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Food and drink

Food and drink are not only essential, but emotive. We help food and beverage companies of all sizes to establish a strong brand and protect it robustly, providing market-savvy advice on issues such as labelling, real estate and health and safety.

So much of our lives are experienced and remembered through food and drink. From families sharing meals at home to foodies sharing exciting restaurant dishes on Instagram, we attach a lot of meaning to what we eat and drink – which makes this a very special business to be in.

Perhaps that is why so many brands in the sector are still owned by individuals and families.  They pass their passion and know-how down the generations, and are rewarded with a place in their customers’ hearts. ‘Consumers are more ready to trust businesses like ours,’ says Francesco Zoning, whose family have been vintners since 1821 and today export tens of millions of bottles of prosecco each year.  ‘We’re seen as genuine and authentic.
 
Anything this personal will present challenges.  It’s especially important for you as a food and beverage company to establish a strong brand and protect it robustly.  You need to comply with regulations covering health and safety, labelling and certificates of origin.  And as your business grows, you may be subject to import/export tariffs and international trade agreements.
 

Advisors who know your industry

We look after the interests of food and drink brands around the world, combining our legal knowledge with an understanding of the sector in which you operate.  This enables us to give reliable, cost-effective advice at every stage of your business journey.

Our experience spans commercial agreements, intellectual property, regulatory, tax and real estate.  We assisted a group of investors in acquiring the largest wine estate in Tuscany, and advised a Middle Eastern specialty food start-up on how to protect its brand and its profits as it expanded into the US.  We’ve also been on hand as Soho House & Co expands its offering from private members’ clubs into stylish restaurant brands including Pizza East and Chicken Shop.
 

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With a long heritage in acting for successful people and families, we offer personal service to every food and drink client.  Whether you are a cottage industry or a multinational conglomerate, wherever you are in the world, our team offer solid, savvy advice that will keep you in business for many more years to come.

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Luca Ferrari

Luca Ferrari

Partner | Milan

Luca Ferrari

Partner | Milan

Corporate

Roberta Crivellaro

Roberta Crivellaro

Partner | Milan

Roberta Crivellaro

Partner | Milan

Corporate

Paul R Brecknell

Paul R Brecknell

Partner | London

Paul R Brecknell

Partner | London

Real estate

Daniel Tang

Daniel Tang

Partner | Hong Kong

Daniel Tang

Partner | Hong Kong

Corporate

Kimberly Pallen

Kimberly Pallen

Partner | San Francisco

Kimberly Pallen

Partner | San Francisco

Litigation and Arbitration

Michael A. Rueda

Michael A. Rueda

Partner | Head of US Sports and Entertainment | New York

Michael A. Rueda

Partner | Head of US Sports and Entertainment | New York

Corporate

Laura Watanabe

Laura Watanabe

Partner | New York

Laura Watanabe

Partner | New York

Litigation and Arbitration

Jeremy M Wakeham

Jeremy M Wakeham

Partner | London

Jeremy M Wakeham

Partner | London

Real estate

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