Bethany (Beth) K. Hatef advises clients on a wide variety of regulatory and distribution issues in the alcohol beverage industry.
As a member of the Firm’s Chambers-ranked Alcohol Regulatory & Distribution Group, Beth regularly counsels alcohol industry clients on federal and state requirements relating to the production, marketing, distribution and sale of beer, wine and spirits. She assists clients in negotiating and entering into distribution relationships and provides counsel on the impact of state franchise requirements on supplier-distributor contracts and relations. Beth frequently evaluates and advises clients on the legality of promotional programs and related activities under federal and state trade practice laws and regulations, including tied house restrictions. She often navigates state restrictions on direct-to-consumer deliveries of alcohol beverages.
Beth also has extensive experience serving as alcohol regulatory and distribution counsel to clients in connection with corporate transactions involving alcohol beverage suppliers. Her work in this area includes conducting due diligence and advising clients on the alcohol regulatory and distribution risks involved in such transactions, negotiating the alcohol regulatory and distribution provisions of transactional documents, and evaluating associated licensing change of control requirements and successorship issues.
Beth frequently writes about alcohol-related matters, regularly contributing to the Firm’s Alcohol Law Advisor blog, and speaks on legal issues at alcohol industry conferences, including the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators annual conference and the Craft Beverage Expo.
In addition to her work in the alcohol space, Beth has experience counseling clients across a broad range of industries on the environmental risks and liabilities associated with corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and commercial real estate transactions. Beth also advises clients on environmental, occupational safety and health, and energy regulatory and compliance matters, including issues relating to energy conservation.
While in law school, Beth served as co-chair of Duke Law’s Public Interest Law Foundation, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and served as an articles editor of the Alaska Law Review.
Advised a craft brewer in connection with a sale of a minority stake and substantial minority investments in other craft brewers, including conducting due diligence, negotiating and executing contractual documents, and analyzing alcohol beverage license transfer requirements and successorship issues relating to the brewers’ distribution networks
Counseled suppliers on various issues relating to consolidation and termination of distribution relationships
Advised brewers and beer importers on the legality under state alcohol laws of sponsoring special events in various markets
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