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:
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
Advised the shareholders of Flormel, a leader in healthy snacks and indulgences in Brazil, manufacturing snacks, snack bars, candies, chocolates, and other premium packaged food products, on the sale of a minority stake to Unbox Capital, the investment arm of the controlling shareholders of Magazine Luiza, one of the largest retailers in Brazil
Grupo Electro Stocks
Advised Apax Partners, a global investment firm, on the sale of Grupo Electro Stocks, a leading Spanish distributor of electrical materials, to the Electrical Wholesale business unit within the Würth Group, a global leader in the distribution of assembling and fastening materials
Lion's Specialty Cheese division
Advised Lion, an Australian subsidiary of Kirin and one of Australasia’s leading food and beverage companies, on the sale of its Specialty Cheese division to Saputo, one of the top ten dairy processors in the world
Acreage Holdings Inc.
Advised Canopy Growth, a leading diversified cannabis company, on its acquisition of Acreage Holdings Inc., a vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis company with its headquarters in New York
Four Pillars Gin
Advised Lion, an Australian subsidiary of Kirin, on its acquisition of a strategic stake in Four Pillars Gin, Australia’s leading craft gin distillery
Dairy Crest Group plc
Advised Dairy Crest Group plc, a producer of leading British food brands and value-added ingredients, on a recommended cash offer for its entire issued share capital from Saputo Inc, one of the top ten dairy processors in the world
Advised 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
The Laundress Inc.
Advised The Laundress Inc., a laundry and home cleaning products brand, on its sale to Unilever, a British-Dutch consumer goods company
Pfizer Inc. Consumer Health Business
Advised 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
Storz & Bickel GmbH, related entities and IP
Advised Canopy Growth, a leading diversified cannabis company, on its acquisition of Storz & Bickel, a premium manufacturer of vaporization devices
Assets owned by GlaxoSmithKline plc
Advised 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
Primal Nutrition LLC
Advised Primal Nutrition, makers of Primal Kitchen branded condiments, dressings and sauces, on its sale to Kraft Heinz
Restaurant Brands New Zealand Limited
Advised 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.)
Advised the Ad Hoc Group of the company's $481mm term loan with respect to the company's prepackaged Chapter 11 restructuring
InMotion Entertainment Group LLC
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