Food, Beverage & Hospitality

Our focus is the business of food.

Our Food, Beverage & Hospitality Group provides clients with broad, experienced, and practical counsel, in collaboration with our Corporate, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Tax, and other practice groups.

In our work for restaurants, hotels, chefs, and wine distributors, our attorneys have guided clients smoothly through many aspects of their operations, including investment and capital-raising, business development, international and domestic expansion, restaurant openings and closings, joint ventures, financing and reorganization, management, and control and exploitation of intellectual property. We also provide experienced counsel in the areas of literary and television rights transactions, sponsorships, merchandizing, licensing, branding, trade secret protection, intellectual property portfolio management, exercise of privacy and publicity rights, advertising and endorsement issues, and news and entertainment content.

We apply our extensive experience representing institutional and private capital sources to the active investment market in the hospitality industry. As private equity firms increase their activity, and as institutional opportunities for expansion and liquidity expand, our clients benefit from our market savvy and deep understanding of their changing financial market.

We bring our considerable experience to the negotiation of restaurant and retail leases, as well as purchase agreements, ground leases, and the negotiated purchase of properties out of bankruptcy. We provide counsel in contracting, employment and human resources, technology licensing, and arbitration and mediation — all of which are key to the hospitality arena.

Representative clients include National Restaurant AssociationRachael Ray (Watch Enterprises); Momofuku Holdings (David Chang); Adam Perry Lang; The Red Cat; Jean-Georges Vongerichten; Abigail Kirsch, Inc.; Jonathan Benno; Ed Brown (“81″); as well as Dallas BBQ; The Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Coach Farm Enterprises (maker of Coach Farm® cheese); and Best Cheese.