengthen the company’s capital structure without having to relinquish any company shares. 


Direct investments

As an equity investor valued for our expertise and reliability, we support companies in the implementation of their growth plans. At the same time, you – the entrepreneur – continue to enjoy operational and decision-making freedom. Whether we hold a majority or minority stake, we do not interfere with day-to-day management and we remain a temporary shareholder.


Seit mehr als 50 Jahren agieren wir erfolgreich im Markt für Unternehmensbeteiligungen und stehen dabei für nachhaltiges Wirtschaften und faire Geschäfte. Dabei dient unser Verhaltenskodex als verbindliche Leitlinie für unsere Entscheidungen und unser Handeln, und zwar sowohl für die Geschäftsführung als auch für jeden einzelnen Mitarbeiter. Wir sehen es als unsere gemeinsame Aufgabe an, das Vertrauen in unser Unternehmen durch integres, gesetzeskonformes und ethisch korrektes Verhalten täglich neu zu sichern. Wenn Sie mehr darüber wissen wollen, werfen Sie gerne einen Blick in unseren Verhaltenscodex.


Der Verhaltenskodex spiegelt das Unternehmensleitbild sowie die Unternehmenswerte, Ziele und Prinzipien der VREP wider.
  • Verantwortung gegenüber Menschen und der Umwelt
  • Einhaltung der Gesetze und Richtlinien
  • Verantwortung im Umgang mit Geschäftspartnern und Dritten
  • Verantwortung im Umgang mit Informationen

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8 Faktoren, die Ihren Unternehmenswert beeinflussen

Vom Hauptbahnhof Münster/mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln:


Mit dem Taxi benötigen Sie etwa 10 Minuten.


Mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln gibt es vom Hauptbahnhof mehrere Buslinien. Sie nehmen entweder die Buslinie 7 Richtung Kriegerweg, die Linie 15 Richtung Albachten oder die Linie 16 Richtung Mecklenbeck. Die Ziel-Bushaltestelle heißt in jedem Fall “DZ HYP/IHK”. Von hier überqueren Sie die Weseler Straße und finden schräg gegenüber den Sentmaringer Weg. Gleich im zweiten Haus auf der linken Seite (Hausnummer 21) finden Sie die VR Equitypartner GmbH.


Mit dem Auto:


Von der A1 und A43 kommend, fahren Sie am Autobahnkreuz Münster-Süd auf der B51 und später auf der B219 (Weseler Straße) Richtung Münster-Innenstadt. Nach der zweiten großen Kreuzung biegen Sie nach knapp 400 m rechts in den Sentmaringer Weg. Die VR Equitypartner GmbH finden Sie auf der linken Seite.


VR Equitypartner GmbH
Platz der Republik
60265 Frankfurt am Main


Cityhaus I
Platz der Republik 6
Entrance via Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage

From Frankfurt Airport:

Take the A5 towards Frankfurt to Westkreuz Frankfurt. Follow signs towards Frankfurter Westkreuz and Messe. From there, drive into Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage and follow the arrows on the map.
Parking is available in the public car park “Westend” in Savignystraße.

On request, we are happy to reserve one of our visitor parking spaces in Cityhaus I for you.

The entrance is in Erlenstraße.

With public transport:

Take S-Bahn line S8 or S9 (towards Frankfurt Hbf., Offenbach or Hanau) and you will arrive directly at the main station (Hauptbahnhof).

U-Bahn line U4 or U5 – Station Frankfurt(Main) Hbf.

It then takes around 5 minutes on foot from the station to VR Equitypartner.

Tram lines 11, 16, 17, 21 – Platz der Republik stop.