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Joachim Hunold Industrial Partner Tourism & Aviation

Team

The Rantum Capital investment team is based in Frankfurt and currently consists of over a dozen 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 partner Yi Bao, Chairman & Founder of Cedarlake Capital who is operating offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong with a team of investment professionals.

Apart from the full-time investment professionals, Rantum Capital works with more than a dozen of Industrial Partners who contribute their individual industry expertise with sourcing, analyzing, diligencing and monitoring potential and existing portfolio companies. All Industrial Partners are co-shareholders of Rantum Capital as well as investors with own money in Rantum’s funds.

Dr. Dirk Notheis

Founder & Managing Director

Dr. Dirk Notheis

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.

Marc Pahlow

Founder & Managing Director

Marc Pahlow

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 Olberding

Managing Director (Debt)

Carsten Olberding

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.

Gilles Djordjevic

Managing Director

Gilles Djordjevic

Gilles Djordjevic joined Rantum Capital in 2019. Previously at KUKA AG as Member of the Executive Committee and CEO of one of three group companies of Kukas. Worked in senior executive positions in strategic asset management at Dubai International Capital and ORN Capital/London, and in M&A at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. Gilles holds an MBA from University of St. Gallen and Ivy Business School.

Udo Klaeren

Tax & Finance

Udo Klaeren

Mr. Klaeren is responsible for tax & finance at Rantum Capital and also acts as its Chief Compliance Officer. Previously, Mr. Klaeren was with General Electric, most recently as Head of Tax EMEA. Before, he started his career time in various positions with Deutsche Telekom and KPMG. Mr. Klaeren is managing partner of the tax consulting firm KLAEREN. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Trier and received his appointment as chartered tax advisor in 2002.

Andreas Teufel

Senior Associate (Debt & Equity)

Andreas Teufel

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.

Karsten Fischer

Associate (Debt & Equity)

Karsten Fischer

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.

Philipp Scheidt

Associate (Debt & Equity)

Philipp Scheidt

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.

Maximilian Molzberger

Analyst (Debt & Equity)

Maximilian Molzberger

Before joining Rantum Capital, Maximiliam gained work experience in transaction advice, in corporate M&A and in auditing at Livingstone Partners, Daimler AG and Ernst & Young. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Management with focus in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim.

Laura Beckmann

Office Manager

Laura Beckmann

Laura Beckmann is Office Manager/Assistant at Rantum Capital and first point of contact for meeting coordination and all administrative matters. Before Rantum Capital she spent serveral years as Assistant in the real estate industry. Additionally to her aprenticeshiment as office clerk, Laura is a state-certified bilingual secretary.

Natalie Altenhofen

Assistant

Natalie Altenhofen

Mrs. Natalie Altenhofen is apprentice office assistant at Rantum Capital and supports the office management team. She graduated from Gutenberg High School in Frankfurt.

Philipp Weinel

Research Assistant

Philipp Weinel

Mr. Philipp Weinel is Research Assistant at Rantum Capital and supports the investment team with research tasks. Philipp gained work experience in corporate M&A at Alantra as well as at DPE Deutsche Private Equity. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Goethe University Frankfurt and is now studying the Master of Finance at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Joachim Hunold

Industrial Partner Tourism & Aviation

Joachim Hunold

Mr. 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 Hartmann

Chairman of the Investment Committee (Debt)

Wolfgang Hartmann

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 Rogowski

Industrial Partner for Machine Making, Capital Goods, Technology & Automation

Dr. Michael Rogowski

Dr. 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 Körber

Industrial Partner for Retail, Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage

Dr. Hans-Joachim Körber

Dr. 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 Borggreve

Industrial Partner for Financial Services

Hendrik Borggreve

Mr. 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 Ebeling

Industrial Partner for IT, Digital & Media, Healthcare & Pharma

Thomas Ebeling

Mr. 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 Eberhardt

Industrial Partner for Automotive, Metal-processing and Industry 4.0

Klaus Eberhardt

Mr. 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 Kainz

Industrial Partner for Trade & Asia

Roman Kainz

Mr. 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 Kley

Industrial Partner for Healthcare & Pharma

Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley

Dr. 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 Kögel

Industrial Partner for IT, Digital & Media

Karlheinz Kögel

Mr. 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 Steinebach

Industrial Partner for Chemicals

Dr. Lothar Steinebach

Dr. 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 Tacke

Industrial Partner for Energy, Infrastructure & Business Services

Dr. Alfred Tacke

Dr. 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 Arnim

Industrial Partner for Tax & Accounting

Burchard von Arnim

Mr. 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 Wirtschaftspruüfung 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 Weise

Industrial Partner Logistics, Services, Staffing & HR

Dr. h. c. Frank-Jürgen Weise

Dr. 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 Sollinger

Senior Advisor for Machine Making, Capital Goods and Automation

Dr. Hans-Peter Sollinger

Dr. 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.

Prof. Dr. Franz Guenthner

Senior Advisor for IT, Software & Digital Disruption

Prof. Dr. Franz Guenthner

Prof. 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.

Yi Bao

Managing Partner – Cedarlake Capital Partners

Yi Bao

Before 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.