Year: 2005

Industry: Apparel, Footwear & Accessories, Specialty Retail

Service: Sell-Side M&A

Geography: North America

Exclusive Financial Advisor to Stuart Weitzman on Sale of Minority Interest to Bear Stearns Merchant Bank

Stuart Weitzman Holdings, a leading designer, manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of premium women’s shoes and handbags, turned to Financo to identify and facilitate a partnership with an investor with a strategic angle that could support its rapid growth through a transaction that would enable the founder to retain majority ownership.

Understanding the unique requirements of the entrepreneurial founder, Financo introduced Mr. Weitzman to very specific and carefully screened parties, selecting Bear Stearns as the ultimate partner for his company. Under its debt-free capital structure, Stuart Weitzman Holdings was positioned for additional, profitable expansion.

This transaction was completed prior to Raymond James’ acquisition of Financo.