The Partners

Martin Strässer

Managing Partner

Martin has been in the private equity business since 1998 focusing on investments in industrial “Mittelstand“ companies. Prior to founding Virthos Partners in 2010 Martin was for 10 years with AEA Investors, one of the oldest private equity funds, originally established by industrial families. During his time with AEA, he was involved in several successful investments in value-added industrial manufacturing, chemicals and packaging. As a Partner, he was responsible for AEA’s activities in the German-speaking region and established the company’s Munich office. Before joining AEA, Martin was with MML Capital Partners and involved in several equity and mezzanine investments in the UK and in the German-speaking region. He started his career as a consultant at LEK Consulting, a global strategy consulting firm, specialising in commercial due diligence for private equity funds and corporate buyers.

Martin has an MBA from INSEAD, an MSc in Accounting and Corporate Finance from the London School of Economics as well as a BA (Hons.) and “Diplom-Betriebswirt“ qualifications in European Business Administration from ESB Reutlingen, Germany.

Dr. Wolf Wolfsteiner

Managing Partner

Wolf has 14 years of experience as a private equity investor. He led several successful investments in “Mittelstand“ companies in a variety of sectors including industrials, chemicals, services and consumer goods.

Wolf was previously a Partner at Trilantic Capital Partners and a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking where he was responsible for their deal activities in Germany. Wolf spent seven years at 3i plc in London and Frankfurt where he was a Director in the buyout team. He joined 3i from ABN Amro Capital in Frankfurt, and before that was member of a buy-in management team for a German consumer goods business, which was sponsored by ABN Amro Capital. He started his career as a management consultant with Gemini Consulting.

Wolf holds a masters degree (Diplom-Kaufmann) from Passau University in Germany and a PhD (Dr Oec) from St. Gallen University in Switzerland. He also read Economics in Bonn, Germany and Grenoble, France.