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Maersk Broker buys 75% stake in Lanic

Maersk Broker has bought a majority stake in Danish shipbroking shop Lanic from the company’s current owner and managing director Michael Kraefting, who will retain the remaining shares.

Kraefting told Splash that Maersk Broker has purchased 75% of the company, but could not reveal the purchase price.

The synergy will help both shops expand their dry cargo chartering activities and “enhance the service and the value” they provide, the companies said today.

Lanic will continue to operate independently in Copenhagen “until further notice”.

“In agreement with our strategy to further strengthen Lanic, we have for some time explored various avenues in order to find new partners; we have also looked into other ways to consolidate our business. Having embraced Maersk Broker as a new partner, we see multiple opportunities and find the partnership to be an ideal way to secure further growth of the company,” Michael Kraefting said in a release.

Claes Devantier, Maersk Broker’s senior vice-president, said the two companies had been in discussions “for some time”.

“In the next couple of months our efforts will be to continue to further strengthen our organisation in Asia, Copenhagen and in London,” Devantier added.

In December 2015, Maersk Broker bought a stake in Wonsild Dry with the aim of creating synergies between their respective dry cargo chartering departments while remaining independent companies.

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Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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