EMH Partners is an owner-led investment firm by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. As a next-generation private equity company and one of the leading investors in the DACH region, EMH Partners supports the growth of Mittelstand companies with capital, digitalization and expansion expertise. EMH Partners invests in marketleading, owner-managed companies to accompany them in partnership during the next growth phase. Today, EMH Partners manages more than €1 billion of committed capital.
A new generation of investors
EMH Partners stands for a new generation of visionary investors. We act as equals and sparring partners for leading Mittelstand companies. We enable entrepreneurs to think bigger, to overcome limitations and to realise their full potential.
What makes our approach so fascinating is not only the numbers and the returns, but also the unifying power that strong personalities can provide. It is based on entrepreneurial thinking, empathy and a down-to-earth attitude, and it creates inspiring partnerships between investors, entrepreneurs and experts. We bring this unique impact to bear in a new entrepreneurial dimension: financial investments become a network that delivers sustainable benefits for all. After a successful exit, we enable the entrepreneurs to become investors themselves, and thus create a cycle of collective, exponential growth.
EMH Digital Growth Fund
Growth capital for the European Mittelstand.
In 2016 we launched the EMH Digital Growth Fund to focus on investments in medium-sized businesses (Mittelstand). Our strategy is based on our entrepreneurial approach, our digital competence and our many years of experience as investors. We close a gap that exists between venture capital and classic buyout funds, where there is little capital available for growth financing.
The first EMH Digital Growth Fund closed in 2017 at a total volume of EUR 350 million. A further EUR 350 million are available through a co-investment program.
The second EMH Digital Growth Fund closed in 2020 at a total volume of EUR 650 million (excluding co-investments).
Top-quality investor base
At EMH Partners we don’t just talk about aligning our interests with those of our investors, we really do it. Around 36% percent of the fund volume comes from DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), 39% Rest of Europe and 25% North America. Our investor base includes public and private pensions, fund-of-funds, insurance companies, world renowned endowments, financial institutions and family offices. The EMH team itself is among the investors. From associates to partners, our team has invested a double-digit million euro amount in the funds. We not only believe in the success of our investment philosophy, we are part of it.
Between 2003 and 2006 – while they were still at school and university – Maximilian and Sebastian Kuss founded two technology companies which they sold at a profit. By establishing and successfully selling both companies, they created the basis for their expertise in the digital economy.
Maximilian and Sebastian Kuss founded the EMH Group in 2010. From technology entrepreneurs they became private investors, and together with sympathetic family offices and co-investors were able to invest more than EUR 100 million in young tech and e-commerce companies. Most of these investments have already been successfully sold.
EMH Digital Growth Fund I (EUR 350 million hard cap) was launched and the first investment was made in an existing portfolio company: EMH Partners has held an investment in the Kiveda Group since October 2016. By 2018 a total of five minority investments had been made. After Kiveda, investments were made in Occhio, Native Instruments, Design Offices and Brainlab. The aim is to exploit the full digital growth potential of these companies as an active partner.
EMH Digital Growth Fund II (EUR 650 million hard cap) was closed in 2020. The fund has made two investments so far and continues its strategy of growth capital investments into leading Mittelstand companies.
Integrity is the basis for the trusting cooperation with our partners. The atmosphere in our team is also characterized by mutual appreciation.
Everything begins with the right counterpart. Openness and trust at eye level are a precondition for achieving outstanding goals together.
With our network of the most successful and influential entrepreneurs, investors and experts, we combine competencies and create synergies for excellent results.
Entrepreneurial thinking and acting is our DNA. We share the visions of our partners and support them in realizing these visions both as investors and sparring partners.
UN PRI – United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment
In 2020, EMH became a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). As a next-generation private equity firm, we have a responsibility to act in our stakeholders’ best and long-term interests. In this role, we believe that environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) matters impact the performance of our portfolio companies. As a signatory, we incorporate ESG topics into all our decision-making processes.
To learn more about the PRI, visit their website.