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Agribusiness

K&L Gates has decades of experience working with leading global food, beverage, and agriculture companies to assist them to stay ahead of the numerous challenges they face daily.

The agribusiness, food and beverage sector is increasingly global, and so are we. With offices in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Latin America, Australia, and Asia, our team represents growers, producers, processors, suppliers, AgTech companies, and lenders and investors in key markets worldwide. The scope of our international reach allows us to do cross-border consultation, litigations, and transactions, allowing clients a single point of contact when dealing with laws and regulations across multiple jurisdictions.

With a focus on the entire agricultural supply and food processing chain, our integrated cross-practice and cross-office group serves clients in a variety of subject matters—corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, finance, real estate, land use, water law, environmental law, intellectual property, commodities, antitrust, regulatory issues, dispute resolution, employment and labor law, commercial contracts, and general litigation. Our team includes lawyers who have scientific, technical, regulatory, and operational backgrounds working in the agriculture and food sectors. Further, our understanding of public policy and regulations, coupled with governmental experience, gives our clients an important edge in dealing with the various regulatory agencies that impact the industry.

Our combination of regulatory insight, practical business understanding, global reach, and an industry-focused approach built over many years of dedicated service to the agribusiness and food sector enables us to assist food and agricultural companies, both large and small, to innovate, expand, and meet their strategic business goals.

Areas of Practice

NameTitleOfficeContact
Government Affairs Advisor
P +1.202.661.3865
Partner
P +1.312.807.4254
Senior Associate
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Partner
P +1.919.743.7334
Partner
P +1.415.249.1014
Practice Area Leader - Intellectual Property
P +1.312.807.4204
Partner
P +61.7.3233.1238
Partner
P +1.949.623.3526
Partner
P +1.312.807.4370
Partner
P +1.206.370.7638
Global Strategic Growth Partner
P +1.214.939.5806
Partner
P +1.617.261.3115
Senior Associate
P +44.(0)20.7360.8256
Managing Partner, Portland Office
P +1.503.226.5765
Partner
P +1.202.778.9103
Partner
P +55.(0)1137045706
Partner
P +1.949.623.3540
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9322
Associate
P +1.503.226.5743
Partner
P +1.212.536.4807
Partner
P +1.412.355.6466
Partner
P +1.415.882.8016
Of Counsel
P +1.949.623.3544
Partner
P +1.843.579.5623
Senior Associate
P +61.3.9205.2160
Partner
P +61.3.9640.4411
Partner
P +86.21.2211.2084
Partner
P +61.8.9216.0964
Partner
P +1.312.807.4350
Partner
P +1.202.778.9338
Partner
P +61.7.3233.1216
Senior Associate
P +61.3.9205.2079
Partner
P +1.919.466.1115
Partner
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Partner
P +1.312.807.4448
Partner
P +1.206.370.7664
Associate
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Associate
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Associate
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
P +1.949.623.3545
Associate
P +1.919.314.5630
Partner
P +1.415.882.8019
Senior Counsel
P +1.312.807.4430
Partner
P +61.2.9513.2535
Associate
P +1.206.370.8024
Partner
P +1.412.355.6271
Partner
P +61.8.9216.0965
Partner
P +1.919.743.7304
Counsel
P +1.206.370.7654
Partner
P +1.310.552.5030
Partner
P +1.305.539.3323
Partner
P +61.2.9513.2564
Partner
P +1.212.536.4066
Associate
P +1.206.370.8074
Staff Lawyer
P +1.312.807.4252
Partner
P +1.704.331.7535
Partner
P +1.206.370.7965
Partner
P +1.312.781.6043
Partner
P +1.919.743.7315
Associate
P +1.312.807.4280
Senior Associate
P +61.3.9640.4226
Senior Government Affairs Specialist
P +1.202.778.9287
Practice Area Leader - Corporate
P +61.3.9640.4354
Senior Counsel
P +1.312.807.4217
Partner
P +1.617.951.9211
Of Counsel
P +1.202.778.9219
Partner
P +1.202.661.6265
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8129
Government Affairs Advisor
P +1.202.778.9206
Partner
P +1.212.536.4074
Partner
P +1.206.370.6743
Counsel
P +1.503.226.5735
Partner
P +86.10.5817.6100
Of Counsel
P +1.206.370.7671
Associate
P +1.919.743.7323
Partner
P +1.312.807.4229
Of Counsel
P +1.305.539.3309
Associate
P +1.206.370.6744
Of Counsel
P +1.412.355.6478
Partner
P +1.503.226.5727
Partner
P +55.(0)1137045702
Partner
P +61.7.3233.1209
Partner
P +1.206.370.7609
Partner
P +1.919.743.7316
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9321
Senior Associate
P +61.7.3233.1247
Partner
P +1.919.743.7311
Managing Partner, Harrisburg Office
P +1.717.231.4509
Associate
P +1.206.370.7852
Counsel
P +81.3.6205.3605
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Corporate
Represented Darling International Inc. (NYSE: DAR), an Irving, Texas-based global developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients for customers in the food, pet food, pharmaceutical, feed, fuel, bioenergy, and fertilizer industries, in its USD $2.2 billion acquisition of Netherlands-based VION Ingredients.
Represented DIANA Group, an international leader in the production of natural active ingredients for food, cosmetics, and health industries based in Vannes, France, in the acquisition of Pacific Pure-Aid Company, a regional manufacturer of raw natural vegetable extracts based in Silverton, Oregon.
Represented Advanced Instruments, Inc., a manufacturer that designs and manufactures instruments for clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microbiology, and food laboratories, in its acquisition of Vitech Scientific Limited, a supplier of instruments and service support to pathology laboratories throughout the United Kingdom.
Representing Odewald & Compagnie in the sale of Oystar North America, a manufacturer of food packaging equipment and the US subsidiary of Odewald’s portfolio company Oystar Holdings GmbH, to Italian industrial company Coesia Group.
Represented Tralee, Ireland-based Kerry Group (OTCMKTS: KRYAF), a public food company, on its sale of its Australian baked goods unit, Kerry Pinnacle, to Australian Private Equity firm Pacific Equity Partners.
Environmental
Advised a beverage bottling and distribution company on a broad range of environmental issues, including (1) negotiation of environmental responsibility in connection with purchase and sale of assets and companies, (2) advice on regulatory compliance matters, such as emergency planning and community right- to-know obligations, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act permitting and regulatory compliance; (3) development and implementation of permitting strategies and response to regulatory enforcement at the federal and state levels; (4) environmental cleanup matters across the Southeast United States, ranging from underground storage tank cleanups under state Superfund programs; and (5) representation in litigation arising out of claims related to contaminated groundwater.
Represented a large, vertically-integrated producer of meat products which relies on independent farms for much of its product, on work related to environmental and land development matters, including stormwater and wastewater management, odor control and siting at animal feeding operations.
Advised a major food distribution company operating warehousing and distribution facilities in Pennsylvania concerning the response to unexpected subsidence from former underground mining and actions to fill mine voids to stabilize the warehouse site.
Provided counsel to a major bottled water company for more than 15 years in the field of water resources management law and regulation in a cross- section of states, including, specifically, jurisdictions in the New England, mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions.
Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Patents)
Represented Annie's Inc. in all aspects of Annie's intellectual property including prosecution, policing and maintenance of its trademark portfolio; protection of its trade secrets; FDA and USDA regulatory compliance for all product labeling and packaging; assurance that copyright and patent protection is in place for Annie's goods and services related to Annie's production of macaroni and cheese, pasta meals, snacks, dressings, oils, condiments, pizza and products in development.