We understand the sophisticated interplay of government regulation, science, economics and public relations, and how they impact the business and legal decisions you need to make. Our familiarity with recurring, industry-wide matters fosters best practices and creates efficiencies for our clients.

We are proud of the market leading experience we have developed in the food and beverage sector, which comes from many years of partnering with a wide range of industry participants. Our ability to bring this experience to bear, across global markets and areas of law specific to the industry, allows us to deliver advice that is genuinely commercial and strategically focused. The result is an exemplary track record of handling a wide range of advisory and transactional mandates, including:

  • Regulatory compliance and risk management, from environmental through to packaging, labeling, marketing and advertising
  • Business critical dispute resolution, including product liability and class action litigation
  • Strategic acquisitions, investments and alliances
  • Divestments of non-core operations, often involving complex carve-out arrangements
  • Multinational brand management (protection, enforcement and monetization)
  • Competition issues, both in respect of organizational growth and in day to day business operations
  • Commercial contracting (procurement of raw materials / packaging, co-manufacturing, warehousing / logistics, agency / distribution and customer agreements)
  • Real estate matters (portfolio management, licensing / permitting and planning)
  • Navigating the increasingly burdensome and often globally inconsistent legal, taxation, anti trust and regulatory environments

Scope of Services

Commercial, IP and Technology
  • Commercial contracts (e.g. supply, manufacturing, distribution, agency, warehousing and logistics)
  • Brand protection, enforcement and licensing
  • Advertising
  • E-commerce
  • Outsourcing
  • Data protection
  • Cyber security
  • Competition
  • Commercial agreements
  • Promotions and pricing
  • Cartels and abuse of dominance
  • Complaints, investigations and disputes
  • Merger clearance
Corporate
  • Merger and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Private equity and venture capital financing
  • IPOs
Employment, Pensions and Benefits
  • General employment
  • Senior executive issues
  • Workforce relations
  • Reorganizations
  • Diversity, discrimination and equal pay
  • Employment litigation
  • Pensions
Finance and Restructuring
  • Leverage finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Commercial lending
  • Debt restructuring
  • Tax
  • General corporate tax
  • VAT
  • Employment tax and incentives
  • Property tax
Litigation
  • Insurance and claim issues
  • General commercial litigation and arbitration
  • Product liability
  • Class action consumer claims
Real Estate
  • Freehold acquisitions/sales
  • Commercial lettings
  • Planning/zoning
Regulatory and Government Affairs
  • Food labeling and packaging
  • Product recall
  • Food safety, hygiene and pest control
  • Health, safety and environmental
  • Investigations and crisis management
  • Quality and standards regulations
  • Food premises registration and liquor licensing
  • Import/export
  • Anti-bribery
  • Customs
  • State aid
  • Lobbying
  • GMO
  • Food health issues/claims
In regional and global markets, having access to an international team is essential. We offer a global footprint that is second to none. We know the industry and help not only understand the law, but shape its future. We can anticipate potential risk areas at the front end of product development and, when and if needed, can respond immediately to global crisis in a coordinated, systematic and efficient way.