Dresdner Kleinwort Capital (formerly known as Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Private Equity) manages over A4 billion in equity and mezzanine funds under direct and co-advisory management across Western & Central Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America. This scope is made possible by the network of offices located in Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, Poland, Hungary, the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
Fifteen well-established investment teams consisting of 165 executives make investments in small- to medium-sized, emerging growth and VC stage unquoted companies. These teams have strong deal sourcing, due diligence, non-executive directorship, investment performance and fund administration experience in their local markets. They are particularly encouraged to work together on cross-border investments and exits. Their continuing commitment to bringing their clients the best in private equity is reflected in their sector expertise, especially in technology, media/publishing, life sciences and specialist engineering.
Dresdner Kleinwort Capital has a long track record of successful transactions covering leveraged financings and management buyouts, buy-ins, acquisitions, business expansions, pre-flotation financing, recapitalisations, corporate joint ventures and private equity investments. Most investments are in small to medium-sized companies valued between A10 million to A250 million in a wide range of industry sectors, in which the teams take majority or control minority positions. All these companies must have good products or services, a growing customer base and defensible or niche market positions.
The technology team
Dresdner Kleinwort Capital has technology specialists in Europe, the US and Japan. In Europe the technology expertise was enhanced by the acquisition of Elderstreet last November. The teams in the US and Japan continue to cover the American and Asian markets and they are in regular contact with each other to take advantage of market synergies and to discover trends.
Dresdner Kleinwort Capital’s technology investment focus falls into: Telecoms (business service provider space, which includes switching, virtual network providers, call centre operations and systems integrators especially where related to mobile telecoms); IT (software and embedded software products and services, which includes CRM, ASP and workflow software especially where related to service provision in the web space); Media (content generation, aggregation and distribution, which includes subscription, commerce and advertising models especially where related to new media channels); E-commerce (value added usage of the Internet and mobile telecoms for commerce applications, which includes content-based, availability-based and aggregation-based models especially where related to business applications and bricks & clicks’ consumer applications).
Dresdner Kleinwort Capital likes to back entrepreneurs and companies at an early stage in their development and concentrates on those companies and market segments where the investment teams can be actively involved in assisting a business establish operational excellence, revenue growth and market leadership.
Time is taken to understand entrepreneurs whom Dresdner Kleinwort Capital is considering backing: to learn about their business, their needs, accomplishments, concerns, plans and goals – and time is taken to listen to what they have to say.
We believe one of the most important investments with our partners is time – time for understanding, time for building the right relationship. Once we begin working together, we carefully evaluate their businesses and their need for funding. Before we commit to financially supporting any enterprise, we apply many levels of analysis and due diligence to ensure its success.
As investors, Dresdner Kleinwort Capital examines overall market size, a company’s opportunity to capture a significant share of that market, a viable business plan, and a high quality management team.
Finding a venture capitalist that is interested in backing a young technology company is hard enough. Once a potential backer has been found, it is important that a well laid out, concise and balanced business plan is presented. It is important to remember that a plan should clarify an entrepreneur’s strategic thinking; it should provide a working framework for the early stages of his business, and it should be a coherent and balanced case for raising money.
Dresdner Kleinwort Capital is selective and it backs only the best. As a private equity partner, Dresdner Kleinwort Capital believes in the people it backs and works hard to help them reach the top of the market. Deals recently completed include: Mediasurface, KMC Telecom, Whitelight, Caplin Systems, Peramon, Interbizz, DaiJob.com, AssetLine, and ValueCommerce. For more information visit: www.dresdnerkc.com and www.elderstreet.com.
Completed business plans can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
USRichard Wolf+1 212 429 3083
Gaurav Burman+1 212 429 3193
Europe (via Elderstreet Capital Partners)
Michael Jackson+44 20 7400 0483
Paul Frew+44 20 7400 0489
Barnaby Terry +44 20 7400 0493
Simon Cook +44 20 7400 0490
JapanOliver Drews +81 3 5403 9100
Craig Nelson +81 3 5403 9492
Ken Okamura +81 3 5403 9371
Singapore-based Japan Team
Stephane Delatte+65 530 8582
Robert van der Most+65 530 8588