BUSINESS BUILDERS

WHO WE ARE

  • We have been the pioneer in industrial Buy & Build in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for over 20 years.
  • Our team’s professionals have broad industrial and operational experience, forming a whole greater than the sum of its parts and making us unique.

TEAM

WHO’S WHO

Thierry Biggoer
Thierry Biggoer
Associate
Jonas Bumbacher
Jonas Bumbacher
Investment Director
Antonio Cives
Antonio Cives
Managing Partner
Christoph Haller
Christoph Haller
Managing Partner
Rolf Lanz
Rolf Lanz
Managing Partner
Marcel Rossmann
Marcel Rossmann
Analyst
Heinz Saurenmann
Heinz Saurenmann
Head of Investment Services
Louis Theiler
Louis Theiler
Analyst
Giorgio Vannotti
Giorgio Vannotti
Managing Partner
Sandro Wiesendanger
Sandro Wiesendanger
Investment Director
Thomas Anderegg
Thomas Anderegg
Managing Partner
Markus Laesser
Markus Laesser
Director Operational Excellence
Timo Serke
Timo Serke
Analyst
Robert Suter
Robert Suter
Director Operational Excellence
Marc Trippel
Marc Trippel
Investment Director

OUR MISSION

WHAT WE DO

  • We turn companies into international industrial groups in carefully selected niches using a consistent Buy & Build approach.
  • Together with the companies, we draw up strategies for their long-term, sustainable development.
  • We help companies implement the strategy and contribute our operational experience to achieve outstanding added value.

PROVEN BUY & BUILD STRATEGY

HOW WE WORK

  • We invest in small to medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (the DACH region) with turnovers ranging from EUR 10 to 80 million.
  • As “Business Builders” we transform the companies into market-leading industrial groups in their niche, usually with two to four add-on investments worldwide.
  • We only invest in industries in which we have operational experience: automation, construction supplies, industrial equipment, plastics, machinery, apparatus, and accessories as well as measurement and control systems/sensors.

OUR PROOF OF PERFORMANCE

WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED

CGS has invested to date in a great deal more than 30 individual companies, forming them into over a dozen industrial groups.

The five groups we have sold as yet are holding their ground successfully in the market: Bourdon-Haenni, Electronicparc, Maag, Schöttli, and mdexx.

“We built up a strong company during the years of our partnership with CGS.”

Ueli Thürig, Maag CEO

OUR STORY

WHERE WE COME FROM

After their time together at Hilti, Rico Casparis, Peter Gloor, and Udo Schreyer founded CGS in 1995. Initially active in restructuring, the first fund in 1999 formed the foundation of today’s success. From the outset, the focus was on small to medium-sized companies with the goal of forming them into international groups using a clear Buy & Build strategy and the team’s industrial experience.