Lactalis Group’s C$1.62 Billion Acquisition of Kraft Heinz’s Canadian Natural Cheese Division


Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Parmalat Canada and its parent, the Lactalis Group, on its C$1.62bn acquisition of Kraft Heinz Canada’s natural cheese business, which includes well-known brands such as: Cracker Barrel, P’tit Québec and aMooza!

The transaction represents a significant investment by the Lactalis Group in the Canadian dairy sector. It also shows a strong commitment to Parmalat Canada’s current business, which includes nearly 3,000 employees, 16 dairy processing plants and a dedicated research and development facility.

The large and complex transaction involved numerous Norton Rose Fulbright Canada lawyers from across a number of the firm’s practice groups and offices.

Led by Walied Soliman (Picture) and Paul Fitzgerald, the Toronto-based team included Bruce Sheiner, Trevor Zeyl, Joseph Palmieri (Corporate, M&A and Securities); Barry Segal (Tax); Kevin Ackhurst, Michael Brown (Investment Canada and Competition/Antitrust); Eric Reither (Commercial); Jung-Kay Chiu (Intellectual Property); Michael Lieberman (Real Estate); Nicole Sigouin, Noah Schein (Banking); Lisa Cabel, Ryan Freeman (Employment and Labour); and Janet Bobechko (Environmental). Members from other offices included Martin Masse (Lead, Competition/Antitrust, Ottawa) and Erika Woolgar (Competition/Antitrust, Ottawa), and Martin Rochette (Pensions and Benefits, Quebec City). Andrea D’Ambra (New York), Florinda Baldridge (Houston) and Sam Sessler (Dallas) of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global eDiscovery Services team supported Parmalat Canada and its parent, Lactalis Group, in responding to extensive information requests from the Canadian Competition Bureau.

Involved fees earner: Kevin Ackhurst – Norton Rose Fulbright; Janet Bobechko – Norton Rose Fulbright; Michael Brown – Norton Rose Fulbright; Lisa Cabel – Norton Rose Fulbright; Jung-Kay Chiu – Norton Rose Fulbright; Andrea D’Ambra – Norton Rose Fulbright; Paul Fitzgerald – Norton Rose Fulbright; Ryan Freeman – Norton Rose Fulbright; Michael Lieberman – Norton Rose Fulbright; Martin Masse – Norton Rose Fulbright; Joseph Palmieri – Norton Rose Fulbright; Eric Reither – Norton Rose Fulbright; Martin Rochette – Norton Rose Fulbright; Noah Schein – Norton Rose Fulbright; Barry Segal – Norton Rose Fulbright; Bruce Sheiner – Norton Rose Fulbright; Nicole Sigouin – Norton Rose Fulbright; Walied Soliman – Norton Rose Fulbright; Erika Woolgar – Norton Rose Fulbright; Trevor Zeyl – Norton Rose Fulbright;

Law Firms: Norton Rose Fulbright;

Clients: Lactalis; Parmalat;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti