Ryan was the attorney for Vitamin Water in its early days and was with the company all the way through it's sale to Coke for over $4 billion. We talk about the VitaminWater story along with others he's worked with in the CPG industry. Ryan's firms has worked with hundreds of other consumer product companies including?Glaceau (creator of VitaminWater and SmartWater), Pirate?s Booty, Pretzel Crisps, Vita Coco, Siggi?s, WTRMLN WTR, Mamma Chia, Sir Kensington?s, Hint, Califia Farms, Krave, HappyBaby, Chameleon Cold Brew, Essentia, Rhythm Superfoods, Peeled, Runa, Oatmega, Sugarfina, Juice Press and many more.?
About Ryan Lewendon Ryan is a Partner at Giannuzzi Lewendon, a premier boutique law firm that focuses on the representation of privately-held, high-growth consumer products companies. Prior to joining Giannuzzi Lewendon in 2011, Ryan was an associate at Donovan & Giannuzzi LLP.
Since 2007, Ryan has focused his practice on helping innovative consumer products entrepreneurs grow their companies by navigating both the day-to-day hurdles and the tent-pole obstacles and opportunities a consumer products company must navigate on its way towards an acquisition.
Ryan has assisted hundreds of companies structure and negotiate their distributor, broker and supplier relationships, employee incentive programs and advisory networks, and celebrity/influencer endorsements and promotional partnerships.
Ryan has advised clients through financing transactions at every stage of their growth cycle ? from angel investments to rounds with institutional investors. He has recently assisted clients in exit transactions with acquirers such as Coke, Pepsi, General Mills, Boulder Brands, Group Danone, Bacardi, General Mills and others.
Ryan grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. He received a M.S in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Tulane University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honors Society?s Sports Law team. When he isn?t busy helping bring emerging brands to the mainstream, he is an avid runner, reader and raconteur. He resides in Manhattan, New York.
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