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McDonald’s targets buyout firms as it seeks to sell North Asia stores: sources

McDonald’s is targeting private equity firms, including Bain Capital, MBK Partners, TPG Capital Management and Chinese state-backed conglomerate China Resources (Holdings), for its planned sale of 2,800 restaurants in North Asia, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The US fast food giant is adopting a new business model in Asia, which is now the most intense battleground for global restaurant chains, by planning to bring in partners to own the restaurants within a franchise operation.

Several other global restaurant operators have switched to the so-called franchise model and McDonald’s has also set a long-term aim of being 95 percent franchised, the company said in a statement on 31 March.

(Source: CNBC)