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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 41 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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05 August 2015
CMS Com­mer­cial Law Group: an over­view
At CMS we pride ourselves on put­ting the needs and wants of our cli­ents first. With over 3,000 law­yers, across 74 of­fices, CMS is a truly in­ter­na­tion­al law firm and we have a great un­der­stand­ing of the...

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27 April 2021
The Fed­er­al Su­preme Court's judg­ment in the mat­ter "Hors-Liste Medika­mente...
On 21 April 2021, the Fed­er­al Su­preme Court pub­lished a judg­ment against Pf­izer re­gard­ing the sanc­tion or­der of the Com­pet­i­tion Com­mis­sion (COMCO) in the mat­ter Hors-Liste Medika­mente (Pre­isem­p­fehlun­gen)...
26 April 2021
European Com­mis­sion pro­poses first leg­al frame­work on AI
Over the last two years, the EU has paved the way for a uni­form leg­al frame­work for the de­vel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing and use of AI that con­forms with Uni­on val­ues. As a res­ult, on 21 April 2021 the European...
12 April 2021
EU Di­git­al Ser­vices Act gives new leg­al frame­work for plat­form eco­nomy
The European Com­mis­sion has is­sued the draft pro­pos­al for the Reg­u­la­tion on a Single Mar­ket for Di­git­al Ser­vices (Di­git­al Ser­vices Act or DSA), which cre­ates a new leg­al frame­work for di­git­al ser­vices...
06 April 2021
EU is­sues draft of Di­git­al Mar­kets Act aimed at cre­at­ing a new and fair...
The European Com­mis­sion has pub­lished a draft pro­pos­al for a new com­pet­i­tion law frame­work for large on­line plat­forms, called the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). The Com­mis­sion pro­posed the DMA due to the...
29 March 2021
EDPS & EDPB re­lease joint opin­ion on the Data Gov­ernance Act
On 10 March 2021, the EDPB and the EDPS re­leased their joint opin­ion on the Data Gov­ernance Act (DGA), the European Com­mis­sion’s Pro­pos­al for a Reg­u­la­tion on European data gov­ernance. The DGA is an...
26 March 2021
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – The Ever Giv­en
The Suez Canal opened in 1869. Along with the Panama Canal, it is one of the most im­port­ant mari­time “short­cuts” ever built. Today, the canal is 193km (120 miles) long and is one of the busiest wa­ter­ways...
24 March 2021
EDPB Guidelines on Vir­tu­al Voice As­sist­ants
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) pub­lished its draft Guidelines 02/2021 on Vir­tu­al Voice As­sist­ants (VVAs), which are soft­ware ser­vices that take voice as an in­put, identi­fy and ex­ecute a com­mand...
22 March 2021
Switzer­land in­tro­duces the concept of re­l­at­ive mar­ket power and re­stricts...
On Fri­day, 19 March 2021, the Swiss par­lia­ment ad­op­ted in its fi­nal vote the amended par­lia­ment­ary counter-pro­pos­al to the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive "Stop the high price is­land - for fair prices". This counter-pro­pos­al...
17 February 2021
Dis­tressed M&A: Swiss com­pan­ies can use 'com­pos­i­tion pro­ceed­ing­s' to stay...
The COV­ID-19 crisis is caus­ing fin­an­cial dif­fi­culties for nu­mer­ous com­pan­ies. Of­ten, bank­ruptcy seems to be the only es­cape. Based on the char­ac­ter­ist­ics of US Chapter 11 pro­ceed­ings, Swiss re­struc­tur­ing...
01 February 2021
Switzer­land launches re­vi­sion of Fed­er­al Act on Pat­ents
On Oc­to­ber 14, 2020, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil opened a con­sulta­tion pro­ced­ure for the par­tial re­vi­sion of the Swiss Fed­er­al Act on Pat­ents for In­ven­tions (FPA). Ac­cord­ing to the new draft re­vi­sion, the Swiss...
22 January 2021
EDPB is­sues draft guidelines for data breach no­ti­fic­a­tions
Fur­ther to the GDPR re­quire­ment for re­port­ing per­son­al data breaches to the com­pet­ent data pro­tec­tion au­thor­ity and, in cer­tain cases, to af­fected in­di­vidu­als, the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB)...
19 January 2021
New GDPR strategy to tackle new tech­no­logy, data se­cur­ity, in­ter­na­tion­al...
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) pub­lished its GDPR Strategy 2021-2023 on 5 Janu­ary 2021, set­ting out four main pil­lars and key ac­tions, which in­clude: Pil­lar 1: Ad­van­cing har­mon­isa­tion and...