A&O, Macfarlanes act on publisher sale

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Macfarlanes advised on the E550m (£380m) sale of Italian publisher Arnoldo Mondadori Editore to the French arm of magazine publisher Emap. The deal is conditional upon EU regulatory clearance. Emap France has a portfolio of more than 40 consumer titles, including TV listings, lifestyle and special-interest magazines. A&O advised Emap, led by Paris M&A partner Jean-Claude Rivalland. Norton Rose acted for Emap and Emap France on employment, led by Paris head of corporate finance Jean-François Mercardier. Macfarlanes advised Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, led by London corporate partners Robert Sutton and Graham Gibb. Italian firm D’Urso Munari Gatti also advised on the deal, led by name partner Francesco Gatti, as did Paris M&A boutique Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, led by international group partner David Scemla.