Majority or minority shareholdings in companies

Direct investments: a committed non-permanent shareholder

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.

The benefits

of partnering with VR Equitypartner

Partner for growth

Nearly all our investments – both majority and minority shareholdings – are in growth companies whose ambitions cannot be realized within the framework of the current financing structure. We can give you financial support and access to the know-how we have accumulated over the course of 50 years in the investment business.

Sparring partner

We deliberately stay away from the running of the day-to-day business. Instead, we support you in all strategic issues and professionalize your company. At your request, our experienced professionals and network of specialists are also available to assist you in relevant operational matters.

A strong network

With VR Equitypartner as your majority or minority shareholder, you gain easy access to the comprehensive range of products and services offered by our cooperative financial group – insurance policies, growth financing or, for example, interest rate hedging are all at your fingertips.

VR Equitypartner as a co-shareholder –
what does that mean exactly?

What implications do a majority or minority shareholding have for my financial freedom?


With a direct investment in your company, VR Equitypartner becomes your temporary co-shareholder. Very often, our investment is realized via a capital increase. This gives your company fresh capital with which to pursue growth plans. Very often, the fresh equity opens the door to additional debt funding, enabling yet more financial headroom. This is where our cooperative network gives us an edge – for example, with growth financing through one of the VR banks. We can also strengthen your equity base still further with mezzanine financing (see Mezzanine financing).

VR Equitypartner deliberately avoids high leverage, which would burden your company with excessive debt. Of course, we also want to earn financial benefits from our investment. However, we want to do this together with you, with an intelligent growth strategy for the operational business and/or company acquisitions, rather than simply optimizing the debt financing. That would run counter to the partnership approach that has defined our relationships over the past 50 years.

To what extent can I still make my own decisions?


For a start: Whether we hold a minority or majority stake in your company – we do not get involved in the day-to-day running of your company and we choose not to take on management positions. We see ourselves as a strategic sparring partner – one with plenty of experience, with an entrepreneurial approach and with a comprehensive network of expertise at our fingertips. And your company should benefit from this. This means that strategic decisions are discussed and made together. This enables us to react appropriately to market changes, expand into new markets, optimize the business model, fine-tune the sales policy or make wise technology investments. For us, respecting the experience and know-how of all the shareholders goes beyond just being polite – it is the prerequisite for a relationship built on trust.


We would be happy to support your company – if desired – in professionalizing areas such as marketing, controlling, financing or even operations, so that you can achieve your strategic growth goals even better.


Should you wish, we can assist your company in the professionalization of areas such as marketing, controlling or financing, in order to better achieve strategic growth targets. Avail yourself of our own operating partner team and its hands-on experience in operational matters: Our team comprises experts from a wide variety of operational backgrounds – seasoned industry managers with consulting experience. If you do not have the relevant expertise or adequate capacity in-house, we can draw on their experience to provide your company with effective support in matters ranging from the integration of acquisitions through to structural changes, operational development and growth acceleration.


Not only do you benefit from the experience of our own operating partner team but also from our comprehensive network of experts. These are often internationally experienced managers, entrepreneurs and industry specialists, who could also potentially enrich your advisory board.

Will the character of my company change with a majority or minority shareholding?


This is a conversation we have right at the beginning, when we discuss the possibility of a majority or minority shareholding. You can rest assured that we fully recognize what you have already achieved with your company. That said, you would not be including us in your circle of shareholders if you wanted everything to stay the same. You want to take advantage of our network of contacts and the opportunities offered by the cooperative financial group. And you want the views and experience of an outsider to help you become more professional. This is why we spend a lot of time discussing your visions for the future of your company right at the very start. The discussions may end with us simply helping you to execute the growth strategy you had already planned – or they may lead you to discover completely new opportunities that can only be realized with VR Equitypartner’s help. So, in view of the above: There will probably be changes – because your company should continue to develop.


But one thing won’t change: The entrepreneurial dynamic. This will be at least as strong as it was before and means that decisions will continue to be made quickly – which is what you are used to … especially when compared to large companies. This needs a high level of trust and confidence in one other – in the ability to keep commitments and stand by promises. We know this applies to us as the investor, too.

What does it mean for me, that the majority or minority shareholding is non-permanent?

As an equity investor, it is clear that our investment in your company is temporary. Typically, we hold on to our investments for between five and eight years. This does not mean, however, that we haveto exit within this time frame, We also have investments in our portfolio that we have held for much longer – and some that we have sold again within three years. As part of the cooperative financial group, we are not subject to fixed return expectations within set time periods. What matters to us is that we realize the joint growth objectives. Sometimes they are reached earlier than expected and sometimes market developments make it necessary to extend the time frame of the investment.


How we expect the company to develop and what consequences and commitments follow a later sale of the holding are both matters that we address before we come on board. This ensures you enough time to take advantage of the opportunities that a shareholder change creates. Perhaps you would like to use our exit for a succession process. Or you may want to move forward to the next growth phase. Or even buy back shares in the company. Our involvement can open up many opportunities for you and your company – the subsequent sale can in turn offer completely new options.


Das wollen Finanzinvestoren wissen, bevor sie ein Unternehmen kaufen

Die Beteiligung durch einen Finanzinvestor ist eine attraktive Option für alle Gesellschafter, die eine Nachfolge oder einen Gesellschafterwechsel planen. Doch was möchten Finanzinvestoren alles wissen, wenn sie die Beteiligung prüfen?

In unserer umfangreichen Checkliste finden Sie den typischen Prüfprozess und welche Informationen Finanzinvestoren in der Regel von Ihnen anfordern. So können Sie schon im Vorfeld Ihre Unterlagen aufbereiten und verbessern Ihre Verkaufschancen. Außerdem sparen in der “heißen Phase” der Due Diligence Zeit – und geben Kaufinteressenten das gute Gefühl, dass Sie professionell aufgestellt sind.

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Case Studies

VR Equitypartner unterstützt mittelständische Unternehmen mit maßgeschneiderten Finanzierungslösungen. Sehen Sie Beispiele unserer aktuellen und früheren Beteiligungen.

IDENTA Ausweissysteme GmbH

Das Unternehmen IDENTA, gegründet vor fast 60 Jahren, ist ein führender Anbieter für Chipkarten- und digitalen Lösungen in den Bereichen Zugangskontrolle, ÖPNV, Automotive und Hotels.


Das Unternehmen Die Midoco Gruppe ist der führende Anbieter von Mid-Office- und Profilverwaltungssoftware für die Reisebranche in DACH und weiteren internationalen Märkten. Die cloud-basierten Softwarelösungen

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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.