DPE Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) is an independent German investment company that invests in SMEs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Founded in 2007 in Munich by Volker Hichert and Marc Thiery, DPE has since successfully launched three funds. DPE thus manages total assets of € 1.2 billion.
DPE’s investors are institutional investors who invest for the long-term such as family offices, insurances, pension and umbrella funds. In addition, DPE has 60 private investors with whom DPE has worked together, for example in roles in DPE’s advisory board or within its portfolio of companies.
The investors are all united by their great respect for the performance of SMEs as well as the understanding, that successful growth needs time. We have no pressure to sell.
Our investments also benefit from our international network through Parcom Capital, a founding partner in the Netherlands and France, when the growth strategies are implemented. Since our foundation, we have invested in 20 companies both as majority and minority shareholders and pursued 47 add-on investments. On average, our portfolio has increased sales by 20-25% per year. In contrast to many other equity investors, we are conservative in financing our businesses, reflected in a solid equity ratio of our investments of 70-80%, on average.