European Capital opens in Frankfurt

American Capital Strategies affiliate European Capital has opened in Frankfurt and has hired Robert von Finckenstein to head the office.

European Capital, an affiliate of NASDAQ-listed American Capital Strategies, has opened an office in Frankfurt. Robert von Finckenstein will lead the Frankfurt office as managing director.

Von Fickenstein was previously managing director and co-head of DAM Advisors in London. Before that, he was a director of global loan products in Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s acquisition finance team in Frankfurt.

Ira Wagner, president of European Capital, said: “We believe that [von Finckenstein’s] considerable knowledge of the German market will enable European Capital to expand its pan European mezzanine activities significantly as we build relationships with both German private equity firms and directly with German companies.”

Founded in 2005, European Capital is an affiliate of American Capital Strategies, a US alternative asset management firm with $10.9 billion under management. It has invested €1.6 billion in 45 companies to date and its other offices are in London and Paris.