Heinz European general counsel More leaves company following takeover

Heinz’ European general counsel Janice More has left the company following its £18bn takeover by a US investment consortium last year. 

Vice-president and general counsel More is understood to have exited the company several months ago. Her departure follows the departure of UK and Ireland finance director John Campbell and manufacturing director for quick-serve meals Gordon Maughan last year.

The company is understood not to have replaced More. However in-house lawyer Nargis Hassani started at the company in March as legal counsel and is the main lawyer in the London office. Hassani moved from Macmillan Cancer Support this year where she was a senior associate.

US firms Davis Polk & Wardwell, Kirkland & Ellis and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz won roles on the $28bn (£18bn) takeover of Heinz by an investment consortium at the beginning of last year (15 February 2013). 

The deal – said to be the largest ever transaction in the food industry – saw Kirkland & Ellis and Californian firm Munger Tolles & Olson instructed for the buyers 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway, led by US investor Warren Buffett. Heinz chairman, president and CEO William Johnson said the deal represented an “exciting new chapter” in the history of the company. 

More was responsible for the company’s dramatic roster slash in 2012, when 47 firms were chopped from the panel (13 March 2012). Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and legacy Herbert Smith were selected.

More worked at DuPont as corporate counsel between 1995 and July 2003 before joining Heinz in 2004.

Last year the company announced 600 US job cuts following the merger, with 250 jobs at risk in the UK, including lawyers (23 September 2013). 

Heinz declined to comment on More’s departure.