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The handover or takeover of life's work is a sensitive and risky process. In addition to personal and monetary aspects, we carefully consider long-term development potential. Further development, internationalisation, modernisation (Industry 4.0), the promotion of innovations and new technologies as well as the penetration of new markets are among our top priorities. We base our investments on detailed criteria that correlate with our competencies and experience.

Group spin-off »

In the course of spinning off business units or locations from corporate groups, we see ourselves as Max Valier Holding, we see ourselves as a long-term partner for the group and offer the spun-off unit a new home. Our team has the expertise to implement far-reaching, complex transactions. Further development, internationalisation, modernisation (Industry 4.0), the promotion of innovations and new technologies as well as the penetration of new markets are among our top priorities. We base our investments on detailed criteria that correlate with our competencies and experience.

Managmement Buy Out/In»

As Max Valier Holding, we offer solutions for experienced managers who are looking for a financing and sparring partner from the management sector in the context of the sale of a company or a business unit. We also offer a broad network of top managers, experts and M&A advisors who provide additional support for the success of the succession process. Further development, internationalisation, modernisation (Industry 4.0), the promotion of innovations and new technologies as well as the penetration of new markets are among our top priorities. We base our investments on detailed criteria that correlate with our competencies and experience.



Max Valier Holding does not manage other people's money and is therefore not bound by any predetermined timeframe for a potential exit. We are convinced that the best way to maximise the value of our investments is to position each company with an individual growth strategy, which we actively design and implement ourselves. We focus on sustainable, long-term success rather than short-term financial gains.

Phase 1

Individualising the 

Phase 2

First analysis and decision on team and approach (1 week)

Phase 3

Detailed analysis and development of a decision template
(2-4 weeks) 

Phase 4

Due diligence and purchase contract (1-3 months)

Phase 5

Implementation of growth strategy


Dipl.Inf. Hannes Mahlknecht
Partner & Strategic Manager

Entrepreneur and top manager in the automotive, electronics, construction and software engineering industries

Dipl.Ing. Rüdiger Nitz
Partner & Technology Manager

Entrepreneur and top manager in electrical engineering, electronics and software, certified expert and expert in Industry 4.0

Franco Nocera, MBA
Partner & Senior Finance Advisor

Entrepreneur, top manager and senior M&A advisor and expert in corporate finance

Dr. Hans-Friedrich Fuge
Partner & Operations Manager

Entrepreneur and seasoned C-Level Executive in technology-driven sectors such as manufacturing, telecommunications, automotive, and mechanical engineering.

Eggo Laukamp
Senior Manager & Procurement Expert

Top manager and expert for procurement and supply chain in the automotive, electronics, textiles, wholesale and retail sectors

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Jakob Hess
Senior Manager & Sales Expert

Top manager and expert in the field of mechanical and plant engineering, graduate in aerospace engineering

Egon Gamper
Senior Manager & IT Expert

Top manager and expert in IT infrastructure, security and service management

Ravi Pericherla, MBA
Senior Manager & IT Expert

Expert in business transformation through technology, with leadership experience in IT development and operations, e-commerce, aviation, manufacturing

Siavash Jalali, MBA
Senior Manager & Expert

Expert in turnaround management and restructuring Interim COO and CEO at startups


Max Valier gilt als bedeutender Wegbereiter der Raketentechnik . Er besuchte das Franziskanergymnasium in Bozen und studierte an der Universität Innsbruck das Studium der Astronomie, Meteorologie, Mathematik und Physik. Der Astronom Valier entwickelte Raketenpläne und suchte unter schwierigen Umständen einen Finanzier für die Verwirklichung. Ende 1927 konnte er mit dem Autoindustriellen und Rennfahrer Fritz von Opel einen finanzkräftigen Förderer gewinnen. Ab 1928 entstand eine Reihe von Versuchsfahrzeugen. Angetrieben wurden diese von Pulverraketen, die Friedrich Wilhelm Sander lieferte. Valier sah die aus der Zusammenarbeit mit dem „schnellen Fritz“ entstandenen Raketenautos als eine erste Vorstufe für die Weltraumrakete.
Auf dem zugefrorenen Starnberger See gelang Valier 1929 mit dem Raketenschlitten RAK BOB ein Geschwindigkeitsrekord von über 400km/h. Im Januar 1930 führte er in dem Labor in den Berliner Heylandt-Werken erfolgreiche Versuche mit Flüssigtreibstoffen durch.
Am 17. Mai 1930 starb Max Valier durch eine Explosion während des Probelaufs eines neuartigen Triebwerks, mit welchem er für die Firma Shell Versuche mit Paraffin durchführte. Er gilt damit als erstes Todesopfer der Raumfahrt. Seine technischen Errungenschaften hielten jedoch Einzug in die moderne Raumfahrttechnik. 
Inspiriert durch den Innovations- und Pionier-Geist von Max Valier und darüber dass Technik über Generationen hinweg Träume und Wünsche erfüllen kann, wurde im Jahr 2020 die Max Valier Holding von den Unternehmern Hannes Mahlknecht (Dipl. Inf.) und Rüdiger Nitz (Dipl.Ing.) gegründet.

Max Valier è considerato un importante pioniere della tecnologia missilistica. Ha frequentato il liceo francescano di Bolzano e ha studiato astronomia, meteorologia, matematica e fisica all'Università di Innsbruck. Valier, un astronomo, ha sviluppato piani razziali e, in circostanze difficili, ha cercato un finanziatore per la loro realizzazione. Alla fine del 1927 riuscì a trovare uno sponsor finanziariamente forte nell'industriale automobilistico e pilota da corsa Fritz von Opel. A partire dal 1928 fu costruita una serie di veicoli sperimentali. Questi erano alimentati da razzi a polvere forniti da Friedrich Wilhelm Sander. Valier ha visto le auto a razzo risultanti dalla collaborazione con il "fast Fritz" come una prima fase preliminare per il razzo spaziale.
Nel 1929, Valier riuscì a stabilire un record di velocità di oltre 400 km/h sul lago ghiacciato di Starnberg con la slitta a razzo RAK BOB. Nel gennaio 1930 effettuò con successo dei test con propellenti liquidi nel laboratorio della Heylandt-Werke di Berlino.
Il 17 maggio 1930, Max Valier morì in un'esplosione durante la prova di un nuovo tipo di motore con il quale stava conducendo dei test con la paraffina per la Shell. Egli è quindi considerato la prima vittima del volo spaziale. Le sue conquiste tecniche, tuttavia, hanno trovato la loro strada nella moderna tecnologia spaziale.
Ispirata dallo spirito innovativo e pionieristico della Max Valier e dal fatto che la tecnologia può realizzare sogni e desideri nel corso delle generazioni, la Max Valier Holding è stata fondata nel 2020 dagli imprenditori Hannes Mahlknecht (Dipl. Inf.) e Rüdiger Nitz (Dipl. Ing.). 

Max Valier is considered an important pioneer of rocket technology. He attended the Franciscan grammar school in Bolzano and studied astronomy, meteorology, mathematics and physics at the University of Innsbruck. The astronomer Valier developed rocket plans and, under difficult circumstances, sought a financier for their realisation. At the end of 1927 he was able to find a financially strong sponsor in the car industrialist and racing driver Fritz von Opel. From 1928 onwards, a series of experimental vehicles was built. These were powered by powder rockets supplied by Friedrich Wilhelm Sander. Valier saw the rocket cars resulting from the collaboration with the "fast Fritz" as a first preliminary stage for the space rocket.
In 1929, Valier succeeded in setting a speed record of over 400km/h on the frozen Lake Starnberg with the RAK BOB rocket sled. In January 1930, he carried out successful tests with liquid propellants in the laboratory at the Heylandt-Werke in Berlin.
On 17 May 1930, Max Valier died in an explosion during the test run of a new type of engine with which he was carrying out tests with paraffin for the Shell company. He is thus considered the first fatality of space flight. His technical achievements, however, found their way into modern space technology.
Inspired by the innovative and pioneering spirit of Max Valier and the fact that technology can fulfil dreams and wishes for generations, the Max Valier Holding was founded in 2020 by the entrepreneurs Hannes Mahlknecht (Dipl. Inf.) and Rüdiger Nitz (Dipl.Ing.).