07 February 2020 Press releases

GvW Graf von Westphalen advises on the sale of technology company Artisense to Kudan

Artisense offers a cutting-edge computer vision product for real-time localization, mapping, and navigation of highly automated or fully autonomous vehicles. It was founded in 2016 as a spin-off of the computer vision research group at the Technical University of Munich, one of the world’s leading centers in its field. The companies belonging to the Artisense group are based in Munich (Germany), Palo Alto (California, U.S.A.) and Tokyo (Japan). They are active in the field of visual inertial navigation and other related technologies.

The current shareholders of Artisense include (amongst others) the company’s founders and the VC investors Vito Ventures (Munich, Germany) and Project A (Berlin, Germany). 

Kudan Inc. ("Kudan") is a technology company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Kudan provides artificial perception algorithms governing spatial and positional recognition, primarily for application in the fields of autonomous driving, robotics, AR/VR and drone technology.

Kudan has initially acquired a 12% stake in Artisense; the acquisition of the remaining shares will take place in several further steps.

The sellers of Artisense are advised by a GvW team consisting of Titus Walek (partner) and Zehnah Sino (associate). GvW is supported by a team from Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (Tokyo, Japan) consisting of Motoki Saito (partner) and Hiroki Ishii (Associate) and by Noreen Weiss (partner) of MacDonaldWeiss (New York, USA).

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