Haynes and Boone Advises WhiteWave in $550 million Acquisition of Vega


A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers assisted The WhiteWave Foods Company in the just-announced acquisition of Vega, a Canada-based leader in plant-based nutrition products, for about $550 million in cash.

The Haynes and Boone WhiteWave team was led by Dallas Partner Jan Sharry and included Dallas Partner John McGowan, and Dallas Associates Suzie Trigg, Anthony Montague, Zach Burnett and Jarom Yates. Others included Dallas Partner Susan Wetzel (Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation), Orange County Partner Tamara Devitt (Labor & Employment), Dallas Associate Gavin George (IP), New York Partner Sam Lichtman (Tax), Austin Counsel Carie McKinney (Environmental), Dallas Partner David Taubenfeld (Insurance), Dallas Associate Chris Kang (Corporate) and Dallas Partner Ben Mesches (Appellate).

Vega produces a broad range of market-leading plant-based nutrition products containing nutrient-dense, superfood ingredients. The company generated net sales of about $100 million over the last twelve months, representing growth of more than 30 percent on a constant currency basis, and grew at a faster rate on a year-to-date basis in 2015.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. 

BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor and Moelis & Company and Piper Jaffray & Co. acted as financial advisors, while Winston & Strawn acted as legal advisor to Vega.

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