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Legal 500 Continues to Bestow Tier 1 Ranking to Keller and Heckman’s European Food and Drug Practice

Keller and Heckman’s EU Food and Drug Practice has been ranked Tier 1 in the Belgium and France jurisdictions by the 2021 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Guide. The firm received Tier 1 rankings in the categories of EU Regulatory: Food in Belgium and Industry Focus: Food in France. Additionally, Katia Merten-Lentz, a Partner in the firm’s Food and Drug Practice, continues to be recognized as a Tier 1 Leading Individual in the same categories and jurisdictions in the Guide.

The Guide recognizes that Keller and Heckman’s Belgium EU Food and Drug Practice “is well-versed in advising clients on labelling issues, feed-related matters, health claims, and novel foods,” and through a testimonial noted that “they are exceptionally well versed in key issues facing the food industry, have deep knowledge of food regulation across the staff, and are wonderfully accommodating.” 

The France jurisdiction notes that Keller and Heckman is, ”well-versed in French and EU regulatory issues,” and recognizes that Katia Merten-Lentz and her team, “leads the practice, specializing in novel foods, new food processes, new ingredients, GMOs, and EU regulation.” 

With offices strategically located in Brussels, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Shanghai, Keller and Heckman’s internationally-recognized Food and Drug Practice represents and provides legal advice to food and food packaging clients, including trade associations, on a comprehensive array of legal and regulatory issues. They promote, protect, and defend 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, food processing, recycled products, and waste conglomerates. 

Keller and Heckman hosts multiple blogs and websites as resources for the industries they serve. The EU Food and Drug team offers Tomorrow’s Food and Feed, a blog featuring analysis on key issues affecting companies that import, manufacture, market, and distribute food and feed in the EU. PackagingLaw.com provides a wide range of information on international laws and regulations that affect packages and packaging materials, including news articles on current issues affecting the industry, in-depth features, an “Ask an Attorney” section, and links to packaging industry and government websites. The Daily Intake is a daily news blog for businesses interested in staying current on breaking news and pressing issues that affect the food and dietary supplement industries in the U.S. and around the world.

The Legal 500 analyzes the capabilities of law firms across the world by assessing the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions. The rankings highlight the practice areas of firms who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. The Legal 500’s research is based on feedback from firm clients worldwide, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

A pioneer in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to legal issues, Keller and Heckman has had an in-house scientific staff since 1971. Serving both domestic and international clients with a broad practice in the areas of regulatory law, litigation, and business transactions, the firm helps the world's most vital businesses achieve their objectives.