Entrepreneurial Equity Partners’ Acquisition of Ya Ya Foods

Cassels and White & Case represented Entrepreneurial Equity Partners LLC (E2P) on the acquisition.

On February 26, 2021, Entrepreneurial Equity Partners LLC, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on the food and consumer packaged goods industries, acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of Ya YA Foods Corp.

Ya YA Foods is a leading contract manufacturer of a broad range of aseptic food and beverage products including plant-based and high protein beverages, fruit juices, sports drinks, broths and specialty milk and dairy beverages. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Toronto, Ya YA Foods is one of the largest and most capable co-packers in North America, with over 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space designed to meet customer food safety and quality requirements.

The Cassels team included Sheldon Plener (Picture), Jeff Mikelberg, Nicola Geary, Amanda Metallo, Jackie Karbi and Thea Gaertner (Private Equity and M&A), Chuck Rich and Lauren Grossman (Banking & Specialty Finance), Laurie Jessome, Stefanie Di Francesco and Erin Minuk (Employment & Labour), Melissa Winch (Municipal, Planning & Environmental), Armen Khajetoorian (Real Estate & Development), Andrew Reback and Tera Li Parizeau (Tax) and Chandimal Nicholas and Christie Bates (Intellectual Property).

White & Case LLP advised Entrepreneurial Equity Partners LLC with a team led by M&A partner Thomas Horenkamp in Chicago, and Debt Finance partners Justin Wagstaff and Sherri Snelson in New York. Additional team members included associates Eitan Goldberg in Miami, Claire Jordan and Ryan Talbott in New York (Debt Finance); associates Adam Arnett and Eric Clamage in Chicago (M&A); and partner Hagai Zaifman and associate Grayson Weeks in New York (Tax).

Involved fees earner: Christie Bates – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Stefanie Di Francesco – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Thea Gaertner – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Nicola Geary – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Lauren Grossman – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Laurie Jessome – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Jackie Karbi – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Armen Khajetoorian – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Amanda Metallo – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Jeff Mikelberg – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Erin Minuk – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Chandimal Nicholas – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Tera Li Parizeau – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Sheldon Plener – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Andrew Reback – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Chuck Rich – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Melissa Winch – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Adam Arnett – White & Case; Eric Clamage – White & Case; Eitan Goldberg – White & Case; Thomas Horenkam – White & Case; Claire Jordan – White & Case; Sherri Snelson – White & Case; Ryan Talbott – White & Case; Justin Wagstaff – White & Case; Grayson Weeks – White & Case; Hagai Zaifman – White & Case;

Law Firms: Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; White & Case;

Clients: E2P – Entrepreneurial Equity Partners LLC;

Author: Martina Bellini