September 2007

Eidos Partners announces the completion of the voluntary tender offer on Valentino Fashion Group S.p.A. (“VFG”) by Red & Black Lux S.àr.l. (“R&B”), a company controlled by Permira Funds. Acceptances to the offer amounted to approximately 24.5% of VFG’s capital.

Considering the shares tendered in the offer and the shares previously acquired, the subsidiaries of Permira Funds, and the other parties to the shareholders’ agreement, will hold together a 97.1% stake in VFG.

This transaction represents the largest private equity acquisition in the luxury sector worldwide and implied a particularly high level of complexity involving also a tender offer on all ordinary and preferred shares of the German-based company Hugo Boss A.G., controlled by VFG.

Permira is being advised by Eidos Partners, Banca Leonardo, Mediobanca, Citigroup and Unicredit.


Valentino Fashion Group ( is a leading player in the manufacturing and marketing of high fashion clothing, accessories and footwear for men and women. The products are marketed under trademarks such as Valentino, Hugo Boss, Marlboro Classics and M Missoni. The Group is present in more than 100 countries, with 1,400 mono-brand boutiques of which over 280 directly operated stores (DOS). The Group posted sales of Euro 1,963m in 2006.

Permira ( is a leading international Private Equity specialist. Permira acts as adviser to the Permira Funds, with a total committed capital of more than Euro 21bn. Since 1985, the Permira Funds have completed over 180 private equity transactions. During the last year, the Permira Funds have committed to ten transactions with a combined transaction value of over Euro 28bn.

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 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. Eidos Partners enjoys outstanding access to companies and investors throughout the world as a result of its relationship with the Close Brothers Group.


Transaction Type

Deal Size
Euro 4.4 bn

Fashion & Luxury

Simone Dragone
Tel. +39 02 8597 9233

Stefano Bellavita
Tel. +39 02 8597 9237

Gaspar Santonja
Associate Partner
Tel. +39 02 8597 9244

Luisa Sambuco

Tel. +39 02 8597 9230