Strangely Brexit and the sale of Odeon and UCI Cinema Group has been a huge win for Justin King, the former boss of Sainsbury's and a strong "remain" supporter. King was charged with flogging the cinema asset at Terra Firma in his first major gig since departing the supermarket giant. Despite being an anti-Brexit voice, warning about a catastrophic impact on the consumer under Brexit, the result has been positive for King's personal fortunes and his reputation as a deal maker.
Highlighting the shifting sands, South African retailer Steinhoff faced stiff competition for UK assets earlier this year when it lost out to Sainsbury's for Home Retail and its prized asset Argos. But all good things come to those who wait. Steinhoff has been dealt better cards since June 23, to snap up discounter Poundland.
Uncertain times on the high street as consumer confidence slides post-Brexit vote, predictions of a recession and continued strong competition, all while Poundland struggles after buying rival 99p stores - made the board nervous enough to agree to an all cash offer of 222p a share, just 22p above Poundland's IPO price of 200p two years ago.
"I don't think there is going to be a counter bid for this," said Vuori.
He added that even while Steinhoff is paying a 40 per cent premium, it has a significant cushion with sterling down about 15 percent to the Rand since Steinhoff first circled Poundland before the vote to leave the EU.
The two opportunistic deals may signal the beginning of a raid by overseas buyers on UK assets, lining the pockets of seasoned buyers who are willing to punt in a time of uncertainty. Boards and deal-makers, mindful of the chance of at least a technical downturn and an outflow of capital from the UK, may be much quicker to engage and settle in a world with fewer buyers.
New UK Chancellor Philip Hammond is pleased assets here are still alluring. Perhaps another take on this is that the family silverware is now being sold on the cheap to wealthy overseas buyers. I don't recall this being highlighted by the Brexiteers.
Karen Tso is an anchor on Squawk Box Europe, CNBC and you can follow her on Twitter @cnbckaren.