M/14/008 – Fitzwilliam / Wittington Canada / Arnotts

Transaction details

The proposed acquisition of joint control of Arnotts Holdings Limited by Fitzwilliam Finance Partners Limited/Wittington Investments, Limited and Investment Funds Managed by Affiliates of Apollo Management, L.P., has been cleared by the Competition Authority.

Notification date Decision date
Wednesday March 19, 2014 Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Parties Involved Business activities
Fitzwilliam Finance Partners Limited

Fitzwiliam is a property company founded for the sole purpose of acquiring the debt/equity in Arnotts Holdings Limited, with a view to securing an operator for the main Arnotts store and developing the peripheral properties owned by Arnotts.

Wittington Investments, Limited

Wittington Canada is the holding company for the Weston Group, Wittington Properties and the Selfridges Group. The Weston Group owns a number of public and private entities. Wittington Properties has a number of real estate holdings and investment land positions in Canada and the United States. The Selfridges Group owns and operates a number of luxury multi-category retailers worldwide, including Brown Thomas, in Ireland.

Arnotts Holdings Limited

Arnotts is a multi-category retailer with a mix of own label and branded products.

Economic sector Media merger
Non-food retail sector. No
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Monday, March 31, 2014
Date of Requirement for Information Date Information Received
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Thursday, April 17, 2014
Current status: Completed
Cleared (Phase 1)
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details
Barry O'Donnell

Tel: 01-804 5396, e-mail: bod@tca.ie

Media enquiries: MKC Communications: 01 7038600

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