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Food and Cosmetics

Our team regularly advises clients developing biotech products in areas including biotechnology derived proteins (such as insulin), immunologicals (such as vaccines and allergens), blood or plasma derived products, and engineered tissues.

Our Life Sciences team has experience of advising many cosmetic and food companies, including Cargill, LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics, Primark, United Biscuits, McDonalds, Heineken, Kraft Foods Inc, Nestlé, British Sugar and Heinz, among others. We have advised on issues including health claims, composition and labelling requirements, and various marketing issues. Our lawyers know the issues the industry faces and understand how to deal with them. The team has the added benefit of being fully integrated into Allen & Overy’s broader Life Sciences team and benefits from insights and expertise from our dedicated Life Sciences regulatory group.

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Publications: 20 JANUARY 2022

Kickoff of the UPC: UPC Protocol on Provisional Application now in force

On 19 January 2022, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) came to life as an international organisation. Now, the preparatory phase for the official start of the UPC system can begin.

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News: 12 JANUARY 2022

Technology deals dominate the 2021 global M&A market

Allen & Overy’s latest M&A Insights report* shows that that the value of global M&A transactions surged to a record high of nearly USD5.8 trillion in 2021, an increase of 64% on 2020, and 48% higher…

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Publications: 12 JANUARY 2022

The UK National Security and Investment Act 2021: the impact on M&A

The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) landscape in the UK changed on 4 January 2022 when the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (the Act) came fully into force. The following article has been…

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Blog Post: 23 NOVEMBER 2021

The Belgian Joint Commission’s Chamber for Products for Human Use no longer considers oral nicotine pouches to qualify as medicinal products

In a new decision dated 24 September 2021, the Belgian Joint Commission's Chamber for Products for Human Use reversed its previous decision dated 27 November 2020, and now considers that oral nicotine…

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An insight in to our Life Science and Healthcare sector 2022

Our global Life Sciences and Healthcare sector comprises a multi-disciplinary team. We act for companies and their investors across the industry, including in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, animal health, consumer health, med tech, and diagnostics sectors.