Luxury department store Liberty plc has been sold to former City bankers BlueGem Capital Partners LLP. The private equity group has bought the iconic London store for US$52 million. The investment fund's offer plus the dividend paid to investors by the Liberty board, brings the total transaction value to approximately US$68 million.
Liberty is a department store located in the West End of London which sells luxury goods including women's, men's and children's fashion, cosmetics and fragrances, jewellery, accessories, homeware, furniture, stationery and gifts, and is known for its floral and graphic prints.
BlueGem Capital Partners is a London-based mid-market private equity manager established in 2007.
Oaklins Cavendish, based in the UK, advised the seller in this transaction.
Andrew Blurton, Finance Director of MWB Group Holdings Plc, Liberty's 68% shareholder, said: ''The team efficiently and successfully delivered completion of a very complex transaction. They managed the differing requirements of the competing and often opposite-thinking parties involved, they maintained leadership, direction and certainty throughout the transaction, and ensured that the Board of Liberty plc and its shareholders achieved the end goal, no matter what problems were encountered."
Lord Howard Leigh
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