Industry focus: Food in France

Deprez Guignot Associés

A key name in the food law sector, Deprez Guignot Associés‘ practice handles both advisory work and litigation for food companies. The department is run by Jean-Christophe André who is regularly supported by Pierre Deprez, founder of the firm and expert in intellectual property and economic law. Involved in high-profile cases, the team is advising Intermarché in its involvement in a complex dispute between Yuca and the FICT, Fédération Française des Industriels Charcutiers Traiteurs, a French association for delicatessen manufacturers.

Key clients

Intermarché

General Mills

Fortepharma

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to Intermarché in the context of its forced intervention in the dispute between Yuca and the FICT, Fédération Française des Industriels Charcutiers Traiteurs, a French association for delicatessen manufacturers.
  • Advising three companies in a European crisis about the high presence of ethylene oxide in imported food products from outside the European Union.

Product Law Firm

Product Law Firm is dedicated to EU and French litigation and regulatory advice in relation to most categories of food products: borderline products, dietary supplements, foods for specific groups, baby food and infant formulae, novel foods, health and nutrition claims, alcohol and beverage, animal feed, and GMOs. Staying ahead of the curve, the team is developing its legal offering regarding new trends in the industry such as the introduction of the circular economy in product laws. Antoine de Brosses is the sole department head following Gilles Boin’s departure in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Antoine de Brosses

DWF (France) AARPI

DWF (France) AARPI has been put on the map for food law with the hire of Nicole Coutrelis and her associate Emily Amat from Coutrelis & Associés. With over 30 years of experience in the field, Nicole ‘is an exceptional lawyer’ and is sought out by leading food and agricultural businesses in France and Europe. The practice is particularly knowledgeable in competition issues raised by professional sectorial organisations. Coutrelis and Amat are also longstanding active members of the European Food Law Association.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Coutrelis

Other key lawyers:

Emily Amat

Testimonials

‘Nicole Coutrelis is an exceptional lawyer.’

‘Nicole Coutrelis is a very experienced and exceptional food lawyer.’

‘My experience working with Nicole Coutrelis has been fantastic. Firstly, her availability in dealing with emergency situations has been incredible. Moreover, she is extremely competent and experienced, and at the same time she is direct and comes to the point immediately. I really like working with her, and as a further plus, she speaks French, English, and Italian, which is quite helpful here sometimes with clients who don’t speak foreign languages.’

‘High knowledge of applicable laws and practical interpretation.’

‘Highly professional with great view of the client.’

Key clients

Merisant

Interbev

Work highlights

  • Assisting Interbev with a broad unfair competition action against multiple meat imitation producers in France.

Jeantet

Jeantet‘s food and agribusiness practice has developed over the past few years through its continuous counsel of major food producers such as Lidl and organisations such as the French National Association of Camembert Producers, the SNFC. Julia Bombardier is highly regarded in the agri-food sector for her knowledge of labelling, unfair commercial practices, fraud, novel food, health and food safety, and indemnity litigation. Competition law is another area of focus; the firm was involved in a dispute lodged against one of the largest dairy product producers in the world for the alleged breach of an anti-competition agreement.

Practice head(s):

Julia Bombardier

Testimonials

‘The services provided by the Jeantet firm, and more particularly by Julia Bombardier, are of excellent quality. Indeed, they have real expertise in the field of agrifood and consumer law.’

‘Julia Bombardier, who was the lawyer in charge of our case, met our expectations perfectly. She has shown a lot of expertise in this field, adaptability, rigour and commitment.’

‘Bombardier’s area of expertise is in itself unique. Experts in food and health law.’

‘Bombardier is responsive, precise and clear. She always makes herself available.’

‘I work directly and only with  Julia Bombardier. This privileged relationship allows ultra-efficient and high-quality work, both in the analysis of the case and in the responses and actions to be considered. Julia Bombardier, a brilliant expert in her field, is also exceptionally available, which corresponds to our expectations, which wants responsiveness from advice. She has the ability to put herself in a situation instantly, after just the initial discussions of a matter.’

Koehler-Magne Serres

The ‘professional, efficient, and business solutions-oriented lawyers’ at Koehler-Magne Serres have a strong track record of multijurisdictional work especially in the Middle East and Africa in the food and beverage sector. Cyrille Gaucher is noted for his ‘profound experience in both labeling and ingredients-related matters’. He is also active in the field of competition, distribution, and consumer law. The firm’s impressive client list includes household names such as Danone and Red Bull.

Practice head(s):

Lionel Koehler-Magne

Testimonials

‘A very efficient law firm with professional, efficient, and business solutions-oriented lawyers.’

‘Cyrille Gaucher is an excellent food lawyer, with profound experience in both labeling and ingredients-related matters.’

Key clients

Danone

Red Bull

Citeo

Kronenbourg

Sylvan Inc.

Arrow Food

Corteva Agroscience