Deal to buy Pinewood Studios gets the green light

The proposed takeover of Pinewood Studios by an international property fund for £323 million has been given the green light by Britain's financial regulator.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, starring Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, was made at Pinewood. Picture: David James/Lucasfilm

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has rubber-stamped the deal by Aermont Capital, headed up by French property tycoon Leon Bressler, to acquire the famous home of the James Bond and Star Wars films.

“The boards of directors of Bidco and Pinewood are pleased to announce that they have received approval from the FCA,” the firms said in a statement. Shareholders will now vote on the deal on 19 September.

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