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 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:
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.
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
Revlon Consumer Products Corporation
Advised Ad Hoc Group of Note Holders with respect to Revlon’s Exchange Offer
Youfoodz Holdings Limited
Advising Youfoodz Holdings Limited, a leading provider of fresh, ready-made meals and other convenience food products, on its initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)
Alert 360 (Central Security Group, Inc.)
Advised the Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders on the out-of-court restructuring of Alert 360 (Central Security Group, Inc.), a leading home-security provider
J. Jill, Inc.
Advised TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P., a leading investment management company and majority shareholder of J. Jill, on the comprehensive out-of-court recapitalization of J. Jill
Integrated supplier of preserved and frozen vegetables
Advised ACON Agri Investments S.L., a special purpose vehicle of ACON Investments LLC, on the acquisition of Grupo Alsur, a leading integrated supplier of preserved and frozen vegetables with operations in Spain and Peru
Advising Arcland Sakamoto, a leading owner and operator of large home centers, on the acquisition of LIXIL VIVA, a leading owner and operator of large home centers and a listed subsidiary of LIXIL Group, a leading Japanese manufacturer of building and housing materials
WH Smith PLC
Advised WH Smith PLC, one of the UK’s leading retailers, on its £166m non pre-emptive equity placing and new £120mm financing facility
Abacus Health Products, Inc.
Advised Abacus Health Products, Inc., a leader in over-the-counter (“OTC”) topical products combining active pharmaceutical ingredients with cannabidiol (“CBD”) hemp extract, on its sale to the Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc., a market leader in hemp-derived CBD wellness products.
Tesco plc’s Thailand and Malaysia businesses
Advised Tesco plc, a leading UK retailer, on the sale of its Thailand and Malaysia businesses to Charoen Pokphand Group, the Thai conglomerate
Rights to Three Skin Care Brands in Mexico
Advised GlaxoSmithKline plc (“GSK”), the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company, on the divestiture of the Mexico rights to Hinds, Capent and Eclipsol to Mexico-based Grisi Hnos
Asia and US rights to Physiogel
Advised GlaxoSmithKline plc (“GSK”), the UK listed international pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company, on the divestiture of the rights to Physiogel Asia and the US to Korea-based LG Household & Health Care Ltd
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz passenger car and private vans distribution operations in Colombia
Advised Inchcape, a leading global independent multi-brand automotive distributor, on its acquisition of the Mercedes-Benz passenger car and private vans distribution operations in Colombia from Daimler Colombia
Advised Brazil-based Infracommerce, a leader in designing, building and delivering the digital B2C and B2B go-to-market strategy for large enterprises, on its Series E funding round
Destination Maternity Corporation
Advised Destination Maternity Corporation, the largest maternity, apparel specialty retailer in the United States, on the sale of its intellectual property, e-commerce business, marketing partnership business, store-in-store retail business and other assets to Marquee Brands, a US based investment firm, as part of the Company’s Chapter 11 reorganization
Nitta Casings and Nitta Casings Canada
Advised Viscofan (BME:VIS), the #1 producer of artificial casings for the meat industry worldwide (>30% market share), on the acquisition of Nitta Casings and Nitta Casings Canada (“NCI” and “NCCI”) one of the leading brands in the production of collagen casings in North America, from Nitta Gelatin (TSE:4977)
Nutrition & Biosciences Division of DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
Advising IFF, a global leader in flavors and fragrances, on its merger with DuPont’s Nutrition & Biosciences Division, creating a clear global leader in the specialty ingredients sector
David’s Bridal Inc.
Advised David’s Bridal, a leading bridal gown and special occasion dress retailer, on its out-of-court recapitalization
New Belgium Brewing
Advised Lion, one of Australasia’s leading beverage companies and a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Kirin Holdings, on the acquisition of New Belgium Brewing, a leading US independent craft brewery
Marshall Retail Group
Advised WH Smith PLC, one of the UK’s leading retailers, on the acquisition of Marshall Retail Group, a market leading US travel retailer with operations across airport, resort and tourist locations, from Brentwood Associates, a consumer-focused private equity firm
Advised an ad hoc group of lenders on the comprehensive out-of-court recapitalization of Crossmark, a sales and marketing services company that provides solutions for consumer-branded suppliers and retailers