The retail sector’s performance as a whole reflects consumer confidence and mirrors other consumer industries such as food and beverages.
The challenging economic climate means that consumers continue to behave in a conservative manner (compared to pre-recession) by trading down and spending less on non-essential items. Retailers that have harnessed this trend, have weathered the storm but should not take their eye off the ball as the global consumer remains fickle. Food retailers have been the most resilient, whereas retailers of household and electronic goods and niche products have been under particular strain.
Understanding the sector
Food retailers, metros, supermarkets, household and personal care companies, electronic consumer goods companies, luxury retailers and internet providers all come to Linklaters for strategic advice on their most challenging issues including M&A, real estate, competition and antitrust, IP and brand protection matters. Many are pan-European and global companies and have a presence in the high street and business parks.
In times of continued economic uncertainty, retailers continue to find innovative ways to manage balance sheets, juggle pension commitments and grow their business. Linklaters experts are advising a range of retailers on how to position themselves appropriately and to ensure that they are poised for success.
Our global retail practice is recognised as being a first tier practice which provides corporate, competition, financial and commercial advice on significant transactions within the retail sector including restructurings, rights issues, bank financings, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, outsourcings, anti-trust investigations, sale and leasebacks and IP litigation.
Our experience of complex transactions coupled with our strong local law capability in key jurisdictions means that we are ideally placed to assist retailers who are looking to develop their business both domestically and internally.
To discuss legal issues with Linklaters’ global retail team, please contact sector leaders Aedamar Comiskey or Bernd Meyring.
You can find out more about Linklaters’ food and beverages capabilities from sector manager Tina Gandesha on (44 20) 7456 4455.