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In a legal environment where the rules are increasingly numerous and restrictive, you have to manage the commercial risks relating to your activity. For this, you have to protect yourself in your relations with both your customers and your suppliers. Managing these contractual relationships in accordance with the specific nature of your sector, and also with your own methods of operation, is therefore a necessity. Not only do you need fast and reliable legal answers, but these must be tailored to the context in which you are working. With 17 lawyers working in commercial law, we are able to deal with the specific features of your sector and profession which affect your practices.

Our teams are able to deal with all your commercial law issues, whether you are an actor in industry, large-scale distribution, the hotel and leisure industry or transport and logistics. We support you in the safe implementation of your commercial strategies, especially your operations for the transfer or reorganisation of tangible and intangible assets (assistance in negotiations for the purchase/sale of goodwill and drafting of deeds), the structuring and management of your commercial networks (assistance in the choice and introduction of distribution networks, assistance in the conclusion and follow-up of contracts: concession, franchise, commission-affiliation, etc.) and the conclusion and strengthening of your commercial and industrial partnerships, with regard to commercial contracts, supplier-distributor commercial relations and vice-versa.

We also help you manage your subcontracts, ensuring that you are protected, and draw up your purchase or sale contracts, distance, off site or in situ. We can help and advise you in the management of disputes that could arise with your suppliers, customers or competitors (settlement, mediation, procedure).

Finally, our publications and training also ensure that you are kept up to date with the latest legal and regulatory developments that concern you.

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Distribution law
Distribution networks today are increasingly dense and are being built in a highly competitive environment. The legal rules that must be followed when

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04/01/2023
EU ad­opts NIS2 Dir­ect­ive to en­hance cy­ber­se­cur­ity and re­si­li­ence
The NIS2 will provide the frame­work for cy­ber­se­cur­ity risk man­age­ment meas­ures and re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tions in spe­cified sec­tors, such as en­ergy, trans­port, health, and di­git­al in­fra­struc­ture. Fur­ther­more...
23/12/2022
2023 Sea­son's Greet­ings from CMS Fran­cis Le­fe­b­vre
Watch our wishes for a happy and pros­per­ous New Year 2023 in video be­low.me­di­um­Click here to dis­cov­er our Sea­son’s Greet­ings card
23/12/2022
EIOPA re­leases an­nu­al re­port on sanc­tions un­der IDD in 2021
On 20 Decem­ber, the European In­sur­ance and Oc­cu­pa­tion­al Pen­sions Au­thor­ity (EIOPA) re­leased the an­nu­al re­port on sanc­tions im­posed by na­tion­al com­pet­ent au­thor­it­ies un­der the In­sur­ance Dis­tri­bu­tion Dir­ect­ive...
05/12/2022
EU Com­mis­sion pro­poses to mod­ern­ise product li­ab­il­ity rules for green and...
Cur­rent product li­ab­il­ity rules, based on the 85/374/EGK Product Li­ab­il­ity Dir­ect­ive (PLD), are nearly 40 years old and no longer suit­able for the mod­ern di­git­al age. Among oth­er things, the PLD is un­cer­tain...
02/11/2022
Kabab-Ji and the cul­tur­al con­flict over the autonomy of the ar­bit­ra­tion...
In a fi­nal de­cision dated 28 Septem­ber 2022, France’s apex court, the Cour de cas­sa­tion, brought an end to the long-last­ing Kabab-ji v Kout Food Group dis­pute. The dis­pute, on­go­ing in the French and...
01/11/2022
Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) comes in­to force on 1 Novem­ber 2022
The Di­git­al Mar­ket Act (DMA) was pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Journ­al of the European Uni­on on 12 Oc­to­ber, and it will enter in­to force on 1 Novem­ber. Large di­git­al plat­forms that of­fer core plat­form ser­vices...
27/10/2022
European data board re­com­mends re­form­ing leg­al frame­work for in­tro­duc­tion...
On 10 Oc­to­ber 2022, the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) ad­op­ted a state­ment on the design choices for a di­git­al euro from the pri­vacy and data pro­tec­tion per­spect­ive, stat­ing that its shares the...
13/10/2022
Com­mis­sion to pro­pose EU-wide le­gis­la­tion on cross-bor­der in­stant pay­ments
In its 2020 Re­tail Pay­ments Strategy, the Com­mis­sion con­firmed its goal of fos­ter­ing the full take up of in­stant pay­ments in the EU. Between 10 March 2021 and 7 April 2021, the Com­mis­sion held a pub­lic...
12/10/2022
Com­mis­sion pro­poses land­mark new rules on li­ab­il­ity for AI sys­tems
On 28 Septem­ber 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pro­posed the draft AI Li­ab­il­ity Dir­ect­ive (AILD Draft) on ad­apt­ing non-con­trac­tu­al civil li­ab­il­ity rules to ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence as a po­ten­tial solu­tion...
05/10/2022
2022 ‘Blue Guide’ – the up­dated EU product rules
On 29 June 2022 the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its re­vised ‘Blue Guide’ on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of EU product rules. For over 20 years, the Blue Guide has been one of the main ref­er­ence doc­u­ments...
27/09/2022
European Com­mis­sion pro­poses new Cy­ber Re­si­li­ence Act
On 15 Septem­ber 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its pro­pos­al for a reg­u­la­tion on ho­ri­zont­al cy­ber­se­cur­ity re­quire­ments for products with di­git­al ele­ments. This draft of the Cy­ber Re­si­li­ence Act...
13/09/2022
UPC Rules of Pro­ced­ure go in­to force with judg­ments to be made pub­lic
The entry in­to force of the Rules of Pro­ced­ure is part of the fi­nal pre­par­a­tions for the United Pat­ent Court (UPC), which is cur­rently ex­pec­ted to start work in early 2023. After the bod­ies of the UPC...