ECM is an independent, growth-oriented private equity firm focused on mid-sized enterprises (Mittelstand). We invest in companies that are leaders in their respective niche with the objective of further developing them in partnership with management teams and entrepreneurs. We ourselves are entrepreneurs and engage ourselves with passion and full personal commitment.

Currently, we are investing our fourth fund GEP IV with equity commitments of €230m.


years active in the German private equity market
investments and add-ons since foundation
percent average increase in number of employees during the holding period
percent average growth in revenue during the holding period
What entrepreneurs and managers say about us
'Bergmann Automotive has undergone significant growth over the years. Further growth required not only significant investment, but also the adaptation of organisational structures, responsibilities and management information systems to the increased size of the business. ECM actively supported us from day one and, at the same time, took the necessary steps to organise my succession as managing director.'- Bernhard Büthe, former CEO and shareholder of Bergmann Automotive
I have always valued ECM’s trust in management and the fact that they did not interfere with the day-to-day operations. The ECM team served as sparring partner for the management team throughout the ownership period.- Patrick Sievi, CEO and shareholder of KADI
ECM is a good partner for mid-sized companies. The people at ECM not only think entrepreneurially, but also extend a helping hand with entrepreneurial challenges.- Caspar Graf Stauffenberg, former CEO and shareholder of MAP
With ECM’s expertise in corporate transactions and its international experience, it was possible for us to vertically integrate three add-on acquisitions, both domestically and abroad, and therefore to achieve sustainable competitive advantages in the market.- Sebastian Karrer, former CEO and shareholder of the Polytan Group
The financial crisis in 2008 and 2009 had a dramatic impact on our business as well. ECM continued to support the company throughout this difficult period. We managed to get through the crisis because of – among other things – further equity capital provided by the GEP funds.- Torsten Prelle, CEO and shareholder of IN tIME

We have an international, multidisciplinary investment team with long-standing private equity experience with mid-sized businesses. All investment decisions are exclusively made by the ECM team – fast, flexible, pragmatic.

Our culture is characterised by team spirit, entrepreneurship and reliability.