Experience leads to success: 15 years of Deutsche Private Equity

Mar 6, 2023

Three billion euros in assets under management in five funds, including the largest GP-led secondary in Germany to date, an average increase in the turnover of our portfolio companies of around 20 percent per year, almost 5,000 new jobs created – the balance sheet of the portfolio companies of Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) on its 15th anniversary is impressive.

Since its founding in 2007, the Munich-based private equity firm has participated in nearly 150 platform and follow-on investments, making it one of the largest growth investors in the DACH region. Last year alone, a difficult year for the industry, DPE completed seven transactions and was named market leader in the German private equity mid-market by FINANCE magazine.

"DPE’s success is a combination of several factors. In addition to capital, time is essential for a company to grow sustainably and, of course, fair cooperation. We think and act like a family business and have a strong sense of responsibility for our family, our employees and, of course, society," says Marc Thiery, partner and founder of DPE, describing his company’s approach.

Thoughtful investments for the benefit of all

Responsible investment and ESG considerations have been an integral part of DPE’s investment philosophy and criteria since its inception in 2007. The investment focus is on companies that DPE believes can deliver long-term growth and in markets where DPE has significant prior experience. The thesis-driven investments are now complemented by an ESG strategy, which has proven to be an important value driver. In this way, the private equity house proves that traditional values and virtues are also valid in business life.

Social commitment at home and abroad

The company’s sense of responsibility extends beyond its investments. Social commitment is also a matter of course for the Munich-based financial investor. For example, DPE supports eight students at the Ludwig Maximilian University with a Germany Scholarship and participates in the mentoring program of the Bavarian Elite Academy. DPE also supports the Level 20 initiative, which is dedicated to increasing the number of women in private equity.

Last year, the financial investor also participated in the "Münchner Geschenkeregen" Christmas campaign organized by Charity Meets Challenge e.V., which enabled more than 100 socially disadvantaged children in a home run by Diakonie München und Oberbayern and a Caritas residential home to fulfill a small Christmas wish.

The private equity firm was deeply involved in the Ukraine and collected everyday items such as toiletries, food and warm clothing, as well as technical aids such as power banks. DPE employees personally delivered these supplies to the Red Cross in Prague at the beginning of April to be transported to Ukraine.

The portfolio company St. Franziskus-Hospital in Winterberg supports people affected by the war with its aid initiative H.E.L.P. UKRAINE by donating money and goods and can rely on the support of DPE.

(From left to right) Dr. Benjamin Kleidt (Partner Portfolio Team), Marc Thiery (Managing Partner & Founder DPE), Andreas Schoder (Financial Controller) and Christian Kasten (Partner Portfolio Team) handed over the relief supplies to the Red Cross in Prague for onward transportation to Ukraine.