We advise a wide variety of national and global businesses, including:
- distributors and suppliers
- manufacturers and producers
- importers and exporters
Our team of experienced specialist lawyers are attuned to the needs of food and drink businesses, whether it is a routine operational matter or a game changing transaction or commercial dispute, providing clear and concise advice tailored to the needs and objectives of the client. We regularly advise on:
- acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures
- invoice discounting, factoring and receivables financing
- capital raising, both of equity and debt
- manufacturing, distribution and agency agreements
- product liability and commercial disputes
- competition compliance and merger control clearances
- real estate transactions and planning and environmental matters
- licensing and protection of IP
- day-to-day and transactional employment and pensions advice
"got up to speed very fast"
M&A Director, Findus Group
We advised this leading frozen foods business on the acquisition of the frozen potato business of Lutosa (part of McCain), a long-term contract/outsourced manufacturing agreement and transitional service arrangements.
Perfetti van Melle
We advised Perfetti van Melle, the owner of the Chupa Chups, Mentos and Smint, in bringing multi-jurisdictional IP infringement cases. We also provide regular trade mark and packaging clearance as well as IP strategy advice.
We regularly advise Senoble UK Limited, a manufacturer and supplier of own-label desserts and pastries to supermarkets, on all aspects of its customer relationships, procurement, logistics and warehousing, real estate and employment issues.
We advised Hotel Chocolat, the premium chocolate grower, manufacturer and retailer on various corporate matters.
We advised on this LSE listed UK food manufacturer’s deficit-for-equity swap deal clearing the way for Uniq’s pension scheme to take 90 per cent of the company’s equity. We then advised on a disposal process for its stake culminating in the recommended £113m public takeover offer by Greencore.
We advised on many aspects of the UK and European businesses of the worldwide market leader in poultry breeding, including supply agreements with breeders, procurement of feed and one-off projects such as joint ventures and acquisitions.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
We advised Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on all aspects of its Myanmar franchising arrangements and manufacturing and distribution of products in Myanmar.
We acted in a £160 million claim in connection with the defective design and construction of the largest wine production and distribution facility in the UK involving multi-party English High Court proceedings.
We advised one of the world’s largest brewers on the title due diligence, agreement for lease, lease and ongoing operational aspects in respect of the construction of a new brewing research facility and on their UK office requirements.
We advised this major glass bottle manufacturer on the expansion of its relationship with Nestlé Waters which involved the acquisition of VDL, a single-furnace glass container plant in Vergèze, France.
European ice cream manufacturer
We are advising a European ice cream manufacturer on their Middle East franchise arrangements. This includes drafting and negotiating franchise agreements, know-how licence agreements and trade mark licence agreements.