Ropes & Gray advises Bridgepoint on its investment in Monica Vinader
Ropes & Gray has advised Bridgepoint (BDC IV), a fund focused on investing in mid-market growth businesses, on its partnership with Monica Vinader, the award-winning British luxury jewellery brand.
As a result of the deal, Monica Vinader – which is sold in over 70 countries and employs more than 350 people worldwide – will leverage Bridgepoint’s global network, sector expertise and capital to further accelerate its international expansion. The company will continue to be led by Monica (CEO) and Gabriela Vinader (MD), supported by their strong functional team.
The partnership marks the ninth platform investment by BDC IV, and its fourth in the UK. It builds on Bridgepoint’s growing track record and expertise in supporting entrepreneurs and founders of premium consumer and digitally led businesses, including Vitamin Well, the Nordic functional drinks business, Seraphine, the maternity wear brand, Groupe Thom, the leading French jewellery retailer and Molton Brown, the British fragrance brand.
The Ropes & Gray team was led by private equity transactions partner Helen Croke, with counsel Laura Kayani and associates Ciara Stratford, Maddie Cubbon, Lucy Taylor and Victoria Wilson. Other members of the team included: partners Alex Robb (finance), Chris Agnoli (tax), Rohan Massey (data, privacy & cybersecurity); counsel Dervla Broderick (antitrust); associates Jacob Bennett and Adjoa Kwarteng (finance), Sophie Waters (tax), Cat Keeling (data, privacy & cybersecurity), Tom Jackson (litigation & enforcement); and trainees Aisha Arden and Tamsin Sahota.