Creating added value through entrepreneurial thinking
First and foremost, by striving to combine the benefits from both worlds. We are organized like a private equity fund, but in the Grohe family we have an investor with deep industrial and entrepreneurial know-how. A predefined investment horizon or even other restrictions are therefore alien to us and enable us to respond flexibly to the needs of entrepreneurs. Particularly in shareholder constellations where there is no homogeneous decision-making situation, we can replace individual shareholders without having to trigger an overall sale of the company. This flexibility of a “tailor-made suit” for the respective situation has also proven itself in other situations.
In principle, we are not limited to individual industry segments. It is important to us that the companies are successful, that their products and services have potential for further growth and that we can contribute to this development. We are happy to support entrepreneurs and management with ambitious growth plans. This can be done organically or by supporting acquisitions. We believe we can make a helpful contribution to both the financing and the identification and execution of potential acquisitions.
It is not uncommon for owner-managed companies to have 80 percent of their own assets tied up in the company. Many entrepreneurs have become very aware of this over the past year. They are suddenly prepared to sell part or even a majority stake in their company in the interests of risk diversification. On the other hand, quite a few owners of very successful and crisis-resistant companies have also stopped ongoing sales processes because they want to reconsider the situation due to the higher uncertainty of their future prospects. Here we are happy to offer ourselves as a discussion partner, not always with the goal of an immediately following transaction.
About Robert Clausen
Robert L. Clausen has been Managing Partner of Syngroh Capital’s investment advisory company, Syngroh Advisory GmbH, since the beginning of 2018. Previously, he advised clients on the acquisition, sale or financing of companies in more than 70 transactions — among others for Deloitte & Touche, BNP Paribas, Lincoln International and Credit Suisse First Boston. He has known the Klaus Grohe family for around two decades and has accompanied its members in a large number of strategic discussions and transactions.