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    Consumer Goods, Retail, Food & Beverages

    Fierce competition is rapidly transforming the Dutch goods and retail sector. Companies seek new strategies to keep ahead of their competitors. Excellent industry understanding and thought leadership are key in successfully assisting you and your organisation.

    Battle for end-users

    Margin pressure is constantly growing and companies are always on the look-out for new strategies to keep ahead of the competition in the battle for end-users. With strong competition in the consumer goods, retail and food & beverages industries, the regulatory burden increases, while insolvencies have become a major and prominent problem throughout these industries in the Netherlands.

    Multidisciplinary advice

    Lawyers, civil law notaries and tax lawyers work closely together in this industries' team and combine legal knowledge and expertise with industry insights and hands-on involvement. This sector-oriented approach is crucial in order to meet the high expectations of our clients and follow industry trends. We have extensive retail, food & beverages and consumer goods industry knowledge, which allows us to help you with the most complex issues and challenges you and your company face. 


    As a major part of the work in these industries is cross-border, Van Doorne's specialised team has maintained close working relationships with leading law firms in all important jurisdictions around the globe. 

    The team regularly instructs and receives instructions from top firms in other jurisdictions for cross-border matters, for example the introduction of a pan-European network of resellers/distributors based on (standard) selective distributorships and the recall of defective consumer goods throughout Europe. 

    Get in touch

    For more information on how we could assist you, please get in touch with our team. Also visit our special Commercial expertise page.


    "A substantial team at Van Doorne offers cross-border, sector expertise in areas as varied as commercial/M&A, real estate, litigation, IP and employment. It provides advice that is 'to the point at short notice and has solid knowledge of all areas of law that a corporate has to deal with'" - The Legal 500 EMEA 2019, Industry Focus: Food

    "Van Doorne attracts praise for 'its highly valuable combination of in-depth knowledge of this sector and business thinking'" - The Legal 500 EMEA 2019, Industry Focus: Retail

    "Van Doorne is 'Top-Tier Firm'." - The Legal 500 EMEA 2018, 2017, Industry focus: Retail

    "Van Doorne’s ‘well-informed, focused’ practice regularly handles a range of retail matters." - The Legal 500 EMEA 2017, Industry focus: Retail

    "Van Doorne's 'outstanding' full-service department is 'very fast and very reliable'." - The Legal 500 EMEA 2018, Industry focus: Retail

    "M&A, commercial contracts, litigation and IP are core pillars of Van Doorne's practice." - The Legal 500 EMEA 2018, Industry focus: Food & Beverages

    "Commercial expert Lisette Bieleveld leads Van Doorne’s department, which is active in areas such as M&A and IP." - The Legal 500 EMEA 2017, Industry focus: food and beverages