EMZ Partners’ Acquisition of Ankerkraut


Shearman & Sterling advised EMZ Partners (EMZ) on the financing of the acquisition of a stake in Ankerkraut GmbH (Ankerkraut).

In addition to EMZ, the Management team of Ankerkraut also becomes a shareholder. The founding family Lemcke remains majority owner of the business and the incumbent minority shareholders Freigeist Capital and Knälmann Ventures stay on board.

Ankerkraut, a German spice manufacturer, was founded in 2013 and has since become the “Love Brand“ and #1 Challenger in the German spice market. Headquartered in Jesteburg it operates offices and production facilities in Hamburg. The Company develops, produces and sells premium spice mixes, mono-spices, teas, advent calendars, gift sets and plans to expand into sauces in the near future.

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.

Shearman & Sterling advised EMZ with partner Winfried Carli (Picture), associate Martina Buller and associate Marius Garnatz.

Involved fees earner: Martina Buller – Shearman & Sterling; Winfried Carli – Shearman & Sterling; Marius Garnatz – Shearman & Sterling;

Law Firms: Shearman & Sterling;

Clients: EMZ Partners ;