Consumer Products

Consumer products companies face constant legal challenges with the rise of globalization, increased regulation and the unrelenting pace of technological innovation. Chadbourne’s experience in sectors such as retailing, automotive, tobacco, cosmetics, clothing, electronics, durable goods, book publishing and computer software gives the Firm a distinctive perspective in addressing these issues.

Our litigation and products liability practices work closely in defending the interests of global products manufacturers in suits worldwide. Our corporate and antitrust lawyers are active in transactions across consumer products, such as joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. Bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers have been involved in major cases in the clothing, automotive and food industries. In the intellectual property sphere, Chadbourne has been at the forefront of legal matters involving music download services, dietary supplements, online travel and computer software.

Our network of 11 offices and contacts with local counsel mean that Chadbourne can serve consumer products companies in almost any jurisdiction. Recent work has involved matters in Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, New Zealand, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom, as well as across the United States. Close communications among lawyers in all offices enables Chadbourne to provide a consistently high level of service wherever consumer products companies turn to us.

Representative Experience

Acquisition of Distilled Spirits and Wine Brands
Fortune Brands, Inc.
$5.2 billion acquisition of distilled spirits and wine brands from Pernod-Ricard that were previously acquired by Pernod-Ricard from Allied Domeq in a related transaction.
Sale of European Business Division
Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
Advice on antitrust and corporate matters in the sale of certain portions of a home décor business to a manufacturer and marketer of window treatments and furnishings.
Regulatory Counseling
Various Clients
Compliance advice to global manufacturers.
Underwritten Securities Offering
Fortune Brands, Inc.
Sale of $2 billion of debt securities in an SEC registered offering.
Employee Benefits Advice
Avon Products, Inc.
General employee benefits and executive compensation advice.
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case
Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Spiegel, Inc./Eddie Bauer Inc.
Representation of the Official Creditors' Committee in the Chapter 11 of this well-known retailer in which Chadbourne implemented a reorganization strategy that resulted in unsecured creditors receiving full recovery on claims and where the Eddie Bauer business was preserved and reorganized for the benefit of all constituencies.
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Related Practice Areas

Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring
Capital Markets
Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
Intellectual Property
Mergers and Acquisitions
Products Liability Counseling and Defense

Related Industries

Food and Beverage
Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

Related Regions

North America

Worldwide Contact

Edward P. Smith
New York
+1 (212) 408-5371

Local Office Contacts

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