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Helping an International Company Expand its Reach in North America

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Over the years, Pullman & Comley has been privileged to represent many well-known international businesses and their U.S. subsidiaries.  2014 was no exception, as we initiated representation of the North American subsidiary of Italy’s renowned coffee company, illy caffè.

Founded in 1933 by Francesco Illy, this third-generation, family-owned business has developed a storied international reputation for its singular blend of coffee beans selected from around the world, as well as its commitment to quality, artistry, and technological innovation.  With a presence today in 140 countries, illy caffè looks at the North American market as second only to Italy in its importance to the company.

Pullman & Comley attorneys have been called upon to assist illy caffè North America in a wide variety of matters, including equipment loan agreements with hotels, restaurants and casinos; distribution agreements; and franchise and real estate leasing agreements.  In a number of cases, we have been pleased to collaborate with our Canadian Law Firm Alliance partner, McLean & Kerr, LLP, on matters that extend to north of the border.

Our attorneys were also asked to negotiate advertising, marketing and sponsorship agreements, including illy caffè North America’s sponsorship of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, a global showcase expected to draw more than 20 million visitors from May through October 2015.  Additionally, attorneys from our cybersecurity practice provided counsel to protect illy’s world-wide presence on YouTube.

“We have been extremely pleased with the capabilities and professionalism of Pullman & Comley’s attorneys, and particularly with their business savvy and timely response to our needs.  We truly appreciate that they have invested the time to really understand our requirements, with the lead attorney even attending our new employee training.  We look forward to continuing to work with Pullman & Comley as we expand illy’s presence in the very important North American market.”

 -- Carlo Badioli, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of illy caffè North America, Inc.