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AKD advises various clients on food regulations, with Huib Berendschot and Erik Dans having represented companies in food hygiene cases. Martin Hemmer assisted Herbalife with various IT, trade mark and data protection issues. Nestlé is another IP client. Barbara Mutsaers heads the practice.

Mark Ziekman leads CMS’ department, which is strong in IP, advertising and corporate matters. Senior associate Herman van Aerts advised DIDIX on its sale of Tastecard and The Gourmet Society to Bridgepoint Development Capital. Ellen Gielen assisted Worlée with various food law matters. IP experts Marcoline van der Dussen, Willem Hoorneman and Rogier de Vrey are recommended.

The ‘very responsive, client-focused’ team at Loyens & Loeff provides ‘top-class know-how and skill, and a good balance of business and legal advice’. Recent work includes assisting dairy producer Hoogwegt Groep with financing, handling corporate work for G. Kramer & Zonen and Intersnack Group, and representing Dawn Foods and Sligro Food Group in contentious matters. Remco Bäcker and tax adviser Joost van Helvoirt head the group.

Nestlé, Unilever and Danone are among the clients of NautaDutilh’s practice, which is led by public law specialist Norbert de Munnik. Petra Zijp advised Coca-Cola Enterprises on the €14.9bn merger to create Coca-Cola European Partners, as well as the new entity’s €16.5bn IPO. Associate Silvia Gawronski is ‘insightful and efficient’.

Commercial expert Lisette Bieleveld leads Van Doorne’s department, which is active in areas such as M&A and IP. Onno Boerstra advised Plukon Food Group when Gilde and Agrifirm sold their stakes in the company to De Heus and EW Group. Senior associate Sjoerd Kamerbeek advised Tony’s Chocolonely on the nationwide recall of one of its products.

Corporate partners Karine Kodde, Justin Steer and the ‘highly experienced, very well-connected’ Jan Louis Burggraaf are the partners to contact at Allen & Overy LLP. Burggraaf advised Vermaat Groep during its acquisition by Partners Group and Kodde assisted Marel with its €382m purchase of MPS meat processing systems. Other clients include Jumbo and Refresco Gerber.

Norton Rose Fulbright is active in several areas, including insurance, employment and project finance. Clients include AIG, VION, Zuivelcoöperatie DeltaMilk and Darling Ingredients. ‘Incredible’ corporate partner Saskia Blokland heads the practice.

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