Draken International’s Acquisition of Cobham Aviation Services UK


Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advised Cobham, a portfolio company of Advent International, on the deal.

Draken International, a portfolio company of Blackstone, executed the acquisition of Cobham Aviation Services UK, a provider of outsourced aviation services for military and civil customers worldwide.

Draken owns and operates the world’s largest commercial fleet of tactical ex- military aircraft and supports military training objectives around the globe.

The Weil team advising Cobham was led by Private Equity partner Lewis Blakey (Picture) 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).

Involved fees earner: Lewis Blakey – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Patrick Brendon – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Jennifer Britz – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Vadim Brusser – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; James Evelegh – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Alex Farr – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Barry Fishley – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Kirstin Fyffe – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Ivor Gwilliams – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Alexandra Jamel – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Sérène Lefèvre – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Victoria Lloyd – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Marc Lordonnois – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Jonathan Macke – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Christopher Marks – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Colin McKee – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Georgie Miller – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; George Mole – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Laura Murray – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Derek Namerow – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Ramona Nee – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Stuart Pibworth – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Tom Richards – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Neil Rigby – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; David Shipton – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Radhika Tahiliani – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Theo Taylor – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Oliver Walker – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Timothy Welch – Weil, Gotshal & Manges;

Law Firms: Weil, Gotshal & Manges;

Clients: Cobham;