Helios / Egis Avia
Cavendish Corporate Finance has advised on the successful sale of Helios, Europe’s leading independent air transport consultancy, to Egis Avia, a French based provider of products and services to the air transportation industry. Egis Avia is a member firm of Egis Group, an international leader in consulting and engineering with 12,000 employees and a turnover of €900 million.
The rapid worldwide growth in air travel and transport, with around 40 million flights taking place annually, has resulted in complex problems and issues that require an in-depth understanding of the aviation sector and the trends and developments taking shape on a global basis.
Founded in 1996 Helios advises and produces solutions for air navigation service providers, governments, regulators, airport operators, banks and investors, with solutions and strategies, which help them deal with these existing and emerging challenges. Clients include the European Commission, the European Space Agency, regulators such as the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, the European Aviation Safety Agency, BAA and international airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Lisbon and Abu Dhabi, and air traffic control providers such as NATS in the UK and others in Asia and the Middle East.
Helios’ world-class team of consultants and specialists, based in Farnborough and Slovakia, have been at the forefront of some of the industry’s most exciting developments, including the Single European Sky Initiative, by which the design, management and regulation of airspace will be coordinated throughout the European Union.
The Cavendish Corporate Finance team was led by Partner John Farrugia. The deal further demonstrates the strength of the Cavendish team in Technology Services, and the ability to close cross-border transactions. The Egis Avia team were advised by M&A International alliance partner, and French member firm, Aelios Finance.
John Farrugia, Partner at Cavendish Corporate Finance, commented:
“The air transport industry, which plays a critical role in the UK and the global economy, faces complex issues and concerns and Helios is at the forefront of providing solutions to meet these challenges. The deal is excellent one for both parties as it gives Helios the benefit of Egis Avia’s greater size and global reach to help drive its own international expansion and it gives Egis Avia access to the intellectual capital, market knowledge and insight of Helios’ world-class consultants.
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