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Food & agribusiness

Australia is currently riding a wave of opportunity as global food demand increases and dietary patterns change, whilst at the same time dealing with issues of succession, rising costs, capital inputs and international competition.

We are helping our clients across the agri-food supply chain and in all sub-sectors with these growth opportunities and challenges to enable them to better focus on delivering high-quality products and know-how to the Australian and export markets.

Our clients represent every facet of the industry, including producers, manufacturers, distributors, investors, financiers, regulators, retailers, government agencies and industry bodies.

Our multidisciplinary team acts across many sub-sectors including dairy, grain, beef, aquaculture, sugar, horticulture and forestry, as well as advising participants at various levels of the supply chain including farmgate inputs and production, processing, distribution, transport, retail and food services.

We support organisations at all stages of their development and provide a one-stop-shop of solutions, including:

  • Real estate acquisitions, environmental and water considerations

  • Agtech and start-up solutions including strategic planning, business structures and accessing capital

  • Research and development, commercialisation and intellectual property protection and enforcement

  • Financing and fundraising for growth

  • New facilities and production capabilities, regulatory approvals, compliance and construction

  • Local and cross-border M&A including foreign investment and competition regulatory approvals

  • Commercial contracts and supplier arrangements

  • New product offerings, marketing, labelling and country of origin regulation and compliance

  • Consumer law, privacy and data protection

  • Technology systems and outsourcing

  • Employment issues, industrial relations and workplace health and safety

  • Technology systems and outsourcing

  • Tax structuring

  • Biosecurity

  • International market expansion, trade rules, export controls, customs and sanctions

  • Business distress and insolvency

  • Managing risk, disputes and crisis management

 

Recent developments

Experience


The Kraft Heinz Company on its acquisition of Cerebos Pacific Ltd’s food and instant coffee business, including iconic brands such as Gravox, SAXA, Fountain and Foster Clark’s from Japan’s Suntory Beverage & Food.


Legend Holdings Corporation, a Hong Kong listed company, on its 90% strategic investment in the Kailis Bros Australian wholesale, processing and export seafood business.


B-D. Farm Paris Creek, an iconic South Australian biodynamic and organic dairy processor and manufacturer, on its by ASX listed company Primary Opinion.


 


Patties Foods Limited, an Australian food manufacturing company that owns a portfolio of iconic Australian brands, including Four'N Twenty, Nannas and Chefs Pride, on its sale to Pacific Equity Partners implemented via a members' scheme of arrangement.


The vendors of Burra Foods on the sale of the South Gippsland-based dairy ingredients processor and exporter to a consortium of Chinese buyers led by Inner Mongolia Fuyuan Farming Co Ltd and including CIC Investment Fund and COFCO.


Shanghai CRED Real Estate Stock Co., Limited in relation to its takeover bid for S. Kidman & Co Limited, which was made jointly with Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd.


 

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