Managing Partners: Marbet Lewis and Robert Lewis
Number of partners: 4
Spiritus Law is a business law firm focused on regulatory law, related business transactions and complex business litigation. The firm is dedicated to developing collaborative relationships with its clients to promote innovative solutions for modern legal issues. The team provides comprehensive legal representation that focuses on immediate resolution of client concerns with strategic planning for future growth and expansion.
The firm’s attorneys focus their practices on resolving business and regulatory obstacles with particular focus on expertise in the laws and regulations governing highly regulated products and industries. The team works with foreign and domestic businesses to manage all regulatory licensing and business permitting, including food and alcohol licensing, ongoing business compliance and resolving business disputes should a conflict arise. The firm prioritizes the needs of its individual clients and leading industry members by making it a priority to remain at the forefront of legislative efforts and proposed regulatory changes that may impact its clients’ business operations and legal rights. Spiritus Law combines its collective experience to advance industry innovation and influence the interpretation and enforcement of the rules and regulations that govern its clients.
The firm’s regulatory attorneys have particular strength in managing business licensing and complex trade practice compliance issues involving the US Food and Drug Administration, the US Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax & Trade Bureau, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and various state regulatory agencies governing highly regulated industries and products. The team advise clients on a broad range of compliance and liability issues with particular focus on managing all regulatory licensing, business permitting and guarding against administrative, civil and criminal liability.
The firm helps clients balance regulatory compliance with their unique business needs and long-term goals while identifying new opportunities available in today’s marketplace. Whether a new start-up business or well-established fortune 500 company, the team is well prepared to advise and guide you through complex regulatory requirements and defend against liability threats.
Main Areas of Practice:
Regulatory Licensing & Compliance
Food & Non-Alcohol Beverage
Regulated Product Advertising & Marketing
Enforcement Violation Defense
■ Assisted with the legal analysis and registration issues related to the US Food and Drug Administration (‘FDA’), to produce non-alcoholic beverage products, and their subsequent importation into the United States and Puerto Rico. Assisted with the review and analysis of the proposed production and importation of malt beverage products into the United States
■ Handled all alcohol and business license transfers and regulatory disclosures for Cineworld Group’s $3.6 billion acquisition of Regal Entertainment Group. Handled due diligence review, regulatory licensing and disclosure in multiple jurisdictions throughout the US and acting as special counsel for regulatory review and negotiation of transaction documents and agreements
■ Handled all transactional negotiation and due diligence relating to regulatory alcohol licensing and disclosure in various jurisdictions for closing and completion of ANSA McAL Group of Cos.’s acquisition of Indian River Brewing Co.’s parent Florida Beer Co. Handled the review of immigration issues for foreign investors and shareholders as well as review of foreign trade agreements
■ Assisted with review of management agreements and negotiations, and alcohol license and business permit transfers during and following a major real estate investment group’s first entry into the US hospitality market with the $125 million purchase of a South Beach hotel. Completed all business and alcohol license transfers simultaneously with transaction closing to avoid interruption in alcohol and amenity services
■ Assisted with multi-jurisdictional and multi-use licensing and permitting in Florida following various hotel acquisitions including working with the Department of Hotels & Restaurants, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environmental Resource Management, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, and the Federal Communications Commission for radio network frequency permitting
■ Assisted with alcohol licensing and regulatory due diligence in preparation for a major cruise lines’ sale of assets for $3.025 billion dollars. Reviewed regulatory compliance issues and completed alcohol license disclosure filings prior to statutory deadlines in various jurisdictions throughout the US Post-closing and assisted with preparation of transitional due diligence and licensing summaries for in-house regulatory counsel and transition teams to ensure continued operation and transition
■ Drafted and analyzed food and alcohol service management agreements for various third-party operators at luxury hotels and completed the food and alcohol licensing and business permitting for the hotel’s multi-use amenities. Analyzed areas of liability concerns and provided operational regulatory compliance including review of social media advertising of alcohol products, alcohol brand promotions, and special event sponsorships
■ Provided alcohol regulatory guidance and due diligence of operating licenses and business permits for various theater chain acquisitions of assets including transactions over $240 million. Transferred all alcohol licenses and operating permits simultaneously with closing to prevent interruption in alcohol service and provided on-going post-closing compliance guidance
■ Represented the national movie theater chain Muvico Entertainment as alcohol regulatory and licensing counsel in the sale of its theater chain and remained as food and alcohol regulatory counsel for Buyer post-closing. Post-closing, the team assisted Buyer with operational transition issues and ongoing alcohol service integration and expansion
■ Handled federal licensing, product label approvals and state regulatory filings throughout the US for various foreign manufacturers including Varela Hermanos based in Panama and Ansa McAl based in Trinidad and other wine, beer and spirits producers and importers. Assisted with development and approval of private labels for specialty restaurants and celebrities launching new product brands