Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Combining commercial experience and technical expertise for food and drink brands

Food and drink is a key component of our work in the Consumer & Retail sector. Advising our extensive client base has allowed us to develop an in-depth understanding of this dynamic sector, as well as the key challenges and emerging trends.

We advise clients on:

  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Competition and regulatory
  • Commercial
  • Litigation
  • Real estate
  • Intellectual property
  • Tax.

Our experience includes advising:

  • Lion Group, one of Australia's leading food and beverage businesses, on a wide range of matters its privatisation by Kirin; its acquisition of beer company Little World Beverages and wine companies Petaluma Limited and Banksia Wines Limited; its acquisition and sale of China brewing assets, and its migration from New Zealand to Australia
  • Paine & Partners, a private equity firm that invests globally in food and agribusiness companies, on their investment in the Costa Group, Australia's largest private producer, marketer and exporter of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains
  • Spirits International BV, the owner of the famous Stolichnaya vodka brand, in relation to the ownership of the Stolichnaya trademark
  • Nestlé on a broad range of matters including IP and M&A transactions in Australia
  • Hong Kong's FU JI Food and Catering Services Holdings on its restructuring
"A top-tier firm offering consistently high quality and incredible depth and breadth."

Chambers

We have a full team specialising in this area.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

The Italian Competition Authority fined two highway catering operators for entering into an anticompetitive agreement in relation to the provision of highway catering services.

20 May 2015

The Competition and Markets Authority will refer the acquisition by Greene King of Spirit for an in-depth investigation unless UIL’s are offered.

14 May 2015

The Poundland Group has decided to proceed with the UK filing of its proposed acquisition of rival single price retailer 99p Stores Limited.

07 May 2015

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally cleared Pork Farms’ acquisition of the chilled savoury pastry business of Kerry Foods.

30 April 2015