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Company Overview of Lion Capital LLP

Company Overview

Lion Capital LLP is a private equity firm specializing in buyout and control investments in middle market and mature businesses. The firm seeks to invest in mid and large-sized companies in the consumer sector including branded products, apparel, accessories and luxury goods; food distribution; and specialty retail. It prefers to invest in Europe and North America. The firm invests in the range of £75 million ($128.51 million) to £550 million ($942.41 million). It invests its own capital. The fund prefers to invest in companies with enterprise values between €300 million ($406.39 million) and €800 million ($1083.70 million). Lion Capital LLP was founded in 2004 and is based in London, United...

21 Grosvenor Place

London,  SW1X 7HF

United Kingdom

Founded in 2004


44 20 7201 2200


44 20 7201 2222

Key Executives for Lion Capital LLP

Co-Founder and Partner
Age: 45
Age: 41
Head of Operational Finance
Chief Operating Officer
Age: 57
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Lion Capital LLP Key Developments

American Apparel Reportedly Needs Merger

American Apparel, Inc. (AMEX:APP) may need to find a merger candidate or a retailer to buy it out, reported 24/7 Wall St citing person familiar with the situation. Battles between current creditors could put American Apparel in the untenable position of having several lenders insist that it pay their loans all at the same time. The tug-of-war over control of American Apparel has already gotten violent. Lion Capital LLP has indicated it is ready to take legal measures to ensure that American Apparel makes the payment, pending last-minute negotiations with one of the clothing company’s most important shareholders, the hedge fund Standard General L.P., reported The New York Times citing one person with knowledge of the situation. If these lenders believe that American Apparel is not a prospect for success as a standalone company, they may allow the calls on their loans to push the value of common shares to zero, essentially taking over the company. At that point, they would face having to add new management, and perhaps a new board, to run American Apparel as an independent operation. This would probably involve in infusion of more money, or at least a restructuring of debt to extend payment terms. Or they could seek a healthier partner. There are several places American Apparel could turn for such a marriage. Among them is Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) and Urban Outfitters Inc. (NasdaqGS:URBN). In either case, if the sale is driven by creditors, there is a very good chance common stockholders will get nothing.

Bumble Bee Foods To Attract Bidders Reportedly

Thai Union Frozen Products Public Company Limited (SET:TUF) and Bolton Group B.V. could be the potential suitors for Bumble Bee Foods, LLC which is to be sold by Lion Capital LLP in 2014, Undercurrent News reported. Executives from Lion Capital LLP and Bumble Bee Foods, LLC could not be reached for comment. “As a publicly listed company, we cannot share information about strategic initiatives or specific activities. We are bound by the rules of the Stock Exchange of Thailand and our internal guidelines on insider trading and as a good practice, we do not comment on market speculations,” a spokeswoman for Thai Union Frozen Products Public Company Limited told Undercurrent, in a statement. Other likely bidders include ITOCHU Corporation (TSE:8001), Tri Marine International, Inc., F.C.F. Fishery Co., Ltd., Maruha Nichiro Corporation (TSE:1333) and Marubeni Corporation (TSE:8002).

Sports Direct Reportedly Eyes Cotswold

Sports Direct International plc (LSE:SPD) has joined the bidding for Cotswold Outdoor Ltd. Sports Direct is understood to have lodged a bid for Cotswold's parent company A.S.Adventure n.v., which owner Lion Capital LLP has put up for sale with a £300 million price tag. Sports Direct declined to comment on the bid, first reported by the Financial Times. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. is also thought to have submitted a formal bid for Cotswold.

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