Great Rail Journeys’ Acquisition of Vacation By Rail


Ropes & Gray advised private equity firm Duke Street, which acquired Great Rail Journeys in 2018.

York-based Great Rail Journeys’ (GRJ) executed the acquisition of Chicago-based Vacation By Rail, a U.S. provider of railway holidays.

GRJ offers almost 400 itineraries to more than 50 countries, and the expansion will provide customers with an even broader portfolio of rail itineraries and an increased collection of rail holidays to customers in the U.K. and the U.S.

The Ropes & Gray team was led by private equity partner Phillip Sanderson (Picture) and finance partner Malcolm Hitching (both of London) and private equity counsel Laura Yockey (Chicago). The team included tax partners David Saltzman (Boston) and Brenda Coleman(London), tax associates Chris Agnoli (London) and Chris Shim (New York), private equity associates Craig Jourdan, Tarun Patel, Hayley Stokes (all of London) and Kevin Uhler(Chicago), finance associates Pinar Celebi and Ashley Wright (both of London), benefits partner Adam Stella (Washington, D.C.), benefits associate Sarah Hall (Boston), IP/IT counsel Michael Kurzer (New York), and IP/IT associate Merissa Pico (New York).

Involved fees earner: Chris Agnoli – Ropes & Gray; Pinar Celebi – Ropes & Gray; Brenda Coleman – Ropes & Gray; Sarah Hall – Ropes & Gray; Malcolm Hitching – Ropes & Gray; Craig Jourdan – Ropes & Gray; Michael Kurzer – Ropes & Gray; Tarun Patel – Ropes & Gray; Merissa Pico – Ropes & Gray; David Saltzman – Ropes & Gray; Philip Sanderson – Ropes & Gray; Chris Shim – Ropes & Gray; Adam Stella – Ropes & Gray; Hayley Stokes – Ropes & Gray; Kevin Uhler – Ropes & Gray; Ashley Wright – Ropes & Gray; Laura Yockey – Ropes & Gray;

Law Firms: Ropes & Gray;

Clients: Duke Street;