Former Ford CEO Jacques Nasser has traveled to the UK to visit the Jaguar and Land Rover facilities ahead of a possible purchase by his new employer One Equity Partners. Nasser, now a senior partner with the private equity group, was instrumental in organizing the original purchase of Land Rover by Ford seven years ago and setting up the Premier Automotive Group.

UK unions are against any sale to a private equity group, but it’s hoped that Nasser will be able to convince them otherwise, reports The Times. The Unions, meanwhile, are hoping that Ford will retain a 30 to 50% stake in the British marques to ensure there is a long-term commitment to keeping production, research and development and stamping at existing facilities.

Companies rumored to have made it to the final round of bidding include private equity groups TPG, Cerberus, Ripplewood, Apollo and One Equity Partners, and Indian carmakers Tata and Mahindra.