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Cuatrecasas provides a full-service model to the industry, acting for large Spanish clients such as Deoleo as well as international companies including Haribo. The 50-lawyer team recently acted for Casademont (now part of Piensos Costa) on its €25m debt refinancing. On the employment side, it assisted Heineken with its drafting of a new collective agreement as well as with contentious matters. Public procurement counsel Jorge Botella advises multinationals on labelling, presenting and advertising food products; Pere Kirchner is the corporate partner experienced in the sector.

Garrigues’ ‘very good’ practice stands out for its ‘business understanding’ and ‘flexibility, which means it can achieve realistic deals that bring value’. The firm provides advice on all legal and tax matters concerning production and distribution chains to key industry clients such as Lactalis, Bimbo and Mondelēz; it also works with well-known supermarkets and food retailers. Recent highlights included assisting the majority shareholders of Grupo Vips with its change of investment shareholder (ProA Capital acquired a 30% equity stake). Álvaro López-Jorrín and Mónica Martín de Vídales are the main contacts.

The ‘very experienced’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is involved in all industry matters from food chain issues to compliance, taxation and M&A, offering ‘business-oriented advice and an ability to find effective solutions’. Mónica Weimann, who ‘accurately identifies and addresses critical issues in labelling and advertising’, and José Luis Palma, who ‘brings a high level of knowledge and control’, jointly head the practice group, which comprises key partners from the commercial, IP and dispute teams. The firm recently represented the Edrington Group and its subsidiary Brugal in a Supreme Court case regarding the termination of its distribution agreement with spirits manufacturer Diego Zamora. Other clients include Nestlé, Ferrero and Freixenet.

Uría Menéndez provides a multidisciplinary service to clients in the sector, covering all areas from finance to employment and IP advice. Eduardo Geli recently led on acting for a bank syndicate headed by BBVA on the €93.6m restructuring of Lacrem (now Farga Group). The firm is particularly active in cross-border deals in the Americas, assisting the sellers with Grupo Palacios’ $20.7m purchase of Florida-based Elore Holdings.

Baker McKenzie acts for key industry names such as Unilever and Mondelēz through its multidisciplinary group; IP partner Cristina Duch and employment partner Mireia Sabaté have particular experience in the sector. A notable highlight included advising Miura Private Equity on the sale of its stake in Guzmán Gastronomía to Bidcorp.

Diego Ramos is the name to note at DLA Piper LLP, which provides experienced and commercial advice tailored to the sector. Juan Picón joined Latham & Watkins LLP.

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