Food and Beverage

Industry Leaders

Acknowledged for our in-depth experience in the food and beverage industry, we represent some of the world’s leading food and beverage companies. We provide comprehensive representation in a wide range of areas, including corporate and securities transactions, antitrust and merger structuring and clearances, consumer fraud and product liability litigation, and the full range of marketing, promotional, labeling and intellectual property issues. We counsel clients on regulatory investigations and compliance including matters involving the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission.

Dechert takes a collaborative approach, combining the skills of our corporate, finance, litigation and regulatory lawyers, in the U.S. and abroad, to provide clients with time-sensitive, full-service advice on legal aspects facing their business.

Corporate and Securities Transactional Work

We focus on structuring successful deals, ensuring speed-to-market execution and protecting our clients’ interests at all phases of a transaction. We regularly represent buyers, sellers and advisers in planning, negotiating and executing complex transactions around the globe, handling transactions of all sizes across the entire industry spectrum.

Our work spans a wide array of domestic and international public and private corporate and securities transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts/management buyouts, tender and exchange offers, cross-border transactions, going-private transactions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, collaborations, divestitures, proxy contests, financings and special committee assignments.

Dechert’s transactional capability and experience in the food and beverage industry is noted for its depth of private equity and strategic M&A expertise. Our knowledge and experience as advisers to sponsors and investors, as well as to strategic buyers and sellers, strongly positions us to represent clients in food and beverage industry deals.

Our team of lawyers adopts a pragmatic and innovative approach to our clients’ transactions, in the acquisition or sale of food and beverage production and distribution facilities and/or leading brands and related assets. We also have broad experience in food and beverage transactions in developing countries, devising innovative, nontraditional approaches as needed and as part of our international service, we have developed an effective network of local counsel with whom we work.

Antitrust

Dechert’s antitrust practice is recognized for its work in the structure and clearance of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; cutting-edge civil litigation defense, including class actions; representation in civil conduct investigations; and defense in criminal and cartel investigations and litigation. Our lawyers are particularly adept at matters involving the food and beverage industry, where issues of branding, product differentiation, perishability and unique distribution systems play significant roles in the competitive dynamic. We provide services to many of the industry’s most prominent companies in the U.S., UK and throughout Europe.

We have extensive experience handling significant antitrust litigation matters for food and beverage industry clients, including industry-wide class actions and other multiparty cases. We handle the types of complicated procedural issues, market and pricing analysis, causation and damage-related issues that lie at the heart of every antitrust case.

Many of our lawyers have extensive experience as key decision makers and trial lawyers in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which provides us with an insider’s perspective and the skill needed to effectively and efficiently handle matters before government agencies.

Merger Structure and Clearance

Dechert is also recognized for its transaction structure and clearance work. We have represented many food and beverage clients seeking government regulator approvals to proceed with mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. We also counsel food and beverage industry clients on strategies to help them minimize antitrust risk and avoid investigations and litigation.

Litigation

Our lawyers have litigated the full spectrum of issues impacting industry clients, including consumer fraud, false advertising, violations of various consumer protection statutes and products liability claims. We handle every aspect of today’s complex cases, from strategic planning through trial and appeal, warding off and defending our clients against potential litigation.

European Practice

Our European practice represents worldwide leaders in the food and beverage industry, particularly with regard to consumer brands, ingredients, and dairy and beverage matters in their domestic and international transactions. We possess depth of experience handling corporate restructurings, post-acquisition integration, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, joint ventures and collaborative arrangements worldwide.

Dechert lawyers skillfully negotiate food manufacturing, distribution and licensing agreements and handle European competition and regulatory challenges, required filings, notifications and licensing, product launches, food safety issues, nutritional and health claims, packaging and labeling, product liability claims, recalls and clinical trials. Throughout our representation, we provide integrated legal and economic analysis, conduct due diligence investigations, provide risk assessment and intellectual property protection counsel as well as skillfully litigate disputes.