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Highlights of our experience in Manufacturing in the UK

Consumer Products

  • Mercedes-Benz on five separate civil and criminal UK competition law investigations into the commercial vehicle market, leading to settlement and successful resolution.
  • Heineken on various transactions including its joint venture with Namibia Breweries in South Africa, the restructuring of Heineken Belarus with Oasis Drinks, and the IPO of Bralirwa in Rwanda.
  • Unilever, the global FMCG manufacturer, on IP, commercial contracts, technology and logistics across Europe and Asia. This includes advising on a 'first of its kind' global cloud project involving the integration of Accenture application technology onto salesforce platform technology.
  • Tempur, the manufacturer and distributor of mattresses and pillows, on numerous matters including its establishment in Russia, Poland and Portugal.
  • Nestlé on IP issues including its application to register the shape of a Kit Kat as a UK and EU-TM and its opposition by Cadbury/Mondelez, as well as on advertising, pricing and promotion.
  • CBPE Capital on its acquisition furniture manufacturer Sofa.com
  • Peel Hunt, acting as nominated adviser and broker, on the AIM IPO of mattress manufacturer and distributor eve Sleep plc.
  • An elite luxury car brand on distribution arrangements in the UAE and wider GCC region, including advice regarding competition law issues.
  • Aurelius AG on its acquisition of Coats plc’s European crafts business, the world’s leading manufacturer of FMCG in the crafts sector, including sewing thread, craft yams and craft accessories.
  • A global consumer healthcare and cosmetics manufacturer, day to day advice in the UK, Germany and Austria on competition compliance aspects concerned with distribution arrangements, relationships with retailers and pricing strategy.