Mandarin Capital opens Frankfurt office

The China-Europe cross-border firm intends to include Germany in its investment scope as it raises Fund II.

China-Europe focused private equity firm Mandarin Capital Partners has opened an office in Frankfurt, Germany, as it raises Fund II, according to a firm statement.

Mandarin supports cross-border investments between China and Europe, working mainly with China's state-owned enterprises that want to acquire European assets. The firm’s second fund targets €500 million, which was revised down from its initial target last August of €1 billion. 

Fund II has a strong Germany focus in addition to Italy, which was the emphasis in Fund I, PEI reported earlier.

“We are looking forward to working together with export-oriented German companies, which are champions in their industry and Chinese companies seeking a wider European presence,” said Alberto Forchielli, founding partner, in the statement.

The Frankfurt office will be headed by Markus Solibieda, a private equity professional with 18 years of experience in investing in mid-sized companies in Germany and Western Europe, according to the statement.

Fund I, a €328 million vehicle with a 2007 vintage, is 90 percent invested across 10 deals, all outbound cross-border acquisitions from China to Europe. One of the firm’s more notable transactions was a co-investment in China-based Zoomlion’s $422 million acquisition of Italian concrete manufacturer CIFA in 2008.

LPs in Fund I included China Development Bank, the Export-Import Bank of China and Italian bank Intesa Sao Paolo, according to the research and analytics division of Private Equity International.