Sapient was founded in 1997 to provide corporate finance advice to the UK pub and brewing sectors.

We are the only corporate finance firm to focus exclusively on these markets, offering tailored, industry-specific advice in relation to acquisitions, disposals, debt / equity refinancing transactions and strategic reviews.

Sapient is widely recognised as the market leader in the sector, having advised on over 130 transactions valued at £17 billion since 1997.

Our clients include pub operators, entrepreneurs, private equity investors, real estate opportunity funds and family offices.

We develop long-term relationships with key clients such as Admiral Taverns, Cerberus and Punch accounting for over 50 of our deals.

Our knowledge of active buyers, sellers and investors in the sector is unrivalled.


£413m acquisition of 162 pubs for Greene King owner, Cheung Kong Holdings

Malt Shovel, Edinburgh

£373m sale of 333 pubs owned by Mitchells & Butlers to TDR Capital
(Formation of Stonegate)

The Friary, Darby

Sale of 156 SA Brain pubs to Marston's

Star Inn, Dinas Powys

£1.1bn pub acquisitions, disposals and debt refinancing for Cerberus Capital

The Old Bell, Oxted

£2.5bn sale of S&N Retail to Spirit
(now Greene King)

Café Royal, Edinburgh

£413m sale of 918 pubs owned by RBS to Heineken

Punchbowl, Mayfair

£105m acquisition of TCG for Stonegate

Tattershall Castle, River Thames

£118m sale of Liberation to Caledonia Investments

Methuen Arms, Corsham

£123m sale of Meantime Brewing to SAB Miller

Strategic review of leading UK brewer

Strategic review of leading UK craft brewer

£250m sale of Fuller’s Brewing & Brands business to Asahi

£220m sale of Admiral Taverns to Proprium / C&C Group

Dusty Miller, Brighouse

£107m sale of Hawthorn to NewRiver REIT

Ship Inn, Sheffield

£60m Acquisition of Bramwell for Stonegate

Pembroke Castle, Primrose Hill

£160m sale of pubs owned by Punch to various regional operators

The Ship, Plymouth

£266m sale of Orchid to Mitchells & Butlers

Spyglass & Kettle, Bournemouth

£1.2bn acquisition of Pubmaster by Punch

The Bolney Stage, Haywards Heath

Acquisition of 21 freehold Wadworth pubs for Liberation

Victoria Arms, Old Marston

Sale of Cubitt House to HNW investors

The Thomas Cubitt, London

£54m sale of Realpubs to Greene King

Crabtree, Fulham

£25m private equity and debt refinancing for Geronimo Inns

Coat & Badge, Putney

£42m sale of pubs operated by Antic to CBREGi

East Dulwich Tavern, London

Disposal and debt refinancing for ETM

Greenwood, London Victoria