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Deal: Harper Macleod advises United Brands Ltd on acquisition of GDK brand

Harper Macleod advised United Brands Limited on the acquisition of the German Doner Kebab (GDK) brand, recipes and concept.

Our team’s involvement in this deal began in 2016 when we assisted United Brands Limited (part of the United Wholesale (Scotland) Limited group owned by the Sarwar family) with the acquisition of UK Master Franchise Rights to the GDK brand.

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Having opened the original store in Berlin in 1989, the brand had grown to over 40 stores predominantly in Europe and the Middle East. Following this successful acquisition we helped United Brands successfully roll out the concept in the UK.

United Brands was given the opportunity to buy-out the Franchisor and acquire all rights to the GDK brand. Our team advised on all aspects of this transaction including the transfer of Intellectual Property, the formation of the new Franchisor company (GDK International Limited) and all related commercial documentation.

Following completion, GDK International are now in a great position to grow this exciting brand domestically and internationally.

Client testimonial

Athif Sarwar of GDK International Limited

Andy Fraser, Paula Skinner and the wider corporate team at Harper Macleod have played a key part in the process of bringing the GDK brand to the streets of the UK, and we have been impressed with their professionalism, level of service and in particular their expert knowledge of all aspects of franchising. They have guided us from the start of this process and we very much value their input as part of our team.”