EMZ Partners invests alongside Lead-Investor Maguar Capital in HRworks

EMZ Partners invests alongside Lead-Investor Maguar Capital in HRworks

Maguar Capital acquires together with EMZ and other co-investors the majority of HRworks. EMZ provides a mix of subordinated debt and co-investment capital.

The European Private-Equity Company EMZ Partners invests alongside Maguar Capital and other co-investors in HRworks GmbH, headquartered in Freiburg. Next to Lead-Investor Maguar Capital and EMZ Partners other co-investors become shareholder in the company. The founder and sole shareholder of the company, Thomas Holzer, continues to be involved with the company.

HRworks, founded 1999 by Thomas Holzer, is an integrated Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) HR software provider for the SME (small medium enterprises) segment in Germany. The company focuses on business-critical HR functions such as time management, travel expenses, personnel management, recruiting and corporate benefits. For over 20 years, HRworks has delivered uninterrupted profitable growth and is currently serving 210,000 users and over 1,600 customers. The company is running a highly scalable technology platform and currently employs 60 FTE located in its offices in Berlin, Frankfurt and Freiburg im Breisgau.

“We are delighted to become part of HRworks and to support the company alongside Maguar Capital and other shareholders to realize its future growth plans. The longstanding software experience and hands-on approach of Maguar Capital are an excellent basis for the future development of the company”, says Klaus Maurer, Partner in the Munich office of EMZ.

Arno Poschik, founding partner of Maguar Capital, adds: “We are pleased to have won EMZ as financing partner and co-investor for HRworks. The pragmatism of the EMZ team as well as the structuring flexibility for the transaction is unique and adds a lot to the transaction”.

Completion is subject to regulatory approval and the terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The investment in HRworks is already the second transaction of the German EMZ team around Klaus Maurer and Guntram Kieferle that started only at the beginning of the year.

EMZ was advised by Latham & Watkins (Legal, Corporate und Structure).



EMZ is a leading European investment firm that acts as a partner for medium-sized companies. Its activities focus on investments alongside founders, family shareholders and managers. EMZ is majority-owned by its own employees and has a base of European institutional investors. The current fund has a volume of more than 1.0 billion euros and its investment size ranges from 10 to 150 million euros.



Maguar is a German private equity fund exclusively focusing on small cap software investments in the DACH region. Founded in 2019 by Arno Poschik, Gunther Thies and Matthias Ick, Maguar specialises in partnering with founder-owned b2b software companies with c. 1-6m EBITDA and supports them realising their growth potentials. Maguar differentiates itself by in-depth software expertise and its entrepreneurial approach since both Gunther Thies and Matthias Ick have been long-term successful software and tech founders as well as CEOs.