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Olswang has snared a new client in the form of airport services group Dnata after acting for it on the £165m purchase of in-flight caterer Alpha Flight Group from Autogrill.
Corporate partner and head of leisure and hospitality David Roberts led on the deal, with property partner Elizabeth Goss, tax partner Graham Chase, competition partner Howard Cartlidge and pensions head David Farmer also featuring.
Autogrill turned to regular corporate adviser Bonelli Erede Papparlardo, with M&A partner Giorgio Fantacchiotti leading. DLA Piper acted for the Italian food giant on the UK aspects of the deal.
Roberts said that his firm has courted Emirates Group subsidiary Dnata “for some time”.
He added: “It’s a massive operation so it’s great to have the opportunity to work with them.”
The transaction is the second catering deal completed by the Olswang leisure team in recent months, after it acted for the management team of restaurant group Searcy on its June management buyout, with corporate partner Graham Barber leading.