Agribusiness

Commercial Transactions / Grain Handling & Distribution / Marketing Boards, Associations & Commissions / Regulatory / Intellectual Property / Agribusiness and Food Litigation / Technology / Taxation

Manitoba is an international leader in agribusiness innovation and home to some of the most established agriculture and food-processing businesses in Canada. A global agribusiness industry needs global legal solutions. With in-depth knowledge of the agribusiness and food sector, we draw on our multidisciplinary team’s strength to provide legal solutions that help our clients achieve their business goals.

We have advised our clients on some of the most significant projects and transactions in Manitoba. Our clients include international agribusinesses, food processors, grain companies, agribusiness equipment manufacturers, and trade organizations and associations.

Market observers acknowledge the firm's "top-notch work" as a "strong regional player" in Canadian agribusiness.

–Chambers Canada

Representative Transactions

  • Acted as counsel on the merger of Cereals Canada Inc. and the Canadian International Grain Institute, two leading associations in the grain industry.
  • Acted as litigation counsel for a North American grain company in an action against a port owner in a dispute over the handling and storage of grain.
  • Acted as litigation counsel for Richardson International on a wide variety of matters.
  • Acted as counsel for Botanist Organic Growers Inc. in connection with the acquisition of the Pineland Forest Nursery assets from the Government of Manitoba and the entering into a long-term lease with the Province of Manitoba for lands located in a provincial forest.
  • Acted as counsel for MacDon Group of Companies in connection with its sale to Linamar Corporation for a total purchase price of $1.2 billion.
  • Acted as counsel for Fresh Hemp Foods Ltd., and its shareholders, in connection with its sale to Compass Diversified Holdings for a total purchase price of $132.5 million.
  • Acted as counsel for Richardson International Limited on a transformational acquisition of grain elevators and crop input facilities from Viterra following the acquisition of control of Viterra by Glencore International, plc.
  • Acted as counsel in the negotiation of complex syndicated credit facilities for Richardson International with a syndicate of ten lenders, led by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in connection with the opening of the market for wheat and barley sales in Canada following the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s legislated monopoly.

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