Daily News: October 23, 2012

Partners Group Arranges Financing for DOUGLAS Holding Takeover

Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager, acted as a mandated lead arranger on the mezzanine debt financing for the announced voluntary public tender offer for 100% of the shares of DOUGLAS Holding AG on behalf of its clients. Beauty Holding Three AG, a holding company, which is held indirectly through funds advised by Advent International, recently announced the decision to make a voluntary public takeover offer in an approach supported by DOUGLAS’ founding family Kreke.

With annual sales of more than EUR3 billion, the DOUGLAS Group ranks amongst the leading European retailers. The group’s five retail divisions – Douglas perfumeries, Thalia bookstores, Christ jewelry stores, AppelrathCupper fashion stores and Hussel confectioneries – are among the market leaders and trendsetters in their respective sectors. The more than 24,000 employees provide a high level of service in the 1,900 specialty stores. The Kreke family and Advent International jointly want to carry forward the success story of the DOUGLAS Group, identify the company