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As a food business operator you face complex food regulations in your country and in cross-border context. Our dedicated team of experts guides you through all food-related regulatory, legal and tax issues so you can benefit from a genuine partner able to put any compliance issue in its more general context.

Article - 07 October 2020 - Netherlands

EU dawn raids at French supermarkets ruled illegal

The Court has ruled that a dawn raid carried out by the European Commission at several French supermarket distributors was partially unlawful.
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Belgian tax authorities (finally) open the doors to charitable donations
News - 30 September 2020 - Belgium

Belgian tax authorities (finally) open the doors to charitable donations

Generally, ‘free’ does not go well with VAT. As a general rule, input VAT will not be deductible for goods or services which are supplied for free. However,...
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News - 18 June 2020 - Belgium

Belgian moratorium on creditors’ rights extended until 17 June 2020

UPDATE 18 June 2020: the statutory moratorium has not been extended; by consequence, as of 18 June 2020, the obligation to file for bankruptcy (if the relevant...
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Belgian government imposes temporary statutory moratorium
News - 14 May 2020 - Belgium

Belgian government imposes temporary statutory moratorium on creditors’ rights

Belgium has already taken numerous measures to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The federal government has now also decided temporarily...
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Integrated approach

Food law is not just a matter of regulations; it is part of a much wider legal context. Today, food law impacts and is impacted by other areas of law. You deal with a broad range of questions, such as ‘Does my label comply with the labelling requirements?’, ‘What are the conditions to import food products into the EU?’, ‘What are the rules regarding the composition of foodstuffs?’, ‘How do I deal with public authorities?’ or ‘How do I resolve a dispute with a competitor?’. These are the questions which require an integrated approach.

Multidisciplinary team

To best respond to your needs, we have adopted a multidisciplinary approach with a team of experts who will assist you at every stage of your activities such as sourcing, production, distribution and marketing or business restructuring. Our team is composed of attorneys-at-law who have an extensive experience in food law combined with an in-depth understanding of the local legal culture and the way EU law is applied. The team brings together experts in the following areas: market practices, commercial, competition, international trade, VAT, customs, financial, corporate and M&A, administrative and litigation.

How can we help you?

Thanks to our integrated approach, we assist you with every aspect of your business: risk assessment with regard to regulatory aspects, strategic advice, product development, drafting contracts, handling complex transactions from inception to closing, administrative issues, including food safety authorities, representing you in court and in alternative dispute resolution. We also keep you aware of material changes, carry-out risk analyses and draft risk management schemes.

  • Sourcing, production and pre-market authorisations
  • Import and trade
  • Distribution and marketing
  • Business related matters