Catella acted as exclusive financial advisor to Guy Hands in raising financing for
the acquisition of McDonald’s Nordic operations. The parties have signed a
share sale and purchase agreement and agreed on the Master Franchise
Agreement. Mr. Hands will become the Development Licensee (DL) for the
The Nordic countries consist of approximately 435 restaurants, of which more than 95% are
franchised, and is the clear number one QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) operator in the region.
Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.
Under the DL structure, McDonald’s plans to transfer its ownership interest in McDonald’s
Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden and grant a license to the DL to develop and operate the
McDonald’s restaurants in these markets. Mr. Hands will provide the capital necessary to support
and grow the business.
Guy Hands is also the Chairman and Founder of Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited.
His wife, Julia Hands, is the Chairman and CEO of Hand Picked Hotels, an award winning chain
of country house hotels based in the UK.
Julia and Guy intend to leverage their industry experience to further develop the McDonald’s
brand in the Nordic markets.
“We appreciate the trust and debt advisory mandate given to Catella by the Hands family. We
have been able to secure a long term, tailor made financing solution to our client by tapping into
the capital markets. Catella is well positioned for this kind of mandate in line with our DNA of
being the Link between Property and Finance,” says Jesper Bo Hansen, Head of Corporate
Finance at Catella.
For more information, please contact:
Jesper Bo Hansen Ann Charlotte Svensson
Head of Corporate Finance Head of Group Communications
+45 33 93 75 93 +46 8 463 32 55, +46 72 510 11 61