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Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s Geert Bovy, who is experienced in handling pan-EU projects, is knowledgeable about nutrition and health claims, labelling and product denomination, among other areas. Bovy also assists with litigation.

Covington & Burling LLP’s Brian Kelly, who splits his practice between London and Brussels, is ‘reliably up to date on food law issues’, such as novel foods, food safety and classification. Sebastian Vos and Peter Bogaert are also recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles regulatory compliance, crisis management and litigation, as well as pan-EU food-related projects and those further afield. Jacqueline Mailly heads the team, which includes Elisabethann Wright and Hugo Paemen.

Jones Day’s Ursula Schliessner and Ales Bartl are working in a cross-border team to advise an industrial minerals producer on the classification of beer filtration aids. Cristiana Spontoni and Katherine Llewellyn are other notable individuals.

Katia Merten-Lentz succeeded Jean Savigny as European food law practice head at Keller and Heckman LLP. The food team handles contentious and non-contentious work involving issues such as novel foods, nutrition and health claims, and the use of additives. Rachida Semail focuses on food contact matters.

Loyens & Loeff’s multidisciplinary Benelux team includes Yves Van Couter and is jointly led by Bert Gevers and recently promoted counsel Aude Mahy. The team covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious regulatory and market practices work.

Maurits Lugard is a key contact at Sidley Austin LLP, which covers the following areas of expertise: novel foods, genetically modified organisms, dairy products and dietary supplements. Bayer, Danone and Herbalife are clients.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Darren Abrahams successfully represented EuropaBio in a European Ombudsman complaint about the EC’s approval procedures on the importation and processing of genetically modified food and feed. Anna Gergely is an expert in food safety and food contact.

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