Allens helps finalise $2bn acquisition of Costa Group

The firm guided Paine Schwartz Partners and a consortium on the scheme of arrangement deal

Allens helps finalise $2bn acquisition of Costa Group
Jeremy Low

Allens has helped to finalise the $2.459bn acquisition of Costa Group Holdings Limited by Paine Schwartz Partners (PSP).

The firm guided PSP and a consortium that included entities overseen by PSP, Driscoll's and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. This acquisition was finalised through scheme of arrangement and completed late last month with approval from Costa shareholders and the Federal Court.

Allens lead partner Jeremy Low said that the transaction "invests in the continued growth of Australia's food supply chain.”

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Allens assisted on all aspects of the transaction related to M&A, finance, tax, competition and FIRB, real estate and property, IP, and employment. In addition to Low, the multidisciplinary team consisted of the following lawyers:

M&A and capital markets:

  • Tom Story (partner)
  • Franki Ganter (partner)
  • Andrew Wong (counsel)
  • James Nguyen (managing associate)
  • Vincent Pang (senior associate)
  • Terence Zhou (senior associate)
  • Georgie Leahy (senior associate)
  • Nicholas Dudurovic (senior associate)
  • Chris Yuan (associate)
  • Harry Fenton (lawyer)
  • Eleanor Skuza (lawyer)
  • Kevin Ren (lawyer)

Banking and finance:

  • David Couper (partner)
  • Brian Kirkup (senior associate)

Tax:

  • Joseph Power (partner)
  • Jay Prasad (managing associate)
  • Tom Tian (managing associate)
  • George Bishop (senior associate)
  • Sevanne McGarity (associate)

Competition:

  • Carolyn Oddie (partner)
  • Kirsty van den Bergh (senior associate)

Real estate and development:

  • Annabelle Aland (partner)
  • Bill McCredie (partner)
  • Elysia Liekefett (senior associate)
  • Tristan Hall (senior associate)

IP:

  • Caroline Ryan (partner)
  • Tracy Lu (managing associate)

Employment and safety:

  • Sikeli Ratu (partner)
  • Virginia Dore (associate)

Court process:

  • Kim Reid (partner)
  • Tyler Goldberg (senior associate)
  • Lachlan Macdonald (lawyer)

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