Akin Gump counsels many of the world's most recognizable retailers and brands. We help clients resolve concerns and disputes, address government scrutiny, navigate complex trade and compliance issues, protect their intellectual property, manage their data privacy risk, and provide corporate and labor and employment counsel.
Our market-leading international trade team provides compliance and practical business advice to optimize the time and costs associated with the shipment of goods and services across borders. We advise on the full range of trade compliance and policy issues, including customs, import and export controls, sanctions, antidumping and countervailing duties and other relevant trade regulations.
We serve as the go-to litigation counsel for leading retailers in some of their most significant high-stakes consumer, securities fraud and employment class actions and commercial litigation matters, in federal and state courts and arbitration proceedings across the United States. We also advise retailers on proactive compliance measures to help mitigate litigation risk.
We work closely with retailers to help maximize the benefits of new, rich data and related technology while assisting them when a data incident occurs. We help our retail clients navigate complex compliance challenges and regulatory requirements and provide them with the tools they need to manage risk associated with consumer data.
Lawyers in our financial restructuring team counsel retailers, brands and their investors in formal and out-of-court restructurings, in financing and strategic transactions and on distressed and special situations. Recent engagements include Sears Holding Corporation, Nine West Holdings, Inc., Aerogroup International Inc., Payless ShoeSource, Inc., Brookstone Holdings Corp., True Religion Apparel Inc., Quiksilver Inc., Friendly Ice Cream Corporation, Mrs. Fields’ Original Cookies and QCE Holdings, LLC (Quiznos).
Across the firm, Akin Gump lawyers have a long track record of counseling leading retail brands, restaurants and their investors. Our clients have included some of the industry’s most prominent apparel and luxury brands, quick-serve restaurants, regional supermarket chains and emerging retail businesses globally.
Our nuanced understanding both of the retail sector and the legal environment in which retail clients operate enables us to design front-end compliance programs that meet business and legal objectives. However, in instances where compliance efforts fail to forestall a problem, our team draws on its extensive knowledge of the kind of internal reviews that government officials will demand as we conduct internal investigations, as well as help clients navigate the often conflicting requirements of government entities after regulators become aware of perceived problems.