Compass Lexecon Clients Cargill Inc., Continental Grain Co., and Sanderson Farms Inc. Complete Merger Combining Wayne Farms and Sanderson Farms

Compass Lexecon was retained by Cargill Inc., Continental Grain Co., and Sanderson Farms Inc. in connection with their $4.5 billion transaction combining two leading broiler chicken processing firms, Sanderson Farms and Continental Grain subsidiary Wayne Farms.

After an investigation lasting nearly a year, the DOJ Antitrust Division closed its investigation into the merger. The Compass Lexecon team was led by Dr. Nathan Wilson. Dr. Wilson was supported by a Chicago-based team that included Thomas Stemwedel, Deborah Healy, and Katelyn Gillen. Compass Lexecon worked closely with Mary Lehner, Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum, Elizabeth Giordano, and Lauren Vaca of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Nelson Fitts and Monica Smith of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Aidan Synnott, Ann Simons, and Amy Barton of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; and Debbie Feinstein of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.