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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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CMS ad­vises CMP Ger­man Op­por­tun­ity Fund III on ac­quis­i­tion of meat and...
CMP Ger­man Op­por­tun­ity Fund III, a private equity fund ad­vised by Ber­lin-based private equity firm CMP Cap­it­al Man­age­ment-Part­ners, has ac­quired the busi­ness op­er­a­tions of GETI WIL­BA GmbH & Co. KG. GETI WIL­BA man­u­fac­tures meat and frozen food products...
20 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to a Leg­al Roadmap to Can­nabis
Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on can­nabis law and le­gis­la­tion? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
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...
24 March 2020
Joint activ­it­ies with oth­er FM­CG sup­pli­ers dur­ing Coronavir­us
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...
June 2019
CMS Con­sumer Products Glob­al Bro­chure
30 March 2020
Food and hy­giene in the coronavir­us crisis
We out­line the hy­giene meas­ures that Ger­man pro­duc­tion and trade should take and why a state­ment from the Ger­man Fed­er­al In­sti­tute for Risk As­sess­ment in­spires cau­tious con­fid­ence. Food pro­duc­tion and...
May 2013
CMS Con­sumer Products Group
24 February 2020
Or­gan­ic food products face new reg­u­lat­ory chal­lenges
Nat­ur­al­ness is as­so­ci­ated with sim­pli­city. Foods that are sim­pler and less pro­cessed are per­ceived to be “bet­ter”. This may be one of the reas­ons why the de­mand for or­gan­ic cer­ti­fic­a­tion is on the...
17 February 2020
Opin­ion on stand­ard con­trac­tu­al clauses: more a com­pli­ance head­ache than...
A re­cent non-bind­ing Opin­ion of the Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al has sig­nalled that the stand­ard con­trac­tu­al clauses can con­tin­ue to be used as a safe­guard for trans­fer­ring per­son­al data out­side the EEA. However,...
30 January 2020
New European rules for on­line plat­forms
A new Reg­u­la­tion, known as the Plat­form to Busi­ness Reg­u­la­tion or the On­line In­ter­me­di­ation Ser­vices Reg­u­la­tion, will come in­to force on 12 Ju­ly 2020. It ap­plies to on­line in­ter­me­di­ation ser­vice pro­viders,...
12 September 2019
UK food and cos­met­ic pro­du­cers to the EU to face new reg­u­la­tions after...
As Brexit draws near­er and with the like­li­hood of an un­reg­u­lated exit still not off the table, EU-27 com­pan­ies im­port­ing or selling food or cos­met­ics from Great Bri­tain face li­ab­il­ity risks if they con­tin­ue...