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21 November 20232 minute read

DLA Piper advises Sodexo in the sale of its Worldwide Home Care division to Halifax

DLA Piper advised Sodexo, a global sustainable food company, in the sale of its Worldwide Home Care division to the Halifax Group (Halifax), a middle market private equity firm. The acquisition includes Sodexo’s subsidiaries in the US, the UK, Ireland, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Brazil. 

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Sodexo’s home care division provides in-home care services across eight countries with over 12,000 employees, and its Worldwide Home Care division has over 700 locations around the world. In the US, Sodexo operates as a franchisor in the non-medical personal care sector with 535 franchised territories and 105 company-owned territories. Internationally, the sustainable food company offers personal and complex care in Ireland, the UK, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and France. 

“We were pleased to advise Sodexo in the sale of their home care division to Halifax, which will provide our client with additional resources to focus on expanding their food services enterprises. It was a pleasure to work with Sodexo on this transaction and we look forward to assisting them in the future,” said Jonathan Klein, the DLA Piper partner who led the deal team.  

In addition to Klein (New York), the trans-Atlantic DLA Piper team included partners Oliver Olah (New York), Bijan Eghbal (Paris), Eddy Lievens (Brussels), Per Benonisen (Oslo), Jonathan Exten-Wright, Tamara Calvert and Nick Hipwell (London), Sonia de Kondserovsky (Paris), Ciara McLoughlin (Dublin), Nina Wedsted (Copenhagen) and Ute Krudewagen (Palo Alto); counsel Virginie Julien (Paris); senior attorney Jose Francisco Irias (Palo Alto); associates Anthony Delury (New York), Maggie Blaisdell (Minneapolis), Victoria Morgen and Agnès Delfosse (Paris), Jascha Kolesnyk (Brussels), Anniken Sjøvold (Oslo) and Tom Fancett (London); and legal directors Orla O'Leary (Dublin) and Michael Klejs Pedersen (Aarhus).

With more than 1,000 corporate lawyers globally, DLA Piper helps clients execute complex transactions seamlessly while supporting clients across all stages of development. The firm has been rated number one in global M&A volume for 13 consecutive years, according to Mergermarket, and ranked as a top five most active VC legal advisor in the US and number one in VC, PE and M&A in combined global deal volume according to PitchBook