Anthony Lecour, Eugene Co, and Steve Waters lead our coverage of Consumer & Retail companies. Below is a list of select transactions in which they advised.


Consumer & Retail


Company Advised


AEA Investors

Senior Notes on buy-out of Graco Children’s Products


Sale of Wheel Goods Division to Roadmaster

Avis Inc (BCI Holdings/Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts)

Sale to Wesray Rent-A-Car Inc

Beatrice Companies Inc

Sale of Arrowhead Bottled Water to Perrier

Beatrice Companies Inc

Acquisition of Esmark Inc

Beatrice Companies Inc

Sale to BCI Holdings (Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts)

Beverage Management Inc

Sale to BMI Inc (Forstmann Little & Co)

Booker plc

Sale of P. Leiner Nutritionals to investors

Bouquet d’Or

Sale to Cadbury Schweppes

Bright Foods

Investment and partnership to establish GNC Stores China

Cadbury Schweppes

Acquisition of interest in Dr. Pepper Holdings

Canada Dry Corp (Dr Pepper)

Sale to Del Monte Corp (RJR Nabisco)

Central Bottling Company Ltd (Coke Israel)

Advisor on purchase of Turk Tuborg


Sale to Unilever

Cie Financiere Richemont AG

Acquisition of Rothmans International plc

Club Med Gym (France)

Leveraged buy-out

Cognac Hardy

Leveraged buy-out

Coleman Natural

Acquisition of Petalulma Poultry


Senior Secured Notes Offering

Coreana Cosmetics

Sale of majority interest to private investors

CPC International

Acquisition of CF Mueller Co from McKesson

Critical Home Care

Fairness opinion on merger with Arcadia Resources


Sale of Modern Maid Foods to Allied-Lyons

Danisco AG

Joint venture to produce neutraceutical ingredients in Europe

Darden Restaurant Group

Senior note offering

Dart & Kraft

Acquisition of Lender’s Bagel Bakery

Dart & Kraft

Sale of Seamless Hospital Supply

Dee Corp plc

Acquisition of Herman’s Sporting Goods Inc

Dixons plc

Sale of Dixons US Holdings to Fretter Inc

Dr. Pepper Co

Sale to Forstmann Little & Co

Duty Free International

Acquisition of U.E.T.A

Duty Free International

Sale to BAA

Eastman Kodak

Sale of retail operations


Sale to American Brands


Sale of Sunny Delight to Procter & Gamble

FEMSA Cerveza SA

Sale to John Labatt Ltd

Fox Photo

Sale to Eastman Kodak

Franco Apparel Group

Recapitalization of company


Sale of portfolio of leading eyewear brands to Foster Grant

Gate Gourmet International (Swissair)

Sale to Texas Pacific Group

General Foods

Acquisition of Oscar Meyer

General Foods

Acquisition of Entenmann’s

General Foods

Sale to Philip Morris

General Mills

Note offering

General Mills

Sale of Goodmark Foods

GoodTimes Entertainment

Sale to Quadrangle Group

Grand Metropolitan plc

Sale of Van de Kamp’s to Whitman Corp

Grand Metropolitan plc

Acquisition of Pet Inc

Grand Metropolitan plc

Acquisition of Pillsbury Co

Groupe Le Creuset SA

Shareholder Rights and recapitalization plan, sale of equity stake to Omni Group


Initial Public Offering


Sale to Federal Company

Herman’s Sporting Goods Inc

Sale to investor group

Hershey Foods

Acquisition of Freia-Marabou

HJ Heinz Ethnic Gourmet Foods

Sale to Hain Celestial

Holly Farms

Sale to Tyson

Hunt Manufacturing

Shareholder Rights Plan

Hunt Manufacturing

Acquisition of X-Acto and House of Miniatures

J Sainsbury plc

Acquisition of Giant Food Inc

Johnson Group Cleaners plc

Acquisition of Dryclean USA Inc

Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts

Senior Notes on buy-out of Spaulding Holdings

Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts

Acquisition of RJ Reynolds

Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts

Recapitalization of RJ Reynolds

Kraft Foods

Senior note offering

Kraft Foods

Acquisition of minority stake in EFS Network

Kraft Foods

Initial Public Offering of Kraft Foods from Phillip Morris

Marks and Spencer plc

Acquisition of Brooks Brothers (Allied Stores)


Sale of Calvin Klein fragrances to Unilever


Sale of Personal Products division to Tsumura

Myryad Apparel

Restructuring and Sale to ETAM


Sale of snowmobile division to Tompkins plc

Nabisco Brands

Merger with RJ Reynolds

Newton Family

Sale to CPI


Sale of majority interest in Irgovel to Alothon Latin America Group


Acquisition of Irgovel SA


Fairness opinion on RiceX merger


Sale of minority stake to Monsanto


Joint venture in China with Bright Foods and Uni-President

Ohio Mattress Co

Acquisition of Sealy Inc

Ohio-Sealy Mattress Manufacturing

Acquisition of Stearns & Foster Co

Omni Group

Acquisition of equity stake in Aaron Rents, Inc.

Pentland Holdings

Sale to Reebok International Ltd


Senior note offering

Potel & Chabot

Leveraged buy-out

Reckitt & Coleman plc

Acquisition of Boyle-Midway Household products

Royal Crown Cos

Sale to Chesapeake Financial Corp

Saroni Sugar & Rice Inc

Sale to ConAgra Food

Shiseido Co

Acquisition of Professional Products Division of Helene Curtis Industries from Unilever

Silhouette Gym (Switzerland)

Leveraged build-up

Six Flags Corp (Penn Central Corp)

Sale to Bally Manufacturing Corp

Specialty Coffee Holdings

Acquisition of Boyer Brothers Coffee

Standard Brands

Merger with Nabisco

Stop & Shop

Sale to Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts


Sale to Sunglass Hut

Tate & Lyle plc

Acquisition of Redpath Industries Ltd

Tate & Lyle plc

Acquisition of Staley Continental Inc

The Sports Club Company

Sale of selected health clubs to Millennium Partners

TLC Beatrice International

Sale of ice cream business and other Latin American business to La Industria Carbonica


Acquisition of Helene Curtis

Unilever US Inc

Tender for Richardson-Vicks Inc

United Biscuits

Sale of Keebler

United Biscuits

Sale of Terry’s

United Biscuits

Defense against Cadbury-Schwepes

Van Zuydam investor Group

Acquisition of Groupe Le Creuset

Vin & Spirit

Sale of distribution rights for Absolut Vodka to Seagrams

Ward White Group plc

Acquisition of Wiener Enterprises Inc

Waterford Wedgwood

Sale of stake to Lazard Alternative Investments

Wechsler Coffee Corp

Sale to Sara Lee Corp


Sale of Ideal School Supply


Sale of Westinghouse Beverage Group to CVC

Wickes plc

Sale to Focus Do It All Group