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Clyde & Co has the global presence and extensive sector experience to support international retailers in their existing locations and as they expand into new markets.

Local market knowledge backed by global capability

Local market knowledge backed by global capability

The retail sector is becoming increasingly globalised, with major organisations looking to consolidate their presence and explore opportunities in territories across the world.

These businesses need legal advice and support from a firm that combines global presence with intimate knowledge of local markets.

We provide the best legal counsel in all jurisdictions, whether that be for a new shop lease in Australia, distribution agreements in China, brand protection in Dubai, employment advice in London or dispute resolution in New York.

Key issues where we support retail clients include property purchases and leasing arrangements, commercial issues such as intellectual property rights and franchising, employment matters, regulation and corporate governance.

Each jurisdiction differs in its legal framework and business practice, so our advice is always targeted, appropriate and nuanced to suit the local circumstances.

Our Retail & Consumer Work

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Multinational food and beverage company sale of goods dispute

    Obtaining and enforcing a summary judgment for a multinational food and beverages company regarding a sale of goods dispute brought against a French company in Algeria and elsewhere


    Manufacturer and distributer parallel importation issues in Tanzania

    Advising a global beverage manufacturer and distributer on parallel importation issues relating to the distribution and sale of their goods in Tanzania

  • International retailer market entry into Brazil

    Advising an international retailer on proposed entry into the Brazilian market


    Coverage assistance and food recall management

    Providing coverage assistance and management of food product recalls in Canada


    Manufacturing product liability action

    Representing a manufacturer of industrial products in product liability actions in the USA relating to materials used for fire alarms

    United States

    International franchising and IP licensing

    Providing multi-jurisdictional advice for a range of major US-based international franchisors and the associated licensing of intellectual property assets

    United States

    Civil and criminal proceedings for a supply chain dispute

    Advising a major US retail outlet on quality disputes with several Chinese suppliers involving both civil and criminal proceedings

    United States

    Licensing, labelling and internet sales

    Advising national retail clients on licensing, labelling and internet sales of their goods throughout the USA

    United States

    Retail sales, marketing compliance and regulation laws

    Providing US retail clients with regulatory guidance on national marketing and promotional programs in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission regulations and state and local advertising laws

    United States
  • Domestic retail construction projects in Australia

    Acting for Australia's largest publicly listed retailer on its full range of domestic construction projects


    Retail store expansion by international fashion brands

    Advising International fashion brands on their expansion of retail stores in the Australian market


    Distribution centres and corporate headquarters for national retailer

    Advising a national retailer regarding the USD 1.2 billion rollout of distribution centres throughout Australia and the construction of its national corporate headquarters in Sydney


    Restructuring of operations with associated staff redundancies

    Advising a Fortune 500 retailer on the closure and restructuring of its store operations in mainland China, including the lay-off of more than 1,000 staff


    Product liability CIETAC arbitration

    Advising a UK importer and distributor of Chinese goods in a CIETAC arbitration in Shanghai in relation to a product liability claim against a Chinese manufacturer and exporter


    Luxury fashion house property leasing advice in China

    Advising a luxury Italian fashion house on the leasing of stores across China


    RMB 82 million payment dispute

    Acting for a global Italian fashion brand in a contractual dispute concerning the recovery of payments from its agents of approximately RMB 82 million


    Sale of product contracts via media channels

    Advising Best Buy on commercial contracts relating to the sale of products on provincial Chinese television programmes


    Expansion into China by a major US retailer

    Advising a major US retailer on their store leases for their expansion in Shanghai


    Establishing operations and physical presence in China

    Advising a well known European fashion company on establishing operations in China, including all property aspects of its expansion in Shanghai involving retail space and leases

  • Multinational fashion conglomerate employment and immigration advice

    Advising a multinational fashion conglomerate on employment and immigration matters pertaining to the staffing of new jewellery and accessories outlets in Qatar


    Islamic financing of a property portfolio

    Acting as lead lawyer for a major Saudi retailer on the islamic financing (Ijara) for its portfolio of properties across Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia

    Warehouse fire damages and insurance claim

    Acting for the insurers of a retail company in a claim brought in the Dubai Courts by the insurers of a warehouse owner for damages arising out of a warehouse fire

    United Arab Emirates

    Registering and maintaining trade marks for consumer goods clients

    Managing the registration and maintenance of trade marks and patents for a range of local and international consumer goods clients in the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates

    Payment processing arrangements

    Advising a major UAE-based retailer on payment processing arrangements

    United Arab Emirates

    Manufacturing agreement status change and dispute

    Advising a multinational equipment manufacturer on the de-registration of an agency agreement with an Abu Dhabi based company and the settlement of a substantial claim for damages by the commercial agent

    United Arab Emirates

    Trade mark enforcement court proceedings

    Acting for US brand owners in the aerospace, clothing and FMCG sectors on trade mark enforcement issues in the United Arab Emirates, including lodgement of criminal complaints with police and court proceedings for regarding infringement of registered trade marks

    United Arab Emirates

    Regional restructuring of a retail trading group

    Advising on the restructuring of a group of retail trading companies operating in several countries in the MENA region, including advising on a substantial private equity investment in the reorganized group (valuing the group over AED 800 million) and a proposed initial public offering

    United Arab Emirates

    Regulatory implications of sale of assets for USD 975 million

    Advising Motorola Solutions, Inc on the regulatory implications across the MENA region relating to the sale of its worldwide network assets to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for USD 975 million

    United Arab Emirates

    International rights enforcement for UAE based retailers

    Advising various UAE based retailers on enforcing their rights internationally, including running regional anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy programmes for a number of high profile clients

    United Arab Emirates
  • Contaminated agricultural produce insurance dispute

    Acting for an English agricultural product liability carrier in defending a large English commercial insured that had been sued before the Irish High Court for the alleged supply of contaminated agricultural produce


    Defective electrical product insurance claim

    Acting for a Hong Kong insurer on a claim involving an allegedly defective heater, including acting in relation to a claim in the USA and a recovery action in the USA and Italy


    Employee working hours and payment structuring

    Assisting a Spanish retailer to implement staff shift rosters, overtime exemption schemes and use of part time staff to minimise the need for mandatory overtime payments


    Toy manufacturer's moulds licensing rights conflict

    Advising a Spanish toy company on their rights as a licensee against the owner of moulds used to manufacture their toys in response to the factory owner seeking to impose a rental fee for storing the moulds


    Breach of distribution agreement court proceedings

    Defending a well-known Swiss watch manufacturer in High Court proceedings for alleged breach of an exclusive distribution agreement


    Acquisition of a food production business

    Advising on the acquisition of a food production business in Ukraine


    Impact of Agency Worker Regulations

    Advising a fragrance manufacturer on the impact of the Agency Worker Regulations on its sizeable agency workforce in the UK

    United Kingdom

    Michelin starred food poisoning public liability claim

    Advising insurers on public liability relating to a food poisoning outbreak at a Michelin star restaurant in the UK

    United Kingdom

    Contaminated baby food product liability

    Acting for product liability insurers following the recall of contaminated baby food in the UK

    United Kingdom

    Multi-national manufacturers high quality TV recall

    Advising on the multinational product recall of 100,000 high-quality (GBP 1,000 each) TV sets by a top-end manufacturer

    United Kingdom