Trinity Capital LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to Benihana of Tokyo, LLC, and its subsidiaries, a leading Japanese-inspired teppanyaki restaurant chain in the UK, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Canada, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Thailand and Indonesia, in their sale of a 75% stake in its subsidiary, Benihana Holdings Pte. Ltd., to Minor International, a global hospitality company based in Thailand with over 2,000 restaurants in 20 countries and 161 hotels in 26 countries. Benihana was founded in 1964 and today is the world’s leading Japanese-inspired teppanyaki restaurant chain. Trinity worked with Benihana of Tokyo LLC to successfully identify and select a joint-venture partner and properly negotiate the transaction to provide the company and its owners with value today and value in the future growth under the new partnership.
"We have known Trinity for many years and have built a strong relationship with the firm. Their depth of knowledge and reputation in the restaurant industry gave me comfort from the beginning they were the right advisor for our transaction. Trinity proved my decision correct by guiding and educating our team through the entire transaction process from start to finish, including helping us select the best joint venture partner, successfully negotiating key terms of the deal and efficiently managing the due diligence process. Their team exemplified professionalism and provided the senior-level attention required on the critical day-to-day decision making to drive a successful transaction. Our team couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of this transaction and would highly recommend Trinity’s services to anyone considering a sale of their business."
- Keiko Ono Aoki, Chief Executive Officer