Private Equity

Marston’s rejects takeover bid from Platinum Equity

Marston’s rejects Platinum Equity bid

By James McAllister

Brewer and pubco Marston’s has rejected a takeover bid from Platinum Equity Advisors, stating that it 'very significantly undervalues' the business.

How to crowdfund for a restaurant successfully

How to crowdfund for a restaurant successfully

By Emma Eversham

Crowdfunding - the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people – is arguably no longer the ‘alternative’ finance method for hospitality businesses.

Hony Capital has acquired PizzaExpress for £900m

Hony Capital acquires PizzaExpress

By Mark Wingett

Hony Capital, one of China’s largest private equity firms, has acquired PizzaExpress, in a deal that values the Cinven-backed chain at £900m - the largest transaction in the European restaurant sector in the past five years.

Cote has rapidly expanded to 45 UK sites since its launch in 2007

Cote Restaurants acquired by CBPE

By Luke Nicholls

Cote Restaurants, the 45-strong French bistro chain founded by Andy Bassadone and Chris Benians, has been acquired by private equity firm CBPE Capital in a deal reportedly worth £100m. 

Sealing the deal: Private equity funding remains a great way to finance your hospitality business if you are looking to expand

Finding finance in hospitality: Private equity

By Peter Ruddick

From Piper Private Equity’s backing of Be At One and more recently Loungers to Graphite Capital’s management buy-out of Hawksmoor, there are private equity (PE) deals to be done in the hospitality industry but are they right for your business?

Where should you start when it comes to looking for finance to start or grow your hospitality business?

Finding finance in hospitality: Where to start

By Emma Eversham

In the first of our five-part series on finding funding within the hospitality industry we ask experts in the field what the market's like and what operators can do to enable them to successfully set up or grow their restaurant, hotel or pub business.

Circo Lounge in Bournemouth was the 22nd site for Loungers which has now received investment from private equity group Piper

Loungers receives £16m investment from Piper

By Peter Ruddick

The bar and causal dining restaurant group Loungers has received a £16m investment from private equity specialists Piper which will now take a significant minority stake in the company led by managing director Alex Reilley.

M&B Punch Talks Resume

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M&B Punch Talks Resume

By Claire Miller

Mitchells and Butlers have said they are once again in talks with Punch Taverns, this time over the possible acquisition of the managed pubs division, Spirit


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