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Consumer Goods & Retail

Retail

Our retail specialists are drawn from across our practice areas and international network and are highly experienced in dealing with the legal and commercial issues faced by multinational and smaller retailers. This dedicated team works closely with retail clients to ensure they receive the best legal advice from lawyers who understand their business.

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Retail clients are facing a myriad of challenges across the globe with the rise of multi-channel retailing, online retailing, consolidation of brands, going global, cost and compliance pressure.

We regularly provide advice to domestic and global retailers on the implementation of strategic projects including expansion into new markets such as China, Russia, the Middle East and Africa, in addition to more operational or day-to-day issues such as commercial contracts, licensing, brand protection, taxation, financing, employment and environmental matters.

We also provide pragmatic advice on relevant legal and market requirements.

Client experience

  • Carrefour: advised Carrefour on their strategic acquisitions and disposals as well as on an ongoing basis on various matters, including; distribution, franchise, dispute resolution, competition law, consumer law and EU regulations, the establishment of joint-venture and/or franchise relationships in several countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa and cooperation agreements with consumer goods suppliers 
  • Mannai Corporation QSC and EFG Hermes: advised Mannai Corporation QSC and EFG Hermes, on the US$445 million recommended cash bid for Damas International Limited, the leading Middle East jewellery and watch retailer. This was one of the largest and most complex public offers to have been implemented in the Middle East market 
  • Lowy Family Group: advised Lowy Family Group on the A$663.7 million sale of its 7.1% interest in the ASX-listed Westfield Retail Trust 
  • Clayton Dubilier & Rice: advised Clayton Dubilier & Rice on the purchase of a significant stake in leading UK variety retailer, B&M Stores 
  • Pets at Home: advised Pets at Home Holdings Limited (Pets at Home) on its acquisition of joint venture veterinary business, Vets4Pets

The consumer goods and retail group at Clifford Chance is a multi-disciplinary, global team highly experienced in dealing with the legal and commercial issues faced by multinational and smaller retailers as well as consumer goods manufacturers and suppliers. The team includes lawyers with sector expertise in key jurisdictions worldwide enabling clients to benefit from a truly integrated network.

An advisory and transactional track record which is second to none

Our industry specialists across our international network offer our clients first class advice based on unrivalled legal expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the industry, their company and the distinctive commercial drivers that affect them. We have a fundamental understanding of the continually changing business environment and the commercial, competitive and compliance pressures that the Consumer Goods & Retail sector is facing. Clifford Chance is ideally placed to help clients meet these challenges and achieve their strategic objectives.

We support our clients in this sector in all key areas of their business, from strategic growth and divestments to international brand management, commercial relationships and regulatory compliance.

Our experience includes advising on:

  • mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • ongoing commercial relationships
  • economic regulations
  • multi-jurisdictional and domestic competition/antitrust issues
  • international brand management & IP issues
  • franchising and licensing arrangements
  • consumer finance, such as credit sale, outsourcing, store-cards and credit cards
  • information technology procurement, ecommerce and home shopping arrangements
  • logistics, distribution, packaging, manufacturing and transitional service arrangements
  • domestic and international product liability and safety issues affecting manufacturers, importers and retailers
  • corporate law and corporate governance
  • real estate matters
  • the full range of financing arrangements, securitisation structures, hedging and derivatives and management of counter-party risk
  • dispute resolution solutions, often in the context of ongoing commercial relationships
  • tax, share schemes, employment and pensions requirements
  • environmental issues arising at all stages of the product life-cycle
  • public policy.

Retail

Our dedicated retail team comprises lawyers drawn from across practices areas and our international network and acts as a focal point for industry knowledge and relevant expertise.

We are highly experienced in dealing with the legal and commercial issues faced by multinationals as well as smaller retailers and suppliers. We regularly provide advice to global companies on the implementation of strategic projects such as major M&A and expansion into new markets, in addition to operational and day to day issues affecting their businesses across the globe.

Focus on luxury goods

Luxury goods is becoming one of the most attractive sectors. This is as a result of both the increasing interest from strategic investors in well-known European brands and the increasing trend for luxury goods companies established in mature markets looking towards the emerging markets for new opportunities to counter the impact of the low-growth environment in their home jurisdictions.

We have a dedicated luxury goods team comprising lawyers drawn from across practice areas and our international network who can assist clients whether they are looking to expand into new markets or partner with foreign investors.

Our lawyers are all experienced in dealing with the legal and commercial issues faced by multinationals and also smaller retailers as well as luxury goods manufacturers and suppliers.

Client experience

  • Mondelēz International Inc: advised Mondelēz International Inc., formerly Kraft Foods Inc., on various matters, including: its £11.9 billion takeover of Cadbury plc and on the spin off of its North American grocery business 
  • Carrefour: advised Carrefour on their strategic acquisitions and disposals as well as on an ongoing basis on various matters, including; distribution, franchise, dispute resolution, competition law, consumer law and EU regulations, the establishment of joint-venture and/or franchise relationships in several countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa and cooperation agreements with consumer goods suppliers 
  • Suntory: advised Suntory on the £1.35 billion acquisition of Ribena and Lucozade from GSK 
  • Arla Foods: advised Arla Foods on strategic alliances with China's leading dairy and food companies, Mengniu Dairy and China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), including the acquisition by Arla of an indirect stake of approximately 6% in Hong Kong listed Mengniu Dairy for approximately US$290 million; subsequently advised on commercial agreements including brand licensing, long-term supply and technical assistance agreements between Arla and Mengniu 
  • Wilmar International: advised Wilmar International on its purchase from Société Nationale d'Investissement of a 27.5% equity stake in Cosumar, a company listed on the Casablanca Stock Exchange and third largest producer of sugar in Africa