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Allen & Overy LLP’s highly regarded team advises a wide range of clients in the food and beverage industry, including Lotus Bakeries and Arla Foods, as well as financial institutions and private equity firms investing in the sector. Belgian head of corporate Pierre‐Olivier Mahieu and head of global IP Geert Glas are the key contacts.

Altius assists clients in the agri-food sector with contentious and non-contentious matters, including IP, competition law and other regulatory work, and corporate finance. Recent successes include assisting the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation with obtaining the first European plant variety protection for several hybrid coffee varieties. Paul Maeyaert, Olivier Vrins and Philippe de Jong are names to note.

DLA Piper’s cross-departmental group is recommended for its ‘top-notch advice’ to clients in the food and beverage industry, with a core focus on transactions, technology matters, IP, commercial matters and competition law. Highlights included advising Lotus Bakeries on its purchase of a stake in Natural Balance Foods. Coca-Cola and Mondelēz are key clients. Department head Patrick Van Eecke is highly regarded.

Linklaters has ‘excellent sector knowledge’ and handles a wide range of mandates. Clients include some of the largest consumer product companies. Recent highlights include advising McDonald’s on various trade mark and copyright matters. Pieter Van Den Broecke heads the group.

Loyens & Loeff has ‘outstanding knowledge of EU regulatory and food law’. The firm also handles related tax, corporate, M&A, employment, real estate and IP matters. Key clients include Bonita and Orangina Schweppes. Counsel and practice head Aude Mahy is ‘one of few lawyers perfectly competent in European and Belgian food law’. Yves Van Couter is also recommended.

Stibbe represents top players in the food and beverage sector, predominantly in IP law but also in financing, M&A and contentious mandates. The firm assisted Bosteels Brewery in a trade mark dispute with the Order of Carmelites in Bruges. IP specialist Ignace Vernimme is the name to note.

Bird & Bird represents clients from all parts of the industry and assists Kraft Heinz with its day-to-day IP and regulatory issues. IP lawyer Jean-Christophe Troussel is the name to note.

Covington & Burling LLP represents major food trade associations as well as leading food and beverage companies. The firm handles strategic planning, compliance and regulatory issues at the EU and domestic level. Peter Bogaert is the key figure.

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