Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions
McDermott Will & Emery’s corporate practice represents a wide spectrum of food, beverage and agribusiness clients around the world, including multinational corporations, their boards and committees, privately owned enterprises, and the financial institutions that support business growth. In addition to providing practical counsel on the legal and business issues that face clients every day, our corporate lawyers advise on key corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and divestitures. We also advise on accessing public and private markets for capital and provide the full suite of corporate legal services to support publicly held companies, including securities-related regulatory compliance and reporting.
Our lawyers collaborate seamlessly across multiple legal disciplines—such as regulatory compliance, antitrust, tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, finance, environmental, real estate and, when necessary, litigation—to leverage deep practice and industry knowledge and provide effective and efficient results.
Our M&A team delivers sophisticated legal counsel on domestic and cross-border transactions. In recent years, we have advised on significant deals in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. As a globally integrated team with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, our highly recognized lawyers are skilled at managing complex transactions involving the most challenging jurisdictions. Where needed, McDermott also works regularly with a comprehensive network of local law firms who meet our high standards of knowledge and service.
Our M&A team has the flexibility to advise under the full range of governing laws commonly used in transactions in the food, beverage and agribusiness sectors worldwide. We are ever mindful of our clients’ goals and their expectation that we negotiate and close deals with creativity, sensitivity, professionalism and an eye toward cost-effectiveness.
Constellation Brands in winning dismissal of antitrust claims challenging its $4.75 billion acquisition of the entire US business of Grupo Modelo S.A.B. de C.V., brewer of Corona brand beer and related brands, from Anheuser-Busch InBev
A manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded alcohol beverages in Ireland and the United Kingdom, in its acquisition of a US hard cider company
One of the largest wine companies in the world in establishing a joint venture with one of China’s largest food companies
A large chocolate maker in its acquisition of several pet food and snack companies
A German family-owned snack food company and its affiliated companies on multiple transactions, including on its landmark acquisition of a British snack food unit