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BCLP advises Clare Hornby and other shareholders of ME+EM on an investment which values ME+EM at over £130million

April 6, 2022

Summary

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) advised Clare Hornby and other existing shareholders of ME+EM Limited (“ME+EM”) on an investment led by Highland Europe which valued ME+EM at more than £130 million.

Highland Europe has previously backed the online luxury retailer MatchesFashion.com and the meal replacement company Huel. Other backers of ME+EM include Sir Charles Dunstone, the Carphone Warehouse tycoon and Venrex, an investment firm that was an early backer of the make-up and skin-care brand Charlotte Tilbury and Not On The High Street.

ME+EM, a British fashion brand headquartered in London with six boutiques and about 120 employees has become known for offering modern women long-lasting, high-quality contemporary luxury clothing that combines function and fit with ethical values. The brand, started by Clare Hornby in 2007, counts the Duchess of Cambridge and Claudia Winkleman among its fans.

ME+EM plans to expand into the US market by opening two boutiques next year in Boston and New York.

The BCLP team was led by Corporate Transactions Partner and Practice Group Leader Benjamin Lee, assisted by Partners Ian Ivory (Corporate Transactions) and David Dennison (Tax, Employee Benefits and Private Client), and supported by Senior Associate Lara Rush, Associate Olivia Scott and Trainee Fraser Atkinson from the Corporate Transactions practice.

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