ECBF Management GmbH, a German venture capital firm, launched Europe’s first “European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF)”. Now, the first €82M financing round of the fund has been realized. Amongst the investors is the Dr. Hettich Beteiligungen GmbH, the single family office of the German Hettich family.

European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF)

ECBF focuses on the European bioeconomy and the circular bioeconomy. The fund was initiated by a team around Michael Brandkamp, Michael Nettersheim and Dirk Saßmannshausen. All General Partners of the new fund were former emplyoees of German VC fund HTGF. Already two investments – in PeelPioneers B.V. and Proloupin GmbH – were made by ECBF. Prolupin is a spin-off from German Frauenhofer Institut that works on lupine-based products. PeelPioneers recycles orange peels to food ingredients.

Investment by Hettich single family office from Herford, Germany

The new European Circular Bioeconomy Fund raised a first round of €82M. Investors are the European Investment Bank, PreZero, Corbion and Dr. Hettich Beteiligungen GmbH. Dr. Hettich Beteiligungen GmbH is the single family office of Dr. Andreas Hettich, the majority shareholder of the Hettich Group, a global leader in furniture fittings. The Hettich family office focues on innovative and sustainable industrial companies.

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The Hamburg-based single family office Peter Möhrle Holding acquires a stake of bc GmbH & Co.KG, a bicycle e-commerce company as part of its buy-and-build strategy.

Major German e-commerce bicycle retailer: bc GmbH & Co. KG

Bicycle retailer bc GmbH & Co. KG is based in Aachen and was founded in 1997. The company was a first-mover in the bicycle e-commerce segment. Today, the company has more than 190 employees and operates a modern logistics hub with more than 23,000 sqm storage space. The German bicycle retailer offers more than 70,000 products from 300 brands. Also, bc is operating profitably: in 2018, the net income amounted to €0.85M.

Hamburg-based Möhrle Single Family Office as private equity investor

The wealth of the Möhrle family is based on DIY store chain Max Bahr. The Peter Möhrle single family office invests in private equity and real estate. Also, the “Peter Möhrle Foundation” is connected to the family office. bc is not Möhrle’s first investment in the bicycle industry: in 2014, the family office invested in distributor Grofa Action Sports GmbH.

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Single Family Offices are asset management companies for wealthy families – usually the focus is on maintaining and increasing existing assets. However, there are some family offices that use their wealth to contribute to the common good, for example through foundations. In the following article, three family offices and their respective foundations will be presented in more detail. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 most important single family offices in Germany.

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Beisheim Capital GmbH – Beisheim Foundation

The Single Family Office of the Beisheim family serves mainly for the asset management of the Beisheim Foundation. The foundation was named after Otto Beisheim, who left his legacy to the German and Swiss foundations of the same name. The German foundation focuses on four areas: education, health, culture and sport. The foundation, which is based in Munich, is both supportive and operative, i.e. within the foundation, it designs its own projects and also invests in existing or planned external ones. The sponsored and in-house projects are aimed at young and old people – intergenerational projects are also welcome. For example “Friends of the Elderly”, a project that fights against loneliness in old age through neighbourhood meeting points and visiting partnerships. The “Football Meets Culture” project also combines various requirements of the foundation – to promote enthusiasm for sport among young people and at the same time provide access to cultural education.

Dr. Rainer Wild Holding GmbH – Dr. Rainer Wild Foundation

Dr. Rainer Wild Holding GmbH is the family holding company of the Wild family and focuses on corporate investments. The investments are concentrated in the food, cosmetics and toy industries. The Dr. Rainer Wild Foundation was established in 1991 and since then, the focus has been on healthy nutrition. Divided into three areas of activity, the foundation constantly draws attention to the latest developments in the field of healthy nutrition. The first area is Events & Prizes, which is mainly aimed at experts and serves as a platform for mutual exchange. In addition, there are model projects, the second area where the knowledge gained is taken up and implemented. The third area are publications that present the results of the foundation as well as of its network.

SKion GmbH – Nantesbuch Foundation

Susanne Klatten is one of the wealthiest Germans – with SKion GmbH her assets are managed, mainly through corporate investments. In 2012, the BMW heiress founded the Nantesbuch Foundation, whose aim is to create more awareness and recognition for nature and art. Through several projects in both areas, a wide variety of people are brought into contact with nature and art – such as the project “Kindergarten Art and Culture”. On the foundation’s own premises, educators and artists introduce the smallest of visual arts, music, drama and dance in the interplay of art and nature. In 2016 Susanne Klatten founds her second philanthropic company together with the analysis and consulting firm PHINEO: The Scale Initiative. With a volume of EUR 100 million, the Skala Initiative supports four areas: Inclusion & Participation, Promotion of Commitment & Competence, Generational Support and offers help in (forgotten) humanitarian crises.
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Capital market investments are sometimes the main asset class of single family offices. Investments are made in equities, funds, ETFs and the like. We present three interesting German single family offices that invest in financial markets. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 most important single family offices in Germany.

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Beisheim Capital GmbH

Beisheim Capital GmbH is the asset management company of the Beisheim Foundation and aims to maintain and increase the Foundation’s assets. The Düsseldorf-based GmbH reviews its investment strategy and portfolio twice a year – in addition to ethical principles, the asset management company places particular emphasis on transparency and the high quality of its investments. The Single Family Office of the Otto Beisheim family also pays attention to diversification – geographically and in various asset classes: thus, in addition to real estate investments and strategic participations, the SFO invests in stocks and bonds, mainly through mandates.

A&V holding GmbH & Co. KG

The A&V holding GmbH & Co. KG is the asset management company of the Ackermans-Voelkel family. In 1989 Gerhard Ackermans sold his shares in the Allkauf Group, which has since been taken over by Metro AG. The profit was used to create the family assets and thus the Single Family Office A&V holding. In addition to investments in real estate as well as in real estate project developments, private equity investments and corporate investments, the GmbH & Co. KG invests in securities.

Reimann Investors Advisory GmbH

Reimann Investors Advisory GmbH is the single family office of the Reimann-Dubbers family. In 1999 Reimann-Dubbers separated from the former family business and founded their own asset management company in 2006. This focuses on two investment areas: Corporate investments and capital market investments. The Grünwald-based company uses a core-satellite approach for capital market investments: the focus is on low-cost ETFs, which are supplemented by targeted individual investments. A special feature of the family office is that they opened up their capital market investments in 2009: outside the family, too, there is the opportunity to participate in the investment concept of Reimann Investors Advisory GmbH and invest in the capital market in the same way.
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Project development, i.e. the conception and planning of a (real estate) project, is also popular with (single) family offices. Single Family Offices manage the assets of an owner family with the aim of holding and increasing these assets. In the area of project development, single family offices often work together with various capital providers and real estate investors. This article is based on the unique List of the 300 most important single family offices with a real estate focus in Europe.

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Actris Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG

The Actris Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG is a real estate management company based in St. Leon-Rot. The GmbH & Co. KG belongs to the Hopp family and is managed by Daniel Hopp, the son of Dietmar Hopp, one of the co-founders of the IT company SAP and one of the wealthiest Germans. In 2017 Hopp invested in the imitation of one of Frankfurt’s landmarks: The Henninger Tower. The new tower was placed in Hainer Weg in Sachsenhausen and functions as a high-rise residential building with 209 apartments. With 130 metres and 39 storeys, the new Henninger Tower is almost 30 metres larger than the original. A current project of Actris Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG is the purchase of the Pfungstadt company premises. In future, a residential quarter is to be built on the original brewery site in cooperation with the project developer Conceptaplan.

Black Horse Investments GmbH

Black Horse Investments GmbH is a single family office with a real estate focus and is located in the Dreischeibenhaus in Düsseldorf. The Dreischeibenhaus is also one of the most famous projects of the family office – in 2011 the GmbH together with the MOMENI Group bought the listed building and renovated it. In 2015 the building was awarded the title “Best Refurbishment” of the MIPIM Award. The Family Office belongs to the Schwartz-Schütte family. The former president of the German-French Chamber of Commerce took over the position of managing director of Black Horse Investments GmbH in 2007. In cooperation with the MOMENI Group, joint venture partner of the GmbH, the SFO will invest in a prominent property in Düsseldorf’s Media Harbour at the end of November 2019.

Vitcorp

In addition to German-based family offices with a real estate focus, there are also many internationally active project developers who invest in German real estate/properties. One of these single family offices is the Vitcorp Family Office: The UK-based SFO even focuses on project developments in Germany and has recently invested in a five-star hotel in Frankfurt Sachsenhausen, in addition to projects in Berlin (Greifswalder Straße and Bergmann Straße). The “Villa Kennedy Hotel” has 181 rooms and was designed by the German architect Eike Becker. The German subsidiary SIC Properties GmbH manages the projects from Berlin.

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A Multi Family Office is an asset manager that offers its services to a majority of particularly wealthy families, single family offices and private individuals. Only a few Multi Family Offices, like Cologne-based Dereco, have focused entirely on real estate investments. In this area Dereco is one of the most active German real estate multi family offices. Buying, developing and profitably reselling real estate – this is the business model that has been successfully operated since 1993. This is also reflected in Dereco’s 2019/20 activities. Here are some selected examples: This article is based on the unique List of the 150 largest Multi Family Offices in Switzerland.

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Together with the Hamburg investor and project developer REVITALIS REAL ESTATE AG, the foundation stone for the HAMPTON BY HILTON in Kiel was laid last year. A premium economy hotel is being built on an area of 2,700 square metres in the vicinity of the Sparkassen-Arena Kiel. The hotel with a gross floor area of 8,000 square metres will have 208 rooms. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2020.

At almost the same time, a 5,500 square meter property in Saarbrücken was acquired together with NORSK Deutschland AG. A complex with 200 student and micro-apartments is to be built here by mid 2021 – a total of seven buildings with a gross floor area of 11,700 square meters and 95 underground parking spaces.

In autumn 2019, a building was acquired in Hamburg in the immediate vicinity of Hamburg City Hall. The property in a central location with a good 1,750 square metres of rental space is to be “upgraded” through targeted investments and fits into Dereco’s Value Add strategy.

One of the most recent activities is a project development in Berlin-Neukölln announced in June 2020. Here Dereco has joined forces with the Berlin-based KLINGSÖHR Group of companies. The “Sonneninsel” quarter development is planned directly at the Sonnenallee S-Bahn station. Several buildings with about 35,000 square meters of office and commercial space will be erected on an already acquired site over the next few years. The whole thing is to have campus character. The project volume is estimated at around 250 million.

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The single family office of the Viehof family – Vibro Vermögensverwaltungs- und Beteiligungs-GmbH – has a new CEO. Marc Hocks, an experienced family officer, will now run the family investment firm. The 55-year-old Hocks was the CEO of the German Tresono family office until March 2020. Now, he will manage the wealth of the Viehof family. The Viehof family’s fortune is based on the sale of the Allkauf shopping centres to Metro in 1998. The net worth of the Viehof family is estimated at €750M. The Viehof family office – Vibro Vermögensverwaltungs- und Beteiligungs-GmbH – resides at Villa Hecht in Mönchengladbach. The historical building was acquired in 2007 and restored true to the original. A main focus of the Viehof family office is its art collection.

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GP Holding GmbH, the German single family office of Guido Pühse, sells its majority stake in apt Sedant Holding GmbH to the Chinese Mengtai group.

apt: an aluminum producer with more than €250M in revenues

Monheim-based apt group is a leader in the European aluminium industry. The group has more than 1.000 employees and yearly revenues in excess of €250M. Main sites of the company are in Monheim am Rhein, Eckental, Roermond (Netherlands) or Cheb (Czech Republic). Components of apt are used in the construction, transport and automotive industry.

Pühse Family Office as the apt majority shareholder since 2019

In 2019, Guido Pühse took over 69,9% of the shares of the apt group with his family office, the GP Holding GmbH. Now, he sells its stake to the Chinese Mengtai group. Mengtai – with its headquarter in Ordos (Inner Mongolia, China) – is a leading industrial company with its focus on coal, aluminium, electricity and urban heating industrie. Guido Pühse was the long-time CEO and owner of the German chemical company Oskar Nolte GmbH, which was sold in 2018 to the Peter Möhrle Holding (which is also a single family office).

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The Australian Sunshine Family Office acquired a 1,456sqm property in Rüthen (Germany). The transaction was organized by the German real estate investment firm DRIA GmbH, which manages the investment and asset management for various family offices. The property is rented to Centershop since 2018 and was sold by a Luxembourg-based company. The object also has 64 parking spots.

Sunshine Family Office restructures German real estate portfolio

German DRIA GmbH currently leads the restructuring of the real estate portfolio of the Australian Sunshine Family Office. Two automotive objects in Aurach and Cottbus were sold, a retail object in Halberstadt was acquired.

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German real estate investor Commodus acquired a Mixed-Use building in Berlin from an unknown family office. The “Hohenschönhauser Tor” building with office and retail space is located at Weißenseer Weg 35 and has a lettable area of 19.000 sqm. Amongst others, the tenants include a gym, senior housing and medical practices. The Weighted Average Lease Term (WALT) amounts 7 years. Realtor firm Lührmann was serving as a broker for the transaction. The family office sold the property through an asset deal.

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