German Private Equity Breakfast 2024


The Private Equity & Venture Capital Breakfast is an annual event that is sponsored and hosted through the joint cooperation of Pedersen & Partners and CMS. The event will bring together senior decision makers from Private Equity, mezzanine & venture funds, asset managers, financial institutions, advisory firms, family offices, and portfolio companies.

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.

Pedersen & Partners & CMS Breakfast


  • Poul Pedersen – Executive Chairman, Pedersen & Partners
  • Tobias Schneider – Partner, CMS Germany


  • Anja Bohme – Investment Director, Halder
  • Fritjof Franz – Partner, capiton AG
  • Thessa von Hülsen – Investment Partner, Haniel
  • Philipp von Mitzlaff – Partner, NORD Holding
  • Patrick Schaich – Managing Director, Tengelmann Growth Partners and Tengelmann Ventures
  • Can Toygar – Senior Managing Director, CVC Capital Partners

Panel discussion topics:

  • Importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria in fundraising and when selecting portfolio companies, including the increased demand for governance at both at both the fund and portfolio levels
  • Outlook and latest trends in investment, finance, and M&A activity in Germany
  • Fundraising environment, deal flow, valuations, and exit strategies
  • Value creation, portfolio management strategies, change management, the significance of human capital in due diligence, successful planning, and key talent retention
  • Influence of the current external factors such as high interest rates, armed conflicts, inflation, digital transformation, energy transition, and US and EU election
  • High opportunity sectors and market segments: Artificial Intelligence, eCommerce, FinTech, Life Sciences, ESG, EdTech, Energy Transition, AgriTech
  • Outbound investment destinations - what geographies have the highest potential for German PE and VC firms and their portfolio companies in Europe, Americas, Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East?