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The European cannabis industry is as complicated as it is profitable. Every EU member state establishes and enforces its own cannabis policies, so understanding and complying with each country’s legislation can be difficult, which is why it is important to get professional advice from a European law firm or lawyer that’s active in the cannabis industry.
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Fortunately, several law firms can help cannabis businesses navigate the European and local regulations in regard to cannabis policies, contracts, product safety and more. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best law firms operating in the European cannabis industry.
Top 10 European cannabis law firms and lawyers
Dentons is an internationally-renowned law firm that has been helping cannabis businesses for several years now. The law firm and its lawyers are active in the European cannabis industry, and Dentons has extensive experience with compliance issues, cross-border IP licensing, cooperation agreements and more.
Peter Homberg is a partner at Dentons who specialises in life sciences, high-tech, intellectual property (IP) strategies, cooperation agreements and more. Homberg is the head of the European cannabis sector group and advises multiple companies operating in the cannabis industry, from startups to large corporations.
DLA Piper is a law firm that operates around the world. The firm is currently active in more than 40 countries throughout Europe, America, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. In February 2020, DLA Piper launched a dedicated global cannabis practice within its life sciences sector. This law firm has helped cannabis businesses complete deals worth more than $8 million (approx €6.77 million) to date.
Dylan Kennett is a Senior Associate in DLA Piper’s London Corporate department. Kennett’s practice encompasses life sciences, technology and cannabis, among other things. He has advised cannabis companies on a broad spectrum of legal issues, but he has particular expertise in global regulatory frameworks, private and public equity financing as well as cross-border M&A.
SKW Schwarz is a corporate law firm that has five office locations in Germany that accommodate more than 130 lawyers. The firm collaborates with partner firms across the world on a wide variety of legal matters, including cannabis legislation, consumer protection, licensing, IP-related rights and more.
Margret Knitter is the head of the Medical Cannabis group within SKW, and she is also its head of IP practice. Knitter is a certified expert for IP and advises multiple companies operating in the cannabis industry on matters ranging from intellectual property, advertisement law, competition law and cooperation agreements to cross-border IP licensing and more.
Mackrell.Solicitors is an award-winning law firm with a global reach. The law firm works with cannabis companies active in the European cannabis market as well as all around the world through its international association, Mackrell International.
Nigel Rowley is a Managing Partner at Mackrell.Solicitors and is also the joint Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution at the firm’s London office. Rowley is an expert in complex litigation matters, and he advises cannabis companies on legal matters regarding national and multi-jurisdictional litigation, cross-border IP licensing, cooperation agreement and more.
Ince is an international law firm that advises companies on a wide variety of legal matters, including cannabis. The company has offices in seven countries across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as more than 100 partners worldwide.
Robert Jappie is a partner at Ince and specialises in cannabis law and regulation. He is a well-established name in the cannabis industry since he led the UK’s first cannabis law department in 2018. He advises cannabis companies on various legal matters regarding cooperation agreements, consumer protection, cannabis legislation and more.
Caiado Guerreiro is a multi-jurisdictional law firm that provides services in multiple areas of law, including cannabis. The firm is headquartered in Portugal, has a great track record and collaborated with cannabis companies from all over the world.
Ricardo Costa Macedo is the head of Caiado Guerreiro’s intellectual property and life sciences group. He helps cannabis businesses of all sizes on matters regarding IP-related rights, contentious and non-contentious patents, product safety, compliance issues and more.
KFN+ Law Office is a law firm with vast experience in the cannabis industry. This law firm is based in Germany and advises multiple cannabis businesses on matters such as licensing, compliance issues, cooperation agreements, consumer protection, product safety and more.
Kai-Friedrich Niermann is a business and corporate lawyer who has been involved in the cannabis landscape for more than 15 years. Niermann is a legal expert on the cannabis market, especially for CBD products. He often speaks at international cannabis conferences on topics related to the European cannabis legal framework.
Casa Paraula is a Spanish law firm that provides legal advice and solutions on a wide variety of legal matters. The law firm advises multiple cannabis companies of all sizes on matters regarding licensing, cooperation agreements, criminal proceedings, public health, compliance issues, consumer protection and more.
Oriol Casals is the founder and Director of Casa Paraula. Casals specialises in Criminal and Administrative Law, and he has personally helped multiple cannabis companies operating in Spain or other parts of Europe. He is an expert in matters concerning the CBD sector.
Kingsley Napley LLP
Kingsley Napley LLP offers a wide range of expertise to clients operating in various industries. Many of the firm’s lawyers are leaders in their fields and are highly ranked by the legal directories. The law firm collaborates with cannabis companies on various legal matters, such as compliance issues, contracts, consumer protection, product safety and more.
Shannett Thompson is a partner at Kingsley Napley LLP and advises cannabis companies on legal matters regarding regulatory proceedings, cannabis legislation, licensing, contracts and more.
Bird & Bird
Bird & Bird is a law firm that focuses on helping organisations all over the world. The firm has over 1,300 lawyers and 29 offices spread throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr. Niels Lutzhöft is a Bird & Bird partner at the firm’s office in Germany. Lutzhöft focuses on client operating in the life sciences sector and the media and communications industries. He has advised multiple cannabis organisations on matters regarding claims and advertising, regulatory issues, licensing, contracts, cooperation agreements and more.
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