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:

Recent Transactions

09-Sep-05
$1.0 billion
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7-Eleven, Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd

Advised the special committee of 7-Eleven, Inc. in connection with its evaluation of an unsolicited tender offer commenced by Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd

08-Mar-04
$840 million
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International Multifoods Corporation

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JM Smucker Company

Advised International Multifoods Corporation, whose brands include Pillsbury, Martha White, Hungry Jack and Robin Hood, on its sale to the J.M Smucker Company.

23-Oct-03
$3.1 billion
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Debenhams plc

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Acquiror: 
Baroness Retail (a consortium of CVC, TPG and Merrill Lynch)

Advised the independent committee of the Board of Directors of Debenhams plc, a leading UK department store chain, with regards to the sale of the company

18-Mar-03
$7.0 billion
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Wella AG

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The Procter & Gamble Company

Advised Wella AG, a global market leader in hair care and fragrances, on its sale to The Procter & Gamble Company

13-Dec-02
$1.5 billion
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Burger King Corp

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Texas Pacific Group, Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners

(subsidiary of Diageo plc) Advised Diageo plc on sale of Burger King Corporation restaurant system.

30-Oct-02
$588 million
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T&S Stores Plc

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Tesco PLC

Advised Tesco PLC, Britain’s largest retailing group, on its acquisition of T&S Stores plc, a publicly listed convenience store retailer operating in the UK.

27-Mar-02
$168 million
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Morton’s Restaurant Group Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Castle Harlan, Inc.

Advised the Special Committee of Morton’s on sale of the Company.

16-Jan-01
$11.5 billion
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Ralston Purina Co.

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Nestlé S.A.

Advised Nestlé on the agreed cash offer for the US pet-food company Ralston Purina

19-Dec-00
$8.2 billion
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Seagram

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Acquiror: 
Diageo plc and Pernod Ricard

(Spirits Division)
Advised Diageo on its joint agreed bid with Pernod Ricard for Seagram’s spirits business.

17-Jul-00
$10.5 billion
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Diageo plc

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General Mills, Inc.

Advised Diageo on the sale of The Pillsbury Company for $5.1 billion in assumed debt and $5.4 billion in stock to General Mills.

16-Jan-98
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Borden Foods International

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Nestlé S.A.

Advised Nestlé on its acquisition of Borden Foods International’s businesses, which have sales of more than $400 million.

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