Photo: LAMY - Fountain pen

After 94 years, Lamy goes to the Mitsubishi Pencil Company

Photo: LAMY — Foun­tain pen
13. March 2024

Heidel­berg — The Mitsu­bi­shi Pencil Company from Japan is taking over the writing instru­ment manu­fac­tu­rer Lamy. The Heidel­­berg-based family busi­ness is one of the leading design brands in its segment and has been rely­ing on Stut­t­­gart-based consul­tants Henner­kes for many years. Lamy was looking for a strong part­ner for the further deve­lo­p­ment of the growth area in digi­tal writing and the expan­sion of inter­na­tio­nal sales. No infor­ma­tion was provi­ded on the sales price.

Foun­ded in 1930 by C. Josef Lamy, the family busi­ness is one of the leading brands in the writing instru­ment sector. Lamy employs more than 340 people and has sales outlets in over 80 count­ries. The family busi­ness was run by the third gene­ra­tion. Accor­ding to media reports, Heidelberg’s turno­ver fell signi­fi­cantly during the coro­na­vi­rus crisis, from EUR 110 million in 2019 to a fore­cast of EUR 77 million for 2023.

The acqui­rer Mitsu­bi­shi Pencil is even older than Lamy; the company was foun­ded 137 years ago and has over 2,700 employees. The company, which opera­tes 22 sales offices and 11 produc­tion faci­li­ties inter­na­tio­nally, is also family-run. The uni-ball ball­point pens with water­proof pigment ink are also well-known in Germany.

Advi­sor to the Lamy owner family: Henner­kes Kirch­dör­fer & Lorz, Stutt­gart
Prof. Dr. Andreas Wiedemann (Lead), Dr. Chris­tian Klein-Wiele (both Corporate/M&A), Dr. Sebas­tian Maten­aer (Tax); Asso­ciate: Chris­tian Wurm­tha­ler (Corporate/M&A)
Falk (Heidel­berg): Dr. Alex­an­der Wünsche (Tax)

Advi­sor Mitsu­bi­shi Pencil: Henge­ler Muel­ler, Frank­furt
Dr. Annika Clauss, Dr. Frank Burmeis­ter (both lead; both corporate/M&A), Dr. Vera Jung­kind (anti­trust law; Düssel­dorf), Dr. Markus Ernst (tax law; Munich), Dr. Chris­tian Hoefs (employ­ment law), Chris­tian Dankerl (anti­trust law; Brussels), Dr. Matthias Roth­kopf (IP/IT; Düssel­dorf); Asso­cia­tes: Dr. Caspar Conzen, Niklas Lewi­cki, Dr. Laura Roth­mann, Guglielmo Ziani (all corporate/M&A), Dr. Thomas Kosmi­der (Düssel­dorf), Lino Völzke (Brussels; both anti­trust law), Dr. Sebas­tian Adam, Julia Gramer (Munich; both tax law), Dr. Andreas Kaletsch (employ­ment law), Kira Frit­sche (IP/IT; Düssel­dorf), Dr. Talbot Zander, Jean Fried­rich Härtelt (both real estate law)

M&A advi­sor Lamy: Manage­ment consul­tancy Imap, Mannheim

Karl Fesen­meyer (in charge)

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