GCA Altium is now part of Houlihan Lokey

Transaction Details

April 28, 2016


Consumer, Retail, E-commerce and Leisure

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Deal Team

Sam Fuller, Katherine Hobbs, Declan O’Connor

GCA Altium advised Vital Ingredient on its sale to LDC

GCA Altium acted as financial advisor to Vital Ingredient and its shareholders on a management buyout backed by LDC.

Vital Ingredient is the UK’s first and leading healthy fast food retailer of tossed-to-order salads with 17 units across London. Vital Ingredient was founded by Alex Heynes in 2001 and received investment from entrepreneur Paul Oberschneider in 2011.

GCA Altium has enjoyed a long-term relationship with Vital Ingredient and has provided strategic, market and M&A advice to the shareholders over a number of years.

The LDC-backed management buyout provides an exit for Paul Oberschneider and a £12m funding package for the company to support the rollout of the brand both within London and throughout the UK.

This latest transaction sees GCA Altium build on its leading position in the UK casual dining sector with other recent deals including advising Le Bistrot Pierre on the investment from Livingbridge in December 2015 and Prezzo on the £304m sale to TPG in February 2015.

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