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Mondini Rusconi Studio Legale has ‘the best understanding of Italy’s food law market, with its expertise including legal, regulatory, litigation and scientific issues’. Giorgio Rusconi has ‘incredible experience of the legal issues related to food products’; he is a founding member and current secretary-general of FLN – Food Lawyers’ Network Worldwide. The team recently advised Hyper Food Hub on several matters, including labelling and presentation of foodstuffs; health and nutrition claims regulations; food information regulations; and consumer law.

Food Law Firm is a specialist practice that is well known for its expertise, which also extends to product labelling, IP rights and product liability, as well as health and nutritional claims. Paolo Borghi is recommended.

NCTM Studio Legale’s client base spans the full agri-food supply chain, including primary producers, suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and consumer groups. Milan and Brussels-based Bernard O’Connor is ‘knowledgeable and helpful’. Transactional highlights included advising US-based Krause Holdings on the acquisition of the Vietti winery, one of the most important producers of Barolo wine.

At Rödl & Partner, Milan-based Barbara Klaus is recommended for her food law experience. Her expertise includes food contact materials, feed law matters, safety laws, labelling, and advertising, as well as health claims, product notifications and registrations.

In addition to its corporate advice to the food sector, Withers Studio Legale provides local and international tax, real estate and IP expertise. The practice advised Fattoria Giacobazzi, a family-owned vinegar producer, on its majority stake sale to Granarolo, one of Italy’s largest food manufacturers. Italy practice managing partner Roberta Crivellaro, who divides time between Milan and Padua, has extensive expertise in the food and beverage sector. Milan-based Luca Ferrari advises major Italian wine producers and exporters.

Bird & Bird’s team regularly assists with feed and farming matters; food safety and food information; and health and nutritional claims. Other areas of expertise include certifications; notification of food supplements and authorisation of novel foods; food operators’ liability; and international trade food safety standards. IP specialist Giovanni Galimberti heads the firm’s Italian food and beverage sector group.

DLA Piper advises its global clients on all aspects of food and drink manufacturing, production, labelling, importation and commercial activity. Recent corporate matters include acting for Unilever on the acquisition of Grom, an Italy-based group that produces and sells seasonal food products. Milan-based Wolf Michael Kühne is the key contact.

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