Bird & Bird has advised DP Poland on the deal.
DP Poland, the UK AIM listed company which owns the Domino’s Pizza franchise in Poland, acquired a domestic Polish pizza restaurant chain called Dominium SA. The acquisition valued Dominium at £23 million and an associated £5.2 million institutional fundraising was also conducted as part of the transaction.
The acquisition constituted a reverse takeover under the AIM rules, therefore requiring re-admission of the enlarged group to AIM. In addition, given the size of the transaction relative to the Polish pizza market and also the size of interest held by Dominium’s shareholder in the enlarged group, clearance needed to be obtained from both the Polish competition authority, UOKiK, and the UK Takeover Panel. This was a complex transaction involving a number of different Bird & Bird personnel working together across the Warsaw and London offices.
The core team working on this acquisition consisted of Corporate partner Clive Hopewell (Picture), legal director Nicholas Heap and associate Freddie Spearman in London advising on the equity capital markets side as well as the reverse takeover and re-admission to AIM. Additionally, Warsaw partner Pawel Bajno and associate Michal Blaszkiewicz advised on the corporate side with partner Tomasz Zalewski advising on the franchising and commercial aspects. Other members of the team who were also involved included Colin Kendon (partner, Tax) Conrad Purcell (partner, Corporate), Simon Gough (legal director, Tax), Karolina Stawicka (counsel, Employment), Stuart Rose (associate, Tax) and Greg Turton (associate, Corporate).
Involved fees earner: Pawel Bajno – Bird & Bird; Michal Blaszkiewicz – Bird & Bird; Simon Gough – Bird & Bird; Nicholas Heap – Bird & Bird; Clive Hopewell – Bird & Bird; Colin Kendon – Bird & Bird; Conrad Purcell – Bird & Bird; Freddie Spearman – Bird & Bird; Karolina Stawicka – Bird & Bird; Tomasz Zalewski – Bird & Bird; Stuart Rosenthal – Goodwin Procter;
Clients: Domino’s Pizza Poland;