Authentic Brands Group (ABG), LLC’s Acquisition of Nautica® Brand


Davis Polk is advising VF Corporation on its sale of the Nautica® brand business to Authentic Brands Group (ABG), LLC.

The transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2018, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

VF outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans, The North Face, Timberland, Wrangler and Lee. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. Authentic Brands Group is a brand development, marketing and entertainment company, which owns a global portfolio of lifestyle, celebrity and entertainment brands. The company led by Steven E Rendle, Kevin Bailey and Scott H Baxter in 2017 recorded $11.811 Billion Revenues.

The Davis Polk corporate team includes partner Marc O. Williams (Picture) and associates Laura C. Turano, John B. Weinstein and Samuel F. Page. Partner Frank J. Azzopardi and associates Daniel F. Forester and Soo Lim are providing intellectual property and technology advice. Partner Veronica M. Wissel and associate Tricia E. Walsh are providing executive compensation advice. Partner Kathleen L. Ferrell is providing tax advice.

Involved fees earner: Marc Williams – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Laura Turano – Davis Polk & Wardwell; John Weinstein – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Samuel Page – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Frank Azzopardi – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Daniel Forester – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Soo Lim – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Veronica Wissel – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Tricia Walsh – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Kathleen Ferrell – Davis Polk & Wardwell;

Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell;

Clients: VF Corporation;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti