"Jean-Philippe Montfort is a brilliant lawyer. He is very experienced and particularly good at defining the legal strategy."
Chambers Europe 2016

Overview

Jean-Philippe Montfort is one of Europe's leading legal practitioners on EU chemical control (REACH), EU product safety and liability, and EU regulatory law. His practice focuses especially on:

REACH. Jean-Philippe leads Mayer Brown's REACH team. He provides strategic advice to companies and trade associations to help them comply with REACH and the CLP. He advises companies on data sharing, SIEF and consortia formation and management. He organises product defence under the REACH and CLP Authorisation, Restriction, Evaluation, Classification and Labelling processes. He is also increasingly involved in litigations on product regulatory cases before the European Courts and the ECHA Board of Appeal. Jean-Philippe chairs the chemicals working group of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (Amcham EU) and acted as project leader for the Commission REACH Implementation Project (RIP) 3.4 on Data sharing and Consortia.

EU Product Safety and Liability. Jean-Philippe advises companies on product safety and product liability issues, including product safety policy and product recalls, he was involved in major EU recalls in 2005 – 2006 (milk and fruit packages containing ITX) and in 2007 (toy recalls). Jean-Philippe provides strategic advice to companies and maintains contacts with regulatory authorities in crisis situations. He also helps companies design internal processes to enhance product safety and regulatory compliance and conduct audits. He is invited by the European Commission as an expert in stakeholder discussions on the revision of the General Product Safety directive (GPSD).

Jean-Philippe has won the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards for two consecutive years (2010 and 2011) in the category "EU Product Liability."

Spoken Languages

  • French
  • English
  • Italian

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, LLM, Master of Law

Université Catholique de Louvain, Diplôme en administration des Entreprises

Université Catholique de Louvain, Licencié en Droit

Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, Candidat en Droit

Admissions

  • Brussels Bar (Ordre Français des Avocats au Barreau de Bruxelles)

Memberships

  • Chairman of the Chemical Working Group of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (Amcham EU)
  • Frequent speaker in conferences on chemical legislation and product safety
  • Member of the European Board of Alumni of Georgetown University Law Centre