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In a legal environment where the rules are increasingly numerous and restrictive, you have to manage the commercial risks relating to your activity. For this, you have to protect yourself in your relations with both your customers and your suppliers. Managing these contractual relationships in accordance with the specific nature of your sector, and also with your own methods of operation, is therefore a necessity. Not only do you need fast and reliable legal answers, but these must be tailored to the context in which you are working. With 17 lawyers working in commercial law, we are able to deal with the specific features of your sector and profession which affect your practices.

Our teams are able to deal with all your commercial law issues, whether you are an actor in industry, large-scale distribution, the hotel and leisure industry or transport and logistics. We support you in the safe implementation of your commercial strategies, especially your operations for the transfer or reorganisation of tangible and intangible assets (assistance in negotiations for the purchase/sale of goodwill and drafting of deeds), the structuring and management of your commercial networks (assistance in the choice and introduction of distribution networks, assistance in the conclusion and follow-up of contracts: concession, franchise, commission-affiliation, etc.) and the conclusion and strengthening of your commercial and industrial partnerships, with regard to commercial contracts, supplier-distributor commercial relations and vice-versa.

We also help you manage your subcontracts, ensuring that you are protected, and draw up your purchase or sale contracts, distance, off site or in situ. We can help and advise you in the management of disputes that could arise with your suppliers, customers or competitors (settlement, mediation, procedure).

Finally, our publications and training also ensure that you are kept up to date with the latest legal and regulatory developments that concern you.

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Distribution law
Distribution networks today are increasingly dense and are being built in a highly competitive environment. The legal rules that must be followed when

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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...
13/09/2022
UPC Rules of Pro­ced­ure go in­to force with judg­ments to be made pub­lic
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22/08/2022
EU in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fice pub­lishes ap­proach for clas­si­fy­ing vir­tu­al...
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02/08/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial...
Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence Reg­u­la­tion, the meta­verse as a work­place In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world. The emer­gence...
27/07/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 3 - Data pro­tec­tion chal­lenges, the...
Part 3 - Data pro­tec­tion chal­lenges, the im­port­ance of cy­ber­se­cur­ity, ad­vert­ising reg­u­la­tion in the meta­verse In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world...
19/07/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 2 - Trade­marks and copy­right, NFTs...
Part 2 - Trade­marks and copy­right, NFTs and civil law prin­ciples in the meta­verse In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world. In the meta­verse, trade in vir­tu­al...
13/06/2022
Up­dated CMS Ex­pert Guide to Trade Secrets
From pat­ents to pro­grammes, designs to data, your most valu­able busi­ness as­sets can be the things you can’t put un­der lock and key. But what leg­al re­course do you have to pro­tect these in­tan­gible as­sets...
10/06/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide on rising raw ma­ter­i­al prices in France
1. Have spe­cif­ic le­gis­lat­ive or reg­u­lat­ory pro­vi­sions been ad­op­ted by the Gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to the in­crease in the price of raw ma­ter­i­als? No spe­cif­ic le­gis­lat­ive or reg­u­lat­ory pro­vi­sions have...
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07/06/2022
Trade secret laws and reg­u­la­tions in France
Gen­er­al 1. Has the Dir­ect­ive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil of 8 June 2016 on the pro­tec­tion of un­dis­closed know-how and busi­ness in­form­a­tion (trade secrets) against their...
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26/05/2022
Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
“Schrems II”: Opin­ions of the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies on Schrems II and re­com­mend­a­tions on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the judge­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the Court of Justice...
12/05/2022
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
20/04/2022
Rus­sia’s latest re­sponse to West­ern Sanc­tions – an af­front to In­tel­lec­tu­al...
One of Rus­sia’s re­sponses to the mount­ing West­ern sanc­tions for its in­va­sion of Ukraine has been to un­der­mine the pro­tec­tion af­forded to West­ern in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty rights. On 5th March 2022, the...