Cooke Inc.’s $500 Million Acquisition of Omega Protein Corporation


Vinson & Elkins advised Omega Protein Corporation (“Omega Protein”), a nutritional product company and a leading integrated provider of specialty oils and specialty protein products, in connection with its definitive agreement with Cooke Inc. (“Cooke”), a New Brunswick company and parent of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., under which Cooke will acquire all outstanding shares of Omega Protein for $22.00 per share in cash or approximately $500 million.

Omega Protein Corporation produces protein-rich fish meal, fish oil, and solubles. The Company, led by Bret Scholtes, Mark Griffin and Joseph Vidal, is based in Houston.

The V&E team was led by partner Jeff Floyd (Picture), senior associate Brittany Sakowitz and associate Mike Marek, with assistance from associates C.J. Murray and Key Hemyari. Also advising were partner Jason McIntosh and associates Brian Russell and Curt Wimberly; partner Stephen Jacobson and associates Gina Hancock and Kristy Fields; partner Sean Becker and associate Paul Knettel; partner Billy Vigdor, senior associate David Smith and associate Evan Miller; partner David Wicklund; partner Larry Nettles and senior associate Matt Dobbins; and partner Devika Kornbacher and associate Sean Hill.

Involved fees earner: Jeffery Burton Floyd – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Brittany Sakowitz – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Michael Marek – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Cornelius Murray IV – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Keyavash Hemyari – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Stephen Jacobson – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Gina Hancock – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Kristy Fields – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Sean Becker – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Jason McIntosh – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Brian Russell – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Curt Wimberly – Vinson & Elkins LLP; William Vigdor – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Evan Miller – Vinson & Elkins LLP; David Wicklund – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Larry Nettles – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Matthew Dobbins – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Devika Kornbacher – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Sean Hill – Vinson & Elkins LLP;

Law Firms: Vinson & Elkins LLP;

Clients: Omega Protein Corporation;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti