Agribusiness and Food

Service Experience People

Strategic advice to support the sustainable growth and development of livestock and fresh produce companies

We work with our clients on strategic issues such as acquisitions and divestments of significant assets, family business succession, joint ventures, protecting intellectual property assets, corporate and tax structuring and resolving large-scale disputes. We also assist in helping to solve operational challenges around employment arrangements, health and safety, property matters and negotiating contracts.

Our clients include primary producers, food wholesalers and local and international investors in the sector.

Experience

  • Preparing and advising on key commercial contracts that are critical to operations, such as supply agreements, joint venture agreements and strategic alliance agreements
  • Business structuring both generally and specifically in the context of acquisitions or significant asset disposals
  • Mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Property asset disposals and acquisitions
  • Taxation and revenue 
  • Intellectual property and patents
  • Investment opportunities and finance, including international investment and FIRB approval
  • Impacts of the Australian Government’s climate change initiatives
  • Employment and workplace health and safety matters
  • Insurance and workers' compensation
  • Planning and environmental matters
  • Reporting and regulatory obligations
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Competition and trade practices
  • Farm debt mediation
  • Sale and purchase of livestock, permits and machinery associated with the change of ownership of pastoral land
  • Water rights

Recognition

HopgoodGanim is proudly recommended by Doyle's Guide as a Leading Agribusiness Law Firm in 2017 and 2018 (Queensland) and 2018 (Western Australia).

Exceptional outcomes

Hong Kong Agribusiness Investor / We worked with a high net worth Hong Kong private investor on their proposed acquisition of two significant Queensland based feedlots. Our work included undertaking comprehensive due diligence for the proposed transaction and providing advice around gaining FIRB approval and feedlot specific regulatory and third party approvals.
Australian Mango Producer / We advised family-owned, Manbulloo Ltd in relation to trading terms and conditions, supply agreements and long term funding arrangements with Coles Supermarkets. Manbulloo is Australia's largest producer of the Kensington Pride (Bowen) mango with 100% of their supply going to Coles Supermarkets across Australia.
Calypso Mango sale  / We advised on the sale of the exclusive marketing rights to the Calypso® Mango to Perfection Fresh Australia Pty Ltd.
Proserpine Sugar / We advised Proserpine Co-operative Sugar Milling Association (PCSMA) on corporate structuring and in the sale of its milling assets to Sucrogen of Singapore for $120M. Our advice ranged from obtaining government and regulatory approvals through to advising on complex structuring, property and employment issues and advising the directors generally throughout the sale process.
Queensland fruit packing facility / We acted for a prominent Queensland-based fruit packing facility, owned significantly by local growers, to advise them on a proposed investment by a Chinese owned entity which included the acquisition of one of the citrus farms in the regions.

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