Rebuck Law’s current legal projects.
One the questions people always ask lawyers is what kind of work do you do?
Like most businesses, Rebuck Law has many projects on the go simultaneously and they can range from long and large, to small and short, at home and abroad.
“I’ve have worked with many luxury goods companies, negotiating their licence agreements and distribution arrangements around the globe,” says Rebuck Law founder, Marcus Rebuck. “Often this work involves helping the clients to familiarise themselves with different customs and practices, working with local lawyers to understand both the cultural as well as legal impediments to getting things done. I have just finished working on a collaboration between a London-based brand and Uniqlo for a new clothing collection to be sold around the world and have been working on distribution agreements for a luxury cosmetics brand.”
The next question people ask is what does that work involve, specifically?
There are many branches to what we do. When working with entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses we invariably play a broader, advisory role. It could be with regards to money coming into the business or about how they exit the business. More often than not, it includes managing relations (and sometimes the tensions) between the owners/managers, a role which requires sensitivity, especially where families are involved.
“Currently I’m working with the senior management of a French industrial company in dispute with a client in South Africa,” reveals Marcus. “As is so often the case, there is a bigger commercial context and we have been working closely with S. African lawyers to align the client’s wider commercial interests with the specifics of litigating in a foreign language and under a different legal system.”
Among other projects, Marcus is representing a French publisher in a dispute with a digital content provider for its online publications and with a media investment group that is making a strategic investment in a music retail business. “Since music is something very close to my heart, I’ve found this interesting and fulfilling work,” he says.
As well as that he’s been working with some up and coming alcohol-related businesses including a new premium gin brand and a champagne and wine bar opening soon in Shoreditch, East London.
Another big part of the skillset of an M&A lawyer? To help clients manage the legal aspects of a transaction, without losing sight of the human dimension. Whilst there are lots of technical aspects to attend, at the end of the day we are working with people who have spent a significant part of their working lives building up the businesses that are being sold. Whether as lawyers we are advising the buyer or the seller, the work is more than just about the law. In fact, it’s about helping people to make difficult decisions often in unfamiliar territory and that’s the part that can be so fulfilling.