Irwin Mitchell Advises Pattonair On £145.8m Management Buy Out Deal Highlights Firm's Growing Private Equity Business 26.05.2011 National law firm Irwin Mitchell's corporate department has advised the management team of Pattonair, the supply chain business, in respect of its MBO from its parent aerospace firm Umeco plc, for £145.8 million. The deal has been backed by private equity firm Exponent Private Equity.Pattonair, which counts Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and the US Department of Defense among its customers, had a turnover of £235 million in 2010, representing more than half of Umeco's £409 million annual sales. The management will be led by new Group CEO Wayne Hollinshead.David Beech, corporate partner at Irwin Mitchell said, "This is a significant deal for Pattonair as it will allow the management team to focus on the growth opportunities that exist within the aerospace market."The deal is also a further example of Irwin Mitchell's expanding private equity business. The firm recently advised the management of Fired Earth in acquiring a 28% stake in the company from its parent Aga Rangemaster.David Beech continued, "We are seeing a strong appetite among PE houses to transact and get deals over the line - despite the continuing challenge of attracting bank debt. Although there have not been too many 100% equity deals, structures are constantly evolving. This in turn has created a challenge for the advisory community, but at the same time an opportunity for those with a specialist expertise and an ability to think innovatively."The Irwin Mitchell team was led by corporate partner David Beech, assisted by Paul Smith. Lucie Cawood of Travers Smith advised Exponent and Slaughter and May advised Umeco plc. Press contact Dave Grimshaw Press Officer 0114 274 4397 Email Dave Related articles 20.03.2019Government Issues Recommendation for Leasehold Reform 15.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Recruits Hundreds Of Volunteers For Red Nose Day 2019 15.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Scoops Hat-trick At Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 13.03.2019Sheffield City Region Launches Global Innovation Corridor At MIPIM 2019 08.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Launches Women in Law Timeline 05.03.2019Does A Rest Break At Work Have To Be Continuous?