Wagamama, the international noodle chain put up for sale by private equity backer Lion Capital, is to open its first sites in Sweden and Qatar after signing franchise agreements for the two countries. The company currently operates 66 restaurants in the UK and 39 international outlets, including restaurants in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. It recently opened its third site open in Dubai. The group is expected to be marketed for sale next month, with majority owner Lion Capital appointing NM Rothschild to find a new private equity home for the business.