Ropes & Gray Advises Dunkin’ Brands in its Sale to Inspire Brands

In The News
October 31, 2020

Ropes & Gray represented Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. on its sale to Inspire Brands Inc. Dunkin’, the parent company of Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, entered into a merger agreement whereby Inspire will acquire Dunkin’ Brands for $106.50 per share. The transaction, valued at $11.3 billion, was announced on October 30. The press release is available here.

Dunkin' Brands is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants with more than 20,000 points of distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide. Inspire Brands, majority owned by affiliates of Roark Capital, is a multi-brand restaurant company whose current portfolio includes more than 11,000 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, Rusty Taco, and Jimmy John’s restaurants worldwide.

The Ropes & Gray team that represented Dunkin’ Brands was led by mergers & acquisitions partners Craig Marcus and Jane Goldstein (both of Boston), and included employment, executive compensation & benefits partner Renata Ferrari (Boston), mergers & acquisitions partner Sarah Young (New York), litigation & enforcement partner Peter Welsh (Boston), antitrust partner Michael McFalls (Washington D.C.), debt finance partner Patricia Lynch (Boston), private equity transactions partner Howard Glazer (San Francisco), capital markets partner Will Michener (Boston), intellectual property partner Ed Black (Boston), real estate partner Peter Alpert (Boston) and tax partner Elaine Murphy (Boston).