Companies in the wine and spirits industry face new and more complex challenges each day as their business becomes increasingly international. Nixon Peabody’s Beverage Alcohol team offers targeted experience in local, state, national, and international beverage issues normally found only in boutique firms. Our ability to draw on firmwide skills in related areas of law—such as IP/trademark, environmental, employment, M&A, and securities—means that clients in this complex and rapidly changing industry also have access to a full range of legal services designed to help them achieve their most critical business goals.
Hospitality and beverage alcohol suppliers, distributors, and retailers from around the world rely on Nixon Peabody for comprehensive, practical advice on a broad spectrum of legal issues. Our attorneys provide guidance on the manufacturing, licensing, taxation, labeling, advertising, marketing, distribution, and sale of wine, beer, and spirits.
Our Beverage Alcohol team has extensive experience helping clients meet all types of legal challenges, including:
- Regulatory compliance and licensing
- Trade practices
- Consumer protection
- Advertising and marketing
- Franchise laws and distributor relations
- International and domestic import, export, and distribution agreements
- Trademark registration and protection
- Customs matters
- Distributor relations
- Winery, brewery, and distillery operations
- Environmental issues
- Litigation and dispute resolution
The attorneys on our Beverage Alcohol team take pride in their extensive industry knowledge and long track record of outstanding client service. We are deeply invested in understanding developments that affect the beverage industry’s competitive and regulatory environment, and we make sure that our clients stay up-to-date on changes that might affect them. We are tightly focused on our clients’ business priorities, and provide creative, efficient, and cost-effective legal solutions that are compatible with their overall business priorities.
Our extensive experience and contacts around the globe give Nixon Peabody unrivaled capability to assist clients in international trade and sourcing arrangements. We have experience working with specialized rules and regulations in an array of geographies and jurisdictions, including:
- The European Union
- New Zealand
- South Africa
We provide guidance on issues involving the international manufacturing, licensing, taxation, labeling, advertising, marketing, distribution, and sale of wine, beer, and spirits.