Growth and internationalization

Does your company have the potential for “more”? How easily you can grow your company depends not least on the availability of capital. If you rely on debt, you will quickly reach your limits. Equity and mezzanine financing, on the other hand, make it easier and faster to implement investment plans for internationalization or new production opportunities.

The benefits

of partnering with VR Equitypartner


We will work with you to develop a tailor-made financing solution that suits you and your growth objectives - whether mezzanine financing, a minority shareholding or the acquisition of a majority shareholding.

Strategic partnership

Day-to-day business is and will continue to be your domain – but we can support you in all strategic matters, drawing on our 50 years’ experience investing in medium-sized companies.


Learning from others: Our current portfolio of some 100 investments stands us in good stead to offer solutions to all manner of entrepreneurial issues. No matter what your questions - from HR to marketing or controlling - you can benefit from our network of experts and from exclusive offers from third parties.

Growth and internationalization

Are you convinced that your products and services would be successful in foreign markets? Or do you think that your business model lends itself to expanding your value chain? In short: You have no shortage of ideas to grow your business further - you just lack the necessary capital?


Breaking into a new market or setting up a new production facility is usually a lengthy process and requires substantial investment. Established debt financing instruments are rarely adequate. Too short-term, the conditions too rigid - and sometimes just not an option because the total investment cost of the project is too high. Some lenders can also be put off by the uncertainty involved in a long-term investment - especially if the plan is to break new ground.


But do not let this slow you down in your growth plans. With equity capital (via a majority or minority shareholding) or mezzanine financing, you can also finance long-term investments. However, there are a number of aspects to consider. Basically, both instruments strengthen your equity base - which in turn can open up new options for you in terms of debt financing.


The benefit here lies in the flexibility - mezzanine financing, for example, can be tailored exactly to your needs. Supposing, for example, that establishing yourself in a new market promises to be very lucrative but that it will take several years before sales revenues can be generated. In a situation like this, your mezzanine financing needs to be structured so that any repayment is deferred to the end of the term.


If you want to make big changes to your service offering - for example, by adding a completely new product category - the business planning can also be difficult. If it is not at all clear when and to what extent the investment will generate a positive cash flow, then it is advisable to partner with an equity investor - for example, via a minority shareholding. The equity investor carries the same risks as you do.

Our recommendation

When considering partnering with equity or mezzanine investors in order to finance growth plans or plans to internationalize, you may want to pay particular attention to the following:

The financial flexibility of the equity investor with regards to the holding period of their investment, and their ability to provide further capital if necessary - and, with mezzanine investors, the flexibility of their terms and conditions and whether they allow for possible deviations from the plan.

Experience, know-how and a strong network - so that your financing partner can give you constructive feedback on your investment plans and, if necessary, use entrepreneurial input to maximum your investment’s chances of success.

Your contact

Team Bavaria


+49 69 710 476 – 316

Team Frankfurt


+49 69 710 476 – 212

Team West

+49 251 788 789-10

Your contact


For further details our contacts are available here.

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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