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Corporate and Finance Matters for Food and Agribusiness

Each food and agricultural business is unique – be it a public company, growth-oriented company, a not-for-profit, start-up or family-owned business.

Ice Miller can bring together a team of attorneys to meet your specific personal and business finance needs. 

Ice Miller attorneys develop innovative solutions for food and agribusiness companies. Our attorneys understand the dynamic and increasingly complex business environment facing the food industry and agribusiness. We have substantial experience in conducting major transactions in the seed, grain/oilseed, food processing, dairy, cooperative and oil and gas sectors. Attorneys from our team represent clients of diverse industry backgrounds and sizes, including closely-held and family-owned businesses, as well as publicly traded companies. We assist food and agribusiness clients with corporate needs, including:

  • Capital markets transactions
  • Commercial transactions
  • Corporate governance for public and private companies
  • Financing, private equity and venture capital
  • General business counseling
  • Government contracts 
  • International matters and transactions
  • Investment management, funds and compliance
  • Joint ventures and other strategic alignments
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Project finance
  • Public-private partnerships and ventures 
  • Securities
  • Tax

Cooperative Practice

We have attorneys across various practice groups who advise cooperatives on corporate governance matters, formation, debt finance and tax matters. Ice Miller has also worked extensively with our cooperative clients on mergers and acquisitions, setting up joint ventures and the buying and selling of assets. 


Ice Miller attorneys also have experience in structuring and negotiating agribusiness financings, as well as in workouts, restructurings and litigation for agribusiness matters. Our team has advised clients on syndicated finance transactions and have structured and negotiated securitizations and other agribusiness financings for clients.   

We also have worked on bankruptcies, workouts and distressed acquisitions involving livestock integrators, grain producers and processors, and other agribusinesses.  

Representative Experience

  • CLAAS.  Ice Miller has worked closely with CLAAS of America, Claas Omaha Inc., and their parent company, Claas KGaA for over two decades, helping them on a wide variety of legal matters throughout North America including advice on distributor agreements, product liability and warranty claims, labor issues, and general risk management.
  • CountryMark.  Ice Miller represents CountryMark on policy and regulatory issues at both the state and federal level.  Our attorneys have also assisted with a major biofuels grant submission to the U.S. Department of Energy as well as corporate representation on the acquisition of assets of a Midwestern oil and gas exploration and production company.  
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