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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.

"Collaborative and reactive team."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2022

"The team has a very good knowledge of the business of their customers. They are very responsive and deliver excellent legal work."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2022

"Jointly led by Renaud Dupont and Tom Heremans, the practice at CMS routinely works across multiple departments to handle commercial leasing contracts, distribution networks, IP protection cases, and e-commerce issues. The team is also adept at cross-border restructurings and high-profile court proceedings before the domestic and European courts. Dupont's broad knowledge of distribution agreements makes him a key port of call for various multinational retailers, while Heremans works with major food stuff manufacturers and e-commerce companies on the full spectrum of IP and TMT concerns."

Legal 500, 2022
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25/07/2019
CMS Com­mer­cial Glob­al Bro­chure
Com­mer­cial law reaches in­to all sec­tors. It is at the core of every busi­ness. With over 400 Com­mer­cial law­yers across 43 coun­tries glob­ally, we can help you across a range of Com­mer­cial is­sues in all...

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13/06/2022
Up­dated CMS Ex­pert Guide to Trade Secrets
From pat­ents to pro­grammes, designs to data, your most valu­able busi­ness as­sets can be the things you can’t put un­der lock and key. But what leg­al re­course do you have to pro­tect these in­tan­gible as­sets...
10/06/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide on rising raw ma­ter­i­al prices in Bel­gi­um
1. Have spe­cif­ic le­gis­lat­ive or reg­u­lat­ory pro­vi­sions been ad­op­ted by the Gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to the in­crease in the price of raw ma­ter­i­als? The Bel­gian gov­ern­ment did not take any spe­cif­ic le­gis­lat­ive...
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12/05/2022
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
11/05/2022
Om­ni­bus Dir­ect­ive fi­nally trans­posed in­to Bel­gian law
The Bel­gian Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted the Act that trans­poses the European Om­ni­bus Dir­ect­ive N° 2019/2161, which aims at bet­ter en­force­ment and mod­ern­isa­tion of con­sumer pro­tec­tion rules. The new Act will be...
09/05/2022
Price in­creases in com­mer­cial con­tracts in war­time and post COV­ID-19
Sup­ply-chain prob­lems post COV­ID-19 and the war in Ukraine are key factors for price in­creases cur­rently af­fect­ing most in­dus­tries. Un­der­tak­ings that sup­ply products and ser­vices should check their com­mer­cial...
27/04/2022
New con­sumer guar­an­tees and di­git­al con­tent rules as from 1 June 2022
On 1 June 2022, the new Bel­gian rules on con­sumer guar­an­tees and di­git­al con­tent and ser­vices will enter in­to ef­fect. With the new rules, Bel­gi­um has fi­nally trans­posed EU Dir­ect­ive 2019/770 on cer­tain...
20/04/2022
Rus­sia’s latest re­sponse to West­ern Sanc­tions – an af­front to In­tel­lec­tu­al...
One of Rus­sia’s re­sponses to the mount­ing West­ern sanc­tions for its in­va­sion of Ukraine has been to un­der­mine the pro­tec­tion af­forded to West­ern in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty rights. On 5th March 2022, the...
29/03/2022
Where’s my “NFT” gone? Po­ten­tial pit­falls of NFT own­er­ship
NFTs have re­ceived a lot of at­ten­tion in the last year, so much so that Collins Dic­tion­ary named “NFT” their word of the year for 2021. But it is worth not­ing that own­er­ship of an NFT of­ten ul­ti­mately...
23/03/2022
To file or not to file? Trade mark pro­tec­tion in the meta­verse
Wheth­er you’re fa­mil­i­ar with the term or hear­ing it for the first time, many glob­al brands have be­gun to con­sider the im­plic­a­tions that the meta­verse might have on their IP. There are, seem­ingly, bound­less...
11/03/2022
EU Opin­ion on the Pro­posed Product Safety Reg­u­la­tion
The European Com­mis­sion has put for­ward a pro­pos­al for a new re­freshed Reg­u­la­tion on product safety in line with the New Con­sumer Agenda (the “Pro­posed Reg­u­la­tion”). If passed in its cur­rent form...
27/01/2022
Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
“Schrems II”: Opin­ions of the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies on Schrems II and re­com­mend­a­tions on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the judge­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the Court of Justice...
18/01/2022
CMS as­sists the own­ers of Dobby in the sale of their com­pany to Ger­antis
CMS as­sisted the own­ers of Dobby, a pi­on­eer in the de­vel­op­ment of man­age­ment soft­ware for the real es­tate sec­tor, in the sale of their com­pany to Ger­antis, which is backed by the in­vest­ment funds M80...