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Becker Advises Origin Brands, Inc., a Certified Origins Italia Group Company, in Its Acquisition of the Seggiano Group

Becker Advises Origin Brands, Inc., a Certified Origins Italia Group Company, in Its Acquisition of the Seggiano Group

New York, NY, October 25, 2023 – Becker & Poliakoff’s Corporate and International Practice Group led a multi-jurisdictional legal team that assisted Origin Brands Inc., a Certified Origins Italia group company, in its cross-border acquisition of Italian Realfoods Limited, known as Seggiano Group, a prominent global Italian food company. The transaction closed on October 25, 2023.

The Becker multi-jurisdictional team was led by Corporate Shareholder and Europe & Latin America Practice Group Chair Gabriel Monzon Cortarelli with assistance from Shareholder Jamie Dokovna, and Corporate Associates Valeria Angelucci and Priscilla Bonsu. The Becker team was assisted by Buckles Solicitors LLP, as to matters of English law, with a team led by Alastair Gunn, Corporate & Commercial Department Head, including Stephen Oliver, Company Commercial Partner, Simon Keannally, Commercial Property Department Partner, and Matthew Davies, Solicitor; and Lavelle Partners LLP, as to matters of Irish and European law, with a team led by Michael Lavelle, Managing Partner, and Odhran Banim, Corporate and Commercial Team Partner.

Michelmores LLP represented the Seggiano’s selling shareholders group led by Edwin Richards, Corporate Team Partner, including Anthony Reeves, Senior Associate Corporate Team, Hollie Halston, Corporate Team Solicitor, Gruff Cartwright, Corporate Team Solicitor, Karol Schlesinge, Transactional Real Estate Team Associate, and Qess Ali, Transactional Real Estate Team Associate.

HMT LLP acted as the financial and tax advisor to Origin Brands and Certified Origins Italia, with a team led by Partner Paul Read. Polestar CF LLP acted as financial advisory to the Italian Realfoods Limited selling shareholders group, with a team led by Charles Whelan, including Conor Barrett and Anusheh Khan.

The multi-jurisdictional team led by Becker provided comprehensive legal guidance to Origin Brands and the Certified Origins Italia group management, headed by President and CEO Gerard Jara, and Origin Brands, Inc.’s management, including Gerard Jara, Luis Claramonte, and Rika Sato.

Certified Origins Italia, a global food products manufacturer, boasts a presence across Europe, the United States, Latin America, and Asia, emphasizing responsible land stewardship and quality, transparency, and traceability. It is renowned for its olive oil private label operations and commitment to delivering value in every food product.

Founded by David Harrison and Peri Eaglton, Seggiano (Italian Realfoods Limited) has grown into a global business with operations in the UK, the U.S., and Europe. It is known for its premium Italian food brands like Lunaio Extra Virgin Olive Oil and other artisanal Italian food products, characterized by high-quality ingredients and authentic production methods.

Becker’s International Practice Group provides expertise in cross-border trade and joint ventures for foreign clients with U.S. interests and U.S.-based clients with international interests. The firm delivers sophisticated counsel on corporate and regulatory law, as well as litigation and dispute resolution.

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