International law firm Addleshaw Goddard (AG) has advised Co-operative Group ("Co-op") on its sale of its petrol forecourt business to Asda for £600m*.

The sale will see Co-op dispose of 129 of its petrol forecourt sites throughout the UK, along with their associated retail outlets, representing 5% of the group's retail estate of 2,564 stores.
With a primary focus on further developing its leading core convenience proposition, proceeds from the sale will be used to:

  • reinvest in Co-op's leading core convenience business centred around its retail estate, as well as its growing wholesale, franchise and e-commerce operations, including new convenience stores in the heart of more communities;
  • invest in Co-op’s pricing, store operations, technology, and logistics; and
  • support the reduction of Co-op’s net debt.

The sale is expected to complete in the final three months of the year.

Addleshaw Goddard advised Co-operative Group on all legal elements of the transaction, including M&A, tax, restructuring, real estate, employment and competition. The AG team was comprised of over 75 staff and led by corporate partner Andrew Green.

The law firm has a long-standing partnership with the Co-operative Group, providing full-service advice to its various businesses, including food retail, funeral services and general insurance.

Andrew Green, corporate partner at Addleshaw Goddard, said:

"This is a significant transaction representing two of the UK's most recognisable retail brands. The sale will help Co-op further in invest in its core convenience business, building out its wholesale, franchise and e-commerce operations throughout the UK.

"It was a pleasure to again work with the Co-operative Group and help to further the brand's values-driven approach to business."

Notes to editors

* An enterprise value of approximately £600m, which will include a cash consideration of £438m and is also inclusive of IFRS 16 lease liabilities of approximately £162m. Final amount to be confirmed on completion. Rothschild & Co acted as financial advisors to the Co-op, with Addleshaw Goddard acting as principal legal advisors.