Agri-food

The importance of the activity related to the production and later commercialization of food is undeniable, both on an existential level, since feeding fulfills an essential function of every human being, and on a community level, inasmuch as food has traditionally maintained a narrow bond with the society, the economy and rural means in our country.

Agri-food sector in Spain has been established as a hallmark that arises from the great variety and wealth of the agri-food productions of our country. These productions are the result of the diversity of its lands, seas, ecosystems and traditions.

This is why the agri-food sector in Spain has an undeniable strategic value for the national economy, as corroborated by several factors such as the economic magnitudes of its contribution to GDP, its dimensions, the number of jobs that it generates or its levels of competitiveness in the European context, which make it one of the main national economic sectors and one of those with the greatest international projection.

At Ramón y Cajal Abogados we are aware of the relevance of the agri-food sector, as well as of the very different problems that arise, both in the commercial relations between the operators of a sector that has entities of a markedly heterogeneous character, and in the relations of these operators with the different organisms of the Public Administration.

It is for this reason that our Firm has a team of professionals specialized in providing advisory services to entities in the agri-food sector, who are available to our clients to resolve any issue that may arise in diverse matters such as contractual matters, of Public Law and regulation, functioning of the food chain, Competition Law, advertising and promotion, labeling and distribution, food safety, legislative advice, labor, tax, data protection, or litigation, arbitration and specialized mediation between operators in the agri-food sector.

Our Agri-food team

The Agri-food Law team of Ramon and Cajal Abogados is composed of experts in the matter of hiring, Public Law, Competition Law, labor, fiscal, litigation and arbitration, fusions and acquisitions or data protection. This team also counts on the help of experts from other areas of the Firm such as project financing.

The team of professionals is composed, among other members, by José Ignacio Vega, Pedro Suárez Fernández and Antonio de Mariano Sánchez-Jáuregui, three of the arbitrators appointed by the European Association of Arbitration for the resolution of conflicts in contractual relations between operators in the agri-food sector.

The lawyers who form the Agri-food team of Ramón y Cajal Abogados intervene not only in matters that take place in Spain, but also cover the needs of their clients abroad, collaborating for this purpose with specialized firms and leaders in the corresponding jurisdictions.

Our experience

We have intervened in legal issues such as the following ones:

  • Advice to a dairy product manufacturing company, both in the disciplinary proceedings initiated by the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC), as well as in the subsequent contentious-administrative appeal against the resolution.
  • Advising and representation of an association in the sector of manufacturing and distribution of enteral feeding products through the impeachment process of an autonomous regulation, which regulates pharmaceutical care in social centres and establishes the management model for entitled users.
  • Advice to an association of manufacturers of oils for food consumption in the compatibility of a number of practices with the Competition Law.
  • Advice to one of the main national distributors of food products on the compatibility of their contracts with suppliers with the General Food Law Regulation.
  • Advising a business group active in the marketing of poultry products on transfer pricing in relation to the documentation of the group's related transactions.
  • Advising and representation of one of the largest ice cream manufacturers in Spain in labor matters related to collective conflicts with Workers Committees, with processes of relevant modifications in work conditions, with collective dismissals and temporary collective suspension of work contracts or with various judicial procedures and before the Bureau of Labour and Social Welfare.
  • Advice to an investment fund in the purchase and sale transaction of a company which manufactures juices, nectars and nutritional drinks for private labels.
  • Advice and representation of one of the worldwide leading restaurant chains, in a lawsuit for nonfeasance of a contract for sales of shares.
  • Legal advising and representing one of the world's leading manufacturers of food products and an advertising agency, in matters of copyright infringement, for an alleged plagiarism of a musical work synchronized in an advertising spot.
  • Advising a multinational company in the food sector in the negotiation of all contracts for the establishment of a new IT and communications infrastructure for a new production plant in Spain.
  • Advice to a sectoral organization of food distribution in Spain in its interaction with different bodies of the Public Administration.

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