Wisewould Mahony welcomes new Senior Associate to Geelong

Wisewould Mahony are delighted to welcome Paul Snow who joins the property team as a Senior Associate based in our Geelong office.

Prior to joining Wisewould Mahony, Paul held a senior lawyer position at the Law Institute of Victoria heading up its Property and Environmental Law team.

With over five years’ experience in private practice and working for the public sector, Paul has extensive expertise advising private companies, government and individuals across a range of property transactions.

Julie Barkla, Partner and Property Lead, said, “Paul brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the Geelong property market. We are very excited to have him join our growing team.”

Wisewould Mahony established its Geelong branch in 2015 and recently relocated to a new office at Level 1/54 Malop Street, Geelong earlier this year.

Wisewould Mahony advises on sale of GKC Foods to Barry Callebaut

Wisewould Mahony advised Australian chocolate manufacturer GKC Foods (Australia) Pty Ltd (GKC Foods) on its sale to Swiss chocolate manufacturer, Barry Callebaut. Negotiations commenced in November 2019 and with COVID-19 restrictions still in place, the deal was signed on 27 May 2020 via virtual signing ceremony. The transaction is expected to be finalised by the end of 2020, subject to regulatory approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

GKC Foods has been a leading manufacturer and B2B supplier of Australian made chocolate and confectionary products since the 1980s. The acquisition will be Barry Callebaut’s first entry into the Australian and New Zealand markets as part of its global expansion. The transaction will see an upgrade and expansion of GKC Food’s current factory in Melbourne as well as a substantial increase in business operations and employment.

Wisewould Mahony provided GKC Foods with legal advice on all aspects of the transaction including managing the due diligence, negotiation and structuring of the deal, as well as advising on potential regulatory issues.

The Wisewould Mahony team was led by Adam Rich (Partner), Cain McGirr (Partner) and Jules Borell (Lawyer).