Orrick Advises Gimv in Acquisition of Majority Stake in Leading European Photonics Solutions Provider Laser 2000


Orrick advised European investment company Gimv on the acquisition of a 75% stake in Laser 2000 GmbH, a European market leader in photonics solutions.

Through this acquisition, Gimv invests into a technology spanning over all major sectors, including areas such as Industry 4.0, autonomous driving, diagnostics and broadband networks.

Gimv is a European investment company, listed on Euronext Brussels, with over three decades of experience in private equity and venture capital. Gimv currently manages around €1.6 billion of investments in about 50 portfolio companies.

Laser 2000 is a leading independent European supplier of innovative laser and photonics solutions. Headquartered in Weßling, Germany, the company has subsidiaries in France, Spain, and Sweden. Laser 2000’s comprehensive range of products includes lasers and light sources for the processing of materials, measurement equipment and fiber optics, 3D imaging, optical power and energy meters, and cameras.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

Gimv was advised by an Orrick team in Germany led by Munich-based M&A and Private Equity partner Fabian von Samson-Himmelstjerna. He was supported by partners André Zimmermann (Employment), Christian Schröder (Data Privacy IT/IP), Till Steinvorth (Antitrust), and Stefan Schultes-Schnitzlein (Tax); counsel Felix Schäfer (Real Estate), and associates Markus Schmid (M&A and Private Equity), Andrea Köhler (M&A and Private Equity), Karl Ehrenberg (M&A and Private Equity), Louisa Kallhoff (Employment), and Robert Weinhold (Data Privacy IT/IP).