Slaughter and May is advising Watches of Switzerland on its initial public offering

30 May 2019

Slaughter and May is advising Watches of Switzerland Group and its principal shareholder (investment funds managed by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management) on the initial public offering of Watches of Switzerland. 

Watches of Switzerland is the leading multi-channel luxury watch retailer in the UK and a leading retailer of luxury watches in selected regions of the US. 

The offer price of 270 pence per ordinary share will give Watches of Switzerland a market capitalisation of approximately £647 million at the commencement of conditional dealings on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange on 30 May 2019.  Admission of the shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List is expected to occur on 4 June 2019, with unconditional dealings in the shares commencing on the same day.

The offer comprises the sale of a portion of ordinary shares held by certain existing shareholders and management plus a primary issue of new ordinary shares by Watches of Switzerland to raise gross proceeds of approximately £155 million. 

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is advising on matters of US law.


Corporate: Richard Smith (partner), Susannah Macknay (partner), Yvonne Lee (senior counsel), Valerie Kemp (associate), Matthew Carey (associate), Jess Stewart (associate), George Weston (associate), Adam Sriskandan (associate), Anders Jay (trainee), Rebecca Bennane (trainee), Ben Renshaw (trainee), Benedict Tang (trainee), Calum Scott (trainee), Gabriel Lim (trainee), Jodi Haigh (trainee), Natasha Molson (trainee), Ryan Law (trainee), Teddy Sasada (trainee); Pensions and Employment: Philip Linnard (partner), Ian Brown (senior counsel), Rosemary Nelson (associate), Christian Davies (associate), Natasha Nichols (associate); Financial Regulatory: Nick Bonsall (partner), Chris Hurn (associate); Tax: Dominic Robertson (partner), Neema Sofaer (associate

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