Willkie Advises Lagardère Travel Retail on Acquisition of Marché International

November 21, 2022

On November 16, Willkie client Lagardère Travel Retail announced that it reached an agreement to acquire Marché International AG, a multi-brand international restaurant company.

Lagardère Travel Retail and Carlton Holding have signed an agreement under which Lagardère Travel Retail will acquire 100% of the shares of Marché International AG, the Swiss-based holding company of the Marché Group. As a result of the transaction, which is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2023, Lagardère Travel Retail will acquire Marché's restaurant network in six countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia and Singapore.

Marché is an established international catering company operating in travel and leisure venues, including airports, train and motorway stations, zoos and shopping centers.

With this transaction, Lagardère Travel Retail significantly strengthens its catering operations and confirms its long-standing strategic ambition to expand in all business segments to cover the needs of lessors and travelers. The acquisition of Marché, an established and widely recognized brand worldwide, also strengthens Lagardère Travel Retail’s portfolio of in-house brands.

The Willkie team was led by partner Grégoire Finance and included partners Faustine Viala, Matthias Schudlo, Anne Kleffmann and Jens-Olrik Murach.