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Consumer Products

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As a player in the consumer products sector, you face a myriad of challenges such as globalisation and digitalisation, environmental and health concerns, supply chain management, consumer and media pressure, growing retailer buyer power, the rise of online selling and counterfeiting. All place new demands on your management and business strategy but also drive the need for legal advice. Our pan-European team is structured around the key sectors of consumer products including cosmetics, clothing, electronics, health & beauty, food & drink, retail, household equipment and manufacturing. Whether you are a supplier, investor, regulator or other stakeholder, we have consumer products experts to help, whatever your situation.

In order to give you the targeted legal advice your business needs, our teams have experts from every legal area affecting your sector. This means we can guide you on all legal and regulatory aspects − from the financing and acquisition of companies, through to antitrust and unfair competition law, media management, nutritional and health claims, advertising and marketing, strategies for the protection of intellectual property rights, data protection, outsourcing, distribution agreements, real estate transactions, product recalls and much more. Our experts will keep you abreast of the latest sector insight and developments, giving you a commercial, as well as a legal, edge.

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20 August 2015
CMS Con­sumer Products Group
Our Con­sumer Products Sec­tor Group The Con­sumer Products sec­tor is a fiercely com­pet­it­ive mar­ket. From all as­pects of the sup­ply chain, or­gan­isa­tions are un­der pres­sure to im­prove yield, cut costs and...

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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...
16 February 2021
Fight­ing poor med­ic­a­tion ad­her­ence in the European Uni­on: The Grav­it­ate-Health...
Nowadays, European cit­izens can ob­tain a great amount of in­form­a­tion (on­line and off­line) about any medi­cine. However, this in­form­a­tion is in many cases un­re­li­able and dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand, en­cour­aging...
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...
25 November 2020
Switzer­land opens con­sulta­tion on pro­hib­it­ing on­line book­ing plat­forms...
On 11 Novem­ber 2020, the Swiss Fed­er­al Coun­cil opened a con­sulta­tion pro­ced­ure for an amend­ment (art­icle 8a) to the Fed­er­al Act against Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion (UCA), which would pro­hib­it price-fix­ing clauses...
23 November 2020
EU high court con­firms CBD is not a nar­cot­ic
In a long-awaited rul­ing, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) cla­ri­fied that the can­nabis act­ive in­gredi­ent Can­na­bi­d­i­ol (CBD) is not to be clas­si­fied as a nar­cot­ic. France sub­mits ques­tion on CBD in...
10 November 2020
Reg­u­lat­ing high-risk AI: EU Par­lia­ment calls for a new civil li­ab­il­ity...
On the 19 Oc­to­ber 2020, the European Par­lia­ment (“EP”) ad­op­ted pro­pos­als on reg­u­la­tion of Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (“AI”) pre­pared by the EP’s Com­mit­tee on Leg­al Af­fairs (“JURI Com­mit­tee”)...
15 September 2020
European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment on Ver­tic­al Block...
The Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment (SWD 2020 173 fi­nal) is the next step on the road to an up­dated VBER and cor­res­pond­ing guidelines. With the cur­rent VBER due to ex­pire on 31 May 2022, the Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment...
13 August 2020
Sus­tain­able food pro­gress may close glob­al reg­u­lat­ory gap
In­nov­a­tion in the sus­tain­able food sec­tor is for­ging ahead at a re­mark­able pace. Our cur­rent food sources ac­count for nearly one-third of glob­al GHG emis­sions while con­sumers are in­creas­ingly bet­ter edu­cated...
02 July 2020
EU agrees new class ac­tion re­gime for con­sumer dis­putes
After a long gest­a­tion, on 30 June 2020 the Coun­cil of the EU pub­lished the text for the col­lect­ive re­dress dir­ect­ive (the “CR Dir­ect­ive”) (text avail­able here). This le­gis­la­tion is in­ten­ded to bet­ter...
18 May 2020
Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on CBD food busi­nesses
The coronavir­us (“COV­ID-19”) pan­dem­ic has driv­en on­line con­sumer shop­ping in the well­being sec­tor in a bid to find products that will pro­tect against, and help man­age the symp­toms of, COV­ID-19. Food...
21 April 2020
Coty v Amazon: CJEU con­firms Amazon is not li­able for trade mark in­fringe­ment...
On 2 April 2020, the CJEU handed down its judg­ment in the Coty v Amazon[1] case, which relates to a re­fer­ral from the Bundes­gericht­shof, Ger­many’s Fed­er­al Court of Justice. The CJEU ruled in fa­vour...
20 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to can­nabis law and le­gis­la­tion
In re­cent years can­nabis trade and re­lated activ­ity has de­veloped in­to a growth busi­ness area. In the life sci­ences and health­care fields there have been in­creases in the num­bers of pa­tients hav­ing ac­cess...