UK: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP Advises SBC International Cinemas in its Acquisition of Warner Village Cinema Chain
Last Updated: 22 May 2003

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP have advised SBC International Cinemas, a developer and operator of state-of-the-art cinemas, in its acquisition of the Warner Village Cinema Circuit in the UK. The acquisition involves the purchase of 36 Warner Village sites nationwide and boosts SBC's number of multiplex cinemas from 6 to 42 with a total 384 screens. The new circuit will be rebranded "Vue" cinemas.

Equity financing for the transaction was provided by Boston Ventures, a US-based private equity group which founded SBC in 1998, and by Clarity Partners and Legal & General Ventures. Debt funding was provided by CIBC World Markets.

This is the first time that Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP have advised SBC International Cinemas.

Corporate partner Mark Uhrynuk led the Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP team and was supported by recently promoted corporate partner, Richard Smith, real estate partner Gary Bownes, finance partner Nigel Wright and corporate partners Richard Page and Stephanie Bates on private equity related matters. Other members of the team included Mandy Warnford-Davis, Simon Ager, Simon Fisher, David Pitman, Louise Cracknell, Mick Sheehy and Katherine Davies.

Boston Ventures and SBC were also advised by Boston-based Ropes & Gray. Warner Village were advised by Olswang, with Forsters handling property matters.

For further information, please contact:

Mark Uhrynuk, Corporate Partner: 020 7246 6217
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 over 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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