Arent Fox Represents Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits in Acquisition of 50 Percent Stake in Bellacosa Wine

WASHINGTON, DC — Arent Fox announced today that it advised Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits in its acquisition of a 50 percent stake in Bellacosa, a California cabernet sauvignon founded by wine entrepreneur Dan Cohn.

Bellacosa is the latest in a series of premier wine and spirits acquisitions and investments by Deutsch for which Arent Fox has provided M&A, intellectual property, and alcoholic beverage regulatory advice. Other recent investments include Deutsch’s purchase of the Redemption Whiskey portfolio and the “Masterson’s Rye” and “Bib & Tucker” whiskey brands.

The Arent Fox team representing Deutsch was led by Jay L. Halpern and Amal U. Dave, and includes Michael T. Kelly, Matthew Berlin, Marc E. Rivera, Joseph A. Rieser, and Loni J. Sherwin.

Mr. Halpern, who is annually recognized among the best transaction attorneys in the country by Legal 500 and Super Lawyers, advises public and private companies and private-equity funds in various stages of development and growth. He also counsels licensors, distributors, and franchise companies on growth-strategy options, including debt and equity financing, and strategic transactions.

Arent Fox has one of the leading Alcohol Beverage practices in the nation, with a team of more than 20 attorneys advising distributors, manufacturers, importers, suppliers, and retailers, as well as private equity and other substantial investors in the industry. The firm represents premier industry clients on a full spectrum of legal services, making the firm a one-stop shop for alcohol-related corporate and transactional, litigation, regulatory, and intellectual property needs.

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