Amcor Purchases Rexam Packaging Operations

On October 17, 2003, Melbourne, Australia-based Amcor Limited purchased Rexam PLC’s healthcare flexibles packaging operations for approximately $300 million. Rexam, based in London, U.K., is a consumer packaging company and beverage can maker. The transaction involved the purchase of 10 plants located in seven countries: four in the U.S., and one each in England, Ireland, France, Singapore, Puerto Rico and Brazil, as well as sales offices in China, Spain and Germany.

Amcor was represented by Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Montreal, New York, Toronto, Beijing and Paris, assisted by various local counsel. The DWPV team was led by Peter Mendell, Rita de Santis and Steve Levin, assisted by Hillel Rosen, Janet Ferrier, Denis Frawley, Philippe Johnson, Angela Khorshid, Jeremy Spry, David Torralbo and Corinne Weissberg, and also including Mark Katz, Julie Soloway and Gerald Shepherd (competition), Gray Taylor, Brett Seifred and Alexandria Pike (environment) and Michele Alexander (tax).

Rexam was represented in-house by Frank Brown, general counsel, Rexam Inc.; David Gibson, company secretary, Rexam PLC; and Jon East, corporate counsel, Rexam PLC; and in the U.S. by Moore & VanAllen in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a team led by Steve Hope, Beau Fisher and Peter McGrath, and assisted by Danny Johnson, Bryan Durrett, John Nurkin, Rob Fisher, Diana Jones and Jared Poplin; in the U.K. by Allen & Overy, with a team led by Patrick Speller (corporate) in London, and assisted by John Merity, and Alistair Lindsay (antitrust), Wolfgang Witz in Frankfurt, Eduardo Sebastian de Erice in Madrid and Jean-Claude Rivalland in Paris; and in Brazil by Miguel Jambor of Lima Gonçalves, Jambor, Rotenberg & Silveira Bueno – Advogados in Sao Paulo.