Fortress Investment Group’s Acquisition of Punch Pubs & Co.

Sidley has advised Fortress Investment Group on the deal. Hogan Lovells has advised Patron Capital Partners.

Fortress Investment Group announced the acquisition of 100%, along with existing management, of the share capital of Vine Acquisitions Limited (Punch Pubs & Co.) by funds managed by its affiliates.

Fortress Investment Group LLC is a leading, highly diversified global investment manager with approximately $40.9 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2019. Founded in 1998, Fortress manages assets on behalf of over 1,750 institutional clients and private investors worldwide across a range of credit and real estate, private equity and permanent capital investment strategies.

Punch Pubs & Co is an independent pub company, with around 1,240 pubs across the UK.

The Sidley team was led by Lyndsey Laverack (Private Equity, Picture), supported by Lauren Bretton (Private Equity), Jade Williams-Adedeji (Real Estate), and Jack Mayall (Real Estate). Other team members included Emilie Stewart, Matilda Dolin, and Michael Condlyffe (Global Finance); Alan Grinceri, Craig Chapman, Dominic Nelson, Dan O’Shea, and Johnny Skumpija (Capital Markets); Paul Dunbar, Simmy Sanghera, Lucy Carr, and Zoe Woodhouse (Private Equity); Jo Bainton (Real Estate); William Long, Francesca Blythe, and Denise Kara (Privacy and Cybersecurity); Susan Fanning, Peter McCorkell, and Alex Down (Labor, Employment and Immigration); Andrew Fox, Jonathan Lafferty, and David Smith (Commercial Litigation and Disputes); Patrick Harrison and Ellen Thomson (Antitrust/Competition); Jason Menzies and Dave Miller (Tax); and Leonard Ng and Matt Feehily (Banking and Financial Services).

The Hogan Lovells team was led by London-based Corporate & Finance partner John Connell with support from senior associate Anthony Doolittle. Partner Faye Jarvis provided pension advise, partner Karen Hughes and senior associate Tom Eyre-Brook advised on tax aspects, and partner Fiona Bantock advised counsel on ESI.

Involved fees earner: Fiona Bantock – Hogan Lovells; John Connell – Hogan Lovells; Anthony Doolittle – Hogan Lovells; Tom Eyre-Brook – Hogan Lovells; Karen Hughes – Hogan Lovells; Faye Jarvis – Hogan Lovells; Francesca Blythe – Sidley Austin LLP; Lauren Bretton – Sidley Austin LLP; Lucy Carr – Sidley Austin LLP; Craig Chapman – Sidley Austin LLP; Michael Condlyffe – Sidley Austin LLP; Matilda Dolin – Sidley Austin LLP; Alex Down – Sidley Austin LLP; Paul Dunbar – Sidley Austin LLP; Susan Fanning – Sidley Austin LLP; Matt Feehily – Sidley Austin LLP; Andrew Fox – Sidley Austin LLP; Alan Grinceri – Sidley Austin LLP; Patrick Harrison – Sidley Austin LLP; Denise Kara – Sidley Austin LLP; Jonathan Lafferty – Sidley Austin LLP; Lyndsey Laverack – Sidley Austin LLP; William Long – Sidley Austin LLP; Jack Mayall – Sidley Austin LLP; Peter McCorkell – Sidley Austin LLP; Jason Menzies – Sidley Austin LLP; David Miller – Sidley Austin LLP; Dominic Nelson – Sidley Austin LLP; Leonard Ng – Sidley Austin LLP; Daniel O’Shea – Sidley Austin LLP; Johnny Skumpija – Sidley Austin LLP; David Smith – Sidley Austin LLP; Emilie Stewart – Sidley Austin LLP; Ellen Thomson – Sidley Austin LLP; Jade Williams-Adedeji – Sidley Austin LLP; Zoe Woodhouse – Sidley Austin LLP;

Law Firms: Hogan Lovells; Sidley Austin LLP;

Clients: Fortress Investment Group; Patron Capital Partners;

Martina Bellini

Author: Martina Bellini