The Bryan Cave Airport Concessions Team provides comprehensive and cost effective counsel and legal services to airport concession operations throughout the United States.  The core members of Our Airport Concessions Team bring decades of comprehensive experience in providing guidance and counsel to airport concessionaires operating in the food and beverage, news and gifts, duty free, bookstore operation and specialty retail businesses.  We provide counsel on Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE) certification issues and advise prime concession operators and ACDBE Partners on their response to Request For Proposals (RFP) from local airport authorities.  We regularly assist with negotiating(or re-negotiating) concession license agreements, as well as concession lease and sublease agreements with the local airport authority. Our team works on structuring joint venture partnerships for concession operations and provides counsel to concessionaires with threatened or pending investigations by government authorities.  We also advise airports, transit authorities and other governmental entities on compliance with the federal DBE/ACDBE regulations, the legal perimeters of race and gender based contracting, program development and with internal auditing procedures as to contractor compliance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Airline Administration (FAA) DBE policies. 

The Team’s broad experience in Airport Concessions has particular emphasis on:

  • Structuring legal joint venture relationships for ownership and operation of airport concession operators
  • Negotiating license agreements for specific use of company name and trademark with specialty retailers and food and beverage operators
  • Negotiating concession lease and sublease agreements
  • Negotiating franchise agreements
  • Representing concession operators on ACDBE certification and DOT joint venture guideline issues
  • Structuring legal organization structures for ownership and operation of airport concession operators
  •  Representing concession operators on ACDBE certification and recertification issues
  • Representing ACDBE certified companies in appeals process after being denied
  • renewal certification
  • Representing concession operators in structuring supply chain model to achieve ACDBE participation consistent with federal regulations
  • Structuring the investment of private funds into ACDBE certified companies
  • Representing concession operators in negotiating and documenting Letters of Intent and Memorandums of Understandings for their business dealings; and
  • Representing concession operators in disputes under a National Development Agreement.