DLA Piper’s agricultural finance practice has represented numerous financial institutions, hedge funds, cooperatives and agricultural development banks in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe in structuring complex agribusiness financial transactions. Our cross-border, multi-disciplinary agricultural finance team has closed billions of dollars of deals involving a myriad of agricultural commodities. We have particular experience advising clients in relation to animal health, cattle, coffee, corn, cotton, dairy products, ethanol, equine, fisheries, forestry, fruits and vegetables, grain, horticulture, lumber, meat and livestock, oats, oilseeds, palm oil, poultry, rice, soybeans, stock feed, sugar, viticulture, wheat and wool.

We have deep industry knowledge on a global basis of the intricacies in lending, securing collateral and restructuring transactions in the agricultural context. Our strong industry relationships in agribusiness trade organizations underpin our in-depth understanding of the industry's political climate and the likely impact of future regulation. This, combined with our experience, means we are well placed to partner with clients seeking to maximize economic and other opportunities in the agribusiness sector.

We advise on:

  • Syndicated loan transactions involving commitments in excess of billions of dollars, both unsecured and secured by agricultural commodities
  • Acquisitions, due diligence and organizational structuring
  • Carbon and clean energy
  • Freehold land and leasehold land ownership, including pastoral/agricultural leases in each state and territory
  • Water entitlements and trading and other irrigation arrangements
  • Land and vegetation clearance
  • Industry-specific laws and regulators and industry compliance
  • Hedging of agricultural commodities, including representation of debt issuers and swap counterparties
  • Standards and certifications applicable to different industries, including organic certification for both domestic and export markets
  • Environmental compliance
  • Investment management agreements and property management agreements
  • Relationship between the mining and energy sectors and the agriculture sector
  • Weed and fire management
  • Environmental, climate change adaption and carbon tax
  • Native title and the relationship with traditional owners
  • Access
  • Supply and off-take agreements
  • Agistment and share farming