Capabilities by Industry: Consumer Goods & Retail

Greenhill has considerable transaction experience and a global network of corporate relationships in the Consumer Goods & Retail sector.  Our Managing Directors and professionals in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, Brazil and Japan have executed many of the most significant and complex transactions for some of the leading companies in the industry.

Our experience in the Consumer Goods & Retail industry encompasses the following sub-sectors: durables and discretionary; food and beverage; restaurants; and retail.

Below we highlight a few of the transactions on which we have advised in this area:

Recent Transactions

19-Feb-19
Pending
$324 million
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Aritzia Inc.

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Advising the Special Committee of Aritzia, an innovative designer and retailer of fashion brands, on the secondary offering and concurrent repurchase of shares held by Berkshire Partners

28-Jan-19
$NA
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The Laundress Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Unilever plc

Advised The Laundress Inc., a laundry and home cleaning products brand, on its sale to Unilever, a British-Dutch consumer goods company

19-Dec-18
Pending
$NA
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Pfizer Inc. Consumer Health Business

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GlaxoSmithKline plc

Advising GlaxoSmithKline plc ("GSK"), the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company, on the combination of GSK's and Pfizer's Consumer Health businesses to create a world-leading Joint Venture

06-Dec-18
$165 million
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Storz & Bickel GmbH, related entities and IP

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Canopy Growth Corporation

Advised Canopy Growth, a leading diversified cannabis company, on its acquisition of Storz & Bickel, a premium manufacturer of vaporization devices

03-Dec-18
Pending
$4.0 billion
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Assets owned by GlaxoSmithKline plc

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Unilever plc / Hindustan Unilever Limited

Advising GlaxoSmithKline plc, the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company, on the divestment of Horlicks and other consumer healthcare nutrition brands to Unilever plc, and on the merger of GSK Consumer Healthcare Limited with Hindustan Unilever Limited

29-Nov-18
~$200 million
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Primal Nutrition LLC

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The Kraft Heinz Company

Advised Primal Nutrition, makers of Primal Kitchen branded condiments, dressings and sauces, on its sale to Kraft Heinz

26-Nov-18
Pending
$880 million
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Restaurant Brands New Zealand Limited

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Finaccess Capital, S.A. de C.V.

Advising Finaccess Capital, an investment company with a strong presence in the casual dining and quick service restaurant sector, on its 75% partial takeover of Restaurant Brands New Zealand, a corporate franchisee specialising in managing multi-site branded food retail chains (with brands consisting of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Carl’s Jr.)

18-Nov-18
Pending
$876 million
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David's Bridal

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Advising the Ad Hoc Group of the company's $481mm term loan with respect to the company's prepackaged Chapter 11 restructuring

30-Oct-18
$198 million
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InMotion Entertainment Group LLC

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WH Smith plc

Advised WH Smith plc, one of the UK’s leading retailers, on the acquisition of InMotion Entertainment, the market leading retailer of digital accessories in US airports

24-Oct-18
$41 million
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TeePublic

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Redbubble

Advised Redbubble, a global online independent artist community and marketplace, on the acquisition of TeePublic, a similar online platform, and associated A$61 million equity raising

15-Oct-18
$1.1 billion
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Greencore Group plc’s US business

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Hearthside Food Solutions LLC

Advised and acted as sponsor to Greencore Group plc, a leading international manufacturer of convenience foods based in Ireland, on the disposal of its entire US business to Hearthside Foods Solutions

04-Oct-18
$154 million
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Larger non-controlled assets of Electra Private Equity plc

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Lexington Partners

Advised Electra Private Equity plc, a UK-listed private equity investment trust, on its strategic review and subsequent sale of the larger non-controlled assets of Photobox and Knight Square to funds managed by Lexington Partners

24-Sep-18
$619 million
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Farm Boy

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Empire Company Limited

Advised Empire Company Limited on the acquisition of Farm Boy, one of the most successful and fastest growing food retailers in Canada

15-Aug-18
$3.9 billion
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Common shares and common share purchase warrants in Canopy Growth

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Constellation Brands

Advised Canopy Growth on a C$5bn investment by Constellation Brands. As consideration for the investment, Constellation received newly issued Canopy common shares and common share purchase warrants

26-Jul-18
$NA
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Walmart (Credit Card Assets)

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Capital One Financial Corporation

Advised Walmart Inc. on its new, long term credit card program agreement with Capital One Financial Corporation

10-Jul-18
$229 million
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Hiku Brands Company Ltd.

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Acquiror: 
Canopy Growth Corporation

Advised Canopy Growth, the world’s largest diversified cannabis company, on its acquisition of Hiku Brands

23-May-18
$93 million
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Dairy Crest Group PLC

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Advised Dairy Crest, a leading British dairy company, on a non-pre-emptive cash placing, raising proceeds of approximately £70 million

07-May-18
$7.1 billion
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Frutarom

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Acquiror: 
International Flavors and Fragrances

Advised IFF, a leading innovator of specialty ingredients, on its acquisition of Frutarom, creating a global leader in Taste, Scent and Nutrition

27-Mar-18
$13.0 billion
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Novartis AG’s 36.5% stake in Consumer Health Joint Venture

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GlaxoSmithKline plc

Advised and acted as sponsor to GlaxoSmithKline plc, the UK’s leading pharmaceutical company, on the buyout of Novartis’ 36.5% stake in their Consumer Health Joint Venture

27-Mar-18
$1.6 billion
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Yakult

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Acquiror: 
Danone

Advised Danone, a leading global food & beverage company, on renewing its strategic partnership with Yakult, a global leader in probiotic beverages, as well as the sale of part of its stake in Yakult

26-Mar-18
$284 million
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Grupo Rudelman

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Inchcape PLC

Advised Inchcape PLC, a global leader in automotive and distribution, on the acquisition of Grupo Rudelman, a Suzuki-focused distribution business in Costa Rica and Panama

26-Mar-18
$NA
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Remedy Kombucha

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Acquiror: 
Lion Dairy & Drinks

Advised Lion, an Australian subsidiary of Kirin, on its acquisition of a strategic stake in Remedy Kombucha, Australia’s leading producer and distributer of kombucha beverages

20-Feb-18
$107 million
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Macpac Holdings

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Super Retail Group

Advised Super Retail Group on the acquisition of Macpac, the New Zealand-based outdoor adventure retailer

30-Nov-17
$NA
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Grupo Sidecu

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Acquiror: 
Portobello Capital

Advised the shareholders of Grupo Sidecu, the leading concessional sport center operator in Spain, on its sale of a controlling stake to Portobello Capital, a local private equity fund

02-Oct-17
$NA
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Mãe Terra Produtos Naturais Ltda.

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The Unilever Group

Advised Mãe Terra Produtos Naturais Ltda., Brazil’s leading Natural & Organic food products company, on its sale to The Unilever Group

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