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Ropes & Gray Counsels Groupe Rocher in a Definitive Agreement to Acquire Arbonne International

Practices: Intellectual Property Transactions, Private Equity

Ropes & Gray counseled Groupe Rocher, one of France’s largest privately held businesses with world wide sales and operations and 17,000 employees, in a definitive agreement to acquire Arbonne International, whose holding company is Natural Products Group (NPG). Arbonne is a leader in direct selling of botanically based beauty, personal care and nutrition products. The acquisition will include NPG’s company Nature’s Gate, a personal care brand. The transaction was announced on February 2, 2018.

Arbonne International, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., offers a wide range of vegan skincare, bath and body and nutrition and makeup products sold in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Poland.

The Ropes & Gray team was co-lead by IP transactions partner and co-leader of the firm’s international practice Harry Rubin, private equity partner Taylor Hart and associate Hunter Sharp.