Hypo Equity Management AG was founded in 1999 by Dr. Harald Pöttinger.
As private equity company, Hypo Equity provides alternative forms of capital for growing small and medium sized companies in the German-speaking countries.
Solid shareholders include regional banks such as Hypo Landesbank Vorarlberg and Hypo Tirol Bank AG, as well as leading insurance
Companies. During this period, Hypo Equity significantly lead the development and internationalization of its portfolio companies to harvest significant increases in growth rates and value.
In 2000 Hypo Equity acquired a significant stake in the packaging company Pachem (Austria) and provided the business with growth capital for further international expansion. Two years later, Hypo Equity invested in the Austrian bio-technology company Innovacell together with other financial sponsors.
Hypo Equity took a share in the dental specialist Amann (Austria) in 2003. The year after Amann was merged with the German company Girrbach. Within a short period of time the newly merged Amann Girrbach significantly increased its market share and today successfully sells innovative CAD/CAM products in the healthcare marketplace.
A.M.I. (Agency for Medical Innovations), a med-tec company based in
Austria was sold in 2005. Through the funding of the Viennese Athena private
equity company, in which Hypo Equity has a significant stake, A.M.I. could
establish an international distribution network and implement R&D processes
to introduce new treatment methods.
Dr. Omer Rehman joined the board of directors of Hypo Equity in February 2006. Harad Pöttinger and Omer Rehman accelerate the further expansion as an equity provider for SME´s in Austria as well as in other German speaking countries. Since 2008, Omer Rehman represents the interests of the risk capital market in Austria as a board member of the Austrian
Venture Capital and Private Equity Organisation (AVCO) and is particular engaged in the promotion of stronger interconnections of the Austrian private equity scene with Switzerland and Germany.
2007 – today
In November 2007, Hypo Equity took a stake in Feintechnik GmbH Eisfeld.
With a production volume above one billion razors and blades per year, the company is among the largest private label razor system manufacturers worldwide.
Furthermore in 2009, Hypo Equity financed the re-launch of the Austrian consumer electronics store chain Niedermeyer. Equity and mezzanine was provided for repositioning and restructuring.
Hypo Landesbank Vorarlberg sold its stake in Hypo Equity Management AG. After this management buyout the company is solely owned by the management represented by Harald Pöttinger and Omer Rehman. In
October 2010, Hypo Equity was rebranded in Alpine Equity and manages the investment vehicle Hubag.