Retail

The retail industry is as broad and diverse as the customers it serves and the products it delivers. Brick-and-mortar superstores, online retailers and niche players alike need effective advisors who understand the complex legal and business environments in which they operate.

Throughout our history, McGuireWoods has been a legal team of choice for retailers. Our retail team includes experienced lawyers based in cities across the United States and in Europe. Many of our partners have decades of experience serving as outside counsel to regional, national and international retailers whose products and brands are household names in North America, Europe and around the world. Our clients include grocery, big-box and discount chains; high-end and specialty clothing, home improvement, electronics, jewelry and specialty home goods stores; franchisors and franchisees; as well as companies that sell products or have business models that cross sectors, such as restaurants, pharmacies, automobile dealerships, and telecommunications, media and entertainment companies.

McGuireWoods provides retailers with proactive advice on legal issues that affect them directly and indirectly. Our primary focus is on building client relationships across engagements, and sharing best practices seamlessly and transparently across service lines and with the retailers we serve. Our goal is to be true business partners with our retail clients, helping them gain a competitive edge. We recognize that efficiency is paramount, and do not rely on our clients to train advisers about their business or their concerns. We allocate resources and lawyers effectively and work hard to ensure that every member of our team understands our clients’ specific business goals and broader economic challenges.

We understand the often-thin profit margins that predominate in the retail industry, and work closely with clients to develop effective, innovative legal solutions that can provide security in an unpredictable marketplace. For example, our real estate team regularly works with clients to negotiate sales, purchases and leases of commercial and retail space, including anchor sites in shopping malls, and helps negotiate covenants, restrictions and noncompetition agreements that protect our clients’ interests while promoting industry growth.

In its annual list of “Best Law Firms,” U.S. News & World Report includes McGuireWoods as a National Tier 1 firm in the category Land Use & Zoning Law and among the top national and local firms in Real Estate Law. In Europe, McGuireWoods also ranks in the Legal 500 for Real Estate in both Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Similarly, our restructuring and insolvency team, recognized by Law360 as one of the largest in the country, has represented creditors, creditors’ groups and debtors through the successful resolution of large-scale bankruptcies and workouts in the consumer electronics, clothing and other sectors. Our finance lawyers have negotiated syndicated revolving and term facilities with letter of credit subfacilities (including investment grade as well as secured, asset-based ones), cross-border facilities, receivables securitizations, synthetic leases, sale-leasebacks and private placements, among other financings.

Almost all retailers have experienced an increase in wage and hour challenges. Whether it be classification, overtime, or meal and rest break issues, retailers at every level have been named as defendants in class action lawsuits that, if not defended and managed properly, can be costly to defend and resolve. Our wage and hour team has successfully defended these lawsuits in states across the country for retailers big and small, and knows how to minimize the exposure that can often result from these cases if not handled properly.

Because retailers are focused on protecting their margins and seek to minimize their non-operational spending, we also offer a robust selection of alternative fee structures for many of our services.

In addition to the areas noted above, we provide coordinated, industry-focused counsel in the following legal disciplines:

  • Antitrust/competition law
  • Commercial contracts and litigation
  • Corporate transactions and securities
  • Corporate governance
  • Data privacy and e-commerce
  • Environmental regulatory and compliance
  • Fair trade practices
  • Intellectual property
  • International trade
  • Labor, wage and hour, employment and employee benefits
  • Product safety
  • Real estate (acquisition, sale, leasing and financing)
  • Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Tax policy, including working with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Congress and retail trade groups to address:
  • Tax planning, including:
    • Effective rate management
    • Transactional taxes
    • Gross receipts taxes
    • Nexus issues
    • Cloud computing taxability concerns
    • Global supply chain tax issues
  • Tax controversy

We work closely with our affiliate, McGuireWoods Consulting, to represent the interests of retailers before state and federal legislative and regulatory bodies. These experienced public affairs and government relations consultants have helped draft and win approval for numerous tax-related and other legislative proposals that have helped promote the interests, and address the concerns, of retailers across the country.

We invite you to take a closer look at our team, examine our credentials and test our capabilities. For many of our retail-industry clients, McGuireWoods is ideally positioned to help them achieve their business objectives.

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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

Representative Matter

RCG Ventures Acquires Michigan-based Shopping Center

Representation of RCG Ventures in its $14.2 million acquisition of Oak Brook Square, a 152,073 square-foot shopping center in Michigan.
Representative Matter

RCG Ventures Closes On First West Coast Acquisition

Representation of RCG Ventures in its acquisition of Sawmill Square, a 134,499 square foot shopping center in Cottonwood, AZ.
Representative Matter

Acquisition of Arkansas-based Shopping Center

Representation of a real estate investment firm in its $23 million acquisition of a shopping center in Arkansas.
Representative Matter

RCG Ventures Acquires Georgia-based Shopping Mall

Representation of RCG Ventures in its $8.7 million acquisition of Turner Hill Marketplace and The Shops at Turner Hill in Lithonia, Georgia.
Representative Matter

CFPB enforement against wireless carrier

Represent major wireless carrier in defending against a CFPB enforcement action related to allegations of unfair practices.
Representative Matter

Oberon Securities

Representation of Oberon Securities as financial advisor in various engagements.
Representative Matter

“Telecom Deal of the Year”, M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards, 2016

Representation of Sprint, a communications services company, in its acquisition of 1,435 retail stores from RadioShack, a deal that more than doubles Sprint’s company-owned retail footprint.
Representative Matter

Regional agricultural supply cooperative

Successfully represented a regional agricultural supply cooperative in the defense of allegations that its directors committed ultra vires and oppressive acts against the plaintiff.
Representative Matter

Combination Creates Largest Supermarket Chain in the U.S.

Representation of Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. in connection with its $2.5 billion merger with The Kroger Company.
Representative Matter

National discount retailer

Representation of a national discount retailer in religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation. We obtained a nuisance-value settlement following plaintiff’s deposition and prior to plaintiff deposing defendants’ current and former employees.
Representative Matter

Publicly traded retail REIT

Representation of publicly traded retail REIT in a $100 million joint venture real estate development.
Representative Matter

GNC Gains Access to World’s Second Largest Sports Nutrition Supplement Market

Representation of GNC Holdings, Inc., a health and wellness products retailer, in its acquisition of Discount Supplements, a UK-based multi-brand sports nutrition e-commerce retailer.
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National speciality retailer

Representation of a national specialty retailer in the management of a trademark infringement matter, including successful request for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.
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Retailer

Representation of a premier retailer of footwear and athletic apparel in a suit alleging claims for damages arising out of manager’s conduct in videotaping employees at work (invasion o f privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence); claims were defeated by establishing non-applicability of scope of employment defense.
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$225 Million Sale to Food Distribution Company

Representation of an independently owned broad-line food service distributor in the $225 million sale of the company to another major food distribution company.
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$36 Million Sale of an Unembellished Textiles Business

Representation of the owner of an unembellished textiles business in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer for $36 million.
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National specialty retailer

Representation of a national specialty retailer against allegations of discrimination and wrongful termination by an assistant manager at a Northern California retail store. A U.S. Magistrate Judge dismissed the plaintiff’s claims in their entirety finding that the plaintiff had not demonstrated any causal connection between complaints that he had made during his employment and his termination.
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Telecommunications joint venture

Represented a telecommunications joint venture in a complex commercial arbitration against a software developer who committed to rewrite the software running the North American 1-800 Toll Free database system.
Case Study

BVT closes $130 million portfolio sale

McGuireWoods recently represented BVT Institutional Investments in the sale of 10 shopping centers located in Florida, Texas and Georgia. The $130 million transaction was one of the country's largest retail real estate transactions of 2011 and marks the conclusion of McGuireWoods' representation of BVT in connection with its U.S. Retail Income Fund VIII portfolio.

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Two-Part Purchase Transaction

Advise a regional agricultural cooperative through a two-part transaction in which our client purchased a 10 percent share in a grain management company for $10.5 million.
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Joel Allen Joel S. Allen
Partner
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6464
F: +1 214 273 7488
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Mark E Anderson Mark E. Anderson
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 919 755 6678
F: +1 919 755 6581
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Lisa A Atty Lisa A. Atty
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8264
F: +1 310 956 3164
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Ilene A Bailey Ilene A. Bailey
Counsel
7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671

T: +1 410 659 4449
F: +1 410 659 4478
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Josiah A Bancroft Josiah A. Bancroft
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5749
F: +1 404 443 5688
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Craig D Bell Craig D. Bell
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1179
F: +1 804 698 2160
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Lynet Bidrossian Linet Bidrossian
Attorney
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8263
F: +1 310 956 3168
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Robert E Bittner Robert E. Bittner
Senior Counsel
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7926
F: +1 412 667 7965
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Olga Bograd Olga A. Bograd
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6431
F: +1 214 273 7492
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Amy Bridwell Amy K. Bridwell
Counsel
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5533
F: +1 404 443 5783
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Charles Case Charles D. Case
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

T: +1 919 755 6698
F: +1 919 775 6675
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Pol Cools Pol Cools
Counsel
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 16
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Michael R Daglio Michael R. Daglio
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1185
F: +1 804 698 2250
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Joshua D Davey Joshua D. Davey
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2167
F: +1 704 805 5019
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Kathleen H Dooley Kathleen H. Dooley
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2347
F: +1 704 444 8755
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William Doyle William E. Doyle Jr.
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 919 755 6690
F: +1 919 755 6602
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Jason D Evans Jason D. Evans
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2050
F: +1 704 444 8774
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Peter Farley Peter N. Farley
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5623
F: +1 404 443 5680
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Howard Feller Howard Feller
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4393
F: +1 804 698 2051
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Christal Fish Christal L. Fish
Counsel
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 3498
F: +1 904 360 6306
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Douglas M Foley Douglas M. Foley
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

World Trade Center
101 West Main Street
Suite 9000
Norfolk, VA 23510-1655

T: +1 202 857 1720
F: +1 202 828 3301
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T:+1 757 640 3715
F: +1 757 640 3957

Kimly Gianoutsos Kimly Vu Gianoutsos
Associate
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7933
F: +1 412 667 7999
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Steve Gold Steve Gold
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 321 7664
F: +1 312 698 4583
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Rakesh Gopalan Rakesh Gopalan
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2275
F: +1 704 805 5026
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Alan B Gordon Alan B. Gordon
Partner
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7929
F: +1 412 667 7968
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FDA News Webinar

August 17, 2016
Webinar
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Food Safety Crisis & Risk Management

March 3, 2016
Complimentary Webinar
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UKTI Benelux Series 2015

July 2, 2015
Webinar
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Legal Alert

The WannaCry Cyberattack: Steps Businesses Must Take Now

Password Protected
May 15, 2017
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Filing of Claims in Bankruptcy Proceedings

The Central Solvency Register is Now Operating

April 11, 2017
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21st Century Data Breaches: Not All Fun and Games

Password Protected
March 22, 2017
Publication

Belgian Retail Newsletter

FLEMISH REGION: Drastic reform of the Flemish permit landscape

February 2017
Publication

Belgian Retail Newsletter

"Pop-up" stores: the new Flemish decree on short-term retail leases enters into force on 1 September 2016

July 2016
Publication

Belgian Retail Newsletter

"Pop-up" retail stores in the Flemish Region: soon to be subject to new, separate legal framework for short-term leasing?

June 2016
Publication

Belgian Retail Newsletter

The legislation on commercial establishments or so-called “socio-economic permit” legislation: from federal to regional (Part II)

December 2015
Publication

Belgian Retail Newsletter

The legislation on commercial establishments or so-called “socio-economic permit” legislation: from federal to regional (Part I)

November 2015
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