Antarctica Advisors Honored as “2015 US Niche Investment Banking Advisor of the Year” by Acquisition Finance Magazine

Miami, Dec. 21, 2015 – Acquisition Finance Magazine (“ACQ5”) awarded Antarctica Advisors LLC as “2015 US Niche Investment Banking Advisor of the Year” (Food Sector). In a statement, Ignacio Kleiman, the Company’s Managing Partner, expressed his appreciation to ACQ5 for honoring Antarctica Advisors, emphasizing the firm’s devotion to achievement and excellence in providing Mergers and Acquisitions services to its middle market Food and Seafood clients.

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Cooke Seafood Group Offers to Acquire 100% Fripur Assets Antarctica Advisors Acts as Investment Banking Advisor

Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec. 18, 2015 – The parent company of Cooke Seafood USA, Inc. submitted an offer to acquire 100% of the assets of the Uruguayan seafood company, Fripur S.A. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Antarctica Advisors, the leading Seafood Industry focused investment banking firm, is acting as Cooke’s exclusive investment banking advisor in this transaction. Read more

Oceana Group completes the Acquisition of Daybrook Fisheries, a Transaction Valued at USD 382 million Antarctica Advisors LLC Acts as its U.S. Investment Banking Advisor.

Miami – July 22nd 2015Antarctica Advisors LLC, a leading Food Industry-focused investment banking firm, acted as U.S. investment banking advisor to South Africa’s Oceana Group Ltd. in the acquisition of Louisiana-based Daybrook Fisheries, Inc., which was completed today.

Johannesburg-listed Oceana Group has today completed the acquisition of Daybrook Fisheries for a purchase consideration of USD 382.3 million. Daybrook Fisheries is a leading privately-owned, vertically-integrated fishing company based in Louisiana engaged in the processing of Gulf Menhaden into fishmeal and fish oil for domestic and international markets.

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Antarctica Advisors LLC acts as Advisor to East Coast Seafood and Garbo Lobster in their new partnership with Seafood Investment Group

Miami – July 2nd 2015 – The Seafood Team of Antarctica Advisors LLC, a leading
Food Industry-focused investment banking firm, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to East Coast Seafood and Garbo Lobster, two of the largest lobster suppliers in North America, in the formation of a new partnership with Seafood Investment Group (SIG), a long-term equity capital provider. SIG’s investment will further accelerate growth at the companies’ value-added processing joint-venture, Maine Fair Trade Lobster.

Antarctica’s experienced transaction advisory team provides corporate clients in the Food Industry with a wide range of investment banking services. Antarctica maintains a unique Seafood Sector-specialized M&A practice, with a recognized track record of successful deal execution.

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Antarctica Advisors LLC Acts as U.S. Investment Banking Advisor to Oceana Group in the Announced Acquisition of Daybrook Fisheries, a Transaction Valued at Close to USD 400 million

Miami – May 20th 2015Antarctica Advisors LLC, the leading Food Industry-focused investment banking firm, acts as U.S. investment banking advisor to South Africa’s Oceana Group Ltd. in its announced transaction with Louisiana-based Daybrook Fisheries, Inc.

Johannesburg-listed Oceana Group announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of Daybrook Fisheries for a purchase consideration of USD 382.3 million. Oceana Group is majority controlled by Tiger Brands, a leading economic group in South Africa, and investment fund Brimstone Ltd. Daybrook Fisheries is a leading privately-owned, vertically-integrated fishing company engaged in the processing of Gulf Menhaden into fishmeal and fish oil.

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Investors rush in for Contessa assets

The trustee selling off the assets of shuttered US Company Contessa Premium Foods received a flood of 40 inquiries from parties interested in purchasing Contessa’s assets during the first 36 hours after the company’s closure went public.

There is an unusually high level of interest, an unusually prompt response, Steve Victor, senior vice president of the trustee, management consulting firm Development

Specialists Inc., told Undercurrent News on Friday.

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Advisor: Latin America primed for seafood investors

While Latin America may be one of the most promising and accessible areas to acquire and invest in natural resources, non-Latin companies have been — with a few notable exceptions — reluctant to jump into the fray.

“There is a risk perception that is higher than reality,” Ignacio Kleiman, managing partner with advisory firm Antarctica Advisors, told IntraFish.

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Consolidation, high prices, branding bump sales for top North American seafood suppliers

Access to resources and lucrative markets got the continent’s leading seafood suppliers to the top of a crowded field of competitors. Maintaining relationships with key customers and building trusted, branded product lines should keep them there.

The annual SeaFood Business Top 25 North American Seafood Suppliers list illustrates the importance of name recognition. Except for the No. 1-ranked company, Tri Marine International of Bellevue, Wash., a tuna fleet operator supplying the largest canned tuna companies, the leading suppliers in terms of dollar sales are bullish on brands.

“The marketplace has a lot of choices, so you need to position a strong brand, particularly with seafood,” says Christine Ngo, executive VP of H&N Foods International in Vernon, Calif., which imports and distributes a range of fresh and frozen seafood under its Blue River, Pacific Light and Pacific Delight brands. H&N debuts on this year’s list at No. 12 with $417 million in 2013 sales.

“For a company like ours, if we don’t position ourselves we can’t go to market,” says Ngo. “We want people to remember us and the product we source for them.”

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