Ara Partners’ Acquisition of Genera Energy

Paul Hastings advised Genera Energy on the deal, while White & Case advised Ara Partners.

Genera Energy, the largest integrated manufacturer of non-wood agricultural pulp and molded fiber products, announced the investment in the company by Ara Partners.

Ara and the Genera management team will expand the company’s production footprint across the U.S. to address the growing demand for domestically sourced sustainable packaging. Genera is poised to capitalize on explosive growth in the sustainable packaging market, benefiting from structural tailwinds, including onshoring of supply chains, and companies and consumers seeking sustainable alternatives to plastics.

Ara Partners is a leading private equity firm that specializes in industrial decarbonization investments.

Partners Matt Murphy (Picture), Brian Richards, Kelly Padgett, Jeffrey Goldfarb led the Paul Hastings team, which also included of counsel Jeremy Rocklage, and associates Megan Craig, Sabine Houben and Damian Lu.

The White & Case M&A team in Houston was led by partner Steven Tredennick, and included partner Morgan Hollins and associates Alexandra Lippert, Kabir Phaguda, Anil Tanyildiz, Yasin Khan, Sadi Moradi and Philip Reyneke. The team also included partner Chad McCormick and associate Neil Clausen in Houston (both Tax); partner Victoria Rosamond and associates Peter Shelburne and Anthony Veveakis in New York (all Employment, Compensation & Benefits); partners Thomas MacWright in New York and Charles Koster in Houston (both Financial Restructuring and Insolvency); partner Taylor Pullins in Houston (Environment & Climate Change); and partner Armando Rivera Jacobo in New York (Project Development and Finance).

Involved fees earner: Megan Craig – Paul Hastings LLP; Jeffrey Goldfarb – Paul Hastings LLP; Matthew Murphy – Paul Hastings LLP; Kelly Padgett – Paul Hastings LLP; Brian Richards – Paul Hastings LLP; Jeremy Rocklage – Paul Hastings LLP; Neil Clausen – White & Case; Morgan Hollins – White & Case; Yasin Khan – White & Case; Charles Koster – White & Case; Alexandra Lippert – White & Case; Thomas MacWright – White & Case; Chad McCormick – White & Case; Kabir Phaguda – White & Case; Taylor Pullins – White & Case; Philip Reyneke – White & Case; Armando Rivera Jacobo – White & Case; Victoria Rosamond – White & Case; Peter Shelburne – White & Case; An?l Tany?ld?z – White & Case; Steven Tredennick – White & Case; Anthony Veveakis – White & Case;

Law Firms: Paul Hastings LLP; White & Case;

Clients: Ara Partners Group; Genera Energy;

Martina Bellini

Author: Martina Bellini