Date: Apr 20, 2018
Keller and Heckman’s EU Offices have advanced to the top tier in Chambers’ rankings due to their excellent reputation for food law. The EU Food & Drug Practice is considered the leading practice for applications to the European Commission (EC) for marketing authorisation and on subsequent appeals of negative decisions by the EC or member state authorities. The team is highly regarded for issues such as food waste and food decontamination and frequently coordinates EU-wide advisory mandates relating to labelling and health claims. The food practice promotes, protects and defends products made by the spectrum of industries regulated under national, international and EU food law, routinely advising the world’s largest and most prestigious food manufacturing and food processing conglomerates. Clients indicate “they are experts in food regulation” and cite that “it is a well-respected practice for nitty gritty regulatory work.”
Keller and Heckman LLP’s EU Food & Drug practice ranked Band 1 in the 2018 Chambers and Partners Europe Guide, in the category of Regulatory: Agro/Food Europe-wide. Additionally, Katia Merten-Lentz has attained the prestigious individual band ranking – one of only four lawyers to do so in this category. These rankings further assert Keller and Heckman’s international stronghold as a leader in the food, drug and packaging law industries.
Katia Merten-Lentz receives her inaugural Chambers band ranking. Market commentators indicated Katia is “one of the key people” for agriculture and food regulatory law. Katia is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars and leads the firm’s EU food and feed law practice with a strong focus on food innovation regulations, particularly concerning GMO’s.
For over two decades Chambers has highlighted the uppermost tiers of legal performance, establishing those selected for inclusion in its Band categories as leaders in their respective fields. Chambers relies on extensive client feedback in addition to robust independent research to determine its rankings. Practices and independent attorneys are ranked based on effectiveness, achievements, experience, and value delivered to clients.
Keller and Heckman has a broad practice in the areas of regulatory law, litigation, and business transactions, serving both domestic and international clients. With offices in Washington, D.C., Brussels, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Paris, the firm helps the world's most vital businesses achieve their objectives. A pioneer in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to legal issues, Keller and Heckman has had an in-house scientific staff since 1971.