DiVino AG’s Acquisition of Rutishauser Weinkellerei AG

Pestalozzi advised InVivo Wine on the transaction.

InVivo Wine, a company of the InVivo group, the leading French agriculture cooperative, sold its wine marketing business in Eastern Switzerland which was carried out through its subsidiary Rutishauser Weinkellerei AG.

The purchaser is DiVino AG, a company of the fenaco group, a leading agriculture cooperative based on Switzerland. The transaction involved the transfer to DiVino AG of the assets, trademarks and employees of Rutishauser Weinkellerei AG.

Created in June 2015, InVivo Wine is a subsidiary of the first French agricultural cooperative group, InVivo. InVivo Wine works to build strong international brands supported by a wine-making backbone of 25,000 hectares distributed between Bordeaux, the Southwest, Languedoc, Roussillon, the Rhone Valley and Beaujolais. It is a global player vertically integrated from the wine glass to the vineyard, with 9 member cooperative groups (3,600 winegrowers), 12 distribution companies located in high-consumption countries (France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Asia, North America, South Africa) and its own bottling sites. As producer, marketer and distributor, InVivo Wine is cultivating a sustainable wine sector that inspires today’s generation and those of the future.

The Pestalozzi team included Sébastien Roy, Jonas Sigrist, Catherine Hörr and Daniela Iselin.

Involved fees earner: Catherine Hörr – Pestalozzi; Daniela Iselin – Pestalozzi; Sébastien Roy – Pestalozzi; Jonas Sigrist – Pestalozzi;

Law Firms: Pestalozzi;

Clients: InVivo Group;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler