GBK Beteiligungen AG is a Germany-based company engaged in the capital investment activities for medium-sized companies in German-speaking countries. The Company aims at increasing the value of these companies in order to obtain capital gains with its subsequent sell. The Company invests in production, trading and service companies. Since April 2002, the Company is associated to the HANNOVER Finanz Gruppe. Its investment portfolio comprises a number of companies, such as Kirsch & Luetjohann GmbH & Co KG (in which the Company holds a 49%-stake) that is engaged in real estate management and sale of office furniture, Raith GmbH (in which the Company holds a 17.6%-stake) that is engaged in the manufacture of nanolitographic systems, and RUNNERS POINT Warenhandelsgesellschaft mbH (in which it holds a 15%-stake), which is engaged in retailing of sportswear and shoes.