Cadwalader Advising Procter & Gamble on Tax Aspects of the Acquisition of Duracell by Berkshire Hathaway

Nov 13, 2014

Cadwalader is advising The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) on the tax aspects of the disposition of its Duracell business through an exchange of the stock of a recapitalized Duracell Company for P&G shares held by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Berkshire’s stock ownership of P&G is currently valued at approximately $4.7 billion. P&G expects to contribute approximately $1.8 billion in cash to the Duracell Company in the pre-transaction recapitalization.

The transaction, which follows P&G’s prior announcement of plans to exit the Duracell business, is tax efficient for P&G and is expected to close in the second half of 2015.

The Cadwalader team is led by Tax Group Chair Linda Swartz, who has served as tax counsel to P&G since 2005 on transactions including the sale of its Pringles business to Kellogg Co., the tax-free distribution and immediate acquisition of its Folgers Coffee business by the J.M. Smucker Company, and the tax-free acquisition of The Gillette Company, and includes partner Richard Nugent and associate Edward Wei.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves nearly 5 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide.

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