The asset manager Bantleon is supporting the mechanical engineering company LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, which specialises in laser technology, in its efforts to emerge from restructuring and return to growth. Jörg Bantleon, founder and owner of the Bantleon Bank Group, has invested EUR 16.2 million in LPKF and thus holds 29% of the listed technology group directly and indirectly via the investment company German Technology AG.
»In stopping just short of 30%, we have not only acquired a comfortable majority of votes at the AGM, but also reached an important milestone,« Jörg Bantleon explains. »Over the next few years, we will support LPKF’s growth both internally and externally.«
Bantleon began restructuring the Supervisory Board and Board of Directors at the end of 2016. Dr Markus Peters of German Technology AG became Chairman of the Advisory Board in October 2017. The Board of Directors was then reduced in size and restaffed. The capital increase gives the company’s new management scope to invest more money in developing and marketing new products and to pay down debts.
With the »Bantleon Technology Council« and German Technology AG, as well as the institutional securities fund Bantleon Technology and its portfolio management team, Bantleon has invested heavily in its »Bantleon Equities« business unit and sees itself as a constructive partner for LPKF. »Our approach is all about opening up scope for creativity to tap into new technologies and serve the technological needs of customers around the world while also ensuring that staff and investors alike are equally satisfied,« stresses Jörg Bantleon.