Ankerkraut’s Exit To EMZ Partners


Osborne Clarke advised Ankerkraut on the deal.

Ankerkraut, a company known from the television program “Die Höhle der Löwen”, made an exit to investor EMZ Partners. All existing investors, including Ankerkraut founder Stefan Lemcke and investor Frank Thelen, continue to participate in the company and reinvest part of the exit proceeds in Ankerkraut. Even after the transaction, the founder Stefan Lemcke still holds the majority with 51 percent of the shares in the company, which has always made operational profits since it was founded 7 years ago.

Ankerkraut wants to use the fresh capital to press ahead with expansion into other European countries. The start is to take place in Denmark and France, initially via online sales as a test and then also in retail. In addition, almost ten million euros are to be invested in a new production and logistics hall in the south of Hamburg.

The Osborne Clarke team led by Robin Eyben (Picture – Corporate / M&A) consisted of Nicolas Gabrysch, Alexandra Nautsch, Rudolf Hübner, Till-Manuel Saur, Enno Dreier, Felix Dörrenbacher, Benedikt Hülsmann (all corporate / M&A), Jens Wrede (tax law) , Sebastian Hack, Marco Aatz (both antitrust law), Daniel Stein (commercial), Sonja Riedemann, Nils-Frederik Wiehmann and Robert Rentsch (all labor law).

Involved fees earner: Nils-Frederik Wiehmann – Oppenhoff; Jan Marco Aatz – Osborne Clarke; Felix Dörrenbächer – Osborne Clarke; Enno Dreier – Osborne Clarke; Robin Eyben – Osborne Clarke; Nicolas Gabrysch – Osborne Clarke; Sebastian Hack – Osborne Clarke; Rudolf Hübner – Osborne Clarke; Alexandra Nautsch – Osborne Clarke; Robert Rentsch – Osborne Clarke; Sonja Riedemann – Osborne Clarke; Till-Manuel Saur – Osborne Clarke; Daniel Stein – Osborne Clarke; Jens Wrede – Osborne Clarke;

Law Firms: Oppenhoff; Osborne Clarke;

Clients: Ankerkraut;