Firms: Baker & McKenzie (VF corporation); Allens (Billabong)
Deal: Bid for Billabong brand
Value: $1.10 a share
Key players: The lead Baker & McKenzie partner is Steven Glanz (pictured), assisted by associate Cathy Chan.
Deal significance: An American consortium, including US private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners and VF Corporation, entered a bid to acquire all of Billabong’s shares (for $1.10 each) this month. The consortium has reportedly matched an offer lodged by Billabong executive Paul Naude, together with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Sycamore Partners, in December.
The offer evaluation process is expected to take approximately six weeks. If Bakers’ client was to win the bidding race, the famous Aussie surf brand would join a number of well-known clothing brands under VF ownership, including Lee, North Face, Wrangler, Timberland and Nautica.