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  1. Industry focus: Food
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    • André Coutrelis - Coutrelis & Associés
    • Nicole Coutrelis - Coutrelis & Associés
    • Katia Merten-Lentz - Keller and Heckman LLP

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Coutrelis & Associés specialises in European law with a particular focus on the food, agriculture, competition and drug sectors. The team consists of Nicole Coutrelis and André Coutrelis and eight associates and provides regulatory counsel and compliance advice, as well as contentious support before the national and European courts. In recent highlights, the group handled matters related to the launch of new food products such as ‘novel’ and ‘fortified’ foods as well as regarding the use of vitamins, enzymes, GMOs and additives such as sugar substitutes and green tea extracts. On the contentious front, the practice defends major food manufacturers in health claims before the administrative authorities.

Product Law Firm’s Antoine de Brosses and the ‘incredibly commercial’ Gilles Boin ‘are experienced lawyers who have been dealing with the large consumer food market for many years’. Recognised by some as the ‘industry leader in France’, the seven-partner team provides ‘detailed, fast and effective advice’ to major domestic and international clients through its multidisciplinary offering. Clients especially note the team’s regulatory and contentious strength.

Keller and Heckman LLP stands out for its ‘excellent product liability work and food crisis management capabilities’. Along with providing EU regulatory advice to clients pertaining to novel food additives and marketing-related issues such as labelling and nutrition claims, ‘highly responsive, available and attentive’ practice head Katia Merten-Lentz, who divides her time between the Paris and Brussels offices, and her team also represent major food and alimentation players in litigation proceedings arising from unfair competition, product liability and misleading advertisement claims. Nathalie Henin, who gained substantial expertise acting as a regulatory and scientific affairs director in the food and agrochemical industry is also noted. Air France and the International Chewing Gum Association are noteworthy clients. Laëtitia Guillet left the firm.

Koehler-Magne Serres handles significant transactions in the food and beverages industry as part of the firm’s broader corporate and M&A practice and practice head Lionel Koehler-Magne has significant experience in dispute resolution. In recent highlights, the team handled a number of fund restructurings for major food and beverage manufacturers and distributors, the acquisition of a company in the Middle East through a joint venture, and the negotiation of distribution agreements. François Serres specialises in cross-border corporate transactions and the setting up of partnership agreements and joint ventures.

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