Industry focus: Food in France

Coutrelis & Associés

Nicole Coutrelis of competition law boutique Coutrelis & Associés is a seasoned expert in French and European food law. She is retained by leading European and US food industry corporations to provide strategic advice and to assist in their dealings with French and European regulators. André Coutrelis is also involved. The firm has offices in Paris and Brussels.

Deprez Guignot Associés

Deprez Guignot Associés has a high-profile client base comprising leading supermarket brands and food manufacturers. Jean-Christophe André is highly specialised in the field and advises clients on regulatory and distribution law issues. Litigation is also dealt with. The practice recently handled work regarding pricing and supply issues and was involved in a regulatory dispute pertaining to food additive issues. IP expertise is also available.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Christophe André

Keller and Heckman LLP

Keller and Heckman LLP advises an extensive client base consisting of leading established food manufacturers, baby food and novel food companies, including a client specialising in in-vitro meat, and a French scientific research institution. The six-lawyer team provides strategic guidance on sensitive French and EU regulatory issues such as labelling. It also assists clients with lobbying work and handles litigation. Practice head Katia Merten-Lentz splits her time between the firm's Paris and Brussels offices.

Practice head(s):

Katia Merten-Lentz

Key clients

Air France

International Chewing Gum Association

Work highlights

  • Assisted Air France with labelling issues regarding organic foods supplied on board and with the management of food waste.

Product Law Firm

Boutique firm Product Law Firm specialises in EU and French litigation and regulatory advice to leading French, European and US food manufacturers, including several food multinationals. The six-lawyer team also assists a well-known fast food chain, an internet company and several major confectionary brands. Guidance on marketing matters and the management of crisis situations following food recalls and food contamination issues are areas of particular expertise. Lately, the group was retained to advise on major regulatory issues and to manage criminal proceedings connected to the development of cannabis-related products in France. Antoine de Brosses and Gilles Boin are well versed in the field.

Practice head(s):

Antoine de Brosses; Gilles Boin

Testimonials

‘A boutique law firm with in-depth market knowledge and regulatory expertise. They are responsive, pragmatic and no-nonsense.’

‘Antoine de Brosses and Gilles Boin are very well known and enjoy a very good reputation in the field of food and beverage law.’

‘Gilles Boin has a deep understanding of the food industry and is always aware of the latest developments in the field.’

‘Antoine de Brosses has huge expertise in food law and is extremely reliable.’

Jeantet

At Jeantet, counsel Julia Bombardier has strong expertise in the food industry sector where she advises leading food manufacturers and professional associations. Bombardier notably assists clients with various regulatory issues, including packaging, consumer and labelling matters, and also takes on litigation cases. In addition, the firm offers complementary competition law expertise, notably through Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres-Tranié.

Testimonials

‘The team has very high-level expertise in food law and is able to handle very sensitive matters.’

‘Counsel Julia Bombardier is highly regarded and is available 24/7.’