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Consumer Products

The consumer products sector is by its nature fast-moving and diverse, and CMS has extensive industry experience and understanding of the issues relevant to your business. We can quickly assemble cross-border teams to ensure that you are provided with high quality legal and tax advice.

The CMS Consumer Products Sector Group has advised clients on all aspects of consumer product law, including:

  • Health and Safety issues
  • Product liability, product recall
  • Competition, compliance
  • Litigation, collective redress
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Distribution, agency, franchise
  • Media and advertising
  • Regulatory matters

Tailor-Made Services

CMS’ Specialist Consumer Products Group brings together experts from throughout the firm, all focused on providing tailor-made services to the consumer products sector. We have acted on behalf of clients in a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Food and Drink
  • Cosmetics, Personal Care
  • Clothing, Accessories
  • Electronics
  • Retail Industry
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