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Transformations are taking place in agribusiness like never seen before. As global population and income rises, agriculture has become a key focus in a world that needs more food and energy. The industry is facing challenges driven by the globalization of food production and distribution, growing food price volatility, the rising importance of environmental sustainability, rapid technological innovation and new demands for biofuels.

The value of Canada’s world agriculture and agri-food trade has also increased in response to recent trade liberalization and economic growth. Canadian producers are operating in a changing landscape of increased international competition, evolving consumer needs, supply and production challenges and complex legal requirements.

McCarthy Tétrault has been at the forefront of the agribusiness sector for over 20 years. Our comprehensive understanding of the role of the food chain – and its impact on food availability, accessibility and security – is unsurpassed. Our clients include all the participants in the chain, such as:

  • multinational growers and producers;
  • food processors and distributors;
  • manufacturers of agricultural and food processing industrial equipment;
  • fertilizer and agro-chemical producers; and
  • lenders and investors, including private equity and venture capital firms.

Working closely with our national experts in food and beverage and consumer products and retail, we are able to take a multi-disciplinary approach in helping clients with the full range of legal issues they encounter across the industry, from trade and other regulatory matters such as the rules governing supply managed commodities, temporary marketing authorizations, food import procedures, food related security, inspection and customs requirements to the health and safety aspects of manufacturing, processing and distributing, product recalls, as well as matters that arise in the marketing of food and beverage products, such as branding, labelling and advertising.

As a full-service national law firm, we are also able to assist with structuring and completing strategic acquisitions, private and public debt and equity financings, as well as with other legal issues affecting the day-to-day business of our clients such as labour and employment, trademark, patent and tax matters.


For more information, please contact:


François Amyot
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François Amyot
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Lara Nathans
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