The Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie acted as lead legal counsel to MHP SE, a leading international agro-industrial group, on its acquisition of Perutnina Ptuj, international meat-processing company and the largest producer of poultry meat and poultry meat products in Southeast Europe. This is the first acquisition of its kind in Europe for MHP and it confirms MHP as Europe’s fastest-growing poultry producer.

Baker McKenzie's team was led by Viacheslav Yakymchuk, Partner in the Baker McKenzie's Kyiv office with key input from London-based senior corporate associate Robert Gray and corporate associate Alyona Furda in the Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie. The team also included antitrust and competition associate Anita Lukaschek in Vienna and corporate associate Olena Serpukhovitina in Kyiv. ODI, an independent corporate law firm in South East Europe, acted as MHP's counsel in Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia.

Commenting on the deal, Viacheslav Yakymchuk said “We are happy to advise our client MHP on its very first significant deal in Europe. This acquisition marks a new phase in their strategy of becoming a significant player in the global poultry business."

Yuriy Gvozdev, MHP's General Counsel said: “The Baker McKenzie team was instrumental in helping us negotiate, coordinate, and lead the transaction to closing. Their vast experience in cross-border deals was a huge plus. They were practical and guided us smoothly through numerous complex issues.”    

Commenting, Robert Gray said: "This transaction once again highlights Baker McKenzie's ability to work seamlessly as one team across multiple jurisdictions, by combining its local office expertise with English law resources dedicated to the region".

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