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Report: Clayton Dubilier to acquire stake in UK restaurant operator in $1B deal

Global buyout firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC is poised to buy a significant stake in WSH Investments Ltd. in a transaction valuing the U.K. restaurant operator at approximately $1 billion, including debt, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The target company, which trades as Westbury Street Holdings Ltd., is behind the Benugo and Searcys catering brands, as well as the Portico house guest-services brand and The Woodspeen restaurant and cookery school.

Alastair Storey, founder of WSH and a veteran hospitality businessman, will continue to be a key shareholder and to aid in the oversight of the business, according to the publication.

Clayton Dubilier & Rice, which has offices in New York City and London, invests in companies in the consumer/retail, healthcare, industrial and services sectors across North America and Europe.