Licensing and License Transactions 

We assist new ventures and established operations with all aspects of licensing, from choosing the correct license types for a specific business model to serving as special counsel in transactions involving licensees. 

We regularly license and qualify producers, importers, and retailers in California, including wineries, breweries, distilleries, bars, hotels and restaurants. Our clients range from small producers and local bars to nationally distributed brands and international hotel chains.

We often serve as special counsel to corporate, finance and restructuring attorneys working with investors or liquor licensees to achieve their business goals. In this context we have advised on complex transactions including mergers and acquisitions of national hotel and restaurant chains, license protection and license transfers in bankruptcy.

Contacts: Lynne Carmichael, Beth Aboulafia, Rebecca Stamey-White and Erin Kelleher