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German Mittelstand offers lots of potential, Opalesque Frankfurt Roundtable

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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David Zimmer
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

David Zimmer, CEO at Altira Group, an asset management company focusing on alternative investment strategies for institutional and private investors, expressed huge confidence in the German Mittelstand, and described the small and mid-sized firms as a "huge force in Germany with lots of potential."

Guesting as one of the panelists at the latest Opalesque Frankfurt Roundtable sponsored by Eurex which took place at the Deutsche Borse in Frankfurt in June, Zimmer said he believes that the German Mittelstand market is extremely attractive, because the successful private equity funds grow very fast, and as soon as they grow, they have larger equity tickets, they need to invest.

He explained, "Often, they need to change their strategy, and move in the next market and therefore the small and mid-cap market constantly offers great opportunities for us. We take majority positions in unlisted companies following the concept of 'buy and build�. We concentrate on asset-light companies, less on production-heavy companies, because we are not engineers or technicians. We need to understand what we invest in, so we are mostly working with service companies."

"We improve and support their management � most of th......................

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