Bega Cheese's acquisition from Mondelez
In 2017 we acted for Bega Cheese on its acquisition of the Australia and New Zealand grocery business of Mondelez International, which included the Vegemite brand and the manufacturing facilities in Port Melbourne Victoria at which the business had produced Vegemite and peanut butter for many years. The acquisition of this business added a significant consumer facing dimension to Bega Cheese.
Bega Cheese IPO
We advised Bega Cheese on its initial public offering and listing on the ASX in mid-2011, which completed over-subscribed and raised $35 million for Bega Cheese. The lead-up to the listing included advising the company with respect to its overall corporate strategy.
Bega Cheese full merger with Tatura Milk Industries
Following the successful listing of Bega Cheese on the ASX, Bega Cheese acquired 100% control of Tatura Milk Industries Limited by way of scheme of arrangement. Taking the intimate knowledge of both Bega Cheese and Tatura Milk Industries we acquired in the IPO process, our team advised Bega Cheese in relation to the scheme and worked closely with the legal advisers to Tatura Milk Industries, Norton Gledhill, to prepare the scheme booklet and navigate the court and shareholder approval process within a tight timeframe.
Bega Cheese takeover offer for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter
Our team acted for Bega Cheese in relation to its initial 15% investment in ASX listed Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Limited in December 2010 and subsequently on the takeover offer made by Bega Cheese in 2013.
Long term contracts for Bega Cheese and Tatura Milk Industries
One of the core business activities of Bega Cheese and its subsidiary Tatura Milk Industries is the manufacture of dairy products for supply to third party customers. These contract manufacture arrangements often involve the supply of large quantities of products on a long term basis and, accordingly, it is important that the commercial terms be carefully formulated and documented. In this respect, long term contract manufacturing arrangements are viewed as having the same level of significance as acquisitions, with a focus on key provisions such as ordering and supply, pricing and liability. The formulation of these long term contracts, coupled with manufacturing expertise and the successful management of the customer relationships, underlies the business growth of Bega Cheese and Tatura Milk Industries.
In 2017 we acted for Tatura Milk Industries in relation to its sale of one of its infant formula spray dryers at Tatura and its canning Facility of Derrimut to Mead Johnson. This transaction included long term agreements for the ongoing provision of services and manufacturing access to these facilities by Tatura Milk Industries.
BA (Hons) LLB – University of New South Wales
“David Ferguson has helped Bega Cheese over many years to develop and grow our business, culminating in our recent IPO and ASX listing. His expertise and understanding of our business ensures that we receive legal services that help us get things done.”
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
Loot Boxes, Surprise Mechanics, and Kinder Eggs - How should loot boxes be regulated?
12 August 2019
Globally, several jurisdictions are in the process of considering, or have already considered, their regulatory regimes in respect of loot boxes and have reached differing views as to the best way to regulate them. In this focus paper, we consider Australian and international regulatory developments with respect to the regulation of loot boxes.
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf?
Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.