Agribusiness

Agribusiness in Australia has changed drastically in the past 50 years and continues to do so.

As the sector has become more sophisticated, its legal requirements have become more complex. The increased demand from international markets, particularly in Asia, opens up enormous opportunity for Australia to position itself as a global food power.

The challenge is to grow with the sector whilst navigating the complexity and changing trends of agribusiness law. 

How we can help

Working across the entire lifecycle of Agribusiness

From supply chain management, organisational structuring and production, we advise clients in various sub-sectors such as grain, beef and other protein, cotton, wool, sugar, dairy, fruit, fishing, wine, aquaculture and forestry.

Navigating commercial, regulatory and legal issues facing the sector

Specifically:

  • sector-specific mergers and acquisitions, IPO and takeover defence advice;
  • agri-infrastructure development, construction and financing;
  • securitisation of receivables in agriculture;
  • financial and capital markets;
  • commodity trading instruments;
  • native title;
  • rural land acquisition and leasing;
  • deregulation and regulatory advice;
  • water rights, environmental laws and licensing;
  • marketing and sales;
  • information technology;
  • debt and equity facilities;
  • food processing;
  • cooperative agreements; and
  • biotechnology.

Experience

Nutrien acquisition

Advised Nutrien on $470 million acquisition of AgriServices company RuralCo.

Nordzucker purchase

Advised Nordzucker, Germany's second largest sugar refiner, on its purchase of 70% of Australia's Mackay Sugar limited.

JBS Australia acquisition

Advised on the $1.45 billion acquisition of Primo, the largest ham, bacon and smallgoods producer in Australia and New Zealand.

AgriWebb capital raising

Advising on its capital raising and customer arrangements.

Great Southern collapse and class action

Advising Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on all aspects of its involvement in the $700 million Great Southern collapse and related class action proceedings.

Bega Cheese IPO and ASX listing

Advised the underwriters of Bega Cheese’s $250 million IPO and listing on the ASX.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board acquisition

Advised on the proposed acquisition of a US$2.5 billion stake in Glencore’s agricultural business.

SproutX establishment of agtech accelerator program

Advising on the establishment of Australia’s first agtech accelerator program, including establishment of the investment fund, and legal partner of SproutX.

TPG acquisition of Inghams

Acting for the financiers on the financing of TPG’s $880 million acquisition of Inghams Enterprises, Australia’s largest poultry producer.

North Forest Products sale

Advised on the $335 million sale by Rio Tinto of its North Forest Products business to Gunns.

Agrium (Landmark) acquisition

Advised on the C$1.8 billion acquisition from Glencore of the Viterra agriproducts business in Canada and Australia.

Macquarie Agricultural Fund Management

Advised Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management on the proposed establishment and marketing of the Macquarie Dairy Fund.