Daniel grew up in Augsburg, the one town he really loves and, in his view, the first center of Private Equity and Venture Capital due to the fact that the business empire of the Fugger Family started exactly here.
This history influenced Daniel's entrepreneurial journey, which began at the family-owned media company where he started working at the age of 16 while in high school.
With a keen interest in digitalization and IT, Daniel became a valuable asset to the family business and decided to pursue further studies in business administration with a focus on finance, banking, and business information technology at FernUniversität in Hagen. He graduated from the university and later went on to mentor students in financial intermediation, bank management, investment, and financing at the Munich Center of the same university.
After that time Daniel spent over a decade in Private Equity Companies, gathering deep experience in various fields of the industry. Before joining HV Capital in 2022 as the Chief Risk Officer, he was the CFO of Munich Private Equity AG, a corporate group specializing in Private Equity Fund of Funds, with fully regulated AIFMs in Germany and Luxembourg. Daniel was also a member of the executive board of the German AIFM for many years, initially responsible for risk management, fund finance, and IT. Later, Daniel led the investment team responsible for fund investments with a focus on the US and Europe, as well as globally diversified secondary investments.
In his free time, Daniel indulges in his hobbies, which include collecting Lego Technic sets, browsing his preferred newspapers such as Handelsblatt and Neue Züricher Zeitung, and exploring his hometown's rich heritage full of Roman and Fugger influences, every time giving him entrepreneurial inspiration.
Risk Management is all about realizing chances in an intended, structured and responsible way. It contributes to protect entrepreneurial success and aims to fuel investment returns. It is ways more about enablement and how to make things possible instead of hard stops one only might think of at a first glance.
__ Daniel Bertele