Minter Ellison has the industry knowledge and cross-disciplinary experience to advise and add value throughout the entire agribusiness lifecycle. Our expertise includes ASX listings, organisational structuring and foreign investment; bio-security, import risk & quarantine; intellectual property; managed investment schemes; native title; occupational health and safety; and production and distribution.

Our clients represent every facet of the industry, including manufacturers and distributors, investors, financiers, regulators, producers, retailers and government agencies. We act for some of the largest agribusiness companies in the region and understand the issues they face. We seamlessly integrate lawyers from multiple practice areas to achieve the best outcome for our clients.

Maruha Nichiro Seafoods investment in Austral Fisheries

Acted for global seafood company Maruha Nichiro Seafoods Inc in its purchase of 50% of West Australian company Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd, one of Australia's leading commercial fishing companies. Our role involved advising Maruha throughout the life cycle of the transaction, including conducting due diligence on the legal particulars of Australia's fishing industry and achieving completion with parties across various time zones in Japan, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. 

Affinity Equity Partner's acquisition of Primo Smallgoods

Advised Affinity Equity Partners on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Primo Smallgoods, Australia's largest producer of ham, bacon and small goods, alongside the founding family.

NZ$555 million Fonterra and Beingmate's global partnership

Advised Fonterra on a partial tender offer to gain up to a 20 per cent stake in Beingmate. Subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals and Fonterra completing the partial tender offer, Fonterra and Beingmate will establish a joint venture to purchase Fonterra's facility at Darnum, in Victoria.

Sumitomo Corporation acquisition of 80% stake in Juice Products New Zealand Limited

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts advised Sumitomo Corporation on the acquisition of an 80% stake in Juice Products New Zealand Limited.

US$16 billion Suntory global acqusition of Beam Inc

Acted for Suntory Holdings on the Australian merger clearance aspects in relation to the US$16 billion acquisition of Beam Inc.