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Weil-Led Deal Recognized for M&A Deal of the Year at the 2023 D CEO and Association for Corporate Growth-DFW Mergers & Acquisitions Awards

The sale of Main Event Entertainment, a deal led by Weil’s Mergers & Acquisitions team and Dallas-based M&A partner James R. Griffin, has been named “M&A Deal of the Year, $250-$999 million category,” at the 2023 D CEO and Association for Corporate Growth-DFW Mergers & Acquisitions Awards.

Main Event, with 50 family entertainment centers in 17 states, was sold in 2022 to Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed owner and operator of 145 North American entertainment and dining venues. Weil advised Main Event, previously owned by Ardent Leisure Group Limited and RedBird Capital Partners, in the all-cash transaction representing a total enterprise value of $835M.

In addition to Griffin, the Weil team included Mergers & Acquisitions associate Patrick Hosch; Banking & Finance partner Vynessa Nemunaitis and counsel Brendan Conley; Tax partner Graham Magill, counsel Blake Bitter and associate Grant Solomon; Technology & IP Transactions partner Karen Ballack, counsel Luis Gonzalez and associates David Merck and Amy Montoya; Environmental Head Annemargaret Connolly; Executive Compensation & Benefits Head Paul Wessel and associate Radhika Tahiliani; Real Estate attorney Leslie Smith; and Antitrust partners John Scribner and Brianne Kucerik and associates Jarui Wang and Nicole Payne.

The 10th annual D CEO and ACG-DFW Mergers & Acquisitions Awards event, held May 4, 2023, in Dallas, recognized the top acquisitions, dispositions and other financial transactions that took place across the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2022, and the dealmakers who made them happen. For more information about this year’s program and a full list of finalists, please visit D CEO May 2023 Digital Edition.