Beverage Alcohol



We help Beverage Alcohol clients succeed domestically and globally, unraveling the regulatory hurdles that come with one of the most heavily regulated industries at all levels.

Our approach

Companies in the wine and spirits industry face new and more complex challenges as their business becomes increasingly international.

Our targeted knowledge of local, state, national and international beverage issues is normally found only in boutique firms. Drawing on firmwide skills in related areas of law gives our clients access to a full range of legal services to help them achieve their most critical business goals.

We provide suppliers, distributors and retailers around the world with comprehensive, practical advice on a broad spectrum of legal issues, with guidance on manufacturing, licensing, taxation, labeling, advertising, marketing, distribution and sale of wine, beer and spirits.

We help clients with the following legal challenges:

  • 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

We’re tightly focused on our clients’ business priorities, providing compatible, creative, efficient and cost-effective legal solutions, using our global connections to support international trade and sourcing arrangements.

Constellation Sells Brandy, Wine Brands In 2 Deals For $385M

Law360 | June 25, 2020

This article mentions NP for representing Constellation Brands in the pending sale of its Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy brand and related assets to Sazerac Co. for approximately $255 million. The story notes Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green for her role leading the deal team, and also mentions Rochester Corporate partner Eric Tanck and associate Aya Hoffman.

Boston Beer merging with Dogfish Head in $300M deal

Boston Business Journal | May 09, 2019

In the following coverage, Nixon Peabody served as legal counsel to Boston Beer in a deal to acquire Dogfish Head Brewery, which will give the combined company a leading position in the high end of the U.S. beer market.

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