We are a private capital backed investment firm with a focus on mid-sized ("Mittelstand") companies headquartered in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.​

Management is key, we invite proven management to be capital partners in each of our transactions.

We take a long term view and have no pressure to exit, in our view a key advantage in many special situations.

We look for investment opportunities in fundamentally attractive Mittelstand companies in special situations (incl. corporate spin-offs, capital intense growth situations, re-capitalization, and other special situations).

While our investment strategy is largely industry agnostic our Team Members and Associated Partners have gathered most of their investment and operational expertise in the following industries:

Lafayette Industry Focus 01
Metal engineered products
Focus 01: Metal Engineered Products
Current or past Lafayette investments include:
Lafayette Industry Focus 04
Food Industries
Focus 04: Food Industries
Current or past Lafayette investments include:
Lafayette Industry Focus 02
Plastic engineered products
Focus 02: Plastic Engineered Products
Current or past Lafayette investments include:
Lafayette Industry Focus 05
Consumer & Business Services
Focus 05: Consumer Services
& Business Services
Current or past Lafayette investments include:
Lafayette Industry Focus 03
Media & IT Technology
Focus 03: Media & IT Technology
Current or past Lafayette investments include:
Lafayette Industry Focus 06
Specialty Materials & Manufacturing
Focus 06: Specialty Materials & Manufacturing
Current or past Lafayette investments include:

Lafayette Mittelstand Capital

 

Having built a track-record over seven years we believe to be a trustworthy partner for all stakeholders (sellers, management, customers, employees, suppliers, financing partners) in many financing and change of control situations:

  • Patient capital: in 50% of all cases additional equity capital was provided post acquisition for working capital funding, operational improvements and add-on acquisitions 

  • Proven operational improvement capabilities: over 90% of all cases achieved significant EBITDA improvements within 6-24 months post acquisition

  • Proven growth initiatives post initial operational improvement phase: over 70% of all cases became significantly cash-flow positive over the medium term helped by additional growth initiatives beyond the initial measures such as add-on acquisitions and investments into new products and services