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Mitchell S. Presser

Partner | New York
Distinguishes himself with expertise in private equity. Especially food and agricultural investing. Legal 500 US 2016


Advised Paine Schwartz Partners on multiple transactions, including:

  • The acquisition of Registrar Corp., a leading provider of supply chain compliance software and services to domestic and foreign food and beverage, medical device, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic customers.
  • The proposed sale of Verisem, an integrated global seed production company, to Syngenta’s vegetable seeds business, part of Syngenta Group, a global leader in agricultural science and innovation headquartered in Switzerland.
  • The acquisition and eventual sale to Berkshire Partners of FoodChain ID, a food inspection and certification company.
  • The acquisition of Wawona Packing Company, a supplier of high-quality stone fruit, and its business combination with Gerawan Farming.
  • The acquisition of Lyons Magnus Group, a foodservice supplier of beverage syrups, smoothies, juices, toppings, syrups, and other fruit-based products.
  • The acquisition of Suba Seeds, a specialty vegetable and legume seed producer.
  • The 30% investment into Special New Fruit Licensing (SNFL), a table grape operating company.
  • The sale of Icicle Seafoods, an Alaskan seafood processor.

Advised AgroFresh Solutions Inc., a Philadelphia-based provider of technologies and services to extend the shelf life of fresh produce, in multiple transactions:

  • Its go-private buyout deal with sustainable food chain investing firm Paine Schwartz Partners.
  • Its acquisition of Tessara.
  • Its acquisition of PACE International.

Advised Special New Fruit Licensing, a table grape research and development company, in its combination with International Fruit Genetics (IFG).

Advised Aqua Capital, an agriculture-focused private equity investor based in Brazil, in its acquisition of Novus Ag, an innovative ag retail platform that provides farmers with an optimal mix of local expertise and national scale.

Advised Sugar Foods Corporation, a food company serving prominent foodservice, grocery, retail, and restaurant brands, in its sale to Pritzker Private Capital (PPC).

Advised Lyons Magnus, a leader in the food service industry, in its acquisition of Phillips Syrups and Sauces, an Ohio-based business that designs, manufactures, sells, and distributes coffee house products, ice cream shop products, and breakfast syrups.

Advised FoodChain ID in its acquisitions of:

  • Nutraveris, a leading scientific and regulatory affairs consultancy and technology software provider covering the European health, nutrition, and supplements markets.
  • Quality Partner, a food safety testing, inspections, and organic certification company.
  • Diversified Laboratories, a laboratory specializing in the detection of pesticide contaminants in animal feed and human food products, creating a comprehensive contaminants testing solutions company for food and animal feed products.
  • Analitus Analises Biotecnologicas, a Brazilian food safety testing laboratory.
  • Bioagricert Srl, an Italian organic certification services company.

Advised WireCo WorldGroup on its over $1 billion debt and equity recapitalization, including the refinancing of $825 million of existing debt and a $260 million majority equity investment by Onex Capital.

Advised Eurodrip, a manufacturer of drip irrigation products, on its merger with Rivulis.

Advised Tinicum and affiliated funds managed by Tinicum Incorporated in the acquisition of a controlling interest in Robert Family Holdings to create TSL Engineered Products.

Individual recommended for M&A / Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Large Deals ($1BN+)

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