Turkey: Esin Attorney Partnership advises Ege-Tav on stake sale to Nipponham Group
Last Updated: 1 April 2015

Istanbul, Turkey, 1 April 2015 – Japanese food conglomerate, Nipponham Group, acquires shares in Turkey's largest broiler chick producer, Ege-Tav.

"We've seen an increased interest in Turkey by Japanese companies and with our Firm's Asia Pacific desk, we're able to support our clients in all aspects of the deal. For example, in this recent transaction, the sellers and buyers were from very different cultures but had similar business goals. We were pleased to be able to bridge the cultural gap and bring the deal to a satisfying conclusion for both parties," said Partner Eren Kursun.

A team of lawyers from Esin Attorney Partnership, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, advised EGE-TAV Ege Tarim Hayvancilik Yatirim Tic. ve San. A.S. (Ege-Tav) on the sale of 60% of its shares to Nipponham Group. The deal was signed December 15, 2014 and closed April 1, 2015.

The deal was led by M&A Partner Eren Kursun with support from Associates Berat Hamzaoglu, Demet Kasarcioglu and Mehmetcan Atasoy in Istanbul.

The Ege-Tav acquisition is Nipponham Group's largest acquisition to date. The acquisition will enable Nipponham to capture more of the global market for poultry products. Nipponham currently operates the world's fifth largest fresh meat business with plans to climb into third place with its international expansion.

About Esin Attorney Partnership

Esin Attorney Partnership has long been a leading provider of legal services in the Turkish market. Today, as a member firm of Baker & McKenzie, our team of nine partners and more than 60 lawyers is an integral part of a seamless global network. Our Firm is recognized locally and globally for our M&A experience, and we have advised on some of the largest deals in the Turkish market, involving public and private companies, private equity funds and other strategic investors.

About Baker & McKenzie

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world's most dynamic and successful business organizations through more than 11,000 people in 77 offices in 47 countries. The Firm is known for its global perspective, deep understanding of the local language and culture of business, uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service. Global revenues for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2014, were US$2.54 billion. Eduardo Leite is Chairman of the Executive Committee. (www.bakermckenzie.com)

About Ege-Tav

Ege-Tav is the largest producer of broiler chicks in Turkey shipping around 10 million chickens per year. Ege-Tav started in 1977 with the establishment of Ucler Tavukculuk's chicken farms. With increased growth, Ege-Tav took over production in 1982 and today is Turkey's leading poultry producer. Ege Tav also exports products to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

About Nipponham Group

Founded in 1949, Nippon Meat Packers, Inc. or Nipponham Group is a Japanese meat packing and food processing company operating in the areas of fresh meat, processed meat, seafood, dairy products, natural flavorings and health foods. Nippon's fresh meat business currently accounts for more than 50% of their net sales.

Baker & McKenzie International is a Swiss Verein with member law firms around the world. In accordance with the common terminology used in professional service organizations, reference to a "partner" means a person who is a partner, or equivalent, in such a law firm. Similarly, reference to an "office" means an office of any such law firm.

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