Retail & Consumer Products

Latham & Watkins’ global Retail and Consumer Products Industry Group is recognized for providing outstanding service and innovative legal solutions to help clients meet unique business challenges.

Why Latham

Demonstrated Excellence

Latham’s Retail & Consumer Products Industry Group has demonstrated its understanding of clients’ needs in this highly competitive business environment. The firm’s success advising companies of all sizes in markets around the world stems from the practice’s dedication to helping businesses grow and succeed while protecting brand equity.

Valued Advisors

Latham’s extensive experience and professional breadth allow the firm to provide top-quality counsel around the world in virtually every area affecting the retail and consumer products industry. Latham represents retail and consumer products industry clients in matters involving:

Practice lawyers serve as valued business advisors to each of the clients Latham represents.The firm’s deep understanding of sector-specific issues and experience in major market transactions and cases, makes Latham the go-to provider for legal services in the retail and consumer products industry.

Our Experience

With a detailed understanding of the industry, Latham’s lawyers help companies manage the complexities of their retail and consumer products business. The firm has counseled retail and consumer products clients in some of the industry’s leading market transactions and controversies, including:

  • Leonard Green & Partners LP on various retail-focused transactions, including, but not limited to:
    • Topshop/ Topman
    • Savers, Inc.
    • David’s Bridal
    • BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
    • Jo-Ann Stores
  • Advent International in its US$1.9 billion takeover bid of Douglas Holding, a German retailer – one of the largest public-to-private transactions in Germany and a standout deal in the European market
  • Manchester United plc, a professional soccer team and merchandiser in its IPO on the NYSE. This was the very first foreign private issuer to go public as an emerging growth company under the JOBS Act
  • Tilly’s, Inc. in its IPO on the NYSE. The Tilly’s IPO was one of the first retail IPOs of 2012 as well as one of the first IPOs that went effective following adoption of the JOBS Act. Daily Journal listed the Tilly’s IPO as one of the “Top 10 California IPOs of 2012”
  • INTERMIX, a multi-brand specialty retailer of luxury and contemporary women’s apparel and accessories on its acquisition by Gap Inc.
  • Reebok International, Ltd., a global footwear and sports apparel company, in connection with a global product recall
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation, a wholesale club operator, and Safeway, Inc., a food and drug retailer, in intellectual property disputes. A Latham lawyer acted as liaison counsel on behalf of 270 defendants by the US District Court for the Central District of California in the largest multidistrict litigation patent case in history in which summary judgment of invalidity was obtained on 46 asserted claims
  • Nintendo Co., Ltd., a Japanese video game company, and its partners in the reorganization of international intellectual property rights relating to Pokémon, the global videogame, animé and toy phenomenon
  • Sony Online Entertainment, an online gaming company that offers Playstation 3 games, on the consumer privacy and marketing rules associated with its international launch of multi-player online games directed at children
Our Clients
  • Auchan Group SA
  • Aurora Organic Dairy
  • Autozone
  • Avery Dennison
  • Bare Escentuals, Inc.
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • bebe Stores, Inc.
  • BJ’s Wholesale
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Clorox Company
  • Cobega, S.A.
  • Container Store Inc.
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • eBay, Inc.
  • Eddie Bauer Holdings, Inc.
  • Foster Farms
  • Georgia Pacific LLC
  • Golden State Foods
  • Guitar Center, Inc.
  • Guthy-Renker
  • IKEA Supply AG
  • JELD-WEN, inc.
  • Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • La Perla S.p.A.

  • Loro Piana, S.p.A.

  • Mattel, Inc.  

  • Moncler S.p.A.

  • Nestlé USA

  • Oakley, Inc.

  • Ocean Spray Cranberries

  • Paul Frank

  • Reebok International, Ltd.

  • Robbins Bros. Jewelry

  • Safeway, Inc.

  • Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.A.

  • Skullcandy, Inc.

  • Sony Online Entertainment

  • The Wet Seal

  • TiVo

  • Tourneau Inc.

  • Ulta, Inc.

  • Vitamin Shoppe, Inc.

  • VOLCOM, Inc.

  • Walgreen Co.

  • World Kitchen, LLC



Awards & Rankings

  • Marc Jaffe Named Distinguished Leader by New York Law Journal - October 25, 2020
  • George Davis Named to Turnarounds & Workouts’ 2019 Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers List - January 12, 2020
  • Bay Area Partners Honored as Top Artificial Intelligence Lawyers in California - June 27, 2019
  • Latham & Watkins Honored with Three Awards for Middle Market Deals - April 02, 2019
  • Greg Rodgers Named American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year - March 27, 2019

Latham is "a corporate powerhouse which advises on some of the most complex and sophisticated acquisitions, refinancing negotiations and transactions in the retail sphere," with clients "highlighting the team's "sophisticated lawyers and good advice that is well catered to our objectives."

– Chambers USA 2020

Media Coverage

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Thought Leadership

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