Trio of US firms crack on with sale of 40% stake in Autoglass owner

US firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Debevoise & Plimpton and Goodwin Procter are advising on the sale of a minority stake in vehicle windscreen repair business Belron, which owns UK brand Autoglass.

Cleary Gottlieb is acting for parent company D‘Ieteren, a Belgian investment group, on the sale of 40% of Belron. D‘Ieteren owns 94.85% of the company.

The investment company is seeking a valuation of about €3bn (£2.7bn), including debt, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Goodwin Procter is advising Belron management on the deal, fielding a London team including private equity partners Mark Soundy and Sarah Priestley.

Private equity funds Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), CVC and KKR are all bidders involved in the final stages of the sale process.

Debevoise is advising regular client CD&R. Earlier this year, the firm advised it in connection with the formation of its latest fund, CD&R Fund X, which closed with total capital commitments of $10bn (£7.5bn). The team that advised on that deal included New York-based corporate deputy chair Jordan Murray and London tax partner Matthew Saronson.

Last year, Cleary also advised D‘Ieteren on its acquisition of a stake in luxury stationery company Moleskine for €500m (£446m).

While it is unclear which other firms are playing roles, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett regularly advises KKR and CVC often calls on Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Simpson Thacher London private equity partners Ian Barratt and Clare Gaskell are currently advising KKR on its bid for Unilever’s auction of its £6.5bn spreads division.

Freshfields is advising CVC on the same matter with a team led by City private equity partner Charles Hayes.

All firms declined to comment.