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Agriculture & Agrifood

The Agriculture and Agrifood sector is vital to Poland’s economy. As the sector evolves, our services continue to evolve with it, ensuring our clients can compete in the wider commercial world. 

Our lawyers have extensive experience focusing on the whole range of the agribusiness and food value chain. We advise the full spectrum of industry players including companies involved in agribusiness and food production, processing and distribution, agrichemicals manufacturers, processors of agricultural commodities, manufacturers of farming equipment, alternative fuel producers, soft commodities traders and financial institutions. 

Our agriculture and agrifood lawyers understand the commercial drivers and challenges facing the industry. We work with our clients, which include farmers, national institutions and rural businesses, to help them achieve their business objectives, protect existing interests and maximise opportunities.  

With leading agriculture and technology practices, B2RLaw is one of the few law firms that really understands AgriTech. Whether you are a start-up, corporate or landowner looking to either deploy or invest in AgriTech, B2RLaw’s multi-disciplinary team can assist you on everything from fundraising and investment, M&A, IP protection, regulation, commercial contracts to employment issues. 

 

Services

  • Real estate including land sales and purchases.  
  • Food and drink regulation, including food safety, food labelling, product recall and regulatory enforcement issues. 
  • Dispute resolution including contractual disputes, land occupation and ownership, partnership and product liability. 
  • Corporate including governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fundraising and private equity.
  • Environmental and regulatory including compliance issues, contaminated land and water. 
  • Health and safety. 
  • Tax, estates and wealth structuring including succession planning.
  • Commercial Law with advice across the full spectrum of the food chain; including contractual arrangements and protection of rights. 
  • Renewable energy including wind, solar, biomass and biofuels. 
  • Finance, restructuring and insolvency.  
  • Employment. 

Experience

Fruitex Consolidated

Full-scope legal advisory services to the farm operator specialising in crop and animal production. The area of arable fields on which the company manages is about 1000 hectares. Our advice includes all aspects or corporate law matters including drafting supervisory board memorandums, establishment of the supervisory board and amending articles of association of all holding companies.

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BIOAGRA

Full-scope legal advisory to the largest producer of bioethanol and ethanol produced from corn grain in Poland. The company cooperates with nearly 1,400 farmers and agricultural companies from all over the country.

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Oerlemans Food Group

Full-scope advisory to the Netherlands frozen fruit and vegetable producer, with its entire production in Poland. Advice included its M&A sale to Spain’s Virto Group, one of the largest deep-frozen vegetables producers in the world.

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Forza Foods

Advising the cooked meat producer on its acquisition by UK supermarket chain Asda. Advising the company on transfer pricing and on a tax dispute before the Supreme Administrative Court, and in a complex tax compliance matter.

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Proteon Pharmaceuticals

Full scope advisory to Proteon Pharmaceuticals, a Polish company that uses precision biology for microbiome protection to improve animal and human health, increasing environmental sustainability and eliminating the unnecessary use of antibiotics. Its first product, BAFASAL®, is a feed additive that prevents and eliminates salmonella on the poultry farm. Our advice includes fundraising (including VC investment), IP, corporate restructuring, bringing products to market and other advice.

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East Hemp / Hemp Farm Poland

Advising on the joint venture between the two Polish Hemp companies. Hemp Farm Poland is a company dealing in the cultivation and preparation of Bio hemp biomass (divided into fractions). They cultivate in full ecology as the only company in Poland confirmed by certificates. They have their own individual technology for sowing, harvesting, drying hemp biomass and packing. East Hemp is an upstream producer/distributor of Hemp products with supply contracts to the US.

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US fund

On-going advice to a US pension fund’s subsidiaries investing in timber and farmland in Poland on their day-to-day operations, including handling small local area acquisitions and leasing of land, and advising on selected aspects of subsidy payments, and relationships with contracts and local authorities as well as on corporate matters.

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Individual client

Advising an individual client on negotiating and concluding a purchase agreement for agricultural and forestry investment areas, with a total area of 650 Ha, subsequently, advising on negotiating and concluding lease agreements for these areas.

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Team

Our firm consists of nearly 80 people, including lawyers, tax experts and support staff specialising in a range of key practice areas and industry sectors, and located in three offices in Poland.

Roman Iwański

Partner Warsaw

Aleksandra Polak

Partner Warsaw

Malwina Niczke – Chmura

Counsel Warsaw

Krystyna Jakubowska

Associate Warsaw

Radosław Minh Nguyen

Senior Associate Warsaw

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