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Legal advice on purchasing, production and distribution

Purchasing, production and distribution – in short, our clients’ operational activities – are at the centre of the advice we provide.

With more than 50 specialist lawyers, our Commercial team is one of the largest and most experienced practices in Germany. National and international clients benefit from our in-depth industry knowledge and comprehensive legal expertise.

We closely monitor the increasingly globalised markets, together with the opportunities and challenges they present. To do this, we deploy international teams of experts within the worldwide CMS organisation and in particular the CMS Commercial Practice Area Group.

Our long-standing clients include industrial and trading companies from all major sectors of the national and international business world. From the automotive industry to central purchasing organisations, we act on behalf of our clients across all key areas of production and trade.

Up-to-date advice at all times

We are committed to staying abreast of the latest trends and changing conditions. As such, we proactively develop new advisory products for legal areas such as compliance and EU sales law, and for emerging segments such as digital business and e-mobility.

We go beyond the norm

In addition to providing ongoing legal advice as an outsourced legal department and representing our clients in lawsuits, we also offer specialised services, such as customised contract and claim management.

Training courses and practical seminars on legal aspects of purchasing, production and distribution round off our legal advice. These services include tailored inhouse seminars, our Update on Procurement and Distribution roadshow, information events, circulars, brochures and newsletters as well as practical tips.

"Large department with extensive experience in commercial law relying on its strong network of domestic and international offices. Well known for its work on large, often European-wide, distribution systems and multi-jurisdictional contract standardisations."

Chambers Europe, 2021

"It's important for our company to mandate a firm that is able to deal with the width and breadth of the different legal areas and requests we have, and CMS is active on exactly such a scale."

Chambers Europe, 2021

"CMS has a strong cross-border practice, [...] it is a leading firm for commercial contract law."

Chambers Europe, 2021

„Die Vertriebsrechtspraxis von CMS besetzt aufgrund ihrer personellen Stärke und der tiefen Erfahrung ihrer Partner in unterschiedlichen Branchen eine führende Position im Markt.“

JUVE Handbuch, 2020/2021

„Schnelles Feedback, juristisches Know-how, Kenntnis unserer speziellen Branche sowie pragmatische Lösungsansätze.“

The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2021

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16/11/2022
Com­pre­hens­ive ad­vice on se­cur­ing en­ergy sup­ply in Ger­many
Ham­burg/Stut­tgart – Strug­gling gas com­pany Se­cur­ing En­ergy for Europe (SEFE) has been trans­ferred to the own­er­ship of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many in or­der to se­cure Ger­man gas sup­plies. SEFE is...
01/11/2022
Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) comes in­to force on 1 Novem­ber 2022
The Di­git­al Mar­ket Act (DMA) was pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Journ­al of the European Uni­on on 12 Oc­to­ber, and it will enter in­to force on 1 Novem­ber. Large di­git­al plat­forms that of­fer core plat­form ser­vices...
01/11/2022
Com­mer­cial rent pay­ments in Ger­many
1. Gen­er­al over­view
27/10/2022
European data board re­com­mends re­form­ing leg­al frame­work for in­tro­duc­tion...
On 10 Oc­to­ber 2022, the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) ad­op­ted a state­ment on the design choices for a di­git­al euro from the pri­vacy and data pro­tec­tion per­spect­ive, stat­ing that its shares the...
12/10/2022
Com­mis­sion pro­poses land­mark new rules on li­ab­il­ity for AI sys­tems
On 28 Septem­ber 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pro­posed the draft AI Li­ab­il­ity Dir­ect­ive (AILD Draft) on ad­apt­ing non-con­trac­tu­al civil li­ab­il­ity rules to ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence as a po­ten­tial solu­tion...
12/10/2022
USB-type C Stand­ard for port­able devices in the EU
On 4 Oc­to­ber 2022, the European Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted a pro­posed law that means by the end of 2024, there will be one single char­ger for all mo­bile phones, tab­lets, di­git­al cam­er­as, head­phones, head­sets...
05/10/2022
2022 ‘Blue Guide’ – the up­dated EU product rules
On 29 June 2022 the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its re­vised ‘Blue Guide’ on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of EU product rules. For over 20 years, the Blue Guide has been one of the main ref­er­ence doc­u­ments...
30/09/2022
Ger­man Sup­ply Chain Act: Ger­man Fed­er­al Of­fice for Eco­nom­ic Af­fairs and...
The BAFA has pub­lished an ini­tial handout re­lat­ing to the Ger­man Sup­ply Chain Due Di­li­gence Act (LkSG). The tips on risk ana­lys­is are timely but go bey­ond stat­utory re­quire­ments. On 17 Au­gust 2022...
27/09/2022
European Com­mis­sion pro­poses new Cy­ber Re­si­li­ence Act
On 15 Septem­ber 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its pro­pos­al for a reg­u­la­tion on ho­ri­zont­al cy­ber­se­cur­ity re­quire­ments for products with di­git­al ele­ments. This draft of the Cy­ber Re­si­li­ence Act...
16/09/2022
CMS ad­vises in­ter­na­tion­al auto­mot­ive sup­pli­er Webasto on ac­quis­i­tion of...
Co­logne – Webasto Roof & Com­pon­ents SE, a glob­al auto­mot­ive sup­pli­er based in Stock­dorf near Mu­nich, has in­dir­ectly ac­quired all the shares in Car­lex Glass Lux­em­bourg S.A. by pur­chas­ing all the shares...
13/09/2022
UPC Rules of Pro­ced­ure go in­to force with judg­ments to be made pub­lic
The entry in­to force of the Rules of Pro­ced­ure is part of the fi­nal pre­par­a­tions for the United Pat­ent Court (UPC), which is cur­rently ex­pec­ted to start work in early 2023. After the bod­ies of the UPC...
22/08/2022
EU in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fice pub­lishes ap­proach for clas­si­fy­ing vir­tu­al...
With the ex­plo­sion in pop­ular­ity of Non-Fun­gible Tokens (NFTs) in re­cent years that has seen seem­ingly or­din­ary pic­tures of apes be­ing sold for tens of mil­lions of dol­lars, the EU In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty...