we create

market leaders

We are AUCTUS

With over 250 company investments since 2001, AUCTUS is the by far most active Germany-based private equity firm. Our buy-and-build strategies have created more market leaders than any other fund in Germany. As part of succession solutions, buy-and-build strategies and corporate spin-offs, we take a majority stake in medium-sized companies and / or provide capital for growth and acquisitions.

The Latin word “AUCTUS” stands for our entrepreneurial program “sustainable growth”. Together with the managers of our investments, we strive for a permanent increase in the companies’ value through sales and earnings growth.

AUCTUS is independent and owned by the partners.

We give our companies the time they need, to turn a good medium-sized company into a global market leader.“

Dr. Ingo Krocke, Founder

Awards

We are proud to look back on a multitude of outstanding international awards. These reflect the success we’ve achieved by bringing german medium-sized companies to market leadership, but also our spirit of partnership with our entrepreneurs and managers and our flexible and innovative capital solutions.
No other German-speaking fund has received more international awards. Whilst this makes us very happy and proud, it also is a constant reminder to work even harder to maintain our number one position and to continue to build the future market leaders.

  • 2021 Global Business Insight Awards: 
    Most Outstanding SME-Focused Private Equity Firm 2021 – Germany
  • Business Excellence Awards 2020: 
    Private Equity Firm of the Year 2020 – Germany
  • Wealth& Finance Elite 2020
    Best SME Private Equity Firm 2020 – Europe
  • FOCUS MONEY “Deutschlandtest-Siegel” 2020
    AUCTUS Portfolio unimed awarded as “Germany’s best billing company”
  • Private Equity Exchange Awards 2019:
    Best LBO fund in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • FOCUS:
    Top Arbeitgeber Mittelstand 2019
  • Lawyers World Country Awards 2019:
    Best SME-Focused PE Firm for 2019 Germany
  • Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2019:
    Best SME-Focused PE Firm 2019 – Germany
  • AI 2019 Business Excellence Awards:
    Recognised Leaders in Owner Buy-Out Services
  • AI 2019 Business Excellence Awards:
    Best Investment & Financial Solutions Firm Germany
  • Corporate Insider 2019 Business Excellence Awards:
    Excellence in Mid-Sized Business Investments
  • Corporate LiveWire Global Fund Awards 2018:
    SME-Focused Private Equity Firm of the Year
  • AI 2018 Business Excellence Awards:
    Best SME Focused Private Equity Firm 2018 – Germany
  • Wealth & Finance International:
    Best Private Equity Firm 2018 – Germany & Global Buy-Out Fund of the Year
  • AI 2018 International Finance Awards:
    SME Investors of the Year – DACH
    Best SME PE Investment Company – Germany
  • Corporate Insider 2018 M&A Awards:
    Excellence in Mid-Sized Business Investments – Germany
  • AI 2018 Global Excellence Awards:
    Most Outstanding SME Private Equity Firm 2018 – Germany
  • Wealth & Finance Business Awards:
    Best Mittelstand Investment Company – Munich
  • Wealth & Finance Investment Fund Awards:
    Private Equity Firm of the Year 2018 – Germany
  • AI 2018 Global Excellence Awards:
    Germanys Leading SME Private Equity Firm 2018
  • AI Ones to Watch in EU Finance 2017
  • AI 2017 International Fund Awards:
    Most innovative Closed-End Fund
    Private Equity Firm of the Year – Germany
  • 2017 German Enterprise Awards:
    Recognised Leaders in Private Equity Consulting 2017 – Germany
  • AI 2017 M&A Awards:
    Best PE Investment Firm – Germany
  • AI 2017 International Finance Awards:
    Best PE Investment Firm – DACH Region
    AI Excellence Award for High Transaction Security 2017
  • CorporateLiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards:
    Private Equity Firm of the Year
  • Corporate Insider M&A Awards 2017:
    Excellence in Mid-Sized Business Investments – Germany
  • Private Equity Exchange Award 2016:
    Best LBO fund in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Preqin:
    Most Consistent Performing Manager
  • International Fund Award 2016:
    Most Innovative Private Equity Firm 2016 – Germany
  • 2016 Business Ecellence Awards:
    Best Mittelstand Private Equity House
  • 2016 DealMakers Country Awards:
    BEST Private Equity Firm – Germany
  • Alternative Investment Awards:
    Best Mittelstand Private Equity Firm
  • 2016 Global Fund Awards:
    SME Focussed Private Equity Firm of the Year – Germany
  • 2016 M&A Awards:
    Best SME Focused Private Equity Firm 2016 – Germany
    Best for Acquisition Growth Strategies – Germany
  • Private Equity Exchange Award 2015:
    Best LBO fund in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Finance Awards 2015:
    Recognised Leader in Partial Sale / Owner Buy-Out
  • M&A Awards 2015:
    Growth Capital Solutions Firm of the Year – Germany
  • Alternative Investment Awards 2015:
    Excellence in Buy & Build
    Best Small-Cap Private Equity Firm – Germany
    Best Active Majority Investor – Germany
  • M&A Awards 2015 Corparte LiveWire:
    Most Outstanding Healthcare Investment Firm – Germany
  • Global Awards 2015:
    Industrial Sector Focused Private Equity Firm of the Year – Germany
  • Preqin:
    Consistent Performing Manager
  • InterContinental Finance Awards 2015:
    ICFM 250 Leading Firms
  • Lawyers World Country Awards 2015:
    Best Private Equity Firm
  • Deal Makers Global Awards 2015:
    Best Private Equity Firm
  • Private Equity Exchange Awards 2014:
    Gold Award – Best German, Austrian & Swiss LBO fund
  • M&A Awards 2014:
    Industrial Sector Focused Private Equity Firm of the year – Germany
  • Alternative Investment Awards 2014:
    Best German Buyout Fund of the year 2014
  • Finance Awards 2014:
    German Portfolio of the year
  • Finance Awards 2014:
    Recognised Leader in German Portfolio
  • Annual Banking Awards 2014:
    Trusted Private Equity Firm of the year – Germany
  • Legal Comprehensive Awards 2014:
    Leading Private Equity Firm – Germany
  • InterContinental Finance Awards 2014:
    Leading Private Equity Firm – Germany
  • Global Awards 2014:
    Top 5 Private Equity Firm – Germany
  • Law Awards 2014:
    Top Private Equity Firm – Germany
  • End of Year Annual Awards 2014:
    Trusted Private Equity Firm – Germany
  • Private Equity Exchange Awards 2013:
    Gold Award – Best German, Austrian & Swiss LBO fund
  • International Fund Awards 2013:
    German Private Equity Firm of the year
  • Finance Awards 2013:
    German Portfolio of the year
  • Private Equity Exchange Awards 2012:
    Gold Award – Best German, Austrian & Swiss LBO fund

Our year 2020

We have once again achieved a lot in the past year and look back on 2020 with pride and satisfaction!

With our 5th AUCTUS fonds and our strong team, we are now also starting the new year very optimistically and look forward to numerous new opportunities.

24 acquisitions and 10 new platform companies

Despite many challenges this year, our AUCTUS deal team was even able to surpass our previous record from last year with 10 (!) new platform companies and 24 acquisitions. We were able to further develop our industry expertise especially in the following areas: IT software and consulting, Agile transformation, electrical planning, steel production, civil engineering, multichannel marketing, food, bakeries, solar energy.

In addition, we have participated in a preparatory step to build a larger group of nursing homes, physiotherapy and rehabilitation clinics.