Alleghany Capital Acquires Majority Stake in Concord Hospitality

NEW YORK—Alleghany Capital Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alleghany Corporation, has acquired a majority interest in Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company.

Founded in 1985, Concord manages more than 100 properties and nearly 15,000 rooms across North America, partnering with leading brands including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Choice and InterContinental, as well as a diversified group of experienced hotel owners and investors.

“Concord is one of the most reputable companies in the hospitality industry with a great culture and a long history of working with its associate, brand, and owner partners to create the highest quality guest experiences,” said David Van Geyzel, president/CEO of Alleghany Capital. “Our investment in Concord is consistent with Alleghany Capital’s strategy of investing in durable platform companies in large fragmented sectors that would benefit from our long-term investment horizon, quasi-autonomous operating model, and ability to support entrepreneurial management teams with additional capital as they aim to accelerate growth. We are excited to partner with Mark Laport, Concord’s president and CEO, and his dedicated team of approximately 5,000 associates, and we look forward to what we can all build together in the years to come.”

Commenting on the deal, Laport stated, “This transaction presents Concord with an exciting opportunity to continue to expand while remaining committed to the values that have guided us over the past three decades and have created our thriving culture.”

Laport continued, “At Concord, we believe in five cornerstones: delivering quality, living integrity, supporting community, growing profitability and having fun. Alleghany Capital shares these values and its strategy of providing a long-term home to entrepreneurial businesses will allow us to further enhance our portfolio and execute on a robust pipeline of opportunities through initiating ground-up developments and building quality third-party partnerships. We are eager to work together with Alleghany Capital to build upon our proven model of success and continue to provide the service excellence that guests, partners, and other stakeholders have come to expect from Concord.”

Udi Toledano, chairman of Alleghany Capital, added, “In evaluating the hospitality market, we quickly identified Concord as a unique and compelling platform which we can support as it continues to expand its market presence. As is the case with all of our acquisitions, day to day operations and the company’s unique culture will not be impacted by the transaction.”

RBI Advisors acted as financial advisor and Proskauer Rose LLP acted as legal counsel to Alleghany Capital.  Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP acted as legal counsel to Concord.