Corporate Governance

Good Corporate Governance is an integral element of MPC Capital AG's identity. Transparency, openness as well as regular and ongoing communication with all relevant stakeholders foster confidence in MPC Capital AG and its management on the part of investors, employees, business partners and the general public. Such confidence is an indispensable underpinning of any business activity and provides the basis for sustained success in business.

Shares in MPC Capital were admitted to trading in the Scale segment of the Open Market at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange effective March 2017. MPC Capital continues to at least comply with all obligations arising from the initial and continued listing in this market. 

Auditors: On April 11, 2019, the Annual Shareholders' Meeting  appointed BDO AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Hamburg, to audit the financial statements for the fiscal year 2019.

The Articles of Association ('Satzung') are available here.

Corporate Governance

Management Board

Ulf Holländer


Ulf Holländer joined MPC Capital in early 2000 and was appointed to the Management Board in July 2000, in April 2015 he became CEO. His responsibilities include Infrastructure and Real Estate Netherlands.

Previously he held executive positions at the shipping company Hamburg Süd and its subsidiaries in Australia and the US. Ulf Holländer is married and has three children.

Constantin Baack

Board Member Shipping

Constantin Baack has been a member of the Management Board of MPC Capital AG since April 2015 and has held various management positions for MPC Capital since April 2008. As Managing Director of Ahrenkiel Steamship, he was responsible for merging the shipping activities of the MPC Group.

Constantin Baack holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and previously worked for Ernst & Young and Reederei Hamburg Süd in Sydney. He is married and has three children.

Dr. Philipp Lauenstein

CFO (Chief financial officer)

Dr. Philipp Lauenstein has been a member of the Management Board of MPC Capital AG since April 2018. He has been with the MPC Group since 2016 and was most recently responsible for the finance department of MPC Container Ships ASA during its establishment.

Philipp Lauenstein holds a doctorate in economics and worked in a management consultancy prior to joining the MPC Group.

Dr. Karsten Markwardt

Board Member, Legal & Compliance

Dr. Karsten Markwardt joined MPC Capital as General Counsel at the beginning of 2008 and has been a member of the Management Board since April 2018. He previously advised the Talkline Group as General Counsel and as an attorney specialized in M&A as well as corporate and capital markets law.

Karsten Markwardt trained at Siemens AG in Mannheim and studied business administration at the Stuttgart University of Cooperative Education (Diplom-Betriebswirt (BA)). He studied law at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg where he obtained a doctorate. He is married and has three children.

Dr. Ignace Van Meenen

CSO (Chief Sales Officer)

Dr. Ignace Van Meenen was appointed to the Management Board of MPC Capital AG as CSO in June 2019. He started his investment career at Deutsche Bank in the US and Germany. This was followed by management positions as Finance Director of the energy, real estate and chemicals group RAG (Evonik Industries) and as CFO of RTL Group and DIC Immobiliengruppe. Most recently, Van Meenen was CEO of the Rickmers Group in Hamburg.

Corporate Governance

Supervisory Board

Dr. Axel Schroeder


Dr. Axel Schroeder has worked for the MPC Group in Germany and abroad since 1990. Since inception in 1994 he is actively involved in developing the skills of the company. He became Chairman of the Management Board in 1999 and took MPC Capital AG public in September 2000. Since 1996, he has been Managing Partner of MPC Holding, a main shareholder of MPC Capital AG. Dr. Axel Schroeder was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board in April 2015.

Joachim Ludwig

Joachim Ludwig is member of the board at Ferrostaal AG (today: Ferrostaal GmbH). Since joining in 2007, he was in executive positions for various companies of the Ferrostaal Group. Prior to his board membership, he was managing director of MAN Ferrostaal Piping Supply GmbH und Senior Vice President of the Ferrostaal AG. Joachim Ludwig was appointed to the supervisory board of MPC Capital AG in April 2015.

Dr. Ottmar Gast

Dr. Ottmar Gast is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft ApS & Co KG, Hamburg, where he was a member of the Executive Board until 2017. He is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Audius AG and a member of several advisory boards such as Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG and VDAL Deutsche Afrika-Linien GmbH & Co. KG. Dr. Ottmar Gast has been appointed to the Supervisory Board of MPC Capital AG in April 2018.

Corporate Governance

Directors' Dealings

Dissemination of managers' transactions acc. to Article 19 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU).

  • 28 February 2019 Dr Karsten Markwardt Purchase of 5,000 shares (pdf, 16 KB)
  • 6 February 2019 Ulf Holländer Purchase of 20,000 shares (pdf, 57 KB)