Pinsent Masons advises Endless on MBO of VION Food

14 Dec 2012 | 10:05 am |

International law firm Pinsent Masons has advised UK private equity firm Endless LLP, on the management buyout (MBO) of VION Food UK Limited, one of the largest integrated pork suppliers in the UK.

VION Food UK, headquartered in Livingston, produces a high quality range of pork, bacon, sausage and cooked meats and operates from nine sites across the UK and one in the Republic of Ireland. VION Food UK is owned by VION N.V., a Dutch group which is an internationally operating food and ingredients company.  The group announced in November that it had embarked on a process to sell its UK food businesses to concentrate on its core markets in the Netherlands and Germany and the development of its global ingredients business.

Endless has a successful record of backing MBOs of British businesses which have become non-core assets for their owners. These have included Crown Paints, retailer Bathstore, engineering group Davy Markham and steel processor Acenta Steel.

The Pinsent Masons team advising on the deal was led by corporate partner Edward Stead assisted by Rory O’Broin, Marcos Spanos, Emma Dawe, Clare Francis, Stephen Brown, Simon Horsfield, Kate Featherstone, Alex Darbyshire, Chris Jones and Stephen Scholefield

Commenting on the deal Edward Stead said: "We are delighted to have advised on this important deal in the UK food sector and look forward to seeing the management team and Endless develop the business."

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