East Anglian based law firm Birketts has advised the shareholders of Easey Pigs on its sale to international food producer, Tulip (part of Danish Crown). The deal value was not disclosed.
Easey Pigs, a Suffolk-based family firm, employed 70 staff directly and hundreds of other farmers across the UK to build a national business with a £60m to £70m turnover.
Birketts advised on all legal matters which included support from its specialist agriculture, regulatory and food teams, as well as tax and employment advice. Adrian Seagers, Partner and Head of Corporate Services, and Alexandra Nelson, Senior Associate, led the transaction with support from Leah Finnegan, John Kahn, Paul Palik, Jennifer Leeder, Sonya O’Reilly, Ben Saraci, Edward Willis, Laura Thomas, Paul Matthews and Philippa Dyer.
Jon and Chris Easey, said: “Birketts is known throughout the industry for delivering exceptional client service and specialist legal advice. Under Adrian’s and Alex’s leadership, we have been thoroughly impressed by the commitment and effort of the entire team.”
“We are delighted to have secured the sale of this fantastic, family-owned business following a long-running and challenging transaction”, added Adrian Seagers. “It has been a pleasure to advise Jon and Chris Easey on a sector-leading transaction needing Birketts to co-ordinate legal skills in a number of specialist areas. This successful exit once again demonstrates a range and depth of resource that increasingly puts distance between us and our competitors.”