JD Sports Fashion Plc’s merger with The Finish Line


Barnes & Thornburg LLP served as legal counsel to Finish Line. PJ SOLOMON served as lead financial advisor, Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. served as financial advisor and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP served as legal counsel to Finish Line’s Special Committee of the Board of Directors in connection with this transaction. Barclays served as lead financial advisor to JD Sports and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLC, Addleshaw Goddard LLC and Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP served as legal counsel to JD Sports. Barclays, HSBC Bank and PNC Bank, National Association provided financing to JD Sports for the transaction.

The Finish Line, Inc. and JD Sports Fashion Plc (LSE:JD) have completed their merger.

As a result of the merger, Finish Line has become an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of JD Sports, which is the leading European retailer of sports, fashion and outdoor brands, thereby creating a market-leading multi-channel, multi-branded retailer of sports fashion and footwear with expanded global scope.

JD Sports is a leading multi-channel retailer of multi-branded sports, fashion, and outdoor apparel and footwear, enabling customers to shop seamlessly across well invested physical retail stores and digital channels.

The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium retailer that carries the latest and greatest shoes, apparel and accessories. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Finish Line runs approximately 930 branded locations in U.S. malls and shops inside Macy’s department stores.

Taft’s legal team included Jim Strain (Picture), Neal Roach and Kate Mascarenhas.

Involved fees earner: James Strain – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Neal Roach – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Katharine Mascarenhas – Taft Stettinius & Hollister;

Law Firms: Taft Stettinius & Hollister;

Clients: JD Sports Fashion;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti