Akin Gump Advises VCA Inc. as Acquisition by Mars, Incorporated Is Completed

(Los Angeles) – Mars, Incorporated and VCA Inc. today announced the successful completion of Mars’ previously announced acquisition of VCA. On January 9, 2017, Mars and VCA announced that they had entered into an agreement for Mars to acquire VCA for $93 per share in a transaction valued at approximately $9.1 billion. VCA will now operate as a distinct and separate business within Mars Petcare, alongside its other veterinary services businesses, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, BLUEPEARL® and PET PARTNERS™. Akin Gump advised VCA in the matter.

C.N. Franklin Reddick III, a partner in Akin Gump’s corporate practice led the team advising VCA. He was joined by fellow corporate partners J. Kenneth Menges Jr. and Carlos Bermudez; senior counsel Sean Gurgle; counsel John Holland and Michael Miller; and associates Ashton Butcher, Kevin Tsai, Lech Wilkiewicz and Alex Poor. Antitrust work was handled by partners Paul Hewitt, Corey Roush and Davina Garrod (for additional information on the firm’s work to achieve FTC clearance of this deal, please click here). Lawyers from the firm’s employee benefits, environmental, real estate and tax practices also played a role.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

# # #