Moët Hennessy’s Acquisition of Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Barack Ferrazzano represented Moët Hennessy in the transaction while Sheppard Mullin advised Joseph Phelps Vineyards.

Global leader in luxury wines and spirits Moët Hennessy, a division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, announced its acquisition of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, a nearly five-decade-old producer of fine wines from Napa Valley and, more recently, the Sonoma Coast.

Moët Hennessy purchased the portfolio of Joseph Phelps, which includes the Insignia brand, a Bordeaux-style red blend from Napa. The deal also included 530 acres (215 hectares) of vineyards, including 429 acres (174 hectares) in nine Napa Valley estates and 99 acres (40 hectares) in two estates around the Freestone winery on the Sonoma Coast, according to the winery.

The Barack Ferrazzano team was led by Fashion, Luxury & Retail Group chair Daniel L. Dominguez (Picture) and Kait E. Kelly, along with senior partners and founders Peter J. Barack and Dennis A. Ferrazzano. Tax & Business Planning Group co-chair Michael J. Towne and Megan E. Toal provided guidance with respect to the tax aspects of the transaction; Intellectual Property Group co-chair Scott J. Slavick, Thomas M. Gniot and Nicole Chimienti assisted with intellectual property matters; Compensation & Employment Group chair Andrew K. Strimaitis, as well as Corwin J. Carr and Alex Freund, advised on compensation, benefits and employment matters; Cybersecurity, Privacy & Technology Group chair Karyn L. Doerfler handled privacy issues and Jim S. Montelongo and Vicky Rusanova provided additional Corporate support.

The Sheppard Mullin deal team representing Joseph Phelps Vineyards was led by partner Stephanie Zeppa and included partners Katharine Allen and Dan Peters; and associates Robert Kay and Karl Buhler.

Involved fees earner: Peter Barack – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Corwin Carr – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Nicole Chimienti – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Karyn Doerfler – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Daniel Dominguez – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Dennis Ferrazzano – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Alex Freund – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Thomas Gniot – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Kait Kelly – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Jim Montelongo – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Vicky Rusanova – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Scott Slavick – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Andrew Strimaitis – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Megan Toal – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Michael Towne – Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Katharine Allen – Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Karl Buhler – Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Robert Kay – Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Daniel Peters – Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Stephanie Zeppa – Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton;

Law Firms: Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton;

Clients: Joseph Phelps Vineyards; Moët Hennessy SNC;