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The Rantum Capital investment team is based in Frankfurt and currently consists of 12 investment professionals and support staff. The team members are either allocated directly to our credit or equity funds or act as generalists for both segments.
For our private equity activities we work closely with our joint venture partners’ offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong with ten additional investment professionals.
Apart from the full-time investment professionals, Rantum Capital has 14 Industrial Partners contributing their individual industry expertise with sourcing, analyzing, diligencing and monitoring potential and existing portfolio companies. All Industrial Partners are shareholders of Rantum Capital and investors into our funds with own money.
- Previously CEO of Morgan Stanley Bank AG and Country Head of Morgan Stanley for Germany & Austria. Studied business, philosophy and political sciences and graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Mannheim; afterwards completed a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Stuttgart.Before Rantum Capital, Marc was an investment professional in the European corporate private equity team of Carlyle working on large-cap and Mittelstand buyouts in the German-speaking region. Previously he collected work experience in investment banking and strategy consulting at Goldman Sachs and at McKinsey & Company. He graduated with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in business from WHU Koblenz and an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Kozmetsky Scholar.Carsten joined Rantum Capital as Managing Director in May 2014 and was involved in all transactions of Rantum Private Debt Fund I. His career prior to Rantum spans more than two decades of senior leadership experience in subordinated and senior lending with Deutsche Bank, IKB, DZ Bank and most recently as the director for the mezzanine portfolio of Haspa, the largest German savings bank. Carsten also spent several years in the workout-division of IKB. He graduated with a Master’s degree in business from the University of Applied Sciences Landshut.Haiko is Rantum Capital’s Chief Financial Officer and responsible for administration and operations of the different funds and investment vehicles as well as for tax & accounting. He also acts as Compliance officer. Previously Haiko was a Senior Manager in the funds group of Ernst & Young in Frankfurt working for a variety of asset managers and investment funds. He graduated with a Master’s degree in business from the University of Marburg and is a chartered tax advisor in Germany (“Steuerberater”).
Jost Frederik WenckebachExecutive Director (Equity)Jost Frederik Wenckebach, gathered vast experience in numerous transactions in different industry sectors. Before joining Rantum Capital, Mr. Wenckebach worked more than four years as Investment Manager in private equity and more than two years as Senior Associate in M&A advisory. After his bachelor studies in the Netherlands, Mr. Wenckebach graduated with a Master of Finance and a Master in European Business from the ESCP Europe.Before starting at Rantum Capital to focus on equity investments, Andreas gained work experience in strategy consulting, transactional services and corporate audit, in particular in the packaging industry as well as the industrial services sector. He graduated with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in business administration from the University of Mannheim.Before joining Rantum Capital to focus both on debt and equity investments, Philipp gained work experience in private equity at Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, in strategy consulting at Accenture and Arthur D. Little and in management consulting at Ebner Stolz. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Management from ESCP Europe in Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Düsseldorf.
Karsten FischerAssociate (Debt & Equity)Before joining Rantum Capital to focus both on debt and equity investments, Karsten gained work experience in strategy consulting, transactional services and investment banking with Deutsche Bank, Roland Berger and other firms. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Gallen. His studies included a year abroad at Harvard University. During his studies, Karsten was Head of the Organising Committee of the St. Gallen Symposium.
Sabine LorenzFund Administration & Accounting ProfessionalSabine Lorenz supports the Rantum Capital team with regards to fund administration, accounting and finance. Mrs. Lorenz holds a Masters degree in Economics from Humboldt University Berlin and is a trained tax clerk. She possesses 20+ years of work experience in tax, accounting and bookkeeping.
Laura BeckmannOffice ManagerLaura supports the team as Office Manager. Prior to Rantum Capital, she worked for several years as Assistant in the real estate industry. In addition to her apprenticeship as office clerk, Laura is a certified bilingual secretary.
Lorena NeubauerAssistantLorena supports the team as assistant.
Natalie AltenhofenAssistantMrs. Natalie Altenhofen is apprentice office assistant at Rantum Capital and supports the office management team. She graduated from Gutenberg High School in Frankfurt.
Elias SemnarResearch AssistantMr. Elias Semnar is Research Assistant at Rantum Capital and supports the investment team with research tasks. He is studying business administration (Bachelor) at the University of Frankfurt.
Joachim HunoldIndustrial Partner Tourism & AviationMr. Hunold is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Tourism & Aviation. He was the founder of Air Berlin and is member of several Advisory Boards of German Mittelstand businesses.
Wolfgang HartmannChairman of the Investment Committee (Debt)Chairman of the Investment Committee (Debt). Mr. Hartmann is the Chairman of the Investment Committee of Rantum’s debt activities. He spent his professional career with Commerzbank, most recently as member of the executive board and Chief Risk Officer and before that as Chief Credit Officer. Next to his involvement with Rantum Capital, he is the honorary Chairman of the Frankfurt Institute for Risk Management and Regulation and teaches risk management courses at the University of Frankfurt. Wolfgang Hartmann holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Frankfurt.
Dr. Michael RogowskiIndustrial Partner for Machine Making, Capital Goods, Technology & AutomationDr. Michael Rogowski is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Machine Making, Capital Goods, Technology & Automation. He is looking back on a long-term career as CEO of Voith (one of the largest German family-owned machine makers). He is also the former president of the BDI (Federation of German Industries, the largest umbrella association of the German economy) and honorary Chairman of the German association of Machine Makers. He holds a Master in Business Engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe and a PhD from the Technical University of Karlsruhe.
Dr. Hans-Joachim KörberIndustrial Partner for Retail, Consumer Goods, Food & BeverageDr. Körber is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Retail, Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage. He is the long-term CEO of Metro, the DAX-30 German retailer. He started his career at Oetker Group (foods) and Söhnlein Rheingold (beverages). He holds a Ph.D. in business from the Technical University of Berlin and Master’s degrees in business as well as Brewery Sciences from Technical University of Berlin.
Hendrik BorggreveIndustrial Partner for Financial ServicesMr. Borggreve is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Financial Services. He is looking back on a successful career with senior leadership positions at Salomon Brothers, Kleinwort Benson, ABN Amro and Royal Bank of Scotland. Mr. Borggreve is a trained lawyer and member of the Frankfurt bar.
Thomas EbelingIndustrial Partner for IT, Digital & Media, Healthcare & PharmaMr. Ebeling is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for IT, Digital & Media, Healthcare & Pharma. He is the former CEO of ProSieben.Sat1 (the German DAX-30 media company) and is currently member of several supervisory boards, e.g. Bayer (the DAX-30 healthcare company). He previous held various senior positions at Novartis, most recently as executive board member responsible for the pharmaceuticals division. Mr. Ebeling holds a graduate degree in psychology from the University of Hamburg.
Klaus EberhardtIndustrial Partner for Automotive, Metal-processing and Industry 4.0Mr. Eberhardt is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Automotive, Metal-processing and Industry 4.0. He is looking back on a long-term successful career as CEO of Rheinmetall (the DAX-100 defense and automotive supplier). Currently he is Chairman of MTU AeroEngines (DAX-100 aerospace company) and member of the supervisory board of ElringKlinger (SDAX automotive supplier). Mr. Eberhardt holds a graduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Tuebingen.
Roman KainzIndustrial Partner for Trade & AsiaMr. Kainz is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Trade & Asia. He is the founder and CEO of Euro China Group, a German Mittelstand trade & commerce firm. His earlier career includes senior leadership positions at Kienbaum, BMW and Metro. He holds an MBA degree from IMD Lausanne.
Dr. Karl-Ludwig KleyIndustrial Partner for Healthcare & PharmaDr. Karl-Ludwig Kley is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Healthcare & Pharma. He was previously long-term CEO of Merck, the German DAX-30 pharma company. Currently Dr. Kley is Chairman of E.ON (the DAX-30 utility) and Lufthansa, member of the supervisory board of BMW and non-executive director of Verizon (the Fortune-100 US telecom company). He holds a Ph.D. in law from the LMU University of Munich.
Karlheinz KögelIndustrial Partner for IT, Digital & MediaMr. Kögel is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for IT, Digital & Media. He is the founder and long-term CEO of Media Control and l’tur, two successful Mittelstand companies in the media and tourism space. He is also the initiator of the German Media Award (Deutscher Medienpreis) and representative of the Clinton Foundation in Europe.
Dr. Lothar SteinebachIndustrial Partner for ChemicalsDr. Lothar Steinebach is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Chemicals. He is looking back on a successful career as long-term CFO of Henkel, the DAX-30 chemicals company. Currently he is also member of the supervisory boards of ThyssenKrupp (the DAX-30 steelmaker), Altana (the large family-owned German chemicals company) and Carl Zeiss (manufacturer of optical systems). Dr. Steinebach holds a law degree from the University of Mainz and an LLM degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Dr. Alfred TackeIndustrial Partner for Energy, Infrastructure & Business ServicesDr. Alfred Tacke is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Energy, Infrastructure & Business Services. He is the former CEO of STEAG (the fifth largest German utility) and previously also served as state secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. He earned a degree in business administration from the University of Freiburg and Berlin and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Oldenburg.
Burchard von ArnimIndustrial Partner for Tax & AccountingMr. von Arnim is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Tax & Accounting. He is the founder and CEO of von Arnim Private Consulting GmbH, a mid-market tax advisory, audit and accounting firm with offices in Dusseldorf and Hamburg, mainly advising small and mid- market companies and their founders on topics such as M&A and the structuring of generational transfers. Mr von Arnim started his career at the German audit firm BDO Wirtschaftspru?fung AG. He earned a Diplom-Kaufmann (M.B.A. equivalent) from the University of Cologne. He is a certified public accountant in Germany (Wirtschaftspru?fer).
Dr. h. c. Frank-Jürgen WeiseIndustrial Partner Logistics, Services, Staffing & HRDr. h. c. Frank-Jürgen Weise is Rantum’s Industrial Partner for Logistics, Services, Staffing & HR. After having successfully founded, stock listed and sold national logistics champion Microlog Logistics AG, Frank Weise decided to give back some of his experience to society and served as president of Germany's National Labour Agency (BA) from 2004-2017 as well as the National Refugee Agency (BAMF) from 2015-2016. He is currently the acting chairman of the board of Hertie-Foundation since 2014.
Dr. Hans-Peter SollingerSenior Advisor for Machine Making, Capital Goods and AutomationDr. Hans-Peter Sollinger is Rantum’s Senior Advisor for Machine Making, Capital Goods and Automation. He is looking back to a successful career as long-term engineer in the executive board of Voith (one of the largest family-owned machine makers in Germany). He is member of the Supervisory Boards of several German Mittelstand companies.
Bao YiManaging Partner – Cedarlake Capital PartnersBefore founding Cedarlake Capital, Mr. Bao was Managing Director and CEO of Morgan Stanley in China (Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities). He holds an MBA degree from Wharton. Mr. Bao is based in Shanghai.
Songsong DaiManaging Partner – Cedarlake Capital PartnersBefore founding Cedarlake Capital, Mr. Dai was COO of the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley China (Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities). He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics. Mr. Dai is based in Shanghai.
Rong ChenPartner – Cedarlake Capital PartnersPreviously Corporate Finance Professional with Morgan Stanley China (Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities). Mr. Chen has a lawyer qualification in China and New York and is based in Shanghai.
Harvey WangVice President – Cedarlake Capital PartnersPreviously Deputy Director with Fosun Capital Group in Shanghai and Istithmar World. He holds an MBA degree from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Wang is based in Shanghai.
Fei HuangAssociate – Cedarlake Capital PartnersPrevious work experience with Morgan Stanley in China (Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities) as well as Fosun Capital Group in Shanghai. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Peking University and a Master’s degree in Finance from Tsinghua University. Mrs. Huang is based in Shanghai.
Wendy HonFinancial Controller – Cedarlake (HK) Advisors LimitedWendy Hon is a financial controller of Cedarlake (HK) Advisors Limited. She is based in Hong Kong.
Prof. Dr. Franz GuenthnerSenior Advisor for IT, Software & Digital DisruptionProf. Dr. Franz Guenthner is Senior Advisor for IT, Software & Digital Disruption at Rantum Capital. He can look back on a long international academic career and is a worldwide acknowledged pioneer in the area of internet search engines. He occupied the Chair of Computational Linguistics at Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians-University from 1990 to 2013. Prof. Dr. Guenthner contributed to the success of several startups in the IT and online search space, including AltaVista and AlltheWeb.© Rantum Capital Management GmbH & Rantum Advisors GmbH 2016 | Datenschutz