Food & Beverage







Oaklins' professionals understand competitive pressures and globalization trends. We’ve helped various multinational companies refocus historically wide brand portfolios by divesting marginal or non-core businesses. Our expertise, global relationships and creativity help our clients successfully identify the right strategic partners to realize premium valuations. That's the Oaklins way.

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Oaklins Food & Beverage Specialists


South Africa, Johannesburg

Yaron Zimbler

Morocco, Casablanca

Tarik Britel


Canada, Montreal

Sebastien Nadeau

Mexico, Mexico City

Bernardo Gutiérrez Cortina

United States, Atlanta

James S. Grien

United States, Boston

Craig M. Gibson

United States, Chicago

Arthur J. Lyman

United States, Cleveland

David D. Dunstan

United States, Jacksonville

Doug Kravet

United States, New York

Paul R. Smolevitz

United States, Seattle

Thomas Elzey

Asia Pacific

Australia, Sydney

Peter Fraser

China, Hong Kong

Adrian Bradbury

China, Shanghai

Angela Chen

Japan, Tokyo

Taro Okayama

Singapore, Singapore

Alistair Burgoyne

Thailand, Bangkok

Giang Tran Thuy

Europe and Middle East

Austria, Vienna

Thomas Jungreithmeir

Belgium, Brussels

Thomas Roelens

Croatia, Zagreb

Željko Perić

Czech Republic, Prague

Oliver Polyák

Denmark, Copenhagen

Frederik Aakard

Estonia, Tallinn

Lauri Isotamm

Finland, Helsinki

Inna Manko

France, Paris

Philippe Hermant

Germany, Hamburg

Florian von Alten

Ireland, Dublin

Raymond Donegan

Israel, Tel Aviv

Boaz Levi

Italy, Milan

Marco A. Vismara

Latvia, Riga

Valērija Lieģe

Lithuania, Vilnius

Aidas Galubickas

Netherlands, Amsterdam

Oscar van Leeuwen

Norway, Oslo

Bjørn Campbell Pedersen

Poland, Warsaw

Maciej Szalaj

Russia, Moscow

Alexey Bykov

Saudi Arabia, Riyadh

Saud Al Tassan

Slovakia, Bratislava

Miroslav Hilčík

Slovenia, Ljubljana

Vlado Jančič

Spain, Madrid

José Antonio Martín de los Santos

Sweden, Stockholm

Sven-Åke Lewin

Switzerland, Zurich

Jens Rutten

Turkey, Istanbul

Levent Bosut

United Kingdom, London

Brian Livingston

United Kingdom, London

Jonathan Buxton


Healthy Food Spot On newsletter

Market intelligence on healthy food:  In our second edition of the Healthy Food Spot On, Marco A. Vismara shares some high-level industry intelligence covering market and valuation trends, followed by a spotlight on EcorNaturaSi and an interview with Roberto Maschio, Chairman of Baule Volante & Fior di Loto, SRL. Healthy food (HF), and organic & free-from food in particular, is undisputedly the most important point…


M&A Appetite for Healthy Food at BIOFACH2018 in Nuremberg, Germany

On 15 February, our healthy food experts Marco A. Vismara, Florian von Alten, Sven-Åke Lewin and Philippe Hermant will host a workshop “M&A Appetite for Healthy Food” covering trends, valuations, main drivers and learnings from recent M&A transactions. Our healthy food specialists, together with Peter Åsberg, CEO & President at Midsona and Lars Eriksson, Partner at Riverside Company will cover this program: Overview of the healthy food sector: trends;…


Global natural nutrition trailblazer strengthens its market position

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in France has advised Naturex SA, the world leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients, on the acquisition of Swedish Oat Fiber AB, a specialized manufacturer of oat products. Oaklins’ team in Sweden identified the target. This acquisition offers both businesses diversification in the high-growth oat-based beta-glucan segment and geographic expansion via a platform in Scandinavia. Read more about the transaction, market…


Oaklins’ expertise acknowledged in food industry award

Davide Milano, one of Oaklins’ food & beverage specialists, has been awarded “M&A Professional of the Year 2017 in the Food Industry” by Financecommunity in recognition of his expertise shown in a number of relevant transactions completed in the sector. During the award ceremony, he was put forward as one of the most prominent professionals in the food industry. His colleague and fellow food specialist Marco…


Creating a leading Italian healthy food distributor

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Italy has advised Fior di Loto Srl on its merger with Baule Volante Srl, coordinating all activities aimed at defining and completing the transaction. The combined entity will generate revenues of over US$80 million in the healthy and organic food distribution business. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.  


Premium Scottish smoked salmon producer acquired by Estonian fish processor and retailer

DEAL FLASH: Cavendish, an Oaklins member firm in the UK, has advised the shareholders or John Ross Jr. [Aberdeen] Limited (John Ross) and Coln Valley Smokery Limited (Coln Valley), jointly known as JRJ Group, on the sale of the company to AS PRFoods. PRFoods is the largest manufacturer of fish in Estonia and also one of the largest fish production brands in Finland. Read more…


Healthy food Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON A GROWING AND TRANSFORMING SEGMENT: The first edition of the Healthy food Spot On newsletter zooms in on the factors driving M&A growth in the industry and more specifically in the four player categories we identified: Fresh fruits and vegetables, functional foods, organic foods and specialized retailers. You will find an overview of the market and valuation trends, a spotlight on Wessanen, a leading…


Selling to a bottling partner

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Italy has advised Sanpellegrino, a Nestlé company, on the sale of its Recoaro mineral water brand, business and assets to the Dutch listed group Refresco. The transaction also included a co-packing agreement for three of Sanpellegrino’s branded products. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.


Sale of controlling stake in Australian health food retailer

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Australia has advised the owners of Healthy Life Group on the sale of a controlling stake in the company to Allegro Funds. This is a perfectly timed transaction, with an increasing trend towards healthy foods and wellness coupled with the opportunity provided by the selldown of a non-core business operation. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and…


Marco Vismara was named “Food Professional of the Year” by

Marco Vismara, one of our Italian partners and our Head of the Food & Beverage Industry Group, was named “Food Professional of the Year”.  The motivation of the Award was “A professional that is gaining an increasing personal recognition in this industry, and is also building the brand name and the reputation of his team”. Financecommunity is a leading online magazine and newsletter, providing news…


A game-changer in the Italian dairy business

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Italy advised Sabelli SpA to acquire Trevisanalat SpA from Alto Partners S.G.R. Trevisanalat SpA is a leading Italian dairy company active in the production of private label and its own branded mozzarella cheese products. They advised the buyer throughout the process, from the analysis of the opportunity and the negotiations with the seller up to the closing. The team also…


Alcoholic beverages

FOOD & BEVERAGE DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ teams in the Netherlands and in Germany advised Royal Dirkzwager in the sale of a selection of liquor brands to Nordbrand Nordhausen GmbH. The selected brands include Asmussen and Boddel, two of the oldest rum brands in Germany; Fläminger Jagd and Jagd Hütte, traditional German herb liqueurs; and Balle, a classic German rum. This deal is another example of…