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Ropes & Gray Advises 3i on its Acquisition of MPM

Practices: Private Equity, Finance, Tax, Antitrust

Ropes & Gray has advised 3i Group plc – a leading international investor focused on mid-market private equity and infrastructure – on its c. £125m investment alongside management for a majority stake in MPM, an international leader in branded, premium, natural pet food. 

Headquartered in Manchester, UK, MPM was founded in 2002 and owns leading brands such as Applaws, Encore and Reveal. The company differentiates itself through its high quality, human-grade products, its natural, clean-label ingredients and its “cat first” proposition. MPM’s loyal customer base places great importance on its sustainable sourcing and recyclable packaging. It has an established presence in the UK, EMEA and APAC with a fast growing business in North America. International sales account for more than 60% of revenues. MPM has developed strong relationships with key retailers across pet specialist, grocery and online channels. 

The Ropes & Gray team was led by private equity transactions partners Helen Croke and John Newton, with finance partner Alex Robb leading on the financing aspects of the deal. Other members of team included tax partner Brenda Coleman, antitrust partner Ruchit Patel, private equity transactions associates Laura Kayani, Daniel Williams, Maddie Cubbon and trainee Dorothea Weitzer, tax associate David Johns, antitrust associate Anna Pugh and finance associates Jake Bennett, Ashley Wright, Alec Young and Adjoa Kwarteng and trainee Kwasi Yeboah. All members of the team are based in London.

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