Mayer Brown announced today that it represented Franklin Foods Holdings, Inc. and its sister companies in their sale to Hochland SE. Franklin Foods is a leading cream cheese company and Hochland is a privately-held Bavaria, Germany-based cheese company. Mr. Jonathan Gutknecht, current president and CEO of Franklin Foods, will continue to lead Franklin.

The Mayer Brown team was led by New York-based Corporate & Securities partner Philip Brandes and included lawyers from the firm’s Antitrust & Competition, Corporate & Securities, Employment & Benefits, Employment & ERISA Litigation, Environmental and Tax Transactions & Consulting practices in Chicago, New York and Washington DC.