Rhone Capital LLC’s Acquisition Of 20% Interest In illycaffè S.p.A.

Rhone Capital LLC's Acquisition Of 20% Interest In illycaffè S.p.A.

Studio Sabelli Benazzo and Studio Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli and Partners advised illycaffè, while Chiomenti Studio Legale and Paolo Montironi advised Rhône Capital on the deal. Kirkland & Ellis also advised Rhône Capital on the deal.

Rhône Capital completed the acquisition of a minority stake in illycaffè. Founded in 1933 by Francesco Illy, the Company has built a global premium coffee brand present in more than 140 countries and recognized for the superior quality of its unique blend, as well as for its strong ethical values focused on sustainable business practices and close relationships with the coffee growers’ community.

illycaffè chose Rhône as its partner to lead the Company into its next phase of international growth after a long and rigorous selection process which took more than a year. 

Rhône Capital is a global private equity firm with a focus on investments in businesses with pan-European, North American or transatlantic presence.

Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli and Partners advised illycaffè with a team led by partnera Bruno Gattai and Gerardo Gabrielli, counsel Damiano Battaglia and Nicola Martegani, and associate Jacopo Ceccherini.

Sabelli Benazzo advised illycaffè with partner Luca Sabelli.

Chiomenti advised Rhône Capital with a team led by partner Salvo Arena, supported by managing counsel Corrado Borghesan, of counsel Filippo Corsini, and associates Elisa Gianni and Monica Scatà.

Kirkland advised Rhône Capital with a team led by London transactional partners Adrian Duncan and David Higgins.

Involved fees earner: Salvo Arena – Chiomenti; Corrado Borghesan – Chiomenti; Filippo Corsini – Chiomenti; Elisa Gianni – Chiomenti; Monica Scatà – Chiomenti; Damiano Battaglia – Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners; Jacopo Ceccherini – Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners; Gerardo Gabrielli – Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners; Bruno Gattai – Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners; Nicola Martegani – Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners; Adrian Duncan – Kirkland & Ellis; David Higgins – Kirkland & Ellis; Luca Sabelli – SabelliBenazzo;

Law Firms: Chiomenti; Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners; Kirkland & Ellis; SabelliBenazzo;

Clients: Illy caffè; Rhône Capital LLC;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti