Industry focus: Food in Spain
The multi-disciplinary team at Cuatrecasas handles issues across the sector including packaging, labelling, composition and marketing. Leading the practice is corporate specialist Pere Kirchner and counsel Jorge Llevat, who focuses on litigation involving industrial and intellectual property rights. The firm is advising Algodonera del Sur on the sale of Algosur Pinzón and Transformados Agrícolas del Bajo Guadalquivir, to the Conesa Group. In another highlight, the department is assisting Europastry with the syndicated loan agreement to finance existing debt, new acquisitions and capital expenditure needs.
The ‘thorough and available’ Gómez-Acebo & Pombo combines valuable ‘experience in related fields, with the ability to meet a deadline’. Leading the practice is Mónica Weimann, who has a particular focus on digital food marketplaces, and agrarian law expert José Luis Palma. The team advised Mahou San Miguel on the launch of new products, including handling marketing, labelling and health and nutrition claims. The firm also represented Lidl in intellectual property litigation cases brought by Granini, relating to an EU trade mark infringement and unfair competition claim before the EU Courts of Alicante.
J&A Garrigues SLP has 'deep technical and negotiation skills, as well as very good knowledge of the industry'. The practice is led by Mónica Martín de Vidales and Àlvaro López-Jorrín, who provide 'quick and accurate responses'. The team specialises in M&A work related to the food industry and, in a recent highlight, advised Scandia Food, a Romania-based company that markets meat products, on the acquisition of Spanish company Thenaisie Provote. The firm also assisted Royal De Heus, an animal nutrition company, with acquiring Piensos Unzué.
Elena Úbeda leads Uría Menéndez's food and beverage law practice group, which integrates 20 partners from areas of practice including corporate, intellectual property, litigation and regulatory. The multi-disciplinary team is advising Kerry Group on the acquisition of Harinas y Semolas del Noroeste, a Galicia-based company specialised in the manufacturing of special flours, batters and tempuras, as well as representing champagne producer Champagne Louis Roederer, in litigation relating to the enforcement of damages for a trade mark infringement.
Baker McKenzie's practice head Carles Prat leads a team that includes intellectual property specialist Cristina Duch and employment-focused Mireia Sabaté. In a recent highlight, the department advised international food retailer DIA on the competitive sale process of four warehouses located in Spain and Portugal. The firm is also assisting key client Miquel Alimentacio with plans to expand abroad, particularly with the brand management aspects of the company's international expansion in Asia.
DLA Piper LLP's practice, which brings together practitioners from several departments in the firm, is led by copyright expert Diego Ramos. The team counts key manufacturers and food retailers among its clients, and is advising Redevco on the acquisition of the gourmet retail market Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid. In another highlight, the practice is handling Olam International's purchase of a nuts business from Grupo Guzman.