Retail Industry

LEADERSHIP: Barry M. Abelson

Few industries are as vital and competitive as retailing. Retail clients need a law firm capable in virtually all areas of the law, with the size and skills necessary to respond rapidly to the challenges and opportunities of business. They need a law firm knowledgeable of and experienced in their industry. In short, they need a law firm like Pepper Hamilton LLP. We help retail clients conduct business transactions, resolve disputes and navigate government regulation so that they can grow and prosper. Whether you are seeking capital, restructuring your business, dealing with workforce issues, trimming your tax burden or settling a dispute, chances are a Pepper lawyer has already handled a case or transaction like yours.

Below is an outline of the services we most frequently provide to retail clients.

Corporate and Securities

We assist clients with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnering arrangements, public and private securities offerings, restructurings and reorganizations, and venture capital and other financing transactions. Frequently, these transactions involve such disparate legal areas as environmental, real estate, labor and employee benefits. Our transactional lawyers regularly team with lawyers in these and other practice areas to resolve client problems. For example, our corporate and securities lawyers work closely with the firm’s tax group to employ structures designed to maximize the tax benefits available to our clients. Corporate lawyers also work closely with the intellectual property and antitrust practice groups in advising clients on licensing, technology transfer and other transactions.

Human Resources Law

Human Resources Law is one of Pepper’s major practice segments, spanning all of our offices. Our practice is organized and designed to support clients in all aspects of human resource management. Our lawyers help design compensation and benefits plans, engage in strategic counseling, develop employment policies, and guide clients through difficult employee problems. When necessary and unavoidable, we litigate employment and employee benefits cases on an individual as well as a class basis.

Real Estate

Our real estate lawyers, often with the assistance of Pepper lawyers in other practice areas (including banking, public finance, bankruptcy, construction, environmental, securities and tax), handle complex real estate matters on a regional and national basis.

Our practice involves the development, acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing, construction and syndication of industrial, commercial and residential real estate; real estate loan and partnership work-outs, foreclosures and bankruptcies; zoning and land use; the regulation of financial institutions; and real estate taxation.

Bankruptcy and Reorganization

Pepper’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group handles a full range of debtor/creditor matters, regardless of the complexity, location, industry or market sector involved. Members of the Group, drawing on their own experience and the assistance of Pepper’s other practitioners, have addressed many complex subjects necessary to the successful resolution of bankruptcy and reorganization matters, including environmental, collective bargaining, transportation, leveraged buyout, toxic tort, pension, intellectual property, health care, financial institution, mortgage banking, real estate, construction/surety, insurance and tax issues.

Commercial Litigation

Pepper’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group handles a wide array of complex commercial litigation and arbitrations, ranging from single-issue injunction cases to multi-million dollar contract disputes. The scope of commercial litigation is broad, and, as a result, each of our commercial litigators has handled a variety of business disputes. This experience enables us to assume responsibility for new matters quickly and efficiently. In addition to general commercial litigation, our lawyers are skilled in antitrust and competition litigation, securities and shareholder litigation, insurance and reinsurance litigation and white collar criminal defense.