Private equity is an important alternative to traditional financing. It means the participation in non-listed companies - as opposed to public equity. Private equity-funds invest money from pension funds, banks, insurance companies, foundations and family offices. The spectrum ranges from buying a company (a “buyout”, where the shareholders are wholly or mostly “bought out”) to minority participation as growth financing (“growth capital”), in which the former shareholders largely retain sovereignty over decision-making. Renowned private equity-funds have been our clients for years and use our know-how in Germany and in neighbouring countries - increasingly, in the new EU states like Poland, the Czech Republic and the Baltic states. We understand the specifics of the industry, the high expectations of private equity investors in the assessment of transactions, and the extensive requirements of the financing banks and their credit risk departments. Our differentiated analyses have been used for transactions of various sizes, totalling to over one billion Euro in enterprise value. Our extensive experience with private equity and its peculiarities gives us an advantage in the realignment and restructuring of the enterprises concerned.