Friday, 23 April 2021 13:09

Van Leeuwen Group in receivership

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One of New Zealand’s largest dairy farmers- the Van Leeuwen Group- has been placed into receivership.


Calibre Partners, formerly KordaMentha, has been appointed receivers.

In a letter to suppliers, receivers Brendon Gibson, Neale Jackson and Natalie Burrett, says they are now in control of the assets of businesses of the van Leeuwen Group.

They intend to continue running the business, which comprises 10 dairy platforms and four support blocks with 8000ha under management, milking approximately 10,000 cows. It also includes the world’s largest robotic farm.

Owned by Aad and Wilma van Leeuwen, the business was among a number of other farmers around New Zealand who have suffered from the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, which hit their farms in July 2017.

They were embroiled in a legal battle with Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) in a dispute about compensation. They have already been paid out $6.3 million by MPI, but sought further compensation for professional consultancy fees, bank charges and assorted other costs.

Early last year VGL refinanced its operations under a $140 million deal with Australian-based funds manager, Merricks Capital.

On Wednesday Calibre Partners wrote to the van Leeuwens giving notice that Merricks had appointed them receivers.

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