Fidal: serving the players in the agro-food- and wine sectors
The EGA (États Généraux de l'Alimentation or the General Assembly on Food) has shown the way forward by challenging traditional contractual relations, through the emergence of new distribution channels, innovation and brand development, the evolution of legal structures, the streamlining of standards, the review of governance and product traceability.
Throughout France, we work closely with players in the agro-food sector to advise and defend their interests at the national, European (through our Brussels office) and international level. Our involvement in trade organizations, our participation in the major future discussions shaping this sector, our knowledge of the specific tax and legal issues affecting agriculture ensure that you receive forward-looking, adapted and sound advice in all areas of law.
We assist you to draft and negotiate commercial terms and conditions, enhance the value and protect your brands, labels and know-how, to adapt to new regulatory obligations and the competition law, and reflect on the social impacts resulting from changes in the French agro-food model.
Caught between tradition and innovation, the French wine sector must face many transformations: internationalization of business, new ways of financing, changes in distribution and retail methods, regulation of production and consumption practices, increasingly tighter control over land, etc.
These challenges are all the more complex to grasp because the wine sector is regulated by both French and Community legal rules, which are often specific and derogate from ordinary law, and because the political issues in the sector are many.
To meet such challenges, a team specialized in the wine sector makes its know-how, experience and market knowledge available to winegrowers, merchants and distributors alike. Dedicated lawyers advise and guide their clients on both restructuring operations (preliminary due diligence of acquisitions, sale/purchase of wine properties, transmission) and daily issues (international trade and customs, Community aid, product regulation, choice of brands, consumer information, rural leases, etc.).
Our multidisciplinary approach guarantees our clients cross-functional, and enlightened advice, which takes into account their strategy and needs, both locally and internationally.