Firms: Lander & Rogers (First State Super); Minter Ellison (Select Harvests)
Deal: First State Super entered an agricultural sale and leaseback agreement with Select Harvests
Value: $150 million
Key Players: The Lander & Rogers team was led by partners Deanna Constable (pictured) and Lisa Gaddie, and also included senior associate Sharon Reading and lawyer Melissa Chan.
Deal Significance: First State Super purchased three almond plantations from Select Harvests and has made an agreement to lease the land back for 20 years. Select Harvests retains ownership of the almond crops.
The three plantations, located in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, have a combined land value of $67 million, with the total transaction deal valued at $150 million.
First State Super will fund the development of a further 2,371 acres of greenfield almond orchards in 2016 and 2017, and will help to create investment and employment in regional Australia under the agreement.
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