German Private Equity Breakfast 2022


The Private Equity Breakfast is an annual event that is sponsored and hosted through the joint cooperation of Pedersen & Partners and CMS. The event  will gather leading speakers from the private equity industry, management recruitment and legal fields.

The purpose of this event is to bring together investment professionals to discuss and share experiences and comments regarding the current industry climate and future developments.

Below you will find more details about the speakers and the agenda of the event. The event is free of charge for all participants but strictly by invitation.

Private Equity Breakfast

Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
Opernplatz 16
60313 Frankfurt Am Main

Event Program

08:00 – 08:20 Registration, Hot & cold drinks and snacks
08:20 – 08:30 Welcome address by Malte Bruhns, Partner and Co-Head of the CMS Corporate / M&A Group
08:30 – 10:00 Panel Discussion

Malte Bruhns – Partner, Partner and Co-Head of the CMS Corporate / M&A Group
Poul Pedersen – Executive Chairman, Pedersen & Partners

Inna Gehrt – Managing Partner, Mindful Capital Partners
Luc Hendriks – Operating Partner, Triton
Holger Kleingarn – Managing Director and Head of H.I.G.’s German office 
Martin Suter – Managing Director, Rothschild & Co
Fabian Walesch – Managing Partner, Premium Equity Partners
Markus Wenz – Executive Director, Rantum Capital

Panel Discussion Topics:

  • Recent developments and trends in M&A in Germany and the DACH region – including deal-flow, valuations, fund raising, availability of credit for leveraged financing, exit strategies, co-investments;
  • High opportunity sectors and market segments – Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, eCommerce, FinTech, Life Sciences, Environmental Social and Governance (ESG), EdTech;  
  • Value creation – portfolio management & asset class strategies, turnaround and change management, succession planning, talent retention, disconnect between valuations and company performance;
  • What is the current valuation perspective (including equity and debt components) and is increasing regulation inhibiting deal-making activity and/or posing new challenges?
  • Majority vs. minority stakes held by PE funds – comments on pros and cons and how this affects strategy;
  • Influence of external factors and regulations – climate change and sustainability, digital transformation, high inflation and rising interest rates, rising global energy & food prices as result of Ukraine invasion and sanctions/embargos imposed on Russia, global supply chain bottlenecks and semiconductor shortage due to renewed China Covid-19 restrictions;
  • Fund raising environment – who are the main sources of inbound capital: institutional investors, family offices, corporate ventures, sovereign wealth funds, multilaterals, funds of funds;
  • Outbound investment destinations – what geographies have the highest potential for German PE firms and their portfolio companies (Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, USA?).
Event Administrator:

Diana Gasitoi