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Berger Lahnstein Middelhoff & Partners launched by high-profile principals

A management consultant, a banker and a manager have joined forces to found the London-based investment firm Berger Lahnstein Middelhoff & Partners.

A management consultant, a banker and a manager have joined forces to found the London-based investment firm Berger Lahnstein Middelhoff & Partners.

Prof. Roland Berger (pictured) is a management consultant and founder of the strategic consultancy Roland Berger Management Consultants, which is active worldwide.

Florian Lahnstein is an investment banker formerly head of European investment banking at Bear Stearns and head of German investment banking at UBS.

Dr. Thomas Middelhoff was chief executive of Bertelsmann, head of Europe for Investcorp and recently stepped down from his position as chief executive of Arcandor at the end of February.

‘BLM Partners is a natural follow on to the successful launch of Germany1, the first special purpose acquisition company ever in Germany,’ says Lahnstein. ‘We successfully raised EUR250 million through Germany1 in the summer of 2008. This was the most successful IPO in Europe last year. This is a very promising alternative investment, which BLM Partners will continue to pursue.’

BLM Partners will introduce other new investment products in the coming months.

‘We are entering a new phase of global capitalism. In the next few years, new challenges will emerge requiring a combination of experience, deep relationships and entrepreneurial optimism. Now is a time of tremendous opportunity,’ says Berger.

BLM Partners has an advisory board comprised of high-ranking individuals. The members are Wolfgang Clement, former German Federal Minister of Economics and Labour and Prime Minister of the State North Rhine-Westphalia; Prof. Manfred Lahnstein, chairman of the Zeit Foundation, former German Federal Minister of Finance and Chief of Staff in the Federal Chancellery under Helmut Schmidt; as well as Dr. Mark Wössner, chairman of Citigroup Germany and former chief executive of Bertelsmann.

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