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A round up of key developments in corporate transactions covered by Lexis®PSL Corporate and Market Tracker this week, including an offer for RPC Group by Apollo Global Management, the administration of Patisserie Valerie, a look at recent transfers from AIM to the Main Market and the Main Market to AIM, and a summary of the Financial Times and ICSA’s Boardroom Bellwether Winter Survey.
On 23 January 2019, RPC announced that it had received a final recommended cash offer from Apollo for £3.3 billion to acquire its entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital. The offer by Apollo is structured by way of a scheme of arrangement and follows a period of negotiation that began in September, during which Apollo extended the deadline for the takeover five times.
RPC had originally been the subject of two competing possible bids, with private equity firm Bain Capital eventually withdrawing its offer in December last year.
Café chain Patisserie Valerie has fallen into administration after a series of failed rescue talks with banks.
KPMG, the company’s administrator will close 70 outlets immediately. The remaining 121 outlets will continue to trade, with the hope of securing financing. The company announced in a statement that it did not have enough money to pay off its significant debts.
In October 2018, the company raised funds through a placing, however this has not been sufficient to ensure that all liabilities are met.
Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said:
‘The extraordinary black-hole in Patisserie Valerie’s accounts which has led to this administration raises grave corporate governance concerns and poses serious questions regarding the effectiveness of the auditor and the current arrangements for regulation. The BEIS Committee will picking up these issues in the context of our current inquiry on the future of audit.’
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