4 July 2022 - 11:30

City Football Group acquires majority stake in Palermo FC

City Football Group acquires majority stake in Palermo FC

City Football Group has acquired a majority stake in Palermo FC. The Sicilian team has a decorated history and is one of Italy’s most popular football clubs. Sicilian and life-long fan Dario Mirri will remain as Club President and Chairman of the Board of Palermo FC.

Last month, Palermo secured promotion to Serie B with a play-off victory over Padova in front of a 32,000 crowd at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. The Club has a strong international following and under Mirri’s stewardship, has swiftly progressed from Serie D in 2019 to the second tier.

Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive of City Football Group, said:

“Palermo is a great and historic Club with a strong and proud identity. We will work with Dario Mirri to continue his outstanding work to grow Palermo sustainably over the years ahead. This is a very special club, and our role will be to add value to all of the things which make it so special and steadily improve performance on and off the pitch, using our experience and know how.”

“Italy is one of the world’s most exciting and passionate football countries, with a rich history of national team and club’s success, passionate supporters and a track record of fantastic footballers. We are delighted that City Football Group has extended its presence in Italy.”

Dario Mirri, Chairman of Palermo FC, added:

“We are so very happy to welcome City Football Group to Palermo. We wanted to find the right investor with a deep knowledge of football to help to continue to take us forward. We have that in CFG. We agreed the investment before the end of the season so we know we have a partner which is committed to growing Palermo in the right way. I am excited to continue to work alongside CFG. They understand and respect the culture and traditions of our Club.  We are embarking on a project together which I know all of our fans will be proud of”.

The deal involved DLA Piper, Alvarez & Marsal and Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati alongside City Football Group and Allen & Overy with Studio Mazzarella alongside the shareholder of Palermo Football Club S.p.A. and Hera Hora S.r.l.. In addition, Lazard served as financial advisor to the seller side.

About City Football Group

Established in May 2013, City Football Group is the world’s leading private owner and operator of football clubs, with total or partial ownership of twelve clubs in major cities across the world: Premier League Champions Manchester City in the UK, New York City FC in the US, Melbourne FC in Australia, Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Montevideo City Torque in Uruguay, Girona Futbol Club in Spain, Sichuan Jiuniu FC in China, Mumbai City FC in India, Lommel SK in Belgium, ESTAC in France, Palermo FC in Italy and partner Club, Club Bolivar. With 13 offices around the world, CFG also invests in other football related businesses and projects and serves as a global commercial platform for its partners, whilst fulfilling its vision of using football for social good on a local and global scale through its clubs’ charities, foundations and other CSR initiatives.  

Abu Dhabi United Group, the investment vehicle owned by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is the majority CFG shareholder (c.77%). In addition, c.12% of CFG equity is held by a consortium of Chinese institutional investors led by China’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate CMC Inc. A further c.10% is owned by Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing. 

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