Since January of 2011, Nick Giannuzzi has served as Managing Partner of The Giannuzzi Group, LLP – a premier boutique law firm specializing in the representation of fast-growing, independent companies in the hospitality, food and beverage industries. Prior to forming The Giannuzzi Group, Mr. Giannuzzi was a partner at Donovan & Giannuzzi from 1996 through 2010 and an associate at Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts from 1992 to 1996. Mr. Giannuzzi received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1989 and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1992.
Mr. Giannuzzi served as outside general counsel to Glaceau, the owner of the Vitaminwater and Smartwater brands from the formation of the company until the sale of the company in 2007 to Coca-Cola for over $4 billion. He also served in the same capacity on behalf of Town Sports International, the parent company of New York Sports Clubs from 1997 to 2010, providing legal assistance and guidance to the company in connection with its growth from 6 health clubs to approximately 160.
Mr. Giannuzzi served as outside legal counsel and a board member of Nurture Inc., d/b/a Happy Family, a leading organic baby food company until June 2013 when he oversaw the sale of the company to Group Danone. In 2015, Mr. Giannuzzi oversaw the sale of KRAVE Jerky to The Hershey Company, the partial sale of Suja Juice to The Coca-Cola Company, as well as the acquisition of Wallaby Yogurt by WhiteWave Foods. Most recently, Mr. Giannuzzi has acted as head legal counsel to supervise the full acquisition of KeVita by PepsiCo and the sale of YummyEarth to the Riverside Company. The Giannuzzi Group currently represents over 300 high-growth consumer brands companies located through the United States. Mr. Giannuzzi, on behalf of his clients, has recently completed sale and financing transactions with Pepsi, General Mills, Bacardi, Hain Celestial, Group Danone and other multi-national strategic companies. Mr. Giannuzzi recently became a member of the board of directors of Committed Capital Acquisition Corporation (OTC QB: STKS), a publicly traded company which recently merged with The ONE Group LLC, a hospitality company that owns the “STK” brand of restaurants and develops and provides turn-key food and beverage services for high-end hospitality venues such as the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Gansevoort Hotel Group, Hippodrome Casino, ME Hotels and the Perry Hotel (owned by Starwood Capital). Mr. Giannuzzi has long-standing, substantial and varied experience providing legal and strategic advisory services to complex organizations, including those in consumer brands.