29 April 2016

Mountain Partners appoints Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to the Board of Directors

St. Gallen, 29 April 2016 – Effective from the 13th of May 2016, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former German Minister of Economics and former Minister of Defence, will be appointed to the Board of Directors of Mountain Partners AG. As a globally active company builder, Mountain Partners is currently invested in more than 80 technology startups in Europe and through its 7 international hubs.

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In addition to his global network and personal entrepreneurial expertise, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg brings a deep political understanding and extensive economic experience to the Board. His appointment will benefit the strong internationalisation of Mountain Partners and especially to the development of incubators in emerging markets.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg explains his motivation for his engagement as follows: “The special expertise of Mountain Partners in building fast growing technology companies was crucial to my decision. Especially their clear focus on those emerging markets which still stand at the very beginning of their digitalisation shows that the company has significant development potential. Furthermore I can identify with the vision of the company and the style of leadership. Conny Boersch and his team are characterised by their strong commitment and economic sustainability. Accordingly I can also see clear synergies with Spitzberg Partners.“

Dr. Cornelius Boersch commented as follows: “I am very happy that KT zu Guttenberg has now answers our call. In the past few years I have gotten to know him as a forward-looking and strategically acting entrepreneur who I have also come to value as a close friend.”

About Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is the Chairman and one of the founders of Spitzberg Partners LLC, a boutique corporate advisory and investment firm headquartered in New York. Spitzberg Partners provides strategic counsel and investment insights on European and international political, economic, technology, and security matters. Mr. zu Guttenberg served as Minister of Economics and Technology and then as Minister of Defense in the cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As the youngest Defense Minister in German history, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since its founding. During his time in office he was Germany’s most popular politician. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was a member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) during 2002-2011 and served as spokesman on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Mr. zu Guttenberg was also a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Secretary General of Germany’s co-governing CSU party. He is a Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC and serves as Senior Advisor on global internet freedom to the European Commission leadership. In May 2016 Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg will be appointed to the board of directors of Mountain Partners.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

23 June 2015

After successful internationalization Mountain Partners sells its shares in RegioHelden to Ströer Media

St.Gallen/Stuttgart, 23rd June 2015 – Mountain Partners successfully sold its shares in the online marketing company RegioHelden. Through active support of the startup (Venture Building) a significant appreciation in value was achieved in just four years. Mountain Partners was the first institutional investor in RegioHelden in 2011 and acquired 19 percent of the shares in the course of a capital increase. With its investment, Mountain Partners brought in Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) as a further investor. Later, the German Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW) was won as an additional investor for the Stuttgart-based company and international joint ventures were initiated. As part of the Venture Building process, Mountain Partners further successfully introduced RegioHelden into Brasil (OndaLocal), the Middle East and Thailand (Heroleads).

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“With our investments we always reach the goal to create added value for the selected startups. We have achieved this goal well with RegioHelden. Besides own capital we could gain other investors and with that we pushed growth as well as internationalization. With Ströer we have now found the right buyer for RegioHelden. Within three months we realize the second successful exit in 2015“, says Ingo Drexler, CIO of Mountain Partners and council member of RegioHelden. In April Mountain Partners has sold his ten percent shares of the voice and translation portal “bab.la”.RegioHelden supports regional ventures with search engine marketing and improvement. In the meantime it is also listed as one of the top 3 premium-partners for Google in the DACH region. Subject to the approval by the Federal Cartel Office the company for outdoor advertising Ströer takes over 90 percent of the online advertising marketer RegioHelden. The other shares remain with the founder.

About RegioHelden
The company RegioHelden is specialized on local as well as regional online advertising and it is also listed as one of the top 3 premium-partners for Google in the DACH region. As “external marketing department” RegioHelden acquires small and medium-sized enterprises as clients. Their goal is the increase of the local online presence and customer acquisition via measurable online advertising. The portfolio includes search engine marketing and improvement as well as web design and call measurement. Additionally the company has successful and tested technological solutions in regional online marketing. RegioHelden has a highly motivated startup Team with about 100 employees and the founder is Feliks Eyser.

15 June 2015

Mountain Partners appoints ProSiebenSat.1 COO Dr. Hari Sven Krishnan to the Board of Directors

St. Gallen, 15th June 2015 – Effective from the 25th June 2015, Dr. Hari Sven Krishnan (46), Chief Operating Officer at ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, will be appointed to the Board of Directors of Mountain Partners AG. Mountain Partners, as an internationally active investment- and company-building group, will concurrently also intensify its operative collaboration with ProSiebenSat.1. The objective is to use the complementary strengths of both companies to build leading platforms for digital businesses and to expedite their internationalization in Europe and the emerging markets. Emphasis in this regard is placed on topics such as scouting for ‘digital leaders’ and the import of young, successful companies into the German-speaking markets.

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