Allied Beverage Group/Breakthru Beverage Group New Jersey: Represented Allied Beverage Group in its merger with Breakthru Beverage Group New Jersey, creating an integrated company under the Allied Beverage Group name that will continue to be New Jersey’s leading wholesale liquor distributor.
Bonduelle/Ready Pac Foods: Represented Bonduelle in its agreement to acquire Ready Pac Foods.
Bregal Freshstream/Lunch Garden: Represented London-based private equity fund Bregal Freshstream in its acquisition of Belgian self-service restaurant chain Lunch Garden from a consortium of investors led by H2 Equity Partners.
Cerelia/English Bay Batter: Represented Cerelia (backed by IK Investment Partners), leading French producer of rolled dough and pancakes in Europe, in its acquisition of North American cookie specialist English Bay Batter, and its related leveraged refinancing.
Constantia Flexibles/Multi-Color Corporation: Represented Constantia Flexibles in the sale of its Labels division to Multi-Color Corporation for an enterprise value of approximately $1.3 billion.
Elior/Ansamble: Represented Elior, Europe’s third-largest provider of contracted food services, on its acquisition of Vannes, France-based catering company Ansamble.
Elior/TrustHouse: Represented Elior in its acquisition of U.S.-based TrustHouse Services Group.
G.E.T. Enterprises/Olympus Partners: Represented the management team of G.E.T. Enterprises in connection with G.E.T.’s acquisition by Olympus Partners.
H.J. Heinz/Berkshire Hathaway/3G Capital: Represented BofA Merrill Lynch, financial advisors to H.J. Heinz Company, in the $28 billion acquisition of the iconic maker of ketchup and other food products by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital.
IK Investment Partners: Advised European private equity firm IK Investment on its acquisitions of or investments in the following companies:
- Cérélia Group: Advised IK in the acquisition of Cérélia Group, a leading European manufacturer of ready-to-bake chilled dough products.
- Savena: Advised IK on its acquisition of Savena, the French food ingredient manufacturer from Azulis Capital and Céréa Capital.
- Sfinc NV: Advised IK and its portfolio company Savena, a French food-ingredient manufacturer, on Savena’s acquisition of Belgian rival Sfinc for an enterprise value of approximately €100 million.
- Solina Group: Advised IK Investment Partners in negotiations to sell leading European food solutions provider Solina Group to Ardian Mid Cap Buyout.
Insight Venture Partners/HelloFresh: Represented Insight Venture Partners on its investment in HelloFresh, the Berlin and New York City-based meal-kit delivery service.
Latour Capital/Syclef: Represented Latour Capital in the acquisition, through its fund Latour Capital II, of a majority stake in Syclef, a major French player in the installation and maintenance of commercial and agri-food refrigeration systems.
PAI Partners/Labeyrie: Advised PAI Partners in its acquisition of a stake in Labeyrie Fine Foods, a French gourmet food producer.
: Represented PAI Partners in its €1.6 billion investment (alongside British Columbia Investment Management Corp.) in Refresco, the Dutch-listed leading independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices.
The Pantry, Inc./Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.: Represented The Pantry, Inc., operator of more than 1,500 convenience stores in the southeastern United States, in an agreement to be acquired by Canadian convenience store leader Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion, including debt assumed.
Roquette: Representing Roquette in a private placement of unsecured senior notes in the United States with an aggregate deal value of $175 million.
Safeway/Albertsons: Represented Colony Financial, Inc. as one of the equity investors in the $9 billion acquisition of Safeway, Inc. by AB Acquisition LLC, a merger of two of the country’s largest grocery store chains.
Scotsman/ALI Group/Warburg Pincus: Represented Scotsman Industries, the world’s largest commercial ice machine company, in its acquisition by ALI Group, a Milan, Italy-based diversified food service equipment manufacturer, from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus.
The Sterling Group/Liqui-Box: Represented The Sterling Group in its sale of Liqui-Box Corporation to funds managed by Olympus Partners.