Nestlé bars Freshfields over Mars connection

February 5, 2008 Nestlé has cut loose Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer following its first European panel review in almost five years because of a business conflict of interest with Nestlé's arch-rival Mars. Freshfields is a key adviser to Mars, a long-time competitor of Nestlé's. Mars and Nestlé have even clashed in the UK courts, with Mars leading a long opposition against Nestlé's attempt to register its 'have a break' KitKat slogan as a trademark.

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