06 10 2014

Oakley Capital acquires Tomasoni Topsail S.p.a.

DLA Piper has advised Oakley Capital on the acquisition of Tomasoni Topsail S.p.a. ("Tomasoni") by its portfolio company North Technology Group and on the related structuring and equity arrangements. Tomasoni holds the exclusive license to manufacture and distribute North Sails branded clothing throughout Europe and Asia.


Midmarket private equity operator Oakley Capital, together with Ducth entrepreneur Eric Blijsma, bought Italiansportswear company Tomasoni Topsail from founder Leopoldo Poppi.  The company owns exclusive license for producing and distributing sportswear products with North Sails brand in Europe e in Asia. The deal follows previous Oakley acquisition of North technology group (owner of North Sails brand) and allows it North Sails global activities consolidation  under a unique ownership. The multi-jurisdictional deal included DLA Piper lawyers from a number of offices across Europe and the US. The topside structuring and equity arrangements were led by partner Anu Balasubramanian with assistance from partners Roderik Bouwman and Manon den Boer, senior associate Oliver Williams, tax adviser Yannick Schuerman, and associates James Hickling and Aad Oomen. Goffredo Guerra led on the Tomasoni acquisition and was assisted by associate Christian Iannaccone. Richard Davis, a Finance partner in the firm's Washington office, advised on the New York law governed credit facilities. Involved fees earner: Anu Balasubramanian - DLA Piper; Roderik Bouwman - DLA Piper; Manon den Boer - DLA Piper; Yannick Schuerman - DLA Piper; James Hickling - DLA Piper; Aad Oomen - DLA Piper; Goffredo Guerra - DLA Piper; Christian Iannaccone - DLA Piper; Richard Davis - DLA Piper;

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