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Advisum launches turnaround fund

Munich-based Advisum has launched its maiden fund, Turnaround Fund I for investments in small- to medium-sized companies in German-speaking regions. The fund will target distressed companies in the TIME, capital goods, retail and professional services sectors.

Heading the team are investment professionals Peter Weidermann, former board member of Burda Media, Manfred Gabriel and Josef Kleebinder, both former managing partners of GCI, a publicly listed investment company, and Christian Frank, former associate partner of Roland Berger’s turnaround division.

Due diligence of the institutional investors is underway and a first close of EURO50 million is scheduled before year-end, with a final close and target of up to EURO150 million planned for March 2003.

Drawdowns will be on an as-needed basis, within five years from the final close. Minimum subscription is EURO0.5 million and terms and conditions include an annual management fee of 2.5 per cent on committed capital.

The fund will make between 8 and 15 investments varying in size between EURO5 million and EURO20 million. Advisum plans to exit its investments via trade and secondary sales and fund raising and secondary sales and fund raising for a new fund will not be considered until at least 66 per cent of the first fund has been invested or earmarked for investment.