Asahi Group acquisition
Advised Asahi on the New Zealand law aspects of the NZ$1.5 billion acquisition of Independent Liquor, Asahi's largest ever acquisition.
Frucor sale to Suntory
Advised Danone on the sale of the Frucor Beverages Group business (New Zealand's second largest non-alcoholic drink company) to Suntory of Japan for in excess of NZ$1.45 billion.
Frucor acquisition of Simply Squeezed
Assisted Frucor Beverages to obtain Commerce Commission clearance for Frucor to acquire 100% of the Simply Squeezed business.
Goodman Fielder restructure
Provided legal advice to Goodman Fielder regarding the restructure of its New Zealand franchises.
Pernod Ricard investigation
Successfully assisted Pernod Ricard in an investigation by the Commerce Commission into whether or not it could retain a number of key brands acquired in its acquisition of Allied Domecq. The brands had previously been the subject of a divestment undertaking.
Simply Squeezed prosecution
Provided advice to Simply Squeezed on the prosecution by the Commerce Commission for the alleged contravention of the Fair Trading Act, which followed an investigation into the composition and labeling of its juice products.
Successfully assisted Ingham’s with an investigation by the Commerce Commission into whether a consumer promotion contravened the Fair Trading Act.
Assisted Frucor in responding to enquiries from the Commerce Commission regarding the composition of its beverage products.
Labelling issues for Montana
Advised Montana, New Zealand's largest wine producer and exporter, on diverse issues over many years, including acting for the company's independent directors on the fiercely contested takeover bid by Allied Domecq and Lion Nathan, on competition issues and on the new Geographical Indication framework and US and EU vintage labelling rules.
Pepsi, Frucor, Coca-Cola litigation
Successfully defended PepsiCo and Frucor Beverages against claims by Coca-Cola that they had infringed Coca-Cola’s intellectual property rights. Trade mark infringement, passing off and breaches of the Fair Trading Act were alleged.
Advising various winegrowers and hospitality industry clients on all aspects of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, including contractors for New Zealand’s major entertainment venues. This includes applying for on, off and special licenses and renewals, conditions of those licenses and the best way to structure licensing arrangements, as well as restrictions in the new legislation on promotions and implications for internal and external advertising.
Advising the New Zealand Tomorrow Project (backed by Brewers’ Association, Distilled Spirits Association and New Zealand Winegrowers) on the Cheers! website and on application of changes in legislation to the treatment of minors under the new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.
Providing general liquor licencing advice to Marisco Vineyards in Marlborough.
Excessive noise and smoke-free advice
Advice on excessive noise and smoke-free environments requirements, including the use of designated smoking areas which are covered for rain protection.
Regularly assist wineries, hospitality venues, supermarkets, and food and beverage manufacturers and distributors with managing consumer promotions and advertising campaigns that involve alcohol and other fast moving consumer good (FMCG) products. This includes company arranged social club raffles. Clients we have assisted with this work include Independent Liquor, Foley Family Wines, Fisher & Paykel, Frucor, Goodman Fielder, Cadbury, Unilever, and Ingham’s. We regularly work with publishers and media clients to ensure all advertising is compliant with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act and applicable industry codes.
Advising The Entertainment Book on the promotional restrictions that apply to the sale and supply of alcohol as it relates to the purchasing and use of the Entertainment Book.
Advising DFS Australia on the promotion restrictions under the new legislation in relation to their physical space within the airport.