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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.

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"The 'assertive' and 'very pragmatic' team at CMS is 'able to provide expert advice across the entire spectrum of legal issues' thanks to a full-service and multi-disciplinary approach to matters in the retail sector. Practice co-heads Renaud Dupont, who specialises in distribution-related mandates, and IP expert Tom Heremans advise on commercial lease contracts, trade mark and copyright disputes, cross-border restructurings and terminations of franchise agreements. Recent new clients include Hermès, Medi-Market and Maxi Toys."

Legal 500, 2021 - Retail

"The team is really assertive and has good expertise in the legal aspects of our industry. The team is also very pragmatic. We always receive advice that is adapted to our needs, questions and level of detail that we need for each situation. We really appreciate this way of working. The team is really business-oriented."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2021

"Retail is a wide-ranging industry and CMS is able to provide expert advice across the entire spectrum of legal issues."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2021
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August 2020
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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