November 25, 2020
Weil has advised Cobham (a portfolio company of Advent International) on its $965 million sale of Cobham Aerospace Connectivity, a provider of highly engineered primarily proprietary antennas and radios for defense and commercial aerospace applications with manufacturing sites in the U.K., U.S. and Finland, to U.S.-based TransDigm Group Incorporated. The deal was announced on November 24, 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions. Prior to this, the Firm advised Cobham on the sale of Cobham Aviation Services UK, a provider of outsourced aviation services for military and civil customers worldwide, to Draken International (a portfolio company of Blackstone) in September 2020.
The Weil team for both deals was led by Private Equity partner Lewis Blakey and associate Kirstin Fyffe in London. The teams also included: Private Equity associates James Evelegh, Theo Taylor and Rhys Williams; Private Equity partner Ramona Nee and associate Colin McKee (Boston); Technology and IP Transactions partner Barry Fishley and associate George Mole; Tax partner Oliver Walker and associate Stuart Pibworth; Tax partner Jonathan Macke and counsel Alex Farr (Dallas) and associate Alexandra Jamel (New York); Banking & Finance partner Tom Richards and associates Patrick Brendon and Jessica Carty; Real Estate associates Laura Murray and Victoria Lloyd (London) and Derek Namerow (New York); Employment counsel Ivor Gwilliams and associate Georgie Miller; Executive Compensation & Benefits partner Jennifer Britz and associate Radhika Tahiliani (New York); Antitrust/Competition counsel Neil Rigby (London) and Vadim Brusser (Washington, D.C.); Litigation associates Christopher Marks and David Shipton; Litigation counsel Tim Welch (Washington, D.C.); and Private Equity counsel Marc Lordonnois and associate Serene Lefevre (Paris).
In July 2019, Weil advised Advent International on the financing, antitrust and regulatory aspects of its £4 billion take-private of Cobham plc, a deal which was “highly commended” at The Lawyer Awards earlier this year.