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.

The benefits

of partnering with VR Equitypartner


Together, we will find the optimal structure for your financing requirements: whether structured more as equity or as debt, in legal terms; whether, for example, for a 5 year or an 8 year term; when repayments will be due, etc.


We will rank after claims of third-party creditors - giving you more financial leeway, including with other finance providers such as banks.


Not only can we present you with different mezzanine financing options, such as silent partnerships or profit participation certificates, we can also offer them in combination with a direct equity investment such as a minority shareholding - if this is necessary or makes sense.

What is mezzanine financing?

The term mezzanine describes a form of financing that contains elements of both debt and equity financing. For example: Mezzanine financing options can include silent partnerships, profit participation certificates and subordinated loans. Alongside equity, the claims of mezzanine financing providers are subordinate to those of other lenders in the event of insolvency. The company does not need to pledge any collateral to the mezzanine financing partner either. On the other hand, the mezzanine investor has no say in decisions and no profit share, as is typical with equity shareholders. This higher risk means that the cost of mezzanine financing is higher than that of debt, but it is still significantly lower than the rate of returns which traditional equity providers will want to see.


When is mezzanine financing used?

Mezzanine financing is particularly suited to situations where debt financing has its limits but equity is not an attractive alternative.

In growth financing, for example, a company’s credit history and cash flow often place tight limits on the loan amount. However, in periods of significant growth, companies often need higher amounts for investments or pre-financing. Not every entrepreneur wants to sell shares at times like this, so mezzanine financing provides a good alternative.

In times of restructuring or consolidation, financing requirements may be substantial, perhaps in order to fund a sustainable turnaround, which in turn may call for investment in more efficient production methods. Here, again, traditional lenders are generally very cautious. Mezzanine capital increases the company’s stability and ability to ride out crises with so-called quasi-equity.

This is why mezzanine financing is particularly interesting in situations where the additional equity requirement is clearly for a limited period only, for example because an entrepreneurial project needs to be realized quickly. A company succession is a typical example. Mezzanine financing has an average term of five to eight years, so the company still has access to the additional capital for a sufficiently long time to enable it to realize larger, longer-term plans.

Further benefits of mezzanine financing

For banks, customers and suppliers, the mere fact that a mezzanine provider is involved is seen as a sign of confidence in the company. This has clear benefits: As a rule, this improves the conditions upon which the company can raise debt significantly. Mezzanine financing can even be a basis for a better rating, which often gives the company access to further outside funding. This gives additional financial headroom, beyond the mezzanine financing total. It is not uncommon for companies to use mezzanine capital again and again. For example, they might use it to finance the development of a completely new range of products, or to show a major customer that they are on a strong financial footing.

What do you need to be aware of when considering mezzanine financing?

If you want to consider mezzanine financing, your company’s cash flow needs to be high enough to meet all current financial obligations - at least the interest payments. Furthermore, the repayment schedule needs to be structured to take account of when the company is in a position to service the corresponding maturities. If this is not possible, then it is worth considering raising equity by means of either a majority or a minority shareholding, as this would not involve interest payments or fixed terms for repayment.

We can tailor our mezzanine requirements exactly to your specific investment needs - for example, with regards to draw down, maturity and repayment. And as an experienced equity investor, we can also combine mezzanine financing with traditional types of direct investment. This gives you the financial flexibility you need for your plans.

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From Münster central railway station:

About 10 minutes by taxi.

Public transport offers various options from the central railway station. Either take the bus line 7 direction Kriegerweg, the number 15 bus line direction Albachten, or the bus line 16 direction Mecklenbeck. The bus station is „DZ Hyp/IHK“ whichever route you take. From here, cross the Weseler Strasse, and the Sentmaringer Weg is diagonally opposite. Immediately left is VR Equitypartner GmbH located.

By car:

Coming from the A1 and A43, at the Münster-Süd motorway junction take the B51 and then the B219 (Weseler Strasse) in the direction of Münster city centre. After the second major junction, turn off after just 400 m on the right into the Sentmaringer Weg. VR Equitypartner GmbH can be found immediately on the left.


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.


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  • Managing Director of VR Equitypartner GmbH
  • Responsible for Risk-/Portfoliomanagement, Value management, Accounting, Controlling, HR, Legal, Data protection, Revision, IT and Operations
  • Until merger he had been Managing Director of DZ Equity Partner since 2010
  • Before: Group Head and Vice Head of Division for Structured Financing with focus on acquisition financing (credit)
  • Apprenticeship at Dresdner Bank AG, Wiesbaden, Business administration Studies at the University of Passau and Managerial and Administrative Studies at Aston University Birmingham with “Diplom-Kaufmann” final qualification (MBA equivalent)


  • Managing Director of VR Equitypartner GmbH
  • Responsible for acquisition and development of direct investments and mezzanine financing projects
  • Joined DZ Equity Partner as Investmentmanager in 2006
  • Since 2008 Member of the Executive Board and since 2013 Authorised Representative
  • Before: Procurist and Certified Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Final qualification: Diplom-Kaufmann (MBA equivalent), Business administration degree at the University of Mannheim