On 21 July 2023, Baker McKenzie client Safran announced the contemplated acquisition of Collins Aerospace’s high-technology actuation and flight control activities in a cash offer based on at USD 1.8 billion enterprise value. The contemplated acquisition would be a unique opportunity for Safran to develop its position in mission critical flight control and actuation functions.

"Baker McKenzie has been advising Safran for more than 20 years, working with the company across divisions around the world," said Michael DeFranco, M&A partner and chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Transactional Practice Group. "We are proud and grateful to work alongside Safran once again on this significant transaction."

Led by Michael and M&A Partner Brook Mestre, the cross-border Baker McKenzie team includes:

  • Transactional: Stéphane Davin, Nancy Hamzo, Kathryn Strong, Josephine Bae, Devin Muntz, Camille Slaght, Bridget Doyle, Emily Tran, Stephan Graf von Plettenberg, Saveria Laforce, Lina Chaif 
  • Tax: Lane Morgan, Kai Kramer, Guillaume Le Camus, Charles Baudoin, Ethan Kroll, Trevor Mauck
  • Employment / Benefits: Elizabeth Ebersole, Kimberly Franko, Christopher Guldberg, Olivier Vasset
  • Intellectual Property: Adam Aft, Jessica Greenwald
  • Antitrust: John Fedele, Creighton Macy, Samantha Mobley
  • Environmental: John Watson
  • Real Estate: Sarah Winston
  • Regulatory: Maurice Bellan, Jerome Tomas, Alexandre Lamy
  • Legal Project Management: Ciaran Heaney, Kurt Rodney

Learn more about the deal from Safran's press release: https://www.safran-group.com/pressroom/safran-acquire-collins-aerospace-s-actuation-and-flight-control-business-2023-07-21.

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