Who we are
Entrepreneurship – the path to transformation
We actively develop medium-sized companies into hidden champions.
We transform our portfolio companies through operational excellence, strong implementation skills and a positive improvement culture.
We see ourselves as entrepreneurs with a long-term investment horizon and an above-average commitment of our own capital.
We are passionate about our mission.
We are fully dedicated to driving our portfolio companies to success.
We aim to make our companies highly resilient and ensure the successful continuation of lifetime achievements.
We consistently define and strengthen a company’s values and corporate standards.
We do what we say and say what we do.
Everything we do is based on mutual respect and trust.
We aim to conserve corporate resources.
For us, responsibility means being a role model for our companies.
Christian Breuer is the founder and managing director of Operando Partners. He has more than 13 years of experience in performance improvement, restructuring, and strategy, and was CFO of a medium-sized B2C company. His career included advising top management and shareholders of major corporations, private equity firms, and family-owned businesses in times of transformation. Christian Breuer completed an apprenticeship in the area of concrete construction and has a degree in industrial engineering (Dipl. Wirtschaftsingenieur) from TU Darmstadt. At OPERANDO Partners, Christian is responsible for the operational business of our portfolio companies.
Jan Wuppermann is a founder and managing shareholder of Operando Partners. He has more than 17 years of experience in corporate finance, restructuring and auditing, among others as Head of Internal Audit North- and Latin America of a stock-listed packaging corporation and in the establishment of a bank's M&A department. Jan Wuppermann completed his vocational training in banking and has a master's degree in International Business from Maastricht University and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Münster. He is also a shareholder of Wuppermann AG, a family-owned metal processing business founded in 1872, which has an annual revenue of around 500 million euros. At OPERANDO Partners, Jan is responsible for marketing/communications, investors, and the origination of transactions.
Dr. Christian Kühn
Dr Christian Kühn is a founder and shareholder of Operando Partners. Christian Kühn has more than 17 years of experience in the areas of corporate finance, private equity and management consulting. Prior to co-founding Operando Partners, he spent 10 years at the private equity firms Adcuram and DMB – Deutsche Mittelstand Beteiligungen, where he managed investments from initiation to exit. Christian Kühn completed his vocational training in banking and studied business management at the Handelshochschule Leipzig management school and the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi. He completed his PhD at RWTH Aachen. Christian Kühn is primarily responsible for the acquisition and financing of our portfolio companies.
We invest long-term capital that mainly stems from German entrepreneurial families. For each company, we strive to build the right constellation of investors that not only provides funding, but also contributes to its active development. In addition, Operando’s management and employees commit a significant amount of their own funds to each investment. We also offer key individuals of our portfolio companies the opportunity to invest in the firms as well. This ensures the alignment of perspectives and the highest-possible orientation for our company during implementation.