Agribusiness & Food

Agribusiness & Food

Deep-rooted expertise in agribusiness and food

Unprecedented and growing global demand for food and agricultural products, including high-protein, high-quality food and drink, is a key driver for this continually changing and innovating sector. To take advantage of the opportunities and navigate the pitfalls, clients in this sector need lawyers who can complement their legal and regulatory skills with industry insights. Strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets, and with a team of industry experts, we are right at the heart of this dynamic landscape.

Our longest-standing specialist agribusiness and food team has built up a full range of legal and regulatory skills and experience, as well as market-leading insights into the trends, opportunities and risks in agribusiness and food. We are actively involved in regulatory reform and clients benefit from our close relationships with industry bodies and key advisers in this sector. The team also works very closely with our retail & consumer specialists.

We advise on all legal and regulatory issues relating to food and agriculture, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity and joint ventures
  • Commercial agreements
  • Investment structures, funding and trade finance
  • Foreign investment approval
  • Property ownership and usage issues
  • Infrastructure access
  • Commodities trading
  • Intellectual property
  • Competition
  • Tax.

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Recent work includes advising:

  • New Hope Group, one of the largest agribusiness enterprises in China, on the acquisition of Moxey Farms by Australian Fresh Milk Holdings, an incorporated joint venture comprising New Hope Dairy, Freedom Foods Group and Leppington Pastoral Company, formed to invest in intensive dairy farming in Australia
  • Bindaree Beef, one of Australia’s largest meat processors, on the sale and issue of a combined 45 percent stake ($140m) in the company to one of China’s largest meat processors, Shandong Delisi Food Co.
  • RIFA Holding Group, a Chinese textile company, on its purchase of the Blackwood merino sheep property, including the structuring of the acquisition vehicle, advising on strategies for a successful bid in an EOI process and the negotiations with the Australian vendor
  • TBG Agri Holding Limited, the Australian subsidiary of Tianma Bearing Group Co, on the acquisition of Wollogorang, a >700,000 hectares, 40,000 head cattle station in Queensland and the Northern Territory
  • Glencore, one of the world's leading integrated producers and marketers of commodities, on its strategic acquisition of Canadian based grain handler Viterra
  • Wahaha Group, the largest beverage producer in China, in handling a series of joint venture disputes with Danone in a number of jurisdictions including mainland China, USA, Sweden, Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands, Samoa, Italy and France
  • Tavistock Group, a global private investment company, on its acquisition of a 45% stake in Jinchuang Suntime Winery Co., Ltd and Penglai Suntime Jinchuang Winery Market Co., Ltd
  • Associated British Foods plc on the acquisition of Gb Plange Group, a leading provider of baking ingredients in the European market, from BI Bakery Ingredients Holding GmbH
  • Picard Group, the number one frozen food retailer in France, on the refinancing of its € 675m senior debt
  • Lion Group, one of Australia’s leading food and beverage businesses, on a wide range of matters its privatisation by Kirin; its acquisition of beer company Little World Beverages and wine companies Petaluma Limited and Banksia Wines Limited; its acquisition and sale of China brewing assets, and its migration from New Zealand to Australia
  • Paine & Partners, a private equity firm that invests globally in agribusiness and food companies, on their investment in the Costa Group, Australia's largest private producer, marketer and exporter of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains
  • The Maryborough Sugar Factory on its joint venture for the milling of sugar in Queensland, Australia with Bundaberg Sugar.

Check out AgriThinking for all the latest news from the agribusiness and food sector in Australia.

Key fact

  • Global food demand is expected to rise by 77% by 2050.

We have a full team specialising in this area.

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