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  1. Industry focus: Food
  2. Leading individuals

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    • Andr√© Coutrelis - Coutrelis & Associ√©s
    • Nicole Coutrelis - Coutrelis & Associ√©s
    • Katia Merten-Lentz - Keller and Heckman LLP

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Coutrelis & Associés has strong expertise in European law and operates under the joint leadership of Nicole Coutrelis and André Coutrelis. The Paris team provides regulatory advice regarding the launch of new food products and the use of additives such as vitamins, enzymes and GMOs, as well as contentious support in product liability claims in the national and European courts.

Keller and Heckman LLP is a niche firm which specialises in EU regulatory law and fields a dedicated food and feed law team. The Paris office's recent caseload includes advising a range of high-profile clients on labelling and market access, as well as novel issues relating to enzymes and GMOs. The main names to note are regulatory and scientific affairs counselor Nathalie Henin and Katia Merten-Lentz, who leads the practice.

Product Law Firm has expertise in litigation as well as regulatory matters at both the EU and French levels, including criminal product litigation and multi-jurisdictional market access issues. Gilles Boin and Antoine de Brosses jointly head the practice and recently advised a high-profile global restaurant chain on consumer complaints and allegations of food safety issues. In other highlights,  the team advised a heavyweight global retail player on local law issues pertaining to the distribution and retail of food, and defended a food company in commercial litigation relating to the revocation of its M&A operations.

Along with the strong corporate expertise at Koehler-Magne Serres, practice head Lionel Koehler-Magne has significant experience in dispute resolution work. François Serres is also a name to note and advises on cross-border transactions and joint venture agreements.

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