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James Ben

James Ben

Managing Director, Global Financial Advisory
New York, NY, USA

James Ben  is a Managing  Director and Co-Head  of U.S. Consumer at Rothschild. Before  joining Rothschild, Mr. Ben was head of the Global Consumer and Retail M&A Group at Barclays and Lehman Brothers.  Mr. Ben began his career as a lawyer and practiced law with Sullivan & Cromwell (New York), as a member of the firm’s M&A Group.

During the course of his career, Mr. Ben has completed over $100 billion in M&A transaction volume in the consumer, retail, technology and industrial sectors.

Notable Consumer / Retail transactions include:

  • The pending sale of Pep Boys to Icahn Enterprise Partners for $1.2bn
  • Coca-Cola Iberian Partners on its pending €28 billion three way merger with Coca-Cola Enterprises and Coca-Cola Efrischungshetranke AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company, to form Coca-Cola European Partners
  • The $765 million sale of Green Giant by General Mills to B&G Foods
  • The sale by CI Capital Partners of KIK Custom Products to Centerbridge Partners
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated on its territory acquisitions from The Coca Cola Company
  • BC Partners on the €940 million sale of Spotless Group to Henkel
  • Hormel on the $700m acquisition of Unilever’s Skippy Peanut Butter business
  • Spectrum Brands on the $1.4bn acquisition of Stanley Black & Decker’s Hardware & Home Improvement Group
  • ACCO Brands on its $2.0bn reverse morris trust combination with Mead Westvaco’s Consumer Business
  • Justice Holdings on its $7.5bn merger with Burger King and subsequent relisting of Burger King
  • Molson Coors’ $3.5bn acquisition of StarBev
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev on its $3.0bn sale of its Central and Eastern European Brewing Operations to CVC

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