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Marie Canivet

Counsel
Lawyer

CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Belgium
Languages French, English, Dutch

Marie has over 17 years’ experience in distribution law, distribution networks and retail business in general. She has extensive knowledge of the franchising business, having assisted a large number of companies to elaborate and develop their concept and their franchising network, both in Belgium and abroad.

She assists a large number of foreign franchisors to adapt their working methods to the Belgian market, including the development of their network in Belgium. Taking a global approach, she has expertise on all the legal domains related to the retail sector, such as commercial lease contracts, transfers of business, distribution contracts (franchise, exclusive distributorship, agency), trade practices (publicity, commercial promotions, brands), antitrust and intellectual property issues.

Marie gives commercial advice and appears in cases before the Belgian Courts and arbitral Tribunals on a daily basis. She has also developed a strong expertise in negotiating and drafting contracts.  

Marie acts also as arbitrator in her areas of practice.

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Relevant experience

  • Senior Associate at the law firm Philippe & Partners (formerly Laga & Philippe), August 2000-September 2006
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Education

  • 2000 - University of Louvain, UCL (Law Degree)
  • 2000 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
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Memberships

  • Member of the "Collège des Experts" of the Belgian Federation Association (Fédération Belge de la Franchise)
  • Member of the Cepani 40 (member of the steering committee)
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Publications

  • "La Franchise", in L’entreprise et ses partenaires commerciaux, Aspects de droit contractuels, Anthemis, 2015, p.89 to 139
  • "L’Arbitrage et les incertitudes de la confidentialité", in Journal des tribunaux, 2014, p. 255
  • "Le Bail commercial : analyse des principales clauses d’un contrat de bail commercial et commentaires pratiques", Larcier in A Tribute to André Lombart, to be published in September 2013
  • Drafting of the Belgian chapter of the “CMS Guide to Arbitration” 2012
  • "L’action en cessation", in "La nouvelle loi relative aux pratiques du marché et à la protection du consommateur : tout sur l’ancien et le nouveau régime", Larcier, 2010, p. 172-184
  • Drafting of the Belgian chapter of the “CMS Guide to Arbitration” 2009
  • L’action en cessation en cas d’atteinte à une marque : revirement ou légitimisation d’une pratique établie?”, Les Cahiers du juriste, n°1, 2002
  • Droit d’auteur, droit à la libre concurrence et protection des idées: la question du reverse engineering”, Les Cahiers du juriste
  • Droit des technologies de l’information. Normes belges, européennes, internationales et autres textes”, report on the new Larcier Code, DAOR, 70, p. 105
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Lectures list

  • Speaker at the seminar : « la Franchise », in L’entreprise et ses partenaires commerciaux, Aspects de droit contractuels, 15 October 2015
  • Speaker at a client seminar : "Le code de droit économique, les nouvelle procédures judiciaires et extrajudiciaires", 21 June 2013
  • Speaker at a client seminar : "Les conditions générales dans le E-Commerce", COMEOS, 26 February 2013
  • Speaker at a bar seminar : "Le contrat de bail commercial : recyclage et actualités", 3 December 2012
  • Speaker at a CMS clients seminar (“Winds of Change”): “Les conditions générales et la sécurisation des créances”
  • Speaker at the annual Belgian event “Entreprendre 2008: “La loi belge du 19 décembre 2005 sur l’information précontractuelle dans le cadre d’accords de partenariat commercial”
  • Speaker at the Dutch Franchise Association, in June 2007: “The new Belgian Act of 19 December 2005 regulating franchising and other commercial cooperation agreement.”
  • Speaker at a seminar in Reims (France), in October 2002, organised by the Walloon region in collaboration with the Reims Bar: “La propriété intellectuelle, des choix déterminants pour chaque PMI”
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