According to this Reuters article Blackstone is in talks to sell its 45% in Leica Camera shares.

A potential new joint partner would have to arrange with majority owner ACM holding owned by the Kaufmann family. Dr. Andreas Kaufmann has repeatedly pointed out that he pursues long-time goals with Leica.

German optics manufacturer Zeiss is mentioned as possible partner but according to Reuters’ sources would only agree to overtaking a majority stake of Leica – which makes an all German deal unlikely.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei would be an obvious guess but is said not to be interested.

No more names of potential buyers are mentioned but in general „family investors, […] Asian optics groups and private equity funds“

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  1. The policy of the Leica.Co must be fixed by Dr. Kaufmann unless he couldn’t support the finances for more time.

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