Private Equity Perspectives — March 2014: interview with Rob McCombie of CBPE Capital

Taylor Wessing private equity partner Ed Waldron meets with Rob McCombie, investment director at CBPE Capital.

TW: Private equity houses are hungry for deals in the food and drink sector and this is demonstrated by your recent acquisition of Côte restaurants. What attracts you to this industry as an investor?

RM: Casual dining has proven to be a strong growth sector, driven by long-term structural changes to consumer behaviour. Consumers increasingly shift their expenditure towards eating out, as individuals have more demands on their time and see dining as a form of entertainment…

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