Sound United’s Acquisition of Bower & Wilkins


Ropes & Gray advised Sound United LLC on the deal.

Sound United LLC – a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners – executed its acquisition of Bowers & Wilkins, a leading designer and manufacturer of luxury home audio speakers, headphones, custom installation products, wireless speakers, and branded audio systems in the automotive and television markets.

Sound United is the parent company to Denon, Polk Audio, Marantz, Definitive Technology, Classé, and Boston Acoustics – an award-winning portfolio of audio brands that deliver industry-leading home theater and personal audio listening experiences for a wide-range of consumers.

Bowers & Wilkins designs and manufactures precision home speakers, headphones, custom installation and performance car audio products that set new standards for innovation and sound quality, earning countless awards and accolades from the world’s leading recording studios and musicians.

The Ropes & Gray team advising Sound United was led by private equity partner Elizabeth Todd (Picture), in London, and Boston partner James Wilton. Other members of the team included: private equity associates Natalie Eliades, Kenan Ceylan and Maddie Cubbon, partner Rohan Massey and counsel Clare Sellars (privacy, data protection and cybersecurity), partner Brenda Coleman and associate Andrew Douglas (tax), partner Alex Robb and associate Ashley Wright (finance), partner Ruchit Patel and associate Vincenzo Volpe (antitrust).

Involved fees earner: Kenan Ceylan – Ropes & Gray; Brenda Coleman – Ropes & Gray; Andrew Douglas – Ropes & Gray; Natalie Eliades – Ropes & Gray; Rohan Massey – Ropes & Gray; Ruchit Patel – Ropes & Gray; Alexander Robb – Ropes & Gray; Clare Sellars – Ropes & Gray; Elizabeth Todd – Ropes & Gray; Vincenzo Volpe – Ropes & Gray; James Wilton – Ropes & Gray; Ashley Wright – Ropes & Gray;

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