The Sullivan & Cromwell Consumer & Retail Group has worked on many of the landmark transactions that have defined the consumer and retail industry during the past several decades. The Firm offers clients comprehensive legal expertise paired with a practical understanding of today's commercial realities.
With a multidisciplinary and integrated global practice, the Firm provides its consumer and retail clients with relevant transactional advice and litigation expertise that is crucial to the successful execution and consummation of deals and the resolution of disputes.
The Firm is a perennial leader in global mergers and acquisitions, handling several of the consumer and retail industry’s largest and most complex transactions. S&C takes an interdisciplinary approach to this practice area, whereby lawyers from many areas of the Firm work together with clients and investment bankers, accountants, proxy solicitors and other advisers.
S&C brings a wealth of experience, industry knowledge and know-how to corporate finance transactions for consumer and retail issuers and borrowers from all over the world. The Firm also advises underwriters, placement agents, arrangers, shareholders and other market participants.
S&C handles intellectual property issues that arise in M&A and other corporate transactions. The Firm’s capabilities were expanded in 2010 with the addition of a Palo Alto-based partner who advises clients on corporate and transactional matters with intellectual property or technology components.
The Firm’s Executive Compensation Group is an integral part of the Firm’s M&A, restructuring and IPO activities, and it assists clients in negotiating employment agreements, implementing compensation and benefit plans and evaluating plan liabilities.
Litigation, Criminal Defense and Investigations
S&C’s litigators—which include some of the most skilled U.S. trial and regulatory lawyers—are distinguished by a diversity of experience, exceptional professional judgment and a proven track record of innovation.
S&C represents consumer and retail clients in litigation matters involving:
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,
- internal investigations,
- M&A transactions,
- intellectual property issues,
- Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission inquiries,
- antitrust issues,
- securities actions, and
- tax issues.