Agribusiness has grown into a $3 trillion market in the United States, and Buchalter advises and represents some of the largest and most innovative players in the sector.
From agricultural lenders and investors, food growers, food processors, packers, marketers, and distributors, to wineries and cannabis and hemp producers, our clients are based across the Western United States, and they conduct business globally, from Canada to Chile, Portland to Peru, and many points between, including Mexico.
Route to Market
Buchalter’s full-service counsel meets the needs of agribusiness clients at every point of the route to market.
From business practices that trigger anticompetitive claims to new financing resources and global market volatility, the issues challenging agribusinesses involve complexities rarely covered by a handshake agreement. We provide cost-efficient, big-picture counsel that reflects this fast-moving industry. Areas we advise on and representative experience include:
Buchalter’s decades of agribusiness experience help clients take advantage of new opportunities, protect current investments, and mitigate risks throughout the commercial agricultural cycle.
We are often called upon to serve as outside general counsel to some of the largest marketers, distributors, and producers of fruits and vegetables sold in the nation’s largest food retailers, such as Costco, Walmart, Kroger, Loblaws, and Albertsons.
Full-Cycle Counsel to Agribusinesses
Backed by a full-service legal team, Buchalter’s agribusiness attorneys have a solution at the ready to the wide gamut of legal issues that arise, including:
Corporate and Transactional Law
Business planning and operation matters, business formation, tax planning, tax issues, both planning and audits, including DISCs, licensing, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution agreements and succession, to name a few.
Banking and Finance
Extensive depth in financing transactions, including acquisition loans, crop and working capital lines of credit, equipment loans, and real estate loans. Development of the first, and subsequent, factors in the hemp/cannabis space.
Insolvency and Financial Solutions
Restructurings, workouts, and asset liquidations for a range of clients, including wineries. Secured and unsecured creditor representation in agribusiness bankruptcies under chapters 11 and 12.
Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental
Land acquisition, permitting, zoning, environmental, Proposition 65, regulatory, and water issues.
Marketer-grower disputes, antitrust claim prevention, UCC enforcement, interpleader litigation, overspray, pesticide/adjuvant application and resulting crop damage, and multiparty and cross-jurisdictional actions.
Consumer Product Safety
Labeling and FDA compliance; on-call team ready for high-stakes litigation, including class actions, product recalls, and regulatory claims.
Trademarks and patent law brand protections in the United States and overseas.
Labor and Employment
Employment policies and procedures, handbooks, employment claim prevention and management, related temporary housing issues, and matters relating to labor organizations and collective bargaining.