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Global Agricultural Law

Global Agricultural Law
Series:  Global Guides
ISBN:  9780414037199
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
General Editor:Jan Holthius
Publication Date:  13 May 2015
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback
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Long term demand for a range of agricultural (food) products will be increasing dramatically over the coming decades. This demand is mainly being driven by developing countries in Asia.

International merger and acquisition activities in the agri-food and biotech industry have surged worldwide. New technologies and growing methods are changing the conventional agricultural business models. In spite of the need for cross-border operations and investment, it has remained difficult for investors to navigate through domestic agricultural policies, laws and regulations.

This new agricultural comparative law edition serves as a global handbook covering 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas (USA, India, China, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Japan, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Nigeria, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Hungary).

The publication is unique in its field. It takes a foreign investor’s stand-point and makes cross comparisons between countries and different practice areas relating to foreign investment in agriculture business.


It compares in-depth contributions of widely acclaimed law firms and university professors, specialised in agricultural law and investment practice covering:
• Agricultural government policies on foreign investment;
• Foreign investment laws and practice relating to agriculture business;
• M&A and anti-trust laws on agricultural business acquisitions;
• Foreign acquisition of farmland and farmland usage rights;
• Special legal entities in the agriculture business, such as cooperatives;
• Restrictions to the introduction of new plant varieties;
• IP protection for plant varieties, plant genetic sequence, livestock genes and exemptions thereto (incl. breeder’s exemption and farmer’s privilege);
• Seed commerce and crop production;
• Existence of and incentives for foreign investment in Agri / Green Parks;
• Restrictions with respect to market entry of genetic modified crop seeds;
• Food product liability for producers, importers and distributors.


Jan Holthuis

Jan started to practice commercial law in 1992 and founded HIL in 1995 to become an international niche law firm specializing in Chinese law & practice. He is an experienced counsel in cross-border M&A and complex international litigation cases on corporate, commercial and IP related disputes.
Jan is a guest lecturer at Erasmus University (Chinese commercial and corporate law & practice), at Wageningen University (Chinese agricultural law & practice) and at the East China University of Politics & Law (Intellectual Property dispute settlement & technology transfers).


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