Allens advises Paine Schwartz Partners and consortium on $2.459 billion acquisition of Costa Group Holdings

Agribusiness Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) Mergers & Acquisitions Private Capital Private Equity

Allens has advised Paine Schwartz Partners (PSP) and a consortium comprised of entities controlled by PSP, Driscoll's and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation on its successful acquisition of Costa Group Holdings Limited for an enterprise value of $2.459 billion by way of scheme of arrangement. The transaction completed in late February following receipt of Costa shareholder approval and the approval of the Federal Court of Australia.

Costa Group Holdings Limited is Australia's largest horticulture group and a leading grower, packer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables. It operates across five core categories including citrus, berries, mushrooms, tomatoes and avocados.

'We are delighted to have advised PSP and the Consortium on this significant transaction, which invests in the continued growth of Australia's food supply chain and congratulate them on this outstanding outcome,' said lead Partner Jeremy Low.

Allens advised on all aspects of the transaction in M&A, finance, tax, competition and FIRB, real estate and property, IP and employment.

Allens legal team

M&A and Capital Markets

Jeremy Low (Lead Partner), Tom Story (Partner), Franki Ganter (Partner), Andrew Wong (Counsel), James Nguyen (Managing Associate), Vincent Pang (Senior Associate), Terence Zhou (Senior Associate), Georgie Leahy (Senior Associate), Nicholas Dudurovic (Senior Associate), Chris Yuan (Associate), Harry Fenton (Lawyer), Eleanor Skuza (Lawyer), Kevin Ren (Lawyer) 

Banking & Finance

David Couper (Partner), Brian Kirkup (Senior Associate)


Joseph Power (Partner), Jay Prasad (Managing Associate), Tom Tian (Managing Associate) George Bishop (Senior Associate), Sevanne McGarity (Associate)


Carolyn Oddie (Partner), Kirsty van den Bergh (Senior Associate)

Real Estate & Development

Annabelle Aland (Partner), Bill McCredie (Partner), Elysia Liekefett (Senior Associate), Tristan Hall (Senior Associate)

Intellectual Property

Caroline Ryan (Partner), Tracy Lu (Managing Associate)

Employment & Safety

Sikeli Ratu (Partner), Virginia Dore (Associate)

Court process

Kim Reid (Partner), Tyler Goldberg (Senior Associate), Lachlan Macdonald (Lawyer)