Gilbert + Tobin completes the loop in $1bn sale

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A top firm has seen its previous work for a private equity giant through to the end.

Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) advised Quadrant Private Equity in its $1bn sale of the Real Pet Food Company (RPFC) to a Chinese consortium, which was advised by Ashurst. G+T also led in the investment made by Quadrant in another recent deal.

G+T had advised Quadrant when it bought the business just over two years ago. RPFC has grown into the largest independent pet food manufacturer in Australia.

Ashurst corporate partner Mark Stanbridge and banking and finance partner Shawn Wytenburg led the team that advised the consortium, which was made up of Hosen Capital, New Hope Group, and Temasek.

Stanbridge and Wytenburg were supported by employment partner Jennie Mansfield, tax partners Vivian Chang and Barbara Phair, environment and planning partner Rebecca Dixon, property partner Andrew Deane, IP partner Lisa Ritson, and Singapore-based corporate partner Simon Brown.

G+T’s team was led by corporate advisory partner Rachael Bassil, who was aided by lawyers Elizabeth Cameron, Oliver Yee, and Olivia Nunn. Banking and infrastructure partner Gail Christopher, who was assisted by lawyer Justin Greer and Matthew Weetman, advised on the financing aspects of the transaction.

This G+T team also acted in Quadrant’s investment in the Timezone Family Entertainment Centres business for an undisclosed sum. This was the first investment of The Entertainment and Education Group, Quadrant’s new holding company focused on early education and family and children entertainment investments in Australia and Asia.

Allens acted for the Steinberg family and related entities, which sold stakes in Timezone.

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