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Eversheds helps Rutland Partners put meat on poultry deal

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    Global law firm Eversheds has advised specialist turnaround and restructuring investor Rutland Partners on its investment in UK turkey producers, Bernard Matthews.

    Rutland Partners has taken a strategic stake in Norfolk based Bernard Matthews, a household name and the largest turkey farmer and producer in the UK rearing over 7 million turkeys a year and employing over 2000 staff.

    David Wingfield of Rutland Partners said:

    “We are excited to be investing in the leading turkey producer in the UK, which has such a widely recognised brand. We have been impressed by the energy and passion of the team at all levels of the business and are looking forward to the prospect of working with them to enable the business to reach its full potential.

    “Eversheds food sector focus linked with their strong private equity practice have a great reputation in the corporate space and we were keen to work with them on this transaction. Their sector knowledge and professionalism helped to push this deal through to a successful conclusion.”

    Eversheds’ corporate partners Robin Johnson and Robin Skelton led on all corporate aspects of this transaction.

    Robin Skelton said:

    “Bernard Matthews has explored a number of options as part of its growth strategy and has found a great partner. Rutland with its impressive track record with companies of this type and its notable portfolio of realised investments, coupled with both financial backing and its strategic knowledge in this space will ensure that Rutland adds value throughout the Bernard Matthews’ business.”

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