Foot Anstey advises Magnaghi Aeronautica Group on its latest acquisition

National law firm, Foot Anstey LLP has advised Magnaghi Aeronautica Group on its acquisition of Gloucestershire-based Five Valleys Aerospace Ltd, a specialist in manufacturing components and supplier of surface treatments for the aerospace industry.

Magnaghi Aeronautica, which is headquartered in Naples, Italy, has a strong presence in Brazil and the United States thanks to its well-established offices and the acquisition of Five Valleys Aerospace Ltd strengthens its stake in the European market, as well as expanding its global presence.

The Foot Anstey team that worked on the deal included Adam McKenna (Partner), Duncan Sykes (Partner), Shafi Choudhury (Solicitor) and Georgina Moss (Legal Assistant).

The team worked collaboratively with Magnaghi Aeronautica to advise on and analyse if the acquisition would be subject to the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (NSI Act). Introduced in 2021, the NSI Act allows the UK government to scrutinise and intervene in a broad range of transactions on the grounds of national security. 

Adam McKenna, Partner at Foot Anstey LLP, commented: "We're delighted to have supported the team at Magnaghi Aeronautica Group in this acquisition and its entry into the UK market in order to facilitate its ambitious growth plans. Our collaborative approach with Magnaghi meant that we were able to proactively identify and mitigate any risk areas, including getting approval under the NSI Act."

Alberto de Benedictis, Magnaghi (UK) Chairman, said: “The UK aerospace market offers major opportunities; there are a number of programs that are of interest to us, including the Tempest. The acquisition of Five Valleys Aerospace is just the first step in our journey to become a major player in the market as a supplier of engineering capability and components for the aerospace sector. We intend to expand our presence not only in the UK market but also the UK export market.”

Founded in 1936 to support the flight activities of the Italian Air Force, Magnaghi Aeronautica Group's mission has always focused on innovation in the sector. It is a leading provider of landing gear systems and composite aerostructure components for helicopter and medium-sized aircraft platforms

Other advisory firms included:

  • Harbourside Corporate Finance (Buyer's Accountants)

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