Consumer Goods

We advise some of the world's leading consumer and luxury goods companies and have considerable experience of this highly competitive and challenging sector. We recently advised PRADA on its IPO and listing in Hong Kong.

Much of our work in this sector has an international dimension and we work closely with leading local counsel when advising on these matters.

We advise our clients on a wide spectrum of issues across all main practice areas.

We also advise our consumer goods clients, who are mainly defendants, on product liability issues that may arise such as those relating to defective children's toys and home safety.

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Our key experience includes advising:

Premier Foods on a landmark 4½ year refinancing package.

Diageo on its acquisition of a controlling interest in its existing Chinese joint venture, Sichuan Chengdu Quangxing Group and on its mandatory tender offer for Sichuan Shuijingfang, a leading super premium Chinese white spirits company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

PRADA in relation to its initial public offering and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to raise US$2.4 billion.

Greencore on the proposed merger with Northern Foods.

Reckitt Benckiser on a cash offer for SSL International.

Cadbury on the offer by Kraft Foods. The final offer valued Cadbury at approximately £11.9 billion.

HJ Heinz Company on the Competition Commission’s inquiry in relation to Heinz’s completed acquisition of HP Foods Group.

Unilever on the acquisition of the worldwide body care and European detergents business of Sara Lee Corporation for EUR 1.275 billion; and the disposal of Bertolli olive oil and vinegar business and its Maya, Dante and San Giorgio olive oil and seed businesses.

Compagnie Financière Richemont on the restructuring of Richemont and distribution of its interest in British American Tobacco.

Our clients include:

  • Burberry
  • Diageo
  • HJ Heinz
  • Premier Foods
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Unilever