Lion Capital LLP

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Lion Capital is a private equity firm specialising in buyout and control investments in middle market and mature businesses in the consumer sector, including branded products, personal care, food and beverage, apparel, accessories and luxury goods; food distribution; and specialty retail. The firm invests in Europe and North America, and is based in London, with additional offices in California.[1]

In 1998, Hicks Muse (Europe) was formed as the European arm of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc, by Lyndon Lea and Neil Richardson, who had previously worked together from 1993-1998 at Glenisla, the European affiliate of KKR & Company LP. In early 2005, Lion Capital was formally launched.[1]

Portfolio Companies

Portfolio, Historical


  • Feb.2019: DMC Group, needlecraft and embroidery threads and related products,ref bought from BlueGem Capital Partners LLP.Website, B'berg. Brands: DMC, Wool and the Gang, Sirdar, Tilsatec. DMC (company)Wikipedia-W.svg, Website
  • Nov.2018: Global Franchise Group LLC. Website
  • May.2011: AllSaints, a leading international fashion brand.ref
  • Sept.2008: Findus Group, through its Young's and Findus brands, frozen fish and seafood products, ready meals and frozen vegetables, a portfolio of sub-brands including Chip Shop and Admiral's Pie. Through The Seafood Company, the Group supplies private label chilled fish and seafood. Lion negotiated the acquisition with CapVest on a proprietary basis.Lion Capital page, Website
  • Jan.2008: AS Adventure Group, includes the AS Adventure, Cotswold Outdoors and Bever Zwerfsport businesses in Belgium, the UK and the Netherlands respectively. A speciality retailer of branded outdoor equipment and clothing. Website
  • Jul.2006: La Senza, specialist retailer of bras, matching briefs, nightwear and bra accessories. Website



  1. ^ About Lion Capital: History. Lion Capital LLP, 2005. Original archived on Nov.27.2005.