Jungheinrich’s Acquisition of Arculus

DLA Piper advised Jungheinrich AG on the transaction. YPOG advised Atomico, La Famiglia and Visionaries.

Jungheinrich AG executed the acquisition of arculus GmbH, a technology company based in Munich that operates in the autonomous mobile robots (AMR) sector. With this acquisition, Jungheinrich is comprehensively expanding its expertise in the automation field of action. At the same time, it unlocks important future fields of action in automated warehouse logistics. The acquisition is part of Jungheinrichs strategy 2025+.

arculus focusses on autonomous mobile robots, modular production platforms and software solutions for mobile automation with its team of hardware and software specialists at its sites in Munich, Ingolstadt, Stuttgart and Dresden. Many well-known automotive manufacturers and industrial clients from various other sectors are among arculus’s clients. In acquiring arculus, Jungheinrich has added highly innovative hardware and software solutions in the rapidly growing autonomous mobile robots sector to its existing portfolio of automation systems.

The MDAX-listed Jungheinrich Group is one of the world’s leading solution providers for intralogistics. With a comprehensive portfolio of industrial trucks, automated systems and services, Jungheinrich offers solutions for the challenges of Industry 4.0. The group, headquartered in Hamburg, is represented worldwide in 40 countries with its own direct sales companies, as well as in around 80 further countries through partner companies. Jungheinrich employs 18,000 people worldwide and generated consolidated sales of EUR 3.81 billion in 2020. 

The DLA Piper team was led by partner Dr Nils Krause (Picture) and Counsel Dr Moritz von Hesberg (both Corporate/M&A, Hamburg) and further included partners Dr Björn Enders (Tax), Semin O (Antitrust, both Frankfurt), Verena Grentzenberg (IPT/Data Protection), Dr Kai Bodenstedt (Employment, both Hamburg), Kerstin Schnabel (Corporate/Capital Markets) and Guido Kleve (Public Law/Regulatory, both Cologne), counsel Dr Nico Brunotte (IPT, Hamburg), Dr Anja Köritz (Corporate/Capital Markets) and Dr Enno Ahlenstiel (Antitrust, both Cologne), senior associates Rune Jelte Weltz (Corporate/M&A), Florian Jeske (Employment, both Hamburg) and Hauke Tammert (Public Law/Regulatory, Cologne), associates Rainer Hartmann (Tax, Frankfurt) and David Sanchio Schele (IPT/Data Protection) as well as foreign associate Dan Li (Corporate/M&A, both Hamburg).

The YPOG team included Dr. Benjamin Ullrich (Lead/Transactions), Partner; Emma Peters (Transactions), Senior Associate.

Involved fees earner: Enno Ahlenstiel – DLA Piper; Kai Bodenstedt – DLA Piper; Nico Brunotte – DLA Piper; Björn Enders – DLA Piper; Verena Grentzenberg – DLA Piper; Rainer-Jürgen Hartmann – DLA Piper; Florian Jeske – DLA Piper; Guido Kleve – DLA Piper; Anja Köritz – DLA Piper; Nils Krause – DLA Piper; Dan Li – DLA Piper; Semin O – DLA Piper; David Schele – DLA Piper; Kerstin Schnabel – DLA Piper; Hauke Tammert – DLA Piper; Moritz von Hesberg – DLA Piper; Rune Jelte Weltz – DLA Piper; Emma Peters – YPOG; Benjamin Ullrich – YPOG;

Law Firms: DLA Piper; YPOG;

Clients: Atomico Investment Holdings Limited ; Jungheinrich AG; La Famiglia VC ; Visionaries Club GmbH;