UK: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP Advises on £598 Million Selfridges Acquisition
Last Updated: 13 May 2003

The Corporate Group at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP have advised Oxford Acquisitions Limited and Wittington Investments, Limited ("Wittington Canada") on a recommended cash offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Selfridges plc.

The offer will be made by Morgan Stanley & Co. Limited on behalf of Oxford Acquisitions Limited, a subsidiary of Canadian company, Wittington Canada, controlled by Galen Weston, which holds a 62.5% interest in George Weston Limited, one of the largest food processing and food distribution companies in North America.

Corporate partners Paul Maher, Andrew Stewart and Fiona Holland advised Oxford Acquisitions Limited and Wittington Canada on the deal and were assisted by Dimitri Cavvadas and Chip Nazmi. Real Estate partners Jeremy Clay, Ian Christie and Anita Jones advised on the real estate aspects of the transaction and Finance partner Nigel White advised on the banking arrangements. Toronto firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson advised on Canadian law.

This is the first time that the Corporate Group in London have advised Wittington Canada/Galen Weston, a referral from the Chicago office. George Weston Limited has been a client of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in the US for some time.

The Board of Selfridges plc was advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Morgan Stanley was advised by Allen & Overy.

For further information, please contact:

Paul Maher, Corporate Partner: 020 7782 8815
Andrew Stewart, Corporate Partner: 020 7782 8929
Angela Woodruff, Media Relations Manager: 020 7782 8804

About Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw

  • Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw has 13 offices worldwide, including representations in the world's major financial centres; London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP's London office consists of 100 partners, 300 lawyers and a total staff of nearly 600. We deliver multi-jurisdictional advice to the world's leading companies, financial institutions and multinational businesses.
  • Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is a combination of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP (an English limited liability partnership) and Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw (a US general partnership).

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