EU regulatory: Food in Belgium

DALDEWOLF

DALDEWOLF's practice is notable for its 'double expertise in EU food law and Belgian law'. The team has been kept busy with labelling issues and food compliance matters, among other areas. Practice head Aude Mahy is 'a dedicated professional' with 'excellent knowledge of Belgian and EU food law'. Associate Arthur Servé is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Aude Mahy

Other key lawyers:

Arthur Servé

Testimonials

Aude Mahy is extensively skilled and works hard to achieve clients’ objectives‘.

Aude has a wealth of sector knowledge, that she applies with a lot of flair‘.

Work highlights

  • Representing a Belgian retailer in proceedings against its previous main meat supplier concerning food safety issues.
  • Acting for a Belgian producer of cereal-based and fruits-extracts ingredients in a dispute with the Belgian Food Safety Agency concerning alleged contaminated food.
  • Assisting a Dutch-based food supplements producer with labelling issues.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, the team provides 'very practical, useful advice' on novel and genetically modified foods, crisis management issues, food contact compliance, EU feed law and labelling issues, to name a few core strengths. Senior EU regulatory affairs adviser Jacqueline Mailly leads the group. Elisabethann Wright is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Mailly

Other key lawyers:

Elisabethann Wright

Testimonials

Jacqueline Mailly provides prompt, practical, and usable advice. Very reliable‘.

Jacqueline Mailly won’t stop until she has found a solution to your problem. She’s very committed to serving her client’s interest. She works hard to get to the bottom of the case, and then delivers on time in full. Very experienced advisor; the go-to in EU food regulations. She’s very approachable; and a pleasure to work with‘.

Keller and Heckman LLP

The food practice at Keller and Heckman LLP is well-versed in advising clients on labelling issues, feed-related matters, health claims and novel foods. Katia Merten-Lentz jointly leads the 'efficient' team with Rachida Semail, who is a key name for food contact compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Katia Merten-Lentz; Rachida Semail

Testimonials

They are exceptionally well versed in key issues facing the food industry, have deep knowledge of food regulation across all staff, and are wonderfully accommodating‘.

Key clients

Air France

International Chewing Gum Association (ICGA)

Work highlights

  • Acts as counsel to the International Chewing Gum Association (ICGA) concerning food standards issues.
  • Acts as counsel to Air France on food regulatory issues.

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Geert Bovy heads up the practice at Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL. The group has strong capabilities in advising clients from the consumer goods sector on labelling issues, advertising matters, and health and nutrition claims.

Practice head(s):

Geert Bovy

Bird & Bird

At Bird & Bird, the team continues to assist food producer Dr. Oetker with advertising matters, EU recipe compliance and labelling issues. Counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Carbonnelle

Key clients

Dr. Oetker

Jones Day

Ursula Schliessner heads up the practice at Jones Day, where the team has been kept especially busy handling instructions related to novel foods.

Practice head(s):

Ursula Schliessner

Key clients

E 172 Consortium

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing advice to a manufacturer concerning the novel food status of lycopene.
  • Advising a consortium of food, feed and pharma companies on the re-evaluation of iron oxides and hydroxides as food and feed additives.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Darren Abrahams and Anna Gergely are the key contacts at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, which has been advising CropLife International on issues concerning genetically modified foods, agrochemical matters and EU food law compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Darren Abrahams; Anna Gergely

Key clients

CropLife International