We stand for lobbying with transparency. That’s why we are listed both in the Bundestag’s list of associations as well as the register of interest representation of the EU Commission. What is more, we would like to inform you about the political side of our work.
We represent the interests of the private equity sector in Germany. Our members are listed in detail on our website. We bring the interests of our members to the table in the political process – both in Germany and on a European level.
As an association, our responsibility consists of representing our members’ material and non-material interests vis-à-vis the government and other lobbying groups. This is legitimised by Article 9 Paragraph 1 of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (“Freedom of association”), and we fulfil our duties on a daily basis.
Before politicians create any legislation, they first attempt to gain an exact understanding of the issue at hand. In the process, they gather and receive information from various sources. This includes contacts with the sector or sectors that will be affected by the potential legislation. This is where we come in: as the face and the voice of the investment industry, we are familiar with the needs of individual private equity firms and we relay them to lawmakers. When it comes to planned legislation, we express ourselves in the form of position statements. These position statements play an important role in the legislative process. As soon as a Bundestag committee begins planning legislation, the associations for the industries that will be affected are asked to take a position as regards the new law. The position statement typically includes an annotation of a draft of the new law. The committee also invites experts and authorities on the issue to a hearing. These experts are normally from the associations, but academics, labour unions and practitioners are also involved. During the hearing, the Bundestag members take in the information and form a more precise idea of what effects the new legislation would entail. The experts are asked to present their position statements and to answer any questions the committee may have. We converse with politicians and employees of various ministries at informational events, for example in round-table discussions about the effects of planned legislative initiatives on the private equity sector in Germany.
In addition, we promote this exchange through numerous informational publications that offer insights into our industry. We regularly issue publications that we deliver to those political decision-makers who are involved with the topic of private equity. On a semi-annual and annual basis, we compile detailed statistics on the development of the German private equity market. The figures help to create an accurate representation of how important the sector is. In addition, we publish studies on specific topics and that answer specific questions.
The BVK’s German Private Equity Day offers the public and politicians an opportunity to have detailed discussions on the topic of private equity. At the industry’s largest annual meeting, current issues are brought to the fore in the form of lectures and panel discussions. In addition to that, we hold annual parliamentary evenings in cooperation with federal representatives of the individual states. In the course these evenings, we take a look at the situation of the private equity sector in each state and introduce companies that are financed with private equity. We invite politicians and representatives of the various ministries to our events. We see ourselves as a point of contact for anyone interested in the topic of private equity. We respond to the requests of university students, academics, companies, economic associations, press and, of course, politicians and ministers. We undertake to answer each request in an individual and fitting manner. For example, we are happy to compile statistical analyses for individual industries and federal states upon request or to answer questions regarding the private equity business model.