WHO we are

Alpina Partners („Alpina“) is a London and Munich based investment firm.

  • Alpina is independent and owner-managed.
  • The investment team is a substantial investor in the funds alongside well-respected long-term institutions and family offices.
  • Alpina has over € 300 million in assets under management.
  • Our team has proven industry experience in the technology sector, strong international work experience and a global network (see “Team”).

What we do

Alpina invests in leading European technology businesses.

  • Alpina focusses on European growth companies with a strong technical USP.
  • We are highly flexible in terms of transaction structures and render a variety of deals including minority growth capital investments as well as leveraged buyouts.
  • We invest in four distinctive technology sectors, which offer exciting investment opportunities (see “Strategy”).
  • As a PRI signatory we are committed to the Principles for Responsible Investment.

HOW WE ADD VALUE

Alpina helps to unlock the growth potential of technology companies.

  • We are a long-term investor focussing on sustainable value creation.
  • We support management teams on their growth path as sparring partners on board level.
  • We help entrepreneurs to shape their growth strategy in order to internationalize technology businesses.
  • We leverage our strong global network to provide relevant contacts and expertise.

About Us

Alpina Partners is a London and Munich based European technology growth investment firm.

Alpina Partners is owner-managed and independent. The funds are provided by long-term institutional investors, family offices and the Alpina investment team. The firm has over € 300 million in assets under management

Currently, the team is investing a € 140 million private equity fund which was established in 2014 and has a lifetime of up to 12 years. Investment decisions are made by the partners without any external parties involved.

Alpina differentiates itself by its entrepreneurial spirit, a strong international network, a true passion for growth and technology, a high flexibility in terms of transaction structures as well as a fast and transparent approach towards decision-making.

ALPINA is supported by the European Union through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program (CIP).EU CIP Logo

Strategy

Focus

  • We invest in the following four sectors: software, chemicals and materials, industrials and technology-enabled business services.
  • We focus on Europe with an emphasis on DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Benelux, the UK, Ireland, and the Nordic region.
  • We invest between € 7.5 and 15 million per deal (up to € 30 million together with co-investing LPs).

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

  • High-quality products or services with strong technical USP and ideally defensible intellectual property
  • Strong organic and / or acquisitive growth potential
  • Strong barriers to entry
  • At least € 10 million revenue during the last twelve months
  • Scalable business models
  • EBITDA > 0
  • Strong ESG credentials (in particularly a positive environmental impact)

TRANSACTION STRUCTURES

  • Majority and minority investments
  • Growth capital investments
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Succession situations
  • Management buyouts
  • Management buy-ins
  • Owner buyouts
  • Corporate carve-outs
  • Buy-and-build strategies
  • Complex financial and structural situations

News

July 13, 2017

Funds managed by Alpina Partners ("ALPINA") invested in New Solutions GmbH ("NEW SOLUTIONS"). The company headquartered in Burghausen, Bavaria is a leading provider of software solutions for the digitalization of…

July 13, 2017

Funds managed by Alpina Partners ("ALPINA") invested in New Solutions GmbH ("NEW SOLUTIONS"). The company headquartered in Burghausen, Bavaria is a leading provider of software solutions for the digitalization of business processes on the shop floor. The founder Christian Ehrenschwendtner will stay on board as a managing director and shareholder.

Since its foundation in 1999, NEW SOLUTIONS has developed into one of the leading providers of software solutions for the digitalization of production-related processes involving employees, production equipment as well as external partners. With the digital shift book "FINITO", the company offers a modular, web-based solution. In addition, NEW SOLUTIONS provides "CHECKWARE", a solution for electronic checklists. The product portfolio also comprises "SYNOSET", a software for the management of technical assets for medium-sized companies as well as large corporations. Further, NEW SOLUTIONS provides maintenance and individual consulting services. Longstanding customers include leading companies from various industries (e.g. Evonik, OMV, Wacker Chemie), but also small- and medium-sized enterprises.

In the context of "Industrie 4.0", ALPINA's investment is another step to build a larger group in the shopfloor IT space differentiated by sustainable growth and innovation. The product and service portfolio will be expanded continuously. In addition to organic growth, the group intends to realize selected add-on acquisitions ("buy and build"). In December 2016, ALPINA invested in GEFASOFT, a leading provider of MES solutions (“Manufacturing Execution Systems”) followed by the carve-out of the quality management software division from ASI DATAMYTE, a leading provider of CAQ solutions ("Computer Aided Quality Assurance") in June 2017.

"We are pleased to be able to strengthen our position in the software market with an experienced partner such as ALPINA. By expanding the software portfolio, we have the opportunity to offer our customers even more comprehensive solutions and services.”, explains Christian Ehrenschwendtner of NEW SOLUTIONS.

"The innovative software solutions provided by NEW SOLUTIONS ideally complement the product offering of Alpina’s current portfolio companies in the area of shopfloor IT. We are very happy that Christian Ehrenschwendtner, a true entrepreneur, shares our vision. The add-on acquisition constitutes another important milestone for the expansion of the group in the context of a dedicated buy-and-build strategy", says Dr Florian Strehle, a Partner at ALPINA.

ALPINA is an owner-managed, independent investment firm with approximately EUR 300 million in assets under management. The firm focuses on small and mid-sized businesses in Europe with strong technical USPs. ALPINA supports entrepreneurs and management teams to implement its growth strategies. ALPINA is supported by the European Union through the "Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program" (CIP). EU CIP Logo

The transaction was led on behalf of ALPINA by Dr. Florian Strehle and Christian Thielemann.

ALPINA was advised by AFR Aigner Fischer and AC Christes & Partner.

July 10, 2017

In the course of the carve-out of the American parent company, technology investment firm Alpina Partners ("ALPINA") acquired the quality management software division from ASI DATAMYTE. The existing management team…

July 10, 2017

In the course of the carve-out of the American parent company, technology investment firm Alpina Partners ("ALPINA") acquired the quality management software division from ASI DATAMYTE. The existing management team around the managing director Sven Tetzlaff will remain with the company. The international software company will operate under the name QDA SOLUTIONS in the future.

Since its foundation in 1987, ASI DATAMYTE has developed into one of the leading providers of software solutions in the area of CAQ ("Computer Aided Quality Assurance"). With the current quality data analysis QDA software suite, the company offers a fully integrated quality management solution, which enables every user to record and to analyse critical quality data in an action-oriented manner for the sustainable optimization of production processes. According to the company slogan “making data actionable", all users from production to the top management receive the necessary transparency to make the right decisions for the sustainable company success. Thanks to the modular software architecture, the software solution can be flexibly adapted to the individual requirements of every company. The product portfolio also contains maintenance and individual consulting services. Longstanding customers include leading companies from various industries such as automotive, customer goods, and energy, but also small- and medium-sized enterprises.

In the context of "Industrie 4.0", ALPINA's investment is the next step to build a larger group in the Manufacturing Execution Systems ("MES") sector differentiated by sustainable growth and innovation. The product and service portfolio is intended to be expanded continuously. In addition to the envisaged organic growth, the group intends to grow by means of add-on acquisitions ("buy and build"). The foundation was laid in January 2017 through the acquisition of GEFASOFT GmbH, a leading provider of MES solutions.

"We are very excited to have such a strong partner as ALPINA on our side. With their additional strengths, we will be able to expand our many years of expertise to our customers, meeting the needs of the 21st century with a broader product portfolio” said Sven Tetzlaff, Managing Director of the new QDA SOLUTIONS.

Dr Florian Strehle, Partner at ALPINA, comments on the latest addition to the investment firm's portfolio: "Today, the CAQ area is an elementary part of any industrial production process. QDA SOLUTIONS is a pioneer in this field and the leading player with an international customer base. The acquisition will extend the portfolio of ALPINA in the area of MES by an essential building block."

ALPINA is an owner-managed, independent investment firm with approximately EUR 300 million in assets under management. The firm focuses on small and mid-sized businesses in Europe with strong technical USPs. ALPINA supports entrepreneurs and management teams to implement its growth strategies. ALPINA is supported by the European Union through the "Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program" (CIP). EU CIP Logo

The transaction was led on behalf of ALPINA by Dr. Florian Strehle and Christian Thielemann.

ALPINA was advised by AFR Aigner Fischer, AC Christes & Partner and Gray Plant Mooty.

Raymond James acted as corporate finance advisor to ASI DATAMYTE with Winthrop & Weinstine providing legal advice.

June 30, 2017

A SIGNIFICANT shareholding in one of the world’s leading Virtual Reality (VR) companies, Virtalis, has been acquired by funds managed by Alpina Partners (ALPINA). ALPINA is an owner-managed, independent investment…

June 30, 2017

A SIGNIFICANT shareholding in one of the world’s leading Virtual Reality (VR) companies, Virtalis, has been acquired by funds managed by Alpina Partners (ALPINA). ALPINA is an owner-managed, independent investment firm with approximately €300 million in assets under management.

Dr Florian Strehle, a partner at ALPINA, commented on the latest addition to the investment firm’s portfolio: “We are excited to be supporting the next phase of Virtalis’ worldwide growth strategy. Virtalis has launched innovative software like Visionary Render, VR4CAD and GeoVisionary in recent years, to work with its well-known ActiveWorks VR display systems, and this is where we see the growth potential. We will work with the Virtalis management team to further develop the Company as a leading player in the global enterprise VR software market by leveraging our network and expertise.”

Founders, David Cockburn-Price and Andrew Connell, will remain as directors and are each retaining a stake in the business to participate in the future success of Virtalis. Steve Carpenter and Glyn Read will also remain as directors and the board will be joined by Christian von Stengel, a senior software sales executive. Virtalis is headquartered in the UK, with offices in US, Germany, Finland and Malaysia, as well as partners and resellers worldwide.

MD David Cockburn-Price explained: “ALPINA is an experienced growth investor which will help us to ensure the sustainable development of Virtalis, especially with reference to our direct and indirect sales channels. We will become part of a larger group of innovative software businesses within ALPINA’s investment portfolio, exploiting synergies on many different levels.”

Technical director, Andrew Connell, said: “My entire career has been spent nurturing Virtalis and its predecessor entities as the fledgling field of VR has moved from research demonstrator programmes within Universities to the compelling real-world, commercial toolkit it is today. Back in the 90s, many commentators said VR was dead – it has been gratifying to prove them wrong as Virtalis has brought VR solutions to industries as diverse as Engineering, Security, Academia, Asset Management and GeoScience. With the help of ALPINA, we aim to rapidly develop our technology to reach a larger global user base.”

Bank funding was arranged by Phil Mason of Santander’s Growth Capital team in Manchester. Relationship Director, Ian Henry, said: “Santander is delighted to be able to support ALPINA and Virtalis. This marks the start of a particularly exciting stage of the company’s development and one where we’re very much looking forward to being involved.”

LGB Corporate Finance advised Virtalis during the structuring of the deal with ALPINA with BBS Law providing contractual legal advice. ALPINA was assisted by MJ Hudson, AC CHRISTES & PARTNER and Smith & Williamson. Gunnercooke advised Santander.

ALPINA’s portfolio is centred on small and mid-sized businesses in Europe with strong technical USPs and is supported by the European Union through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program (CIP). EU CIP Logo

January 12, 2017

In the course of a succession plan, technology investment firm Alpina Partners (“ALPINA”) acquired a significant stake in GEFASOFT GmbH (“GEFASOFT”), a leading provider of MES-solutions (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and…

January 12, 2017

In the course of a succession plan, technology investment firm Alpina Partners (“ALPINA”) acquired a significant stake in GEFASOFT GmbH (“GEFASOFT”), a leading provider of MES-solutions (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and process visualization software. The three founders Franz Fuchs, Heinz Rabe and Ortwin Tischler will stay on board as managing directors.

GEFASOFT was founded in 1984 and developed into a leading provider of shop floor IT solutions. With its object-oriented process visualization “GraphPic” and its scalable cloud-based software “Legato Sapient” the company offers innovative MES-solutions for different industries. Customers include leading automotive OEMs as well as businesses in the pharmaceutical, food and renewable energy sector.

In the context of “Industry 4.0”, ALPINA’s investment constitutes the basis to build a larger group in the MES sector differentiated by sustainable growth and innovation. The product and service portfolio is intended to be expanded continuously. In addition to the envisaged organic growth, the group intends to grow by means of add-on acquisitions (“buy and build”).

“We consider the ALPINA team as a very professional partner providing technology expertise as well as a strong network for realizing our future strategic plans”, comments Franz Fuchs, Founder and Managing Director of GEFASOFT.

Dr Florian Strehle, Partner at ALPINA, comments on the latest addition to the investment firm’s portfolio: “We are excited to support GEFASOFT on its growth path. The demand for scalable and innovative MES solutions is expected to grow in light of a continuous trend towards automation and interconnectivity. We were impressed by the management team’s market knowledge and technological expertise.”

ALPINA is an owner-managed, independent investment firm with approximately € 300 million in assets under management. The firm focuses on small and mid-sized businesses in Europe with strong technical USPs. ALPINA supports entrepreneurs and management teams to implement its growth strategies. ALPINA is supported by the European Union through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program (CIP). EU CIP Logo

The transaction was led on behalf of ALPINA by Dr. Florian Strehle and Christian Thielemann.

Portfolio

  • Country: Germany
  • Sector: Industrials
  • Status: Current
  • Year invested: 2016 & 2014
  • Country: Germany
  • Sector: Chemicals and materials
  • Status: Current
  • Year invested: 2015

Spun-dyed acrylic fibres and carbon fibre precursor

Dolan GmbH and European Carbon Fiber GmbH (ECF), both located in Kelheim, Germany, are market leading producers of tailor-made, high-quality acrylic fibres for the outdoor and industrial segments in the case of Dolan, and the carbon fibre market in the case of ECF.

Dolan’s production technology is the basis for unparalleled colour fastness, which cannot be achieved with yarn-dyed polyester or standard acrylic fibre. Furthermore, the fibres possess outstanding abrasion resistance and are automotive-certified. They are used in outdoor textiles such as sunshades, garden furniture, protective clothing and soft car tops, as well as filtration and industrial compound products.

ECF produces precursor for the production of high quality carbon fibres, and is the only independent carbon fibre precursor manufacturer in the market.

Location: Germany
Sector: Chemicals and materials
Acquired date: 2015
Status: Current
Website: www.dolan-gmbh.de

Thanks to Alpina Partners expertise and network in the advanced materials and carbon fibre markets, we will further accelerate our international growth by leveraging the unique production technology and high quality products of Dolan and ECF. With Alpina Partners support we are also confident we will continue to improve our operations as well as our world-leading products.

Luis Puncernau, Managing Director of Dolan GmbH and ECF GmbH
  • Country: Germany
  • Sector: Software
  • Status: Current
  • Year invested: 2015 & 2016

ERP SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL- AND MID-SIZED MANUFACTURING COMPANIES

IT Beteiligungs GmbH (“ITB”), located in Munich, Germany, serves as a Buy & Build platform for providers of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for the manufacturing industry as well as for adjacent products and applications such as CRM, MES, or QDA. Current investments are Oxaion GmbH (“Oxaion“) and Cimdata Software GmbH (“Cimdata“).

Oxaion, headquartered in Westheim (Germany), is a well-established supplier of ERP-software for small to mid-sized businesses. The company is currently introducing its newly developed, flexible and platform-independent ERP-system (“Oxaion open”), which is based on Java. The software is capable of covering central business processes like materials management, CRM or accounting. Additionally, Oxaion offers specialised functions, which include, among others, a document management system, e-commerce applications and quality assurance.

https://www.oxaion.de

Cimdata, located in Westheim, Germany, is a provider of specialised ERP software solutions focused on small to mid-sized industrial companies. Cimdata specialises in implementing ERP-systems into a variety of business structures. Besides a wide range of standardised offerings, Cimdata delivers individual solutions which are tailored to the specific requirements of the client.

https://www.cimdata-sw.de

Location: Germany
Sector: Software
Acquired date: 2015 & 2016
Status: Current
Website:

Alpina will support Cimdata on our growth path. We are looking forward to work together and to leverage synergies within the group

Holger Looks, CEO of Cimdata.

  • Country: Ireland
  • Sector: Industrials
  • Status: Current
  • Year invested: 2014

World’s only full colour paper-based 3D printers

Mcor Technologies Ltd (Mcor) provides the world’s most affordable, full-colour and eco-friendly 3D printers. The company is based in Dunleer, Ireland.
While most 3D printing technologies are used to build models from expensive and often environmentally harmful plastic, chemically infused powder, or metal, Mcor 3D printers use ordinary office paper as the build material. This has several advantages:

  • the paper can be imprinted with Mcor ink to provide consistent, high-definition, photorealistic colour to the 3D objects, outperforming all other technologies currently in the market;
  • the use of inexpensive paper results in low total cost of ownership;
  • no harmful particle emissions, toxic chemicals or special facility requirements;the 3D printed objects are themselves fully recyclable thanks to the use of water-based adhesives in the build process.
  • Mcor printers deliver the build quality of expensive industrial printers at a fraction of the cost.
Location: Ireland
Sector: Industrials
Acquired date: 2014
Status: Current
Website: www.mcortechnologies.com

We recently launched our next generation product, the world’s first full-colour desktop 3D printer, and are experiencing strong demand internationally for our products. The investment from Alpina Partners will allow us to deliver on our exciting sales pipeline and, together with Alpina Partners, build Mcor into a global 3D printing company. We now have all the ingredients necessary to create a world beating 3D printing technology company.

Dr Conor MacCormack, CEO and co-founder of Mcor Technologies Ltd.
  • Country: Germany
  • Sector: Software
  • Status: Current
  • Year invested: 2016/2017

Shopfloor IT solutions in the context of Industrie 4.0

MES Solutions Verwaltungs GmbH, located in Munich, Germany, is a dedicated Buy & Build platform for establishing a larger software group in the “Shopfloor IT” space in the context of “Industrie 4.0” differentiated by sustainable growth and innovation. The product and service portfolio is expanded continuously. In addition to organic growth, the group intends to realize selected add-on acquisitions (“buy-and-build”). In December 2016, ALPINA invested in GEFASOFT GmbH (“GEFASOFT”) followed by an investment in New Solutions GmbH (“NEW SOLUTIONS”) in July 2017.

GEFASOFT

GEFASOFT is a leading provider of MES (“Manufacturing Execution Systems”) solutions and process visualization software. The Munich-based company was founded in 1984 and developed into a leading provider of software solutions in the field of “Industrie 4.0”. With its object-oriented process visualization “GraphPic” and its scalable and cloud ready software system “Legato Sapient”, GEFASOFT offers innovative MES-solutions for different industries. Customers include leading automotive OEMs as well as businesses in the pharmaceutical, food and renewable energy sector.

www.gefasoft.de

NEW SOLUTIONS

Since its foundation in 1999, NEW SOLUTIONS has developed into one of the leading providers of software solutions for the digitalization of production-related processes involving employees, production equipment as well as external partners. With the digital shift book “FINITO”, the company offers a modular, web-based solution. In addition, NEW SOLUTIONS provides “CHECKWARE”, a solution for electronic checklists. The product portfolio also comprises “SYNOSET”, a software for the management of technical assets for medium-sized companies as well as large corporations. Further, NEW SOLUTIONS provides maintenance and individual consulting services. Longstanding customers include leading companies from various industries (e.g. Evonik, OMV, Wacker Chemie), but also small- and medium-sized enterprises.

www.new-solutions.com

Location: Germany
Sector: Software
Acquired date: 2016/2017
Status: Current
Website:

"We consider the ALPINA team as a very professional partner providing technology expertise as well as a strong network for realizing our future strategic plans."

Franz Fuchs, Managing Director of GEFASOFT.

"We are pleased to be able to strengthen our position in the software market with an experienced partner such as ALPINA. By expanding the software portfolio, we have the opportunity to offer our customers even more comprehensive solutions and services."

Christian Ehrenschwendtner, Managing Director of NEW SOLUTIONS.

  • Country: Germany
  • Sector: Software
  • Status: Current
  • Year invested: 2017

Individual quality management software solutions

Since its foundation in 1987, ASI DATAMYTE has developed into one of the leading providers of software solutions in the area of CAQ (“Computer Aided Quality Assurance”). Its headquarters are located at Luebeck, Germany. The international software company will operate under the name QDA SOLUTIONS in the future.

With the current quality data analysis QDA software suite, the company offers a fully integrated quality management solution, which enables every user to record and to analyse critical quality data in an action-oriented manner for the sustainable optimization of production processes. According to the company slogan “making data actionable”, all users from production to the top management receive the necessary transparency to make the right decisions for the sustainable company success. Thanks to the modular software architecture, the software solution can be flexibly adapted to the individual requirements of every company. The product portfolio also contains maintenance and individual consulting services. Longstanding customers include leading companies from various industries such as automotive, customer goods, and energy, but also small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Location: Germany
Sector: Software
Acquired date: 2017
Status: Current
Website: www.qda-solutions.com

We are very excited to have such a strong partner as ALPINA on our side. With their additional strengths, we will be able to expand our many years of expertise to our customers, meeting the needs of the 21st century with a broader product portfolio.

Sven Tetzlaff, Managing Director of QDA SOLUTIONS.
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Sector: Software
  • Status: Current
  • Year invested: 2017

World-leading Virtual Reality (VR) company

Virtalis Limited is a world-leading Virtual Reality (VR) and advanced visualisation company.

The Cheshire-based (England) company was founded in 2003 and developed into a leading provider of systems and solutions in the field of Virtual Reality. Virtalis has launched innovative software like “Visionary Render“, “VR4CAD“ and “GeoVisionary“ in recent years, to work with its well-known “ActiveWorks“ VR display systems. These systems and solutions offer the chance to really understand information and data, to interact with it and to foster communication between designers, manufacturers, trainers, marketeers and senior management. Long-term customers include leading companies in the fields of engineering, aerospace and automotive as well as academic institutions such as universities, hospitals and flight schools as well as public administrations.

Location: United Kingdom
Sector: Software
Acquired date: 2017
Status: Current
Website: www.virtalis.com

ALPINA is an experienced growth investor which will help us to ensure the sustainable development of Virtalis, especially with reference to our direct and indirect sales channels. We will become part of a larger group of innovative software businesses within ALPINA’s investment portfolio, exploiting synergies on many different levels

David Cockburn-Price, Managing Director of Virtalis.

Team

Joerg Sperling
Partner
Joerg Sperling
Partner

Before joining Alpina Partners, Jörg was a venture partner with Munich based private equity firm, Target Partners, and prior to that a partner at the US-based power and energy fund manager, Ridgewood Capital. Previously he ran the Silicon Valley office for Infineon Ventures.

Jörg has worked for a number of semiconductor companies in Europe and the US, most recently as Global VP Sales for Dresden-based ZMD. His track record includes 28 investments and successful exits via NASDAQ IPOs and LSE listings, in addition to numerous trade sales.

Jörg has a masters in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen. He worked as a researcher in the field of semiconductors at the Technion in Israel and at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the USA.

Portfolio Companies: Crosslink, Enterprise Solutions Holdings (ESH which owns Aimteq and WEMS), friedolaTECH, Green Energy Geothermal, Mcor Technologies, Resysta, UBC

Dr. Florian Strehle
Partner
Dr. Florian Strehle
Partner

Prior to Alpina Partners Florian was a member of the management board at AUCTUS Capital Partners, a leading private equity fund manager in German-speaking Europe. He joined AUCTUS from 3i where he was a member of the firm’s European technology investment team. Florian started his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Florian has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Technische Universität München in Germany and a Ph.D. from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Portfolio Companies: Cimdata, Dolan, European Carbon Fiber, GEFASOFT, Oxaion

Markus Förder
CFO
Markus Förder
CFO

Markus joined Alpina Partners’ in July 2015 as CFO.

Prior to this, Markus had over 5 years’ private equity experience at HeidelbergCapital, a German private equity fund manager, where he was Director Finance. He was responsible for Finance, Fund Administration, Investor Relations and IT, he was also part of the deal team in charge of deal origination, transactions and fund raising.

Before working at HeidelbergCapital, Markus has been working several years as a consultant and auditor at the Corporate Finance and Audit Department of BDO and KPMG on numerous M&A, due diligence, valuation and international accounting projects related to mid and large cap transactions.

Markus holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim, Germany.

Lisa Shaw-Taylor
Financial Officer
Lisa Shaw-Taylor
Financial Officer

Lisa joined Alpina Partners’ in September 2015.

She previously worked for Global Infrastructure Partners where she was responsible for the financial control of their International Port Holdings.

Lisa is a qualified Chartered Accountant having completed her training at KPMG and holds a Honours degree in Accounting from the University of Witwatersrand.

Eike-Christian Frerichs
Senior Associate
Eike-Christian Frerichs
Senior Associate

Eike-Christian has joined Alpina Partners’ in 2015 and has more than five years investment banking experience. He worked both in UniCredit’s M&A department as well as in its corporate structured- and acquisition finance team in Munich and New York. He worked on numerous M&A and debt finance transactions for mid- and large cap companies often in cross-border situations. Previously, he worked for DZ Bank Ireland in its debt capital markets team (ABS) and interned at Union Investment. He is certified banker by the German chamber of commerce and industry (IHK).

Eike-Christian holds a Master’s degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Bath – School of Management (UK) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Economics from the University of Passau (DE). During his undergraduate studies he spent one year abroad at the Lund University – School of Economics and Management (SE).

Christian Thielemann
Investment Manager
Christian Thielemann
Investment Manager

Before joining Alpina Partners Christian has worked two years, most recently as Associate for Avedon Capital Partners, a growth capital investor for medium-sized growth companies.

Prior to his time at Avedon, Christian gained relevant Private Equity and M&A experience amongst others at VR Equitypartner or the Alternative Investment team of HSBC. In addition, Christian has early on gathered entrepreneurial experience through an e-commerce start up in his schooldays.

Christian holds a master degree in General Management from the University Witten-Herdecke with studies abroad at the London School of Economics. He recently graduated from the Private Equity programme of the TUM School of Management.

Markus Helmle
Analyst
Markus Helmle
Analyst

Markus has joined Alpina Partners in 2017, after supporting the team during his studies in 2016.

Before joining Alpina Partners, Markus gathered practical know-how in the investment business at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG as well as at the subsidiary management of Carl Zeiss AG. He also worked in the Structured Solutions department of Bayern LB and the securities administration at MEAG. Markus has also gained entrepreneurial experience through an own startup and by founding an organization to promote entrepreneurship at his university.

Markus studied business administration with a major in finance and accounting at the LMU in Munich, the Universitá Bocconi in Milan and the WFI-Ingolstadt School of Management. He received a scholarship of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

Heidi Heun
Office Manager
Heidi Heun
Office Manager

Heidi has joined Alpina Partners in 2017.

Before joining Alpina Partners, Heidi worked for international fashion retailers. Heidi studied business administration.

Private Equity Special Advisors

Professor Geoff Randall OBE

Geoff is a non-executive director of two Alpina Partners’ investee companies and a member of our Advisory Board. He has 38 years’ experience at ICI, Zeneca & Astra Zeneca, where his final position was Director of Global EHS and Environmental Science and Technology Operations. Geoff has a PhD in Chemistry from University College London.

Ken Briddon

Ken has 10 years’ experience of chairmanships and non-executive directorships of private equity backed software and services businesses. He spent three years as CEO of JBA Holdings PLC and eight years as Divisional Managing Director at Misys PLC. Ken previously worked for Cypher Business Systems and Ericsson Information Systems.

Dr. Jan Verdenhalven

As Doctor of Biochemistry, Jan Verdenhalven has more than 25 years of experience in various senior management positions at internationally active chemical companies. His career began in 1985 as laboratory manager at Hoechst AG. In 1990 he moved to Management Consultant at McKinsey Company and returned in 1992 as Project Manager, Strategic Planning, and later Area Controller, Fine Chemicals, to Hoechst AG.

From 1995 to 2000, as member of the board of DyStar GmbH Co. KG, he was responsible for the global business area of dispersion color materials. Between March 2000 and March 2011 he worked at the SGL Group, initially as Manager of Corporate Controlling and Business Development, and since 2001 as Chairman of the global business area Carbon Fiber Composites.

Mike Wynne

Mike has worked with Alpina Partners’ since 2011 when he became Chairman of AMCS Group, a Growth Fund 1 portfolio company. He is also the CEO of KHME Limited, non-executive director of One 51 plc and member of the operational board / CEO of the recycling division of NTR plc. Prior to this he gained automotive industry experience with Godfrey Davis plc, where he was Chairman of their motor division. He also held senior management positions in the waste management industry with Waste Management International and Greenstar Group.

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