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Commercial Law

Belgium

As a business operating in today’s increasingly regulated markets, you need to manage your commercial risk while achieving your business objectives. Your success is built upon the effectiveness of your relationships with both customers and suppliers. Sector-specific contractual arrangements are key to this. Not only do you need the right legal answer, you need it in the context of the market in which you operate. With over 350 lawyers across 33 countries, our multi-disciplinary teams are trained to understand the cultural and business variations impacting your commercial arrangements.

We organise our teams around sectors and industries relevant to you, including financial services, manufacturing, automotive, consumer products, energy, hotels and leisure, infrastructure and projects, lifesciences, supply and logistics, real estate and construction, technology, telecoms, media and sports. Our webinar and knowledge services also ensure that you are fully up to speed on all legal and regulatory developments.

Whether you require advice on commercial contracts, supply services, e-commerce, IT or telecoms agreements, data protection, design and manufacturing, advertising, sponsorship and marketing, consumer sales, software licensing, outsourcing or sales, agency, distribution and franchise agreements, our specialists can guide you towards the best business outcome for you.

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CMS Com­mer­cial Guide: Dis­tri­bu­tion and Agency Agree­ments

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Arnaud Van Oekel
11/04/2019
CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted Trans­port Fer­rovi­aire Hold­ing...
18/04/2019
BARE­CON - The Im­port­ance of Class
In the re­cent case of Sil­ver­burn Ship­ping (IoM) Ltd -v- Ark Ship­ping Com­pany LLC [2019] EWHC 376 (Comm), the High Court ruled that an ob­lig­a­tion in a charter­party to keep a ves­sel in class is both an ab­so­lute ob­lig­a­tion and a con­di­tion.
28/09/2018
Septem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
08/04/2019
Bel­gi­um passes code that re­forms co­oper­at­ives and ab­ol­ishes so­cial...
On 28 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the Bel­gian par­lia­ment passed the Code on Com­pan­ies and As­so­ci­ations (CAC), which re­forms the defin­i­tion of a co­oper­at­ive (so­ciétés co­oper­at­ives, co­oper­atieve ven­nootschap­pen), and ab­ol­ishes com­pan­ies with a so­cial pur­pose or CSP (so­ciétés.
Tom Heremans
September 2018
101 mar­ket­ingv­ragen jur­idisch beant­woord (derde edit­ie)
03/04/2019
New Bel­gian rules against ab­use of eco­nom­ic de­pend­ence - changes in...
B2B re­la­tion­ships, par­tic­u­larly in the re­tail sec­tor, are of­ten char­ac­ter­ised by an im­bal­ance of eco­nom­ic, and thus ne­go­ti­at­ing, power between the con­tract­ing parties. This eco­nom­ic im­bal­ance al­lows one party to im­pose con­trac­tu­al terms that would not be pos­sible.
22/06/2018
June 2018 News­let­ter
20/03/2019
EU trade marks pre­pared for no-deal Brexit
To pre­pare for a no-deal Brexit, the UK par­lia­ment passed two stat­utory in­stru­ments re­gard­ing trade marks. These in­clude: the Trade Marks (Amend­ments etc. ) (EU Exit) Reg­u­la­tions, which deal with EU trade marks (EUTM).
June 2018
On­line Stress Test
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22/02/2019
An up­date on mech­an­ics of UK cor­res­pond­ing rights for EUTM re­gis­tra­tions
As we edge closer to Brexit day, cur­rently due to take place on 29 March 2019, we have re­cently ob­tained ad­di­tion­al in­form­a­tion about post-Brexit ar­range­ments for own­ers of EUTM ap­plic­a­tions and re­gis­tra­tions.
11/04/2018
Data Law Nav­ig­at­or | Over­view
In­form­a­tion on Data Pro­tec­tion and Cy­ber Se­cur­ity laws...
20/02/2019
European Par­lia­ment backs EU wide frame­work for screen­ing for­eign...
On 14 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the European Par­lia­ment voted to en­dorse the first ever EU-wide tool for screen­ing for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment (FDI) on the grounds of se­cur­ity and pub­lic or­der. The vote brings the EU one step closer to put­ting in place a frame­work al­low­ing.