Luther advised Stollfuß Medien Group on the deal.
The well-known specialist publishing house Stollfuß Medien GmbH & Co KG has sold its traditional publishing business to the French Éditions Lefebvre Sarrut Group, which is a shareholder of juris, in addition to the Federal Republic of Germany.
The buyer, a German subsidiary of Éditions Lefebvre Sarrut S.A., will not only take over the Stollfuß trademark and the rights of use in respect of numerous specialist publications, but also the publishing house’s premises in Bonn and all employees working in the publishing business. The French publishing group is – in addition to the Federal Republic of Germany – a shareholder of juris, the leading online portal for legal information in Germany. Through the acquisition of Stollfuß Medien, it strengthens its position in the German market for titles published in the fields of law, business and, above all, tax: well-known titles such as Widmann/Mayer (commentary on transformation law), Gosch (commentary on the German Tax Code/Tax Court Code), the EFG magazine on tax court decisions and also the Stotax tax law portal will be transferred to the juris shareholder.
As a family-run company, Stollfuß Medien is a publishing house and premium provider of periodicals and specialist literature in the fields of tax and business law. In addition, Stollfuß Medien creates and distributes software solutions for accountants, but also more complex software for the tax advisory professions and tax departments of larger companies. Through the sale of its publishing business, Stollfuß Medien will be focusing on the further development of this growing business division.
Éditions Lefebvre Sarrut S.A. is a pan-European group of companies that operates in three business areas: specialist publishing in the fields of business, tax and accounting law, professional training, and software. The group is represented in eight European countries, has 2,600 employees and generates a turnover of EUR 500 million.
Éditions Lefebvre Sarrut is France’s leading legal and tax publisher and ranks among the top 4 worldwide. Through its subsidiary Lefebvre Sarrut GmbH and its shareholding in juris GmbH (which is short for “Juristisches Informationssystem für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland” and translates as “legal information system for the Federal Republic of Germany”), Éditions Lefebvre Sarrut is also active in Germany in the field of online services for specialist legal information.
The Luther team included Thomas Weidlich (Picture – Lead Partner), Dr Eberhard Vetter (Partner), Philipp Dietz (Partner), Falco Rohrberg, Dr Markus Sengpiel (Partner), Daniel Lehmann (Senior Associate), Michael Kunkel (Partner) and Dr Helmut Janssen (Partner).
Involved fees earner: Philipp Dietz – Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH; Helmut Janssen – Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH; Michael Kunkel – Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH; Daniel Lehmann – Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH; Falco Rohrberg – Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH; Markus Sengpiel – Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH; Eberhard Vetter – Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH; Thomas Weidlich – Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH;
Law Firms: Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH;
Clients: Stollfuß Medien GmbH & Co. KG;