John Deere’s Acquisition of PLA S.A.


DLA Piper, Campos Mello Advogados, JP O’Farrell and Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal advised on the deal

Deere & Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire PLA, a privately-held manufacturer of sprayers, planters, and specialty products for agriculture from Pampa Agribusiness Fund.

PLA is based in Argentina, with manufacturing facilities in Las Rosas, Argentina, and Canoas, Brazil.

Founded in 1975, PLA was the first company to manufacture self-propelled sprayers in Latin America and has brought innovative solutions to its customers ever since. The company has approximately 450 employees and currently markets products on four continents.

Deere & Company is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity.

DLA Piper advised John Deere with Kathleen Ruhland (Picture), Jenifer Smith, Drew Young, Alex Jorge, Sarvesh Desai and Aaron Nyquist.

Campos Mello Advogados advised John Deere with Marcus Bitencourt, Leonardo Felisoni and Rodrigo Pires.

In Argentina, JP O’Farrell advised John Deere with John O’Farrell, Ignacio Sammartino, Gonzalo Gros, Joaquín Zappa, Lucas Girard, Luz Salomon, María del Rosario Arce and Franca Stafforini.

Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal advised Pampa Agribusiness Fund with Pablo Viñals Blake and Diego Chighizola.

Involved fees earner: John O’Farrell – JP O’Farrell; Ignacio Maria Sammartino – JP O’Farrell; Lucas Javier Girard – JP O’Farrell; María del Rosario Arce – JP O’Farrell; Franca Stafforini – JP O’Farrell; Gonzalo María Gros – JP O’Farrell; Joaquín Emilio Zappa – JP O’Farrell; Luz María Salomón – JP O’Farrell; Pablo Viñals Blake – Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal; Diego Chighizola – Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal; Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt – Campos Mello Advogados; Kathleen Smith Ruhland – DLA Piper; Jenifer Renzenbrink Smith – DLA Piper; Sarvesh Desai – DLA Piper; Aaron Nyquist – DLA Piper; Drew Young – DLA Piper;

Law Firms: JP O’Farrell; Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal; Campos Mello Advogados; DLA Piper;

Clients: John Deere Limited; Pampa Capital Management, LLP;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti