About Us

VIA equity is a leading Northern European multi-stage private equity firm with an excellent track record of building and transforming our investments into national and international industry leaders. We invest in companies of all sizes, either alone (primarily in small and medium-sized companies with revenue from EUR 10 million to EUR 100 million) or together with one or both of our Limited Partners PFA and ATP (primarily larger deals).

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Background and Investment Focus

Founded in early 2006, VIA equity is a privately owned and independent Northern European multi-stage private equity firm. The Limited Partners in our latest fund (III) are PFA and ATP. PFA Pension was founded in 1917 as an independent company and has approximately 1.1 million individual customers from a wide range of the largest companies and organizations in Denmark. PFA has more than DKK 500 billion under management. ATP founded in 1964 is a mandatory savings scheme with almost five million members and has more than DKK 700 billion under management. In our first two funds (I and II) ATP is the sole Limited Partner.

VIA equity has EUR 402 million under management and invests in exceptional companies in Northern Europe. We typically make equity investments of up to EUR 25 million per case; however, in syndication with our Limited Partners and others the biggest single deal to date is more than EUR 2 billion (enterprise value). VIA equity invests in companies of all sizes, either alone (primarily in small and medium-sized companies with revenue from EUR 10 million to EUR 100 million) or together with our Limited Partners PFA and ATP (primarily larger deals).

The VIA equity team has extensive experience from investing in, and successfully transforming, companies in a comprehensive set of industries. Our core investment focus is within a broad definition of the TMT/ICT* and Services industries. However, given that we identify a “VIA equity angle” on an investment, we consider investments in a wide range of sectors.

VIA equity is uniquely designed with the right mix of management and industry capabilities, and has the financial strength and the legal structure to invest in all stages of a company’s movement towards its long-term goal. VIA equity’ portfolio today holds a mix of companies originating from several countries and our primary focus is on companies that reside in Northern Europe, primarily in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, or that have a strong Northern European value-add. However, we also operate with a broader secondary geographical focus on European-based companies in general.

* Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT)/Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

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Investment Criteria

Our investment criteria are optimized for flexible investments and we can make both controlling, joint-controlling and minority equity investments.

We participate in classic private equity structured deals such as leveraged buy-outs and management buy-outs but we also consider companies in need for growth capital.

Although every case has its certain characteristics, we usually look for the following traits:

1) Strong position with regional or global potential in market

2) Substantial potential for top-line and earnings growth

3) Market segment with attractive characteristics e.g. high growth, consolidation opportunities, etc.

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Working with us

We have an excellent track record of building and transforming our investments into national and international industry leaders. Our experienced investment professionals operate from team-based values. We know that the key to building a successful enterprise is a long-term focus on its core strengths. Through the unique setup of our fund, VIA equity offers our portfolio companies a competitive mix of skills, network and experience.

Our approach is to take a proactive role in our portfolio companies and on top of actively participating through the Board of Directors we also have a very hands-on approach to executing on the identified strategy for our companies.

Our offering: Enabling Growth and Transformation through four dimensions

  • Strategy – VIA equity and management define roadmap, e.g. M&A, internationalization, strategic positioning, exit planning
  • Execution – VIA equity has extensive experience from growing and transforming businesses through growth initiatives, operational improvement and business development
  • People & Network – VIA equity assists in strategic hiring of e.g. key personnel and/or board members from our international network. On top of this, a VIA equity investment officer is always on the board
  • Capital – VIA equity has the financial power to support substantial M&A and growth initiatives. Moreover, we arrange the optimal financial structures and provide valuable financial expertise

In short: We are committed to make an extra-ordinary effort to grow and transform our portfolio companies to national and international industry leaders.

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Our official company data (legal and financial)

VIA equity a/s is the management company for VIA equity Fond I K/S, VIA equity Fond II K/S, and VIA equity Fond III K/S (“the Funds”). The Funds are limited partnerships. The officers of VIA equity a/s invest privately into the Funds through the general partner of the individual Funds. VIA equity a/s is owned by Helmsøe-Zinck Holding ApS. The sole Limited Partners in VIA equity Fond III K/S are PFA Pension forsikringsaktieselskab and ATP Private Equity K/S. VIA equity Fond I & II K/S are subsidiaries of Arbejdsmarkedets Tillægspension.

The Investment structure for VIA equity Fond III K/S is as follows:

The investment structure for VIA equity Fond I & II K/S is as follows:

The management structure is as follows:

 

 

VIA equity a/s employees’ nationality and tax status:

The team of investment professionals consists of six Danish nationals, two Swedish nationals and one German national. Seven team members are Danish tax citizens, one team member is salary income taxable in Denmark while paying capital gains tax, real estate tax, etc. in Sweden and one team member is a German tax citizen. The team members’ investments in the general partners of the Funds (VVP Komplementar I K/S, VVP Komplementar II K/S, and VVP Komplementar III K/S) are all done as direct investments from private individuals; i.e. involving no holding company structures or other; except for two team members – one team member holding the ownership in VVP Komplementar II and III through a 100% owned privately owned Swedish holding company with limited liability (in Swedish “Aktiebolag” or “AB”), and another team member holding the ownership in VVP Komplementar III through a 100% owned privately owned Danish holding company with limited liability (in Danish “Anpartsselskab” or “ApS”).

A former team member’s investment in VVP Komplementar I K/S is through a 100% owned privately owned holding Swedish company with limited liability (in Swedish “Aktiebolag” or “AB”).

Company information:

VIA equity Fond I K/S
CVR no. 29307571

Annual report 2016 – PDF file
Annual report 2015 – PDF file
Annual report 2014 – PDF file
Annual report 2013 – PDF file
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Annual report 2010 – PDF file
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Annual report 2007 – PDF file
Annual report 2006 – PDF file

 

VIA equity Fond II K/S
CVR no. 33358784

Annual report 2016 – PDF file
Annual report 2015 – PDF file
Annual report 2014 – PDF file
Annual report 2013 – PDF file
Annual report 2012 – PDF file
Annual report 2011 – PDF file

 

VIA equity Fond III K/S
CVR no. 37889407

Annual report 2016 – PDF file

 

VIA equity a/s
CVR no. 29306931

Annual report 2016 – PDF file
Annual report 2015 – PDF file
Annual report 2014 – PDF file
Annual report 2013 – PDF file
Annual report 2012 – PDF file
Annual report 2011 – PDF file
Annual report 2010 – PDF file
Annual report 2009 – PDF file
Annual report 2008 – PDF file
Annual report 2007 – PDF file
Annual report 2006 – PDF file

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Our responsibility

VIA equity a/s is a fund manager (advisor and administration company) and is registered at the Danish Financial Supervisory Authorities (Finanstilsynet) to operate as a fund manager for VIA equity Fond I, II and III.

Policy of Social Responsibility in Investment:

VIA funds strive not to make investments in companies that deliberately and repeatedly violate the rules laid down by the national authorities in the markets in which the companies operates or the rules, norms and standards that ensue from conventions and other international agreements ratified by Denmark – this applies irrespective of whether the country in which the companies operates has ratified those agreements. Nor do VIA funds make investments in companies located in countries being subjected to a trade embargo imposed by the UN or the EU and endorsed by Denmark.

VIA focuses on active ownership to promote the long term value creation of VIA’s investments. As part of exercising its rights as a shareholder VIA funds are when possible, through the management company, represented on portfolio companies’ general meetings and in the boards as active board members.

Danish Venture Capital and Private Equity Association:

VIA equity a/s is a member of Danish Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (DVCA). DVCA has issued a set of guidelines to promote transparency in the private equity industry. This includes various requirements for the information that private equity firms are to make available on request or publish on their websites. VIA equity a/s including the VIA funds meet these requirements.

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