Peter Löw (entrepreneur)

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Peter Loew

Peter Werner Maria Löw (born October 21, 1960 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein ) is a German lawyer , entrepreneur and investor .


Peter Löw was born in Ludwigshafen in 1960 . He attended the Markgraf-Ludwig-Gymnasium in Baden-Baden and became a member of the PV Frankonia in Baden-Baden in 1877 during his high school years . After graduating from high school in 1979 and doing military service in 1979/1980 with the Fallschirmjägerbataillon 251 in Calw , he studied law at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg from 1980 to 1985 and passed his first state examination in 1985 . At the same time, he began studying history at the University of Freiburg in 1982 , which he continued until 1989 at the Technical University of Berlin . During his studies in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1980 he became a member of the mandatory Corps Rhenania , of which he was a member until 1986.

In 1985 he founded the Löw & Vorderwülbecke Verlag in Munich with Martin Vorderwülbecke , which he managed until 2006. From 1986 to 1990 he completed his legal clerkship at the German Embassy in Rome as well as in Bordeaux and New York. In 1987 he began his doctorate in history with the military historian Werner Hahlweg at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster . After his death in 1989 he was with Eckardt Opitz at the University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg with the dissertation The Prussian NCO in the Standing Army of Absolutism until 1806. Using the example of the infantry company for Dr. phil. PhD.

Löw passed the assessor examination in 1990 . In 1990/1991 he was a research assistant at the Chair for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Eastern Law (Professorship Friedrich-Christian Schroeder ) at the University of Regensburg . In 1991 he completed an MBA at the French business school Insead in Fontainebleau . In 1992 he worked for the constitutional and administrative lawyer Franz-Ludwig Knemeyer at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg with a dissertation on local legislation in the Nazi state . Using the example of the German municipal code of 1935 for Dr. iur. utr. PhD.

In 2012 he became a member of the Senate of the Philosophical-Theological College Benedict XVI. in the Cistercian monastery Stift Heiligenkreuz near Heiligenkreuz in Lower Austria . In 2013 he was appointed honorary professor for business philosophy . He regularly gives lectures on interdenominational and interdisciplinary topics.

Löw is married and has a father of six. He lives in Starnberg , Munich and at Hofhegnenberg Castle . At the end of 2014, he survived an aircraft accident involving a twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess in Fort Lauderdale , Florida .

According to Manager Magazin research , Peter Löw was one of the 1001 richest Germans in 2019 (310th place).



In 1991 and 1992 he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf . From 1993 to 1995 he was the founder of the restructuring company Systemkopie Holding AG in Munich. From 1996 to 2001 he was one of the founders of Certina in Munich and later chairman of the supervisory board.

From 2002 to 2007 Löw was co-founder (with junior partner Dirk Markus ) of the listed investment company Arques Industries in Starnberg. With Arques Industries AG he led the world's first restructuring holding company on the stock exchange, after developing the branch of industry independent corporate restructuring in 1993 and since then establishing it. In 2007/2008 he was the founder and managing partner of the London company 24k Trading Partners . From 2008 to 2013 he was the founder and managing partner of the investment company bluO in Munich. From 2010 to 2012 he was co-owner of the dapd news agency there, from 2011 chairman of the board .

In 2013 Löw founded the Livia Group .


Since 1992 he has taken over more than 250 national and international companies or acquired significant shares from time to time; mostly high loss companies were acquired at a symbolic price with the aim of restructuring and after a short period of time, after often tough restructuring, they were sold at a profit.

Many important companies and brands were successfully restructured under Peter Löw's leadership, including a. Teutonia , Zielpunkt , Pitstop , Adler Modemärkte , Versatel and SKW Metallurgie .

Its long-term portfolio includes Alzchem SE in Trostberg , a world-leading specialty chemicals group in the field of carbides with more than 1400 employees.

In October 2017, Löw successfully brought the company into the regulated market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by adding it to the listed AlzChem Group AG (formerly: Softmatic AG ).

In 2005, Löw entered the printing business. The Arques Holding took over some printing companies and brought them into the shell of the Arques subsidiary, Circel Grundstücks- und Vermögensverwaltung AG, which is listed on the open market . This was renamed in December 2005 and henceforth operated as Arquana International Print & Media . According to Arques , the plan was to make Arquana the European market leader in the web offset market . In 2006 the company was sold for a profit on the stock exchange.

The plan did not work out as a result, most of the Arquana individual companies and the holding company itself became insolvent after just a few years.

From 2010, Löw worked as an investor with business partner Martin Vorderwülbecke at the news agency dapd . In October 2012 Löw and Vorderwülbecke announced their retirement from dapd ; the company had to go into bankruptcy shortly afterwards.

In January 2014, the Financial Market Authority started investigations against Peter Löw for violating Deutsche Börse's notification of voting rights in connection with the sale of Gigaset AG shares . However, the investigation remained unsuccessful. After taking legal action against reports without success under press law, he commissioned the Munich law firm Bub, Gauweiler & Partner with a private lawsuit against several Handelsblatt journalists (including Sönke Iwersen ) for insult, defamation and defamation. The lawsuit, however, was unsuccessful.

In 2010 the German Press Agency (dpa) took action against the German Depeschendienst , its holding company and shareholder Peter Löw with the charge of " blackening " before the Berlin Regional Court .

The Livia Group's current portfolio includes several properties that have been extensively renovated and restored. These include u. a. Schloss Hofhegnenberg and Schloss Frankenberg as well as the South African winery Vergenoegd and the Tuscan estate San Martino a Sezzate . Löw collects works of art and antiques. Its collection includes works by Old Masters, Classical Modern and contemporary art.

Peter Löw works as an author in the context of his academic work as well as privately.

Voluntary and social commitment

Peter Löw is an active reserve officer in the Bundeswehr (currently a lieutenant colonel in the reserve ). He regularly serves as a liaison officer in the Franco-German Brigade .

Löw has committed himself to rebuilding the Catholic Church in the Republic of Montenegro and organized, among other things, the rebuilding of the papal nunciature in Belgrade. The renovation of the spiritual center in Bad Wimpfen is extensively funded by Peter Löw.

Löw has been renovating and restoring Hofhegnenberg Castle , located in the Aichach-Friedberg district ( Swabia ), since it was acquired in 2008. In 2014, Löw bought Frankenberg Castle and the property belonging to it.

From 2000 to 2013 Löw was the district representative of Malteser Hilfsdienst e. V. in the district of Starnberg . During this time he worked u. a. played a key role in the establishment and development of the Starnberg Winter Aid.

In 2011 Löw supported the Pope's visit to Germany with a major donation. Then he was in the Freiburg seminary of Pope Benedict XVI. receive. Löw is also the initiator of the European Heritage Project , an organization that is committed to the preservation of European cultural and architectural assets. Finds ailing historical real estate, acquires, redevelops, restored with its own resources and thus saved it from certain deterioration and for future generations.



  • The Prussian NCO in the standing army of absolutism until 1806. Using the example of the infantry company. Hartung-Gorre, Konstanz 1989, ISBN 3-89191-317-6 .
  • Collection of forms for the Berlin legal practice (=  legal practice ). Löw and Vorderwülbecke, Baden-Baden 1990, ISBN 3-928017-75-6 .
  • Local legislation in the Nazi state. Using the example of the German municipal code of 1935 (=  archive of German university sciences. Dept. 1: Legal writings. E: Legal history. Vol. 4). Löw and Vorderwülbecke, Baden-Baden 1992, ISBN 3-928017-64-0 .
  • Electio debet esse in libertate eligentium. Peter Loew. Baden-Baden: Löw & Vorderwülbecke 1992, ISBN 3-928017-61-6 .
  • "(...) throw the first stone". On the theological relevance of the economic phenomenon. Lecture winter semester 2014/2015, Heiligenkreuz Abbey.
  • Theology and economics. JP Bachem Verlag, Cologne 2017, ISBN 978-3-7616-3276-5 .
  • Fathers in the eyes of their sons. JP Bachem Verlag, Cologne 2018, ISBN 978-3-7616-3277-2 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Old castle with a new owner. In: Augsburger Allgemeine . August 16, 2010
  2. Entrepreneur survives crash landing unharmed. December 6, 2014, accessed May 9, 2019 .
  3. The power of money. In: Manager Magazin (special issue Reichtum ), SH 2019, p. 35.
  4. God forbid. In: Frankfurter Rundschau . January 6, 2010.
  5. Peter Löw continues on the road to success. Retrieved May 9, 2019 .
  6. ^ A b Henryk Hielscher, Peter Steinkirchner, Cornelius Welp: Insolvency of DAPD: Have the investors taken over? In: Wirtschaftswoche . October 8, 2012, accessed October 17, 2013 .
  7. "A completely normal business": 1000 percent return in three years. ( Memento from October 25, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . February 16, 2007.
  8. Zielpunkt is sold to the Luxembourg BluO. ( Memento from January 30, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) In: Wirtschaftswoche , May 26, 2010.
  9. Pit-Stop sold to a vehicle parts dealer in Essen. In: The West , July 30, 2007.
  10. Adler Modemärkte - out of fashion. In: Onvista. August 30, 2011
  11. Peter Löw: Fathers in the eyes of their sons, JP Bachem Verlag, 2018, p. 168
  12. AlzChem Group AG company website, accessed on January 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Jan Rübel: Financial investor Arques: Die Ausschlachter . In: The daily newspaper . August 24, 2010, ISSN  0931-9085 ( [accessed on May 18, 2019]).
  14. ↑ Share sales: supervision investigates against financial investor. Retrieved May 9, 2019 .
  15. ^ Wirtschaftswoche: Peter Löw: Supervision determined against financial investor. Retrieved May 9, 2019 .
  16. "I hope you have a good lawyer". Retrieved May 18, 2019 (German).
  17. ^ "Mr. Löw does not define the freedom of the press in Germany". Retrieved on May 9, 2019 (German).
  18. Advertise & Sell: Dispute between dpa and ddp ends up in court | W&V. April 7, 2010, accessed May 18, 2019 .
  19. Blacked out. April 7, 2010, accessed May 18, 2019 .
  20. Inside LIVIA. Retrieved January 11, 2018 .
  21. In the Order of Alchemists . In: Der Spiegel . 20/2008
  22. ^ New lords of the castle in Hofhegnenberg. In: Augsburger Allgemeine. March 2, 2009
  23. A fence must be enough for Schlosshegnenberg. In: Augsburger Allgemeine. March 30, 2010
  24. Schloss Frankenberg has a new owner. In: Main-Post , Würzburg, September 11, 2016.
  26. ^ The European Heritage Project. In: LIVIA Group. Retrieved October 25, 2019 (American English).