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Consumer goods and retail

We give our clients the competitive edge

We help retailers, manufacturers and distributors succeed in their existing markets and break into new ones.

We regularly advise multinational companies on M&A, competition inquiries, joint ventures, global investigations, litigation, franchising, real estate, logistics and distribution. Our lawyers are experienced in brand protection issues and can help with IP, pricing and marketing strategies.

We can guide you through the rules on digital commerce, data protection, distance selling, advertising and product safety, and assist with product recalls and large-scale consumer claims.

Client successes

The transaction values SABMiller at approximately £71bn. The offer was pre-conditional on regulatory clearances in the United States, the EU, China and South Africa, and required antitrust filings and clearances across the globe. The acquisition created one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies by revenue and EBITDA. On completion, it was the largest-ever takeover of a London-listed company.

The deal was subject to regulatory review by the EU competition authorities and is the largest transaction that our international M&A team has handled for Sysco.

Its £3.7 billion merger with Booker Group, to create the UK’s leading food business; the £4.2bn sale of its Korean business, Homeplus and on the sale of its 95.5 per cent controlling stake in Kipa, its supermarket business in Turkey to Migros.