International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised Gardner Aerospace, a UK based manufacturer of aerospace components on the sale of its business to Chinese industrial group, Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources (SLMR) for £326m. Owned by UK investment fund, Better Capital, Gardner Aerospace specialises in the manufacture of complex metal component and assemblies, and has production sites in Poland, the UK, and India as well as France. It is one of Airbus’ main suppliers. Listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange, SLMR was historically focused on the mining sector and has diversified in the past decade into aerospace, establishing

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