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Allen & Overy LLP has an impressive international client base in the food and beverage sector, and is also a popular choice for leading Belgium breweries, bakeries and fine food companies. An IT and IP team led by Geert Glas developed an anti-lookalike strategy for Duvel Moortgat to deal with third party labels which resemble the iconic Duvel label. Corporate and transactional partner PierreOlivier Mahieu is another name to note.

The specialised agri-food sector group at Altius fields three partners: Paul Maeyaert, Olivier Vrins and Philippe de Jong. It acts for international and domestic clients including plant breeders and agri-biotech companies on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. In the first compulsory licence application proceedings relating to EU plant variety rights, de Jong represented Pixley Berries in seeking a licence for a specific blackcurrant variety for production of 100% "juice".

IP partner Jean-Christophe Troussel leads the team at Bird & Bird, which represents an array of clients in the food industry, including food and beverage producers, packaging manufacturers and biotech companies. Agro-science research, IP, distribution and regulatory matters are among the group’s specialisms.

At DLA Piper, an interdisciplinary team of lawyers with backgrounds in technology, regulatory, IP and commercial law handle significant mandates from food and beverage sector companies. Practice head Patrick Van Eecke has extensive experience in the food sector, where his work encompasses e-commerce, privacy, advertising and IP. Longstanding clients include Mondelēz, Barry Callebaut, Coca-Cola and Hard Rock Cafe.

Noted for its ‘business acumen and pragmatic advice’, Linklaters fields a dedicated food and beverage industry group. Its reputation in the sector brings in a steady flow of instructions from leading food, grocery and retail brand companies. Wolfgang Deselaers defended Nestlé against various follow-on cartel damage claims. IP expert Pieter Van Den Broecke heads the practice.

The ‘very professional’, ‘pragmatic’ and ‘flexible’ team at Loyens & Loeff provides a full service to its food sector clients, which turn to it for a range of food regulatory, IP, trade, customs and corporate law advice. Counsel Aude Mahyis a well-known food law expert’; she jointly heads the practice alongside Bert Gevers. Yves Van Couter is also noted.

Stibbe has a substantial and multidisciplinary food sector practice, combining the expertise of highly experienced IP, IT, corporate, competition and employment lawyers. Transactional highlights included its advice to Belgian food group Vandemoortele on the buy-out of Gimv by Safinco; corporate partner Pascal Vanden Borre and tax expert Wim Panis led the advice. Ignace Vernimme heads the practice.

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