Australia: Norton Rose advises Louis Dreyfus Commodities on the acquisition of Ecoval Holding B.V.
Last Updated: 26 October 2012

The Amsterdam office of international law firm Norton Rose has advised Louis Dreyfus Commodities Group on the acquisition of Nijmegen based Dutch company Ecoval Holding B.V. The deal sees Louis Dreyfus Commodities purchase all outstanding shares of Ecoval from the current shareholders Prominter N.V. of Dilbeek (Belgium) and CV Datrex Beheer of Wijk en Aalburg (The Netherlands). The transaction was completed on 1 October 2012.

The Norton Rose team was led from The Netherlands and involved lawyers from Australia, Poland, Russia and Brussels.

Ecoval is a privately-held leading international dairy trading company. With over €530 million in global turnover in 2011 and handling approximately 250,000 metric tonnes of dairy products, Ecoval serves suppliers and customers worldwide in matching supply and demand and providing financial, import and export and logistics services.

LDC is a global commodities company, a major asset owner and a processor of agricultural goods including oilseeds, grains, rice, freight, finance, juice, cotton, coffee, sugar, metals, dairy, fertilizers & inputs and also operates 13 industrial sugar mills through Biosev in Brazil.

The LDC group is owned 80 per cent by the Louis Dreyfus Group with the balance held by employees. LDC is present in more than 55 countries and employs more than 35,000 people globally at peak season.

The Norton Rose team was led by Amsterdam-based corporate partner Saskia Blokland, who was assisted by Joke Everts, an associate in the Amsterdam corporate team. Civil-law notary partner Geert-Jan van Rijthoven, employment partner Maartje Govaert, banking partner Wouter Hertzberger, environment and property partner Daphne Broerse, all based in Amsterdam, also advised on the deal, together with corporate partner Richard Lewis in Melbourne, corporate partner Piotr Strawa in Warsaw and corporate partner Nick Dingemans in Moscow.

Advice on the competition filings was given by partner Christian Filippitsch and of counsel Maria de Lasala Lobera in Brussels.

Within Louis Dreyfus Commodities., Keir Ashton, Chief Legal Officer of the Europe & Black Sea region and senior legal counsel Massimiliano Talli led the team responsible for legal advice on the transaction.

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