Nourishing a growth market in China Dutch know-how 

The Dutch agriculture sector has a worldwide reputation in the field of precision agriculture and quality food production. We have been active in China since 1995 in assisting clients in the agriculture sector. These facts combined have made our China Practice Group leading in the field of agriculture law in this region.

Always on the verge

The long-term demand for a range of agricultural products has increased dramatically. This demand is predominantly driven by developing countries in Asia, in particular China. New technologies and breeding methods are changing the agriculture business models causing a dynamic legal playing field. We have been active in the agriculture sector in China since 2004 and assist leading Western agriculture companies with long term investments in China. 

Our China Practice Group teaches a master course on Chinese agriculture and food law at Wageningen University each year and acts as the chair of the International Bar Association Agriculture Working Group since 2015.

We made a major contribution to Global Agricultural Law - a title from the European Lawyer Reference series of Thomson Reuters - with the chapters about the Netherlands and China and general editing by Jan Holthuis - head of our China practice. Click here for more information.

Our team advises on:

  • Market access strategies and legal market strategy reports regarding the agriculture sector
  • Investment into Chinese agribusiness, including cooperation & joint-venture agreements
  • Food distribution and branding agreements
  • Regulatory issues on labelling, packaging, importing and distribution
  • Cross-border E-commerce of agricultural and food products
  • Protection and licensing of plant variety rights
  • Agriculture technology transfer agreements
  • Food safety compliance
  • Land policy and due diligence
  • Pre-litigation strategy on agriculture IP infringement
  • Qualification for local subsidy programs

Our publications on agriculture:



Friederike Henke

Head German Desk | Lawyer
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+31 (0)20 333 8390

Jan Holthuis

Partner | Lawyer
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Li Jiao

Partner | Lawyer
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Philip ter Burg

Partner | Lawyer
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Robin van Keeken

Business Development
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