Osborne Clarke advises Beavertown Brewery on the sale of Heineken in the UK

Lawyers from Reading-based international law firm Osborne Clarke advised leading craft brewer Beavertown on its sale to Heineken UK.

Osborne Clarke advised the founders of Beavertown Brewery on the minority sale to Heineken UK in 2018 and also advised on the sale of the remaining shares to Heineken UK which allowed them to assume full ownership of London’s largest brewery .

Beavertown will continue to be operated separately from Heineken UK with its own functional teams including sales, marketing, brewing and wider existing teams.

It is expected that the new ownership structure will allow the brand to grow significantly and could see up to 50 new jobs created.

Osborne Clarke’s team was led by Reading-based partner Mike Freer, assisted by senior partner Oliver Woods and partner Jack Harris.

Rhiannon Jones and Claire Bowles advised on incentive and employment issues, respectively.

Commenting on Osborne Clarke’s support of the transaction, Logan Plant, Founder and Managing Director of Beavertown, said, “Mike and the Osborne Clarke team have been great once again! Not only did OC help and advise throughout the first deal with Heineken UK, they broke it down for the second.

“The level of detail and intensity with which they work left Bridget and I super confident throughout the process.”

Osborne Clarke is considered a go-to company for many companies in the retail industry, acting for well-known retailers and in-demand brands while also working with fast-growing start-ups and market challengers.

The international firm advises at every stage of business development and on everything from e-commerce, payments and branding, to employee and ownership issues, execution, franchises and corporate governance. business and regulatory in multiple jurisdictions.

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