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6 January, 2014 - 08:43 By News Desk

€3 billion food group uses Cambridge lawyers

Anthony McGurk

Cambridge corporate lawyer Anthony McGurk has advised global fruit and vegetable supplier UNIVEG on a multi-million euros acquisition of UK based fruit business Empire World Trade.

McGurk, who led the Mills & Reeve team in the deal, was unable to release figures for the acquisition of the Lincolnshire business.

UNIVEG is part of the UNIVEG Group, with its headquarters in Belgium and an annual turnover in excess of €3 billion. The group has 5,700 employees and supplies customers across six continents, supplying 19 out of the 20 largest food retailers in Europe. It has 32 distribution outlets across Europe.

Empire World Trade is a leading UK importer and distributor of top fruit located in Spalding. The joint businesses will be known as UNIVEG UK and will be managed by Alan Forrester and Mike Harpham, as joint managing directors. David Pratt, as former managing director of EWT, will become a director of UNIVEG UK.

McGurk said: “This was a complex transaction and drew on expertise from across the firm, together with our significant experience of acting for businesses in the food and beverage sector.”

Forrester, managing director of UNIVEG UK added: “This acquisition has proved to be complex, challenging and protracted. Throughout the process Anthony and the team at Mills & Reeve have maintained focus with tenacious attention to detail resulting in a successful outcome for our business.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Anthony McGurk

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