Dr Ina Gerstberger

Dr Ina Gerstberger is a renowned sector expert for food law and related areas of law in Germany and heads our German food & drink and healthcare sector team. For more than a decade, she has been frequently recommended in these fields of law. Ina is particularly praised for her expertise in novel foods, in product delimitation issues between foods, drugs and cosmetics, in health-related advertising and in intra-European matters by major legal directory JUVE and for "regulatory" and "non-IP litigation" by the Expert Guides Life Sciences. Among her clients are companies marketing foodstuffs, feedstuffs, cosmetics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, tobacco products, detergent and biocides as well as international raw material manufacturers, industry associations and insurance companies.

Ina combines long standing industry expertise and additional scientific knowledge (Vordiplom in Biochemistry) with sound legal skills and creativity to overcome legal challenges resulting from stringent regulatory requirements. Such qualifications make her the lawyer of choice for clients preferring a single sourced solution of their problems based on a deeper understanding of the science behind the client´s business.

Ina routinely guides clients through all stages of project development: from assessing new product ideas, through the drafting of relevant commercial agreements, to advice on specific marketing measures and statutory labelling, notification or authorisation requirements or, as the case may be, in providing assistance in the course of recall procedures and in product liability cases. Ina often adds value to her clients by making strategic use of existing national legislation of other EU member states to benefit from the current non-harmonisation in the pharmaceutical and food area. She is also highly experienced in coordinating matters involving other jurisdictions. That is often the case when companies want to develop and apply a consistent marketing strategy in terms of legal marketing claims for products, be it in relation to internet advertising or product development.

Clients likewise benefit from Ina's extensive experience in unfair competition litigation before the German civil courts as well as in administrative and criminal proceedings. Ina is however also frequently involved in transactions in the food and pharmaceutical sector.

Ina pursues a proactive approach and keeps herself and her clients up to date by lecturing frequently in food and drug law at university courses or relevant industry events. She is the author of a textbook on the use of botanicals in food supplements and functional foodstuffs in Germany, the UK, France, Belgium and Spain and of numerous other articles, annotations and contributions to legal commentaries in food and drug law. Ina is a member of the relevant industry associations in her areas of law, including an appointed membership in the Expert Committee on Pharmaceutical and Food law of the German Association on Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR) and in the Working Group "Food Industry" of the IHK Munich and Upper Bavaria and as Council Member of the European Food Law Association (EFLA). She is also an active member of our law firm's Nordic desk.

Experience

  • Successful representation of various companies from the life sciences/food & drink sector in unfair competition disputes against competitors or associations regarding, among others, allegedly misleading or not sufficiently substantiated advertising claims, illness-related claims, use of allegedly illegal ingredients, alleged authorisation requirements for products to be classified as pharmaceuticals or novel foods as well as on infringements of legal requirements established by the German Act on the advertising of medicaments (Heilmittelwerbegesetz)
  • Drafting and negotiating various agreements for pharmaceutical, biotech or foodstuff companies which require regulatory knowledge and input (e.g. letter of intent, confidentiality agreements, legal representative agreements, clinical trial/CRO-agreements, toll manufacturing agreements, distribution agreements, R&D and licensing agreements)
  • Advice on the marketability of products intended to be sold as foodstuffs (food supplements, food for special medical purposes, fortified foods) and their delimitation to pharmaceuticals and other health-related product groups (medical devices, cosmetics), on ingredient related classification, labelling and advertising
  • Legal opinions on the registration/authorisation requirements of feed business establishments, on the labelling and advertising of various feedstuffs (complementary feed, feed intended for particular nutritional purposes) for pets and food producing animals
  • Legal due diligences with focus on regulatory issues in the course of business purchase or asset deals for pharmaceutical, foodstuffs and medical devices companies

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
       2019
      Food Law - Lawyer of the Year in Germany by Corporate INTL Global Awards
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      Recommended for "Regulatory" and "Non-IP Litigation" by the Expert Guides "Life Sciences"
  • 2016

    • Career
       2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Director
    • Rankings & Awards
       2016
      Best food & drink lawyer award, Acquisition International
  • 2015

    • Career
      September 2015
      University of Augsburg, Centre of Continuing Education and Knowledge Transfer - Lecturer in Product Delimitation, Drug Regulatory Affairs - Basis Course
    • Career
      July 2015
      Founding member, secretary and legal advisor of the Federation of Nutritional Mushroom Distributors
    • Rankings & Awards
       2015
      Best food & drink team (Germany) award, Acquisition International
  • 2014

    • Career
       2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Director
  • 2013

    • Career
       2013
      Wragge & Co, Director
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
       2010
      Best thesis in law awareded by the Alumni Association of the University of Augsburg
    • Career
       2010
      Gerstenberg Rechtsanwälte, Partner
    • Career
       2010
      SRH Riedlingen University, Lecturer in food law
  • 2009

    • Education
       2009
      University of Augsburg, Doctorate in law ("summa cum laude")
  • 2006

    • Rankings & Awards
       2006
      Frequently recommended lawyer for food law in JUVE German Commercial Law Firms Directory (For the 1st time and consistent the following years since then)
  • 2004

    • Career
       2004
      Ashurst, Senior Associate
  • 2001

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2001
      Rechtsanwältin, Germany
    • Career
       2001
      Taylor Wessing, Associate
  • 2000

    • Education
       2000
      2nd State Examination Lower Saxony/Bar admission
    • Education
       2000
      German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer
  • 1998

    • Education
       1998
      1st State Examination Lower Saxony
  • 1994

    • Education
       1994
      University of Hannover, Studies in Law
  • 1993

    • Education
       1993
      University of Hannover, Studies in Biochemistry, First Diploma (Vordiplom)
  • 1991

    • Education
       1991
      Scholar of the German National Academic Foundation ("Studienstiftung")
    • Rankings & Awards
       1991
      Award of the Karl-Nix-Foundation Bremen