Firms: Thomsons Lawyers (Inghams Enterprises), Herbert Smith Freehills (TPG Capital)
Deal: Inghams sells to TPG Capital
Value: $880 million
Key players: Thomsons’ M&A team was led by partner David Zwi (pictured), with key support from partner John Martin, senior associate Jason Marcus, and associate Helen Jin. Partners Fraser Bell, Tom Boyce, David Gaszner and Adam Pope advised on aspects of environment, property, trade practices and dispute resolution, as required for the transaction. HSF Melbourne-based partners Baden Furphy and Robert Nicholson led a team advising on acquisition strategy and documentation, while finance partner Hayley Neilson advised TPG on the financing aspects of the transaction.
Deal significance: Inghams is Australia’s largest poultry producer. The company operates a fully-integrated poultry production business, with a total of 11 stock feed mills, 10 primary poultry production plants, and nine further processing plants. It also operates a diversified stockfeed business; produces ingredients for pet food and stockfeed, and has a piggery operation. Inghams employs more than 9000 staff in Australia and New Zealand and its annual revenue in 2012 was $2.2 billion.