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Firms To Watch: Industry focus: Food

Led by corporate and M&A partner Pablo González Mosqueira, the food department at Pérez-Llorca advises a range of domestic and multinational clients, with strength in dispute resolution as well as real estate, public and regulatory, employment and corporate law.

Industry focus: Food in Spain


Cuatrecasas fields a strong team of lawyers specialised in Spanish and EU food law, offering advice to large international and domestic food and beverage companies on a spread of matters, from production and branding rights to transportation and advertising issues. Its broad service covers corporate, regulatory, competition issues as well as litigation and IP. Focused on IP, data protection and new technologies, Alejandro Negro handles a mix of advisory work, contractual matters and litigation for major food companies.

Other key lawyers:

Alejandro Negro

Key clients

Pernod Ricard

Eckes Granini


M. Lagares, La Sarteneja

Jealsa Rianxeira

Biotech Foods

Costa Food

Angulas Aguinaga

Salsas De Salteras



Grupo Linamar

Q-impact, Seaya Ventures, Triodos Impact Strategies

Atlantinc Blue

Compañía Vinicola Del Norte De España (Cvne)

Work highlights

  • Advised Brown-Forman on the acquisitions of Diplomático Rum and Gin Mare.
  • Advised Eckes Granini advertising issues applicable to consumer products.
  • Advised Compañía Vinícola del Norte (CVNE) on acquiring a winery with the Rías Baixas designation of origin.


A variety of clients, ranging from large national food conglomerates and cooperatives, to associations and investors, turn to Garrigues‘very solid and very well-coordinated team’ for its in-depth knowledge of the food industry and 'the world of agriculture in Spain'. The team is particularly skilled at handling M&A deals for national and international PE funds looking to invest in the domestic food sector. Murcia-based Miguel Ángel López Mateo, a key contact for several international funds focused on the food and agribusiness spaces, oversees the department with Jose Ramón Tenor Peñafiel in Sevilla, the latter of whom is trusted by several industry associations.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Ángel López Mateo; Jose Ramón Tenor Peñafiel

Other key lawyers:

Lorena Colomer


‘A very solid and very well-coordinated team. The availability of the team is constant. They act quickly and respond to queries and questions raised almost in real time.’

‘Great availability and empathy from professionals. Very imaginative when it comes to analysing and solving the questions that arise. Great knowledge of the commercial field and the food world and business.’

‘A multidisciplinary and coordinated team, which provides joint legal solutions to the members of our organisation.’

‘The ability to lead a worldwide offer of legal services, facilitating interaction with the different legal and business managers of the company.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable of all areas and all companies in the Spanish agriculture sector.’

‘It is a firm that knows the world of agriculture in Spain better than anyone. Thus, they can advise their clients in this context and know how to work with family businesses.’

Key clients


Central Lechera Asturiana (CAPSA)

El Pozo Alimentación


AMC Natural Drinks

Ybarra Alimentación

Costco Wholesale



Pernod Ricard

Virto Frozen Foods

Sunridge Partners

Platano de Canarias (ASPROCAN)



Marie Brizard

Kellogg España

Ebro Foods


Estrella de Galicia (Hijos de Rivera)

Eurobanan (Total Produce)


De Prado

Pan Star

Pago de Carrovejas

COREN (Cooperativas Orensanas)



Supermercados El Árbol

G’s Group


Grupo Mahou-San Miguel


Moyca Grapes

Grupo El Ciruelo

La Unión

DAT-Schaub Gallent


Nueva Pescanova



Complejo Agrícola Las Lomas

Nuveen Natural Capital


Work highlights

  • Assisted Magnum with the sale of a majority position in Greentastic (Agrupa Lettuce or Agrupa Group) to Solum Partners.
  • Advised Fremman and The Natural Fruit Company on the acquisition of Bollo International Fruits, and Privilege Fruits.
  • Advised on the acquisition by ProA Capital private equity fund of Agricola Villena, a vegetable packing and selling company based in Alicante.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is regularly called upon to assist food and beverage clients with a multitude of non-contentious and contentious matters. Noted for its 'great expertise and experience in the sector', the firm is equipped to handle a mix of M&A, compliance issues, product liability claims and matters related to food chain law, labelling and recalls. Leadership of the group is shared between José Luis Palma, whose strong background in administrative law makes him a go-to choice for advice on food regulations, health claims and animal welfare, and Mónica Weimann, who undertakes a blend of work relating to product advertising, labelling, and acquisitions. IP specialist Sofía Martínez-Almeida is noted for her extensive experience in labelling and advertising matters.

Practice head(s):

Mónica Weimann; José Luis Palma

Other key lawyers:

Sofía Martínez-Almeida; Jesús Muñoz-Delgado; Mónica Esteve; Yago Fernández Darna


‘Great expertise and experience in the sector.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola European Partners

Ferrero Iberica

Galletas Gullón, S.A.

Grupo Kaiku Corporación Alimentaria, S.A.

Makro/Metro Group AG

Mercadona S.A.

Nestlé España, S.L.

Red Bull GmbH

LIDL Supermercados, S.A.U.


Nutreco Iberia, S.L.

Jacobs Douwe Egberts, N.V.

Grupo Sanlucar

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc

Asociación Interprofesional del Porcino de Capa Blanca (INTERPORC)

Organización Interprofesional del Vino de España (OIVE)

Organización Interprofesional de la Carne de Vacuno (PROVACUNO)

Organización Interprofesional para el Impulso del Sector Cunícola (INTERCUN)

Organización Interprofesional del Huevo y sus Productos (INPROVO)

Organización Interprofesional del Aceite de Orujo de Oliva (ORIVA)

Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de España

Asociación Nacional de Empresas de Aceite de Orujo de Oliva (ANEO)

Asociación Nacional de Industriales Envasadores y Refinadores de Aceites Comestibles (ANIERAC)

Asociación Española de la Industria y el Comercio Exportador del Aceite de Oliva (ASOLIVA)

Work highlights

  • Representing INTERPORC and PROVACUNO against Foods for Tomorrow, in an advertisement/ unfair competition litigation.
  • Advising several of the key companies in the food sector on the development of a project for the transformation of the meat-livestock chain to be financed with grants from the “Next Generation EU” programme

Uría Menéndez

Bringing together multidisciplinary expertise in transactions, contracts, regulatory issues, competition and IP rights, Uría Menéndez advises on the gamut of matters that arise within the food and beverages sectors. The team manages a busy workload where joint ventures and M&A feature alongside advertising, distribution and contentious matters. Montiano Monteagudo co-leads the group from Barcelona, attracting unfair competition and corporate mandates from domestic and multinational players. Fellow co-head Teresa Paz-Ares is based in Madrid, and advises clients in this space on regulatory, corporate and commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Montiano Monteagudo; Teresa Paz-Ares

Other key lawyers:

Francisco Javier García

Key clients

Destilerías MG

Mars Group

Eden Springs

Food Delivery Brands group (formerly Telepizza)

Grupo Cerealto Siro


Tasty Bidco

Diageo España



Andersen is home to ‘a multidisciplinary team with extensive knowledge of the sector’, offering its national and international client base commercial, IP, regulatory, competition, tax and dispute resolution advice. Notes for his specialist knowledge of the Food Chain Act, José Miguel Soriano is active in litigation in the food and agribusiness sectors, while Ignacio Aparicio predominantly handles M&A transactions for food sector clients.

Practice head(s):

José Miguel Soriano; Ignacio Aparicio


‘It is a multidisciplinary team with extensive knowledge of the sector.’

‘Works with representatives from the entire chain, which allows a broad vision that results in the best solutions for the client.’

‘They have great knowledge and reach in all the institutions involved – local, regional, state and European – offering added value to each matter in which they are involved.’

‘The high involvement of Ignacio Aparicio stands out, as he has a strategic vision of the sector and offers solutions that go beyond what others can see. His kindness, willingness, knowledge of the sector and technical capacity are unmatched. ’

‘Andersen has demonstrated a knowledge of the subject far above other firms in addition to being completely up to date in the practical part of this discipline.’

‘Great knowledge of the subject but especially of its practical applicability; ability to adapt to each specific case depending on the needs of the client.’

‘Always at the forefront of developments regarding our sector, and they offer to carry out any activities they deem relevant to inform the affected companies about them as soon as possible. Its availability is exceptional, and knowledge of the subject in question is one of its strengths.’

Key clients


J. García Carrión

Imperial Tobacco

FEPEX (Federación Española de Asociaciones de Productoras Exportadoras de Frutas y Hortalizas)

Federación Española de Alimentación y Bebidas (FIAB)

Bodegas Emilio Moro

The Natural Fruit Company


Work highlights

  • Advised FIAB on agri-food matters.
  • Advised Dinosol Supermercados on the new Food Chain Law.
  • Advised Foodiverse on tax matters.

Baker McKenzie

International and Spanish food manufacturers and brands routinely turn to Baker McKenzie, which fields a ‘large team of people with different skills', covering transactional, competition and IP matters. Based in Barcelona, Cristina Duch draws on her strong background in trade marks and IP litigation to assist clients from the food and beverages sector with IP rights, advertising and unfair competition issues. Juanjo Corral oversees the team in Madrid, and is the first point of contact for private equity clients engaged in M&A in this space.

Practice head(s):

Cristina Duch; Juanjo Corral


‘Good teamwork. A large team of people with different skills focused on the common goal. A common objective that is always shared and the same as the client.’

‘An exceptional transmission of information to the client. Very high capacity for expression and “translation” of legal matter to the real and concrete case.’

Key clients

AmRest Holdings SE

Black Rifle Coffee Company (BRCC)

Celler Mas Doix

Corporación Alimentaria Peñasanta, S.A.

Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación, S.A. (DIA)


Miquel Alimentació



Work highlights

  • Advised Juvia Group on the drafting and negotiation of a sublease agreement for the operation of its first restaurant in Spain in the WOW concept store building in Madrid.
  • Representing Corporación Alimentaria Peñasanta, S.A. in a claim before the National Court against the decision of the Spanish Competition Authority of July 2019 which imposed a fine of €21.8mn for information exchange and price fixing.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird acts for a wide range of Spanish and international clients across the food and beverages industry. Offering advice on IP, competition, data protection and transactional matters, the group is regularly retained by biotech and agriscience, manufacturers, food supply chain companies, retailers and distributors. Lourdes Ayala takes the lead on corporate and M&A work, while Antonio Cueto focuses on IP issues. IP is also a key specialism for Manuel Lobato, who possesses a strong track record in patent litigation before the Spanish courts, and Mariano Santos, who handles trade mark prosecution matters.

Practice head(s):

Lourdes Ayala; Antonio Cueto; Manuel Lobato; Mariano Santos

Other key lawyers:

Diana Sendagorta; Alberto Rodríguez

Key clients


DZ Licores, S.L.

Programma 101

Fertinagro Biotech

Bacardi Group

Aora Health, S.L.

Costa Coffee


Hard Rock Limited


KFC Restaurants Spain, S.L.

Llaollao España S.L.

Pizzaexpress (Franchises) Limited

Hormel Foods Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Fertinagro Biotech on the sale of 50% of the share capital of GlobalFeed to OCP Group, a global phosphate-based products plant and animal nutrition producer.
  • Advised Italian fund Programma 101, as lead investor, on the acquisition of a minority stake in the Spanish company Coffee is Incapto, S.L.
  • Assisting LLAOLLAO, the yoghurt ice-cream retailer, with the update of its local and international franchise agreements structure.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a firm favourite for food-sector clients, including manufacturers, looking for assistance with matters concerning food safety, labelling, packaging, advertising and distribution. Benefitting from the firm's full-service structure, the team is well positioned to handle corporate and M&A transactions, compliance, investigation and contentious issues. Diego Ramos leads the practice, regularly advising major food and beverages companies on IP law.

Practice head(s):

Diego Ramos

Key clients

Nazca Capital

Little Caesar Enterprises Inc


Soto Sake Corporation

Bacardi Iberia

Stuart Delivery, S.L


Nutreco Iberia, SL

El Corte Inglés

Hard Rock

Grupo Citri&Co

Hard Rock

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Citri&Co on the refinancing of its existing debt and the granting of a new financing by a syndicate of lenders.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

Equipped with a sound ‘understanding of the specifics of the food industry’, Ramón y Cajal Abogados expertly handles matters for some of the largest national food sector clients. The team, whose expertise encompasses Spanish and EU regulations affecting the agri-food sector, is led by a capable duo: José Ignacio Vega - noted for his public law capabilities - adeptly helps distilleries and agri-food clients navigate food chain law and legislative changes; and Javier Salinas, who is well versed in competition matters. Claudia Castillo is another name to note for competition matters.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio Vega; Javier Salinas

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Castillo; Alejandro Feria


‘Knowledge and understanding of the specifics of the food industry (concurrent regulations at a national, European and international level).’

‘José Ignacio Vega and Javier Salinas are the lawyers we work with the most. We highlight their high professional quality, availability and proximity to the client. ’

‘Javier Salinas, a great specialist in the field of food law, offers adequate advice adapted to the client’s needs.’

Key clients


Lamberts Española

Industrias Cárnicas Tello


Adevin (Libre Asociación De Destiladores Y Rectificadores De Alcoholes Y Aguardientes Vínicos)


Alcoholera De La Puebla

Aeve (Asociación Empresarial De Vinos De España)


Alcoholes De Tomelloso


Cesfac (Confederación Española De Fabricantes De Alimentos Compuestos Para Animales)


Cades Penedes




Aene (Asociación Española De Fabricantes Y Distribuidores De Productos De Nutrición Enteral)



Andi (Asociación Nacional De Fabricantes De Productos De Dietética Infantil)

Almendras F Morales

J. García Carrión

Asedas (Asociación Española De Distribuidores, Autoservicios Y Supermercados)

Casa Ametller


Mostos, Vinos Y Alcoholes



Aneo (Asociación Nacional De Empresas De Aceite De Orujo De Oliva)

Anierac (Asociación Nacional De Industriales Envasadores Y Refinadores De Aceites Comestibles)

Asoliva (Asociación Española De La Industria Y El Comercio Exportador Del Aceite De Oliva)

The Summer Berry Company

Apoexpa (Asociación De Productores – Exportadores De Frutas, Uva De Mesa Y Otros Productos Agrarios)

Coexphal (Asociación De Organizaciones De Productores De Frutas Y Hortalizas De La Provincia De Almería)

Fecoam (Federación De Cooperativas Agrarias De Murcia)

El Pozo Alimentación – Grupo Fuertes

Work highlights

  • Advised LIDL on a variety of matters related to competition law, consumer law and unfair practices.
  • Advised BORGES on the compatibility of certain agreements and standard conditions with the Food Chain Law.
  • Assisted J GARCÍA CARRIÓN in an appeal before the Supreme Court related to an order adopted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food approving the standard extension agreement for the wine sector.