Keller and Heckman LLP

Life Sciences Department

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What the team is known for Especially strong expertise in food and packaging industries throughout Asia-Pacific. It advises on a variety of compliance and regulatory matters such as the regulatory status of pharmaceutical products, advertising and labelling, obtaining clearances for new products and responding to challenges from regulatory authorities. Its specialist team is noted for including scientists and lawyers with scientific backgrounds who assist clients entering the China market. Also active on regulatory work in the chemicals and e-tobacco products sectors.

Strengths"Their strength is their focus and specialisation in food and pharma regulatory," a client explains, adding: "That is what they clearly stand for so you know exactly where to go when you have a related issue."

"One of the biggest advantages of them is that they have scientists in-house," a client asserts, also stating: "They are very sophisticated, they are well qualified to do this work."

Work highlight Advised HUG Familie on the regulatory status of confectionery products manufactured in Switzerland, in order to export them to China for retail distribution in full compliance with Chinese regulations.

Conducted a review for Alfred Ritter of chocolate products exported to China, advising on compliance with China’s food regulatory requirements, such as contaminants and labelling.

Notable practitioners

David Ettinger is the managing partner of the Shanghai office and has over two decades of experience in food regulatory matters. Clients say: "He is technically sound and responsive and has good common sense and judgement," also highlighting that he is up to date on recent developments: "He is helpful sorting out the rapidly changing regulatory environment in China."