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Barbara Mutsaers is the key partner at AKD, and is well known for her expertise in food law, including nutrition and health claims, product liability and recalls. Alongside Eveline Sillevis Smitt, administrative food law expert Erik Dans represented Plukon Food Group in proceedings against the Dutch state regarding new food hygiene regulations. Huib Berendschot is recommended for IP, advertising and labelling matters.

The ‘pragmatic, service-oriented’ team at Hoogenraad & Haak, advertising + IP advocaten is headed by the ‘commercial, enthusiastic, energeticEbba Hoogenraad, and handles health claims, ingredients, labelling and product recalls as well as advertising and IP. Hoogenraad and ‘motivated, efficient’ associate Sarah Arayess represented Solgar in a mutual recognition case against the Dutch state. Ahold Delhaize, Lidl, Heineken and Barilla Group are longstanding clients.

NautaDutilh’s ‘knowledgeable’ team, which is led by administrative law specialist Norbert de Munnik, is praised for its strength in depth. M&A is its key strength, though it also handles financing, IP and product recalls. Jeroen Preller is often active in the space, advising NPM Capital on the sale of part of Royaan’s brands portfolio and food service activities to Van Geloven.

Open, honest’ M&A expert Pieter van Uchelen leads the group at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which is also active in restructuring, employment, tax and criminal law. Employment specialist Joris Oster assisted Koninklijke Peijnenburg with the reorganisation of its main production facility. Other clients include DOC Dairy Products, Plukon Food Group and Coca-Cola European Partners.

M&A, commercial contracts, litigation and IP are core pillars of Van Doorne’s practice. Arnout Stroeve acted for Cott on its €470m purchase of Eden Springs, while Kriek Wille advised Meatless on a range of activities, including corporate work, negotiating technology transfer agreements and terminating licensing agreements. Group head Lisette Bieleveld counts Struik Holding among her clients.

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘deeply knowledgeable, always available’ practice is known for its corporate capabilities; Karine Kodde, Jan Louis Burggraaf and finance expert Niels de Ru are the key contacts. Clients include Refresco, Jumbo and Interfood Holding. On the contentious side, ‘extremely diligent’ arbitrator and litigator Marieke van Hooijdonk is ‘a persuasive advocate’ with ‘a sharp mind and a good helicopter view’.

CMS’ team is led by corporate expert Mark Ziekman, and is especially active in M&A, competition and IP matters. Reinout Slot acted for Cott on the approximately $1.2bn sale of its non-alcoholic beverage bottling activities to Refresco Holding, and counsel Rogier de Vrey represented Syngenta in anti-counterfeiting proceedings against ZeeNop. Albron is also a client.

Loyens & Loeff’s department is active in corporate and competition work as well as in food regulatory matters. Bas Vletter acted for Collins Foods (Australia) on its purchase of 16 Netherlands-based KFCs and its roll-out of 20 more restaurants in the Netherlands. Senior associates Natasja Brusik and Victor van Ahee are food regulatory specialists.

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright handles a wide range of food- and beverage-related work, including M&A, product liability, employment and regulatory food work. Group head Saskia Blokland advised Zuivelcoöperatie DeltaMilk on amending its regulatory framework, as well as on liability issues affecting the Dutch dairy sector. Other clients include Deliveroo, Darling Ingredients and Unilever.

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