ODDO BHF AM has expanded its private debt platform with the appointment of Markus Geiger as head of Private Debt as on 1 November 2018.
Geiger leads deal team investing into private debt instruments and advising private debt funds for institutional and retail investors. Based in Frankfurt, he rely’s on an experienced team of 5 investment specialists, benefiting from a successful track record of originating and executing more than 50 buy-outs and corporate acquisitions within the Mittelstand universe.
ODDO BHF first solution dedicated to professional clients will focus on senior secured debt deals in German Mittelstand segment. Mittelstand, which represents the overwhelming majority of German companies, is made of export driven, adaptable and innovative SME’s (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises). The financing of Mittelstand companies is increasingly provided by funds whatever the operation: PE-backed LBO, corporate M&A, Capex financing or refinancing. Like all across Europe, the German private debt asset class is growing, driven by increasing regulation and bank disintermediation.
Geiger is a seasoned specialist for private debt investments. Most recently, he was head of the DACH region in Frankfurt at Kartesia Advisor, where he was responsible for numerous debt and equity transactions, notably in Germany and France, but also in Eastern Europe. In 2006 he joined the German private equity firm Steadfast Capital, where he was in charge of various mid-market buy-outs in automotive, machine building and consumer products as a partner. He began his career in 1997 as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton (now Strategy&), advising corporate and private equity clients on growth, restructuring and corporate finance.