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China – Eversheds And Linklaters Advises On HMV Asia purchase.

28 February, 2013

 

The Hong Kong and Singapore offices of international law firm Eversheds have advised AID Partners Capital Limited (“AID Partners”), on its acquisition of the entire stake in HMV Hong Kong, Singapore and Greater China (“HMV Asia”), an entertainment retailer with operations in Hong Kong and Singapore.

 

AID Partners is a private equity firm focused on buyout opportunities and expansion capital primarily in media and entertainment, retail and consumers.

 

HMV Asia is a premier reseller of entertainment and entertainment-related products, which comprises music, visual, games and other media related products. It carries on business through its six stores in Hong Kong and two in Singapore all in prime locations, in addition to its online platform.

 

AID Partners also injected substantial amount of working capital into the business. The management team of HMV Asia remain unchanged.
The Eversheds team was led by Asian corporate partners Stephen Mok (Hong Kong), Norman Hui (Hong Kong), Stephen Kitts (Hong Kong), Sze Hui Goh (Singapore) and TMT/IP partner, Nigel Stamp (Hong Kong).

 

Stephen Mok, Head of Corporate, Asia commented:

 

“This is an exciting deal which will benefit all involved. We look forward to advising on further investment opportunities with AID Partners as things begin takes shape for the business.”

 

Kelvin Wu, Principal Partner of AID Partners commented:

 

“HMV is a legendary brand and its business in Hong Kong and Singapore is still very strong, and we see many exciting opportunities ahead where we would be able to leverage AID Partners’ deep experience in the entertainment industry across the region. It’s essentially a perfect fit. We have to move very quickly to capture this opportunity and are very impressed by Eversheds’ ability to mobilise such a dedicated and committed team of experts in Asia within such a short period of time.”

 

Linklaters, led by Dan Schuster-Woldan, advised HMV on the sale. 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Karol Lau, Eversheds
karollau@eversheds.com

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