Frank Layson - McDermott Will & Emery


Frank Layson focuses his practice on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He represents leading companies in a wide variety of cross-border transactions.


  • Represented Coca-Cola Company in connection with the:
    • Acquisition of Fairy Bottling Zambia, Ltd. (Zambia)*
    • Acquisition of a majority interest in the non-alcohol ready-to-drink beverages business of Kgalagadi Beverages Ltd. (Botswana)*
    • Acquisition of the on the non-alcohol beverages business of Zambian Breweries PLC (Zambia)*
    • Acquisition of a majority interest in the non-alcohol ready to drink beverage business of Swaziland Beverages Ltd. (Eswatini)*
    • Acquisition of a minority interest in the non-alcohol ready to drink beverages business of Maluti Mountain Brewery Limited (Lesotho)*
    • Sale of Montevideo Refrescos S.R.L. (Uruguay) and Commercializadora y Productora de Bebidas Los Volcanes (Paraguay) to Coca-Cola FEMSA*
    • Transition of Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s majority interest in Coca-Cola Bottling Africa*
    • Acquisition of Coca-Cola Sabco (UAE) Limited and its subsidiaries Bottlers Nepal and Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka*
    • Acquisition of Coca-Cola Shanduka Beverages South Africa Proprietary Limited*
    • Joint Venture with SAB Miller and Coca-Cola Sabco to form a bottling joint venture headquartered in South Africa*
    • Acquisition of the non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverage brands of SABMiller*

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2009-2024
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A, 2021-2023
  • The Legal 500 US, 2021

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University of Georgia, JD, magna cum laude
Emory University, BA