The Forest Products and Agribusiness industries benefit from similar competitive advantages in terms of long-term sustainability of demand and supply. From timberlands to grains, renewable fibers and biofuels are integral parts of the global economy. However, these industries are not immune to escalating energy and input prices and other cost structure shifts. There has been retrenchment and consolidation across the board. To surmount these issues and move forward, you need a firm that has a spread of skills across all sectors.
Partner with Dentons to benefit from cutting-edge advice and innovative solutions. Whether you are seeking patent protection for a future food composition or plant breeding technology, assessing the long-term viability of a timberland investment, converting a production facility to a higher-end pulp use or installing a long-term structural commercial advantage in the distribution of your end product, we are at your side, adding value–not wasting your time.
Clients come back to us time and again due to our industry knowledge and the solutions we deliver that maximize their success. We understand the intellectual property imperatives underlining what were formerly simple commodity sectors. We can advise on intellectual property protection, commercial contracts, strategy in fiber management and finished product distribution, mergers and acquisitions, environmental sustainability branding, product approval and registration by government agencies, global cross-border trade and human resource management.
Look to our lawyers for innovative business and legal solutions in the Forest Products and Agribusiness industries, including:
- Biotechnology, Crop and Plant Breeding, Protection, Fertilizer and Fiber R&D
- Carbon Credits
- Lumber Trade and Production
- Timberland Investment and Land Protection Trusts
- Biofuels and Energy Input Management
- Pulp, Paper, Newsprint, Tissue and Containerboard Distribution
- Strategic Advisory and Industry Consolidation Implementation
- AgroGeneration: Advising on its acquisition of Vinal, a Ukrainian agricultural group: legal assistance on the acquisition by the client of an agricultural group, from legal due diligence and transaction structuring to preparation of a shareholders’ agreement and closing of the transaction. The legal work also included the preparation of a number of share purchase and escrow agreements and legal advice on various corporate, tax, labour and land lease issues, as well as handling the antimonopoly filing.
- Archer Daniel Midland: Representing the global food processing and commodities trading corporation in complex commercial litigation regarding the grain industry.
- Monsanto: Winning a significant class action litigation for Monsanto in 13 different corn- and soy-growing states. The original master class actions complaint alleged wide-ranging price-fixing conspiracy between Monsanto and other defendants relating to genetically modified soybean seed products, plus a range of patent and antitrust violations by Monsanto. We successfully opposed certification of a settlement class and, shortly thereafter, a settlement was reached on an individual basis. We also serve as this client's outside patent counsel, processing a substantial portion of their patents and managing patent portfolios worldwide.
- Sumi Agro Europe Limited: Advising on the creation of a pan-European alliance with Sipcam to develop and distribute agro-chemicals in various European countries, including Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria.
- Bonduelle Group: Acting as legal advisor in Ukraine in relation to its investment in the construction of a factory producing canned and frozen vegetables in the Cherkasy region: legal advice and assistance in legal due diligence, transaction structuring, various corporate, tax, labor, land law and construction issues, preparation of the Sale and Purchase Agreement, as well as the filing for antimonopoly approval.
- Cascades Inc.: Advising on its $81 million sale to PaperlinX Canada Limited.
- Catalyst Paper Corporation: Advising the Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders of Catalyst Paper Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries in their Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act/Chapter 15 proceedings.
- Major pulp and paper producer: Advising on a number of transactions such as the $45 million sale of its Gatineau hydro energy assets to Hydro-Ottawa, the sale of its Lebel-sur-Quévillon pulp assets to Fortress Paper and its $40.8 million joint venture with FPInnovations. This last transaction involved cutting-edge intellectual property and technology in the form of nanocrystaline cellulose.
- Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.: Advising on its offering of US$210 million in senior notes.
- Noble Group: Advising a leading supply chain manager in agriculture, on the acquisition of Belgravia LLC, the Kyiv-based Ukrainian company owning a grain elevator, for the purpose of increasing its grain storage and operations capacities in Ukraine. Advising on the acquisition of OJSC “Karakupske Khlibopryimalne Pidpryjemstvo” in Ukraine. Advising on the acquisition of Satellite, a Ukrainian oilseed crushing company.
- Tembec Industries Inc.: Advising on the completion of its cross-border offer to exchange up to US$255 million of outstanding senior notes. The initial notes were offered to accredited investors in Canada and in the US pursuant to a private placement. The new notes were registered in the US through the multijurisdictional disclosure system and qualified for distribution pursuant to a final short form prospectus filed with the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec).
Aboriginal Law (Canada)July 3, 2014
On June 26, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) released its much anticipated decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia. The case is significant, in part, because it is the first SCC decision where the applicant, First Nation, successfully proved its claim to Aboriginal title. The case also provides further guidance for government and industry interested in new developments on lands that are subject to Aboriginal title. Overall, it is a logical and natural evolution of the jurisprudence developed by the SCC in cases such as Calder, Guerin, Sparrow and Delgamuukw. Read moreForest Products and AgribusinessMarch 27, 2014
Brief overview of the recent legislative changes in Agribusiness sector as of March 2014. Read moreForest Products and AgribusinessJune 20, 2013
Doris Bonora, from Denton's Canada LLP and a member of CAFA (Canadian Association of Farm Advisors), discusses Neil's legal operating environment and other family farm business issues. Read more
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KyivJune 26, 2014
Dentons Kyiv received very positive appraisal and high rankings by the newly released Ukrainian Law Firms 2014: A Handbook for Foreign Clients (“ULF”). Our Energy and Natural Resources practice was named among the Top Three in Ukraine, while our Banking and Finance and Restructuring practices were named among the Top Five in Ukraine, reflecting the firm’s legal support of significant industries transactions. Read more