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 and Japan have executed many of the most significant and complex transactions for some of the leading companies in the industry.
Our expertise in the Consumer Goods and Retail industry covers: food; specialty ingredients; agricultural commodities; beverage; tobacco; household and personal care; consumer health; grocery retail; apparel; specialty retail; e-commerce; foodservice; and restaurants.
Below we highlight a few of the transactions on which we have advised in this area:
Recipe Unlimited Corporation
Advising the Special Committee of Recipe Unlimited, the largest full-service restaurant company in Canada, on its go private transaction with Fairfax Financial Holdings
InSinkErator (Emerson Electric)
Advised Whirlpool Corporation on its announced acquisition of InSinkErator, the world’s largest manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers for home and commercial use from Emerson Electric for cash consideration of $3.0 billion
UK Operations of Lion Pty Limited
Advised Lion Pty Limited, one of Australasia’s leading beverage companies and a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd., on the divestment of its UK operations to Odyssey Inns Ltd.
Advising and acting as sponsor to Inchcape plc, the leading independent global automotive distributor, on its proposed Class 1 acquisition of Derco, the largest independent automotive distributor by volume in Latin America
Advising the Sands Family in connection with the elimination of Constellation Brands' Class B common stock, which included the conversion of each share of Class B common stock into the right to receive one share of Class A common stock plus $64.64 in cash consideration
Advising My Alarm Center, a nationwide provider of security and smart home monitoring services, on the acquisition of Alert 360, a leading competitor in the alarm monitoring industry
Advising Pet Circle, Australia’s leading online specialty pet company, on its unicorn Series C funding round, which included a A$125m primary capital raise
Interamericana Trading Corporation and Simpson Motors
Advising Inchcape plc, the leading independent global automotive distributor, on the acquisition of Interamericana Trading Corporation (“ITC”), a leading independent automotive distributor in the Caribbean region, and Simpson Motors, the leading automotive retailer in Barbados, from the Simpson Group
Advised Explorer Investments on the sale of Grupo Totalmédia, the leading specialist logistics player in Iberia operating in two-man home delivery, assembly and installation of furniture, heavy goods and groceries as well as the distribution of autoparts and leaflets
Advised Lion, one of Australasia’s leading beverage companies and a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Kirin Holdings, on the acquisition of Bell’s Brewery, a leading US independent craft brewery
Youfoodz Holdings Limited
Advised Youfoodz Holdings Limited, a leading provider of fresh, ready-made meals and other convenience food products, on its cash sale to HelloFresh SE via scheme of arrangement
Tate & Lyle PLC’s Primary Products business in North America and Latin America (50% stake)
Advising Tate & Lyle PLC, a leading UK-based global provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions, on its sale of a controlling stake in its Primary Products business in North America and Latin America
The Natural Fruit Company
Advised Fremman on the acquisition of The Natural Fruit Company, a leading European producer and distributor of citrus fruits (both conventional and organic) including oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruit and persimmon fruit
Portfolio of 16 European Consumer Healthcare brands from Sanofi
Advising Sanofi, a leading global player in the Consumer Healthcare market, on the divestiture of a portfolio of 16 European Consumer Healthcare brands to STADA, a German pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company owned by Bain Capital and Cinven
My Alarm Center
Advised the Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders on the pre-packaged Chapter 11 restructuring of My Alarm Center, a provider of security and smart home monitoring services
Rights to General, Right Guard and Dry Idea brands
Advised Henkel on its brand divestment program (including the sale of the General, Right Guard and Dry Idea brands)
Le Petit Depot
Advised Le Petit Depot, Singapore’s leading online platform specializing in the sale of European food products, on the sale of a controlling stake to, and strategic partnership with, Phoon Huat
International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.’s Fruit Preparations business
Advised International Flavors & Fragrances on the divestiture of its European-based Fruit Preparation business to Frulact Serviços Partilhados, SA
Assets of NPC International, a former national Wendy’s and Pizza Hut franchisee
Advised the Company on its chapter 11 proceedings and $801mm sale through a § 363 process
Canopy Growth Corporation
Advised Canopy Growth, a leading diversified cannabis company, on its US$750 million term loan financing with King Street Capital Management, L.P.
Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
Advised the Ad Hoc Group of First-Lien Term Loan lenders of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. with respect to (i) negotiation of a restructuring support agreement, including a fully backstopped DIP and exit financing and (ii) a sale of Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lane Bryant as well as the intellectual property assets of the Justice and Catherine’s brands.
Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations
Advised Sunwing, a leading Canadian travel company and leisure airline, on its C$375mm financing under the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) program administered by the Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corp. and overseen by the Government of Canada
Advised Biogix, Inc., a leader in the development, research and distribution of clinically tested menopause and perimenopause supplements in the U.S. under the flagship brand Amberen, on its sale to Alliance Pharma plc
Greencore Group plc
Advised Greencore Group plc, a leading UK manufacturer of convenience foods based in Ireland, on its £90mm non pre-emptive equity placing
Advised the Committee of Unsecured Creditors on the in-court restructuring of Libbey, Inc., a leading tableware manufacturer