Compass Acquires Cara's Health Services Division

Compass Group Canada (Beaver) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Compass Group Canada Ltd., acquired the health services division of Cara Operations Limited on April 28, 2002 for approximately $30 million. The acquisition was structured as a sale by Cara of the assets of the division to a newly incorporated company followed by a purchase by Compass of all the shares of the acquisition vehicle.
As part of the transaction, Compass Group also entered into a food service distribution agreement with Cara’s distribution subsidiary, Summit Food Service Distributors Inc., to supply Compass’s health services accounts in Canada, and a development agreement that will allow Compass to continue licensing certain Cara brands, including Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet and Second Cup Limited, to such clients.
Compass Group was represented by in-house counsel Tracey Durand, and by Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, with a team that included Filomena Frisina, Stephen Clarke and Carl Turner (corporate), Sharon Bennett (tax) and Clifton Prophet (pensions).
Cara was represented by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, with a team that included Jean Fraser, Judith Harris, Michelle Lally, Kelly Moffatt, Anthony Devir, John Groenewegen, Damian Rigolo, Minal Upadhyaya and Lesha Van Der Bij.


Lesha Van Der Bij Judith E. Harris Stephen R. Clarke Sharon A. Bennett Kelly L. Moffatt Carl A. Turner Anthony J. Devir Jean M. Fraser Damian J. Rigolo Michelle Lally Clifton P. Prophet Filomena Frisina John W. Groenewegen Minal Upadhyaya