IXOM’s Acquisition of Australian Botanical Products

Hall & Wilcox has advised leading essential oil supplier Australian Botanical Products on its acquisition by IXOM, a multinational water treatment and chemical distribution company.

Founded in 1981 by chairman John Fergeus, Australian Botanical Products (ABP) is one of the leading suppliers of essential oils, carrier oils, raw materials and fragrances for professional use across the world, in industries such as cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food, aromatherapy and industrial.

The sale will enable ABP to grow at a faster rate. It also represents a growth opportunity for IXOM’s life sciences business through an expanded product offering and access to ABP’s Australia, New Zealand and Asian customer base. ABP CEO Jessica Pearce will continue running ABP’s commercial business as part of IXOM’s life sciences business, while Mr Fergeus will continue providing technical and product development expertise.

Partner Oliver Jankowsky (Picture) led the Hall & Wilcox team, assisted by Senior Associate James Bull and Lawyer Tamara Charlwood. Partner Andrew O’Bryan advised on tax aspects, while Partner Mark Dunphy and Lawyer Aerin Hines advised on employment issues.

Involved fees earner: James Bull – Hall & Wilcox; Tamara Charlwood – Hall & Wilcox; Mark Dunphy – Hall & Wilcox; Aerin Hines – Hall & Wilcox; Oliver Jankowsky – Hall & Wilcox; Andrew O’Bryan – Hall & Wilcox;

Law Firms: Hall & Wilcox;

Clients: Australian Botanical Products;

Author: Sonia Carcano