News 30 Mar. 2012

Curtis Advises International PLC on U.S. Legal Matters in Agreement to Acquire Viterra Inc.

New York, March 30, 2012 — Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP advised Glencore International plc, one of the world's leading integrated producers and marketers of commodities, on U.S. legal matters in its definitive agreement to acquire Viterra Inc., one of the world's leading global agri-businesses and food ingredients companies.

The transaction values Viterra's equity at approximately C$6.1 billion (about US$6.1 billion) on a fully diluted basis. The deal is expected to close some time between May and July this year. Viterra is Canada's largest grain handler.

Curtis advised Switzerland-based Glencore in connection with the U.S. securities, antitrust and other regulatory aspects of the transaction and assisted with U.S. corporate and other diligence.

The Curtis team counseling Glencore in this matter includes partners Matias Vega and Jeffrey Ostrager, counsel Raymond T. Hum and associates Susana Namnum, Ryan Hansen, Martin Brown and Kreg Katoski (all from the Corporate group); partner Jeffrey Zuckerman and associate Ross Bidlingmaier (Antitrust/Competition) and partner James Durling (International Trade); partner Andrew Otis (Environmental); counsel Kuang-Chu Chiang and associate Rebecca Gidel (Tax); counsel Catherine Baecher (Real Estate), and partner Javier Hernandez (Employee Benefits).

The Curtis Mergers & Acquisition practice group focuses on M&A and private equity transactions across a broad range of industries around the world. Curtis advises both private and public entities and financial sponsors in a broad range of transactional matters, counseling buyers, sellers and targets in connection with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, leveraged buy-outs, strategic alliances and other related transactions. The Curtis M&A group has extensive experience in complex cross-border transactions and foreign investments in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

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