She is an expert in food law and life sciences with more than 12 years of experience

Barbara Mutsaers

Barbara Mutsaers is a Dutch lawyer at AKD. She has been a lawyer with AKD for more than 12 years now and is specialised in commercial contracting and litigation, food law and life sciences.

She advises and litigates about the sector-specific legislation (regulatory), such as on market entry, food safety requirements, food additives, GMO, health claims, organic products, labelling, recalls, product liability, rules on inducements et cetera. She also provides companies with legal assistance in connection with complex issues such as drafting complicated commercial contracts, discussions with suppliers and customers, as well as with supervisory bodies such as the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) and the Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate (IGJ).

Her clients are national and international companies. They appreciate her involvement and drive.

AKD has appointed Barbara as Industry Leader Food & Life sciences. For several years now, with Barbara heading the food department, AKD Benelux Lawyers has received from Legal 500 the highest ranking - Top Tier 1 ranking - in the category Food & Beverages. Legal 500 also recommends Barbara Mutsaers as a leading individual in the area of Food and also recommends her in the area of Life Sciences.

She is on the editorial board of the journal ‘Waar & Wet’ (Commodities and Law) and a member of several associations, such as the Dutch Food Law Association (NVLR). She also teaches and publishes regularly on subjects within her specialist field. In 2015, Barbara also passed the postgraduate Grotius specialisation course on National and International Contracting.

As an expert, Barbara believes it is very important to look beyond the law books and to be on top of what is going on in the market. Therefore, she also has a very active national and international presence in her field.

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