Buchanan Buys Into Dehler

Buchanan Capital Partners has acquired a minority stake in Dehler, a Sauerland, Germany-based manufacturer of high-end sailing yachts. No financial terms were disclosed.



Growth Investor Buchanan Capital Partners acquired a minority stake via capital increase in the sailing boat manufacturer Dehler, located in Sauerland, well known as home for the many famous German mid-sized companies. The formerly largest Germany shipyard for sailing yachts intends to accelerate the growth achieved in the past years. Dehler produces attractive, high-end sailing yachts targeted at the sportive sailor.


“The investment into Dehler is a pure growth financing. Buchanan Capital Partners contributes equity to the company as a minority investor in order to support the aspiring growth strategy of the CEO and main shareholder, Wilan van den Berg. With him at the top of the organisation we enjoy a highly motivated and competent management team”, Peter Blumenwitz,

Partner of Buchanan Capital Partners said.


Wilan van den Berg will continue to be the majority shareholder of Dehler. The marketing expert and passionate sailor had taken over the company two years ago und successfully managed to transform the business into a “high-end” manufacturer in the segment of Performance Cruising yachts.


In particular he directed resources into the development of new boats, marketing & sales support and the reorganisation of the manufacturing process. Consequently, sales increased from about Euro 10m to Euro 30m this year. The number of employees surged from 80 in 2005 to above 150 today.


“The investment from Buchanan Capital Partners allows us to expand the production capacity in Freienohl substantially. This will enable us to satisfy the growing demand and to shorten the waiting period for our customers. The expectations of sportive sailors regarding the quality of Dehler is what we focus on