Fat Brands adds Amy V. Forrestal to Board of Directors

New Board member has vast M&A experience

Fat Brands, the parent of Fatburger, Elevation Burger, Johnny Rockets and a diverse portfolio of franchise-forward restaurant chains, appointed Amy V. Forrestal to its Board of Directors. Forrestal comes from the investment banking world. The newest Fat Brands Board of Directors member has a strong background in the areas of merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory and private capital raising, specifically in the restaurant and franchising sectors.

Forrestal’s background is rich in franchisor and franchisee transactions over a career spanning three decades.

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She has an envy-worthy roster of transactions behind her as managing director of Brookwood Associates. After setting up the firm’s Restaurant and Hospitality Group, she took point on several deals, including Beef O’ Brady’s, Fuddruckers, Rita’s Italian Ice, Quiznos, Zoes Kitchen, and The Habit Burger Grill.

[Related article: Fat Brands completes acquisition of Global Franchising Group]

Before Brookwood, Forrestal served as managing director in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities. With the company and predecessor companies, she “advised senior management teams, boards of directors and business owners in a variety of strategic and financial transactions including acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, exclusive sales, divestitures, ESOPs, public equity and debt offerings and private equity and debt placements,” according to an announcement.

Andy Wiederhorn, Fat Brands chief executive, commented, “Amy has a very impressive track record and we’re eager for her to join the team as we continue our rapid acquisition strategy. She has a unique vision for how Fat Brands can further strengthen its portfolio and strike new deals. She will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to the board.”

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With $1.8B in systemwide sales, Fat Brands’ portfolio of restaurants includes Buffalo’s Express, Elevation Burger, Fatburger, Johnny Rockets, Twin Peaks, Yalla Mediterranean, the Bonanza and Ponderosa Steakhouses, as well as Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Marble Slab Creamery, Pretzelmaker, and Round Table Pizza brands.

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