June 2008

Eidos Partners announces completion of the acquisition by private equity funds Stirling Square Capital Partners (SSCP) and Sirius Equity (Sirius) of Jeckerson (www.jeckerson.it), the Italian premium sportswear brand, from Blue Fashion Group.

Eidos Partners acted alongside SSCP to structure, negotiate and raise the acquisition senior debt facilities provided by Interbanca and MPS Capital Services – joint underwriters.

Established in 1995, Bologna-based Jeckerson is a leading brand in Italy's sportswear segment and the market leader in men's premium trousers. Selling through 600 independent multi-brand retailers, Jeckerson has outperformed the broader Italian apparel market - driven by its distinctive design and a loyal customer base.

SSCP and Sirius are backing the existing management team led by Gianni Cantarelli in a two-pronged plan focused on continuing brand extension in Italy and international development. SSCP sourced and structured the transaction. Robert Bensoussan, the founder of Sirius and most recently CEO of Jimmy Choo, will become the non-executive chairman of Jeckerson.

 

 

 

 

Stirling Square Capital Partners (www.stirlingsquare.com) is a leading pan-European independent private equity fund focusing on acquiring and developing European mid-cap companies with enterprise values from € 50m to € 500m. Since September 2002, SSCP has closed 12 leveraged buyouts. The MBO of Jeckerson is SSCP’s third investment in Italy following Metroweb (2006) and Sicurglobal (2008).

Eidos Partners is an independent investment bank focused on the design, definition and realization of mergers, acquisitions and disposals of companies, on quotations on the stock exchange, on debt advisory services and on corporate financial restructurings.  Eidos Partners’ mission is to provide the highest-quality financial and strategic advice to Italian companies and to other international companies and entities operating in Italy.

 


Transaction Type
Acquisition

Transaction Value
€ 140m

Sector
Fashion

Debt Advisory

Marco Clerici
Director
Tel. +39 02 8597 9236
marco.clerici@eidospartners.com

Silvia Allegri
Associate
Tel. +39 02 8597 9228
silvia.allegri@eidospartners.com

Corporate Finance

Gaspar Santonja
Director
Tel. +39 02 8597 9244
gaspar.santonja@eidospartners.com