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Commercial law reaches into all sectors. It is at the core of every business. With over 400 commercial lawyers across 43 countries globally, our multi-disciplinary teams understand the cultural and business factors impacting your commercial arrangements.

In today’s increasingly regulated markets, operators have to manage commercial risk as they work towards their business objectives. Success depends on fruitful relationships with customers and suppliers, based on effective, sector-specific contracts. Wherever you operate, your business needs the right legal advice and support, based upon in-depth understanding of your specific markets.

We organise our teams around sectors and industries relevant to you, including financial services, manufacturing, automotive, consumer products, energy, hotels and leisure, infrastructure and projects, life sciences, supply and logistics, real estate and construction, technology, telecoms, media and sports.

Whatever advice you need, we can help you achieve the optimum outcome for your business. Whether for commercial contracts, supply services, e-commerce, IT or telecoms agreements, data protection, design and manufacturing, advertising, sponsorship and marketing, consumer sales, software licensing, outsourcing or sales, agency or distribution and franchise agreements, we aim to find the best solution for you.

If you want to discuss the commercial opportunities and challenges facing your business, we would be delighted to speak with you.

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22 July 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to e-sig­na­ture law in com­mer­cial con­tracts
 Di­git­al trans­form­a­tion af­fects all as­pects of a busi­ness’s op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing con­tracts, in­tern­al doc­u­ment­a­tion and em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ships. This trend has been ac­cel­er­ated by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic which has cre­ated the need for con­tact­less and
27 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to the law and reg­u­la­tion of force ma­jeure
 The laws on force ma­jeure dif­fer from coun­try to coun­try. Some coun­tries do not re­cog­nise the term force ma­jeure in law and there­fore con­trac­tu­al parties are free to reg­u­late its mean­ing between them­selves. In oth­er coun­tries, the law con­tains a spe
August 2020
CMS Com­mer­cial Glob­al Bro­chure
Com­mer­cial law reaches in­to all sec­tors. It is at the core of every busi­ness. With over 400 Com­mer­cial law­yers across 43 coun­tries glob­ally, we can help you across a range of Com­mer­cial is­sues in all...


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13 April 2021
The Fu­ture of Food: What makes Singa­pore an at­tract­ive des­tin­a­tion for...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. In­tro­duc­tion Singa­pore has a bur­geon­ing Ag­ri­FoodTech eco­sys­tem. As the first coun­try glob­ally...
12 April 2021
Two on­line op­er­at­ors giv­en sub­stan­tial pen­alty pack­ages fol­low­ing second...
The Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) re­cently an­nounced that it has taken fur­ther reg­u­lat­ory ac­tion against gambling op­er­at­ors Casumo Ser­vices Lim­ited (“Casumo”) and In­Touch Games Lim­ited...
12 April 2021
Gambling Com­mis­sion as­sess­ments res­ult in reg­u­lat­ory ac­tion against five...
On 30 March 2021, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished a state­ment giv­ing de­tails of en­force­ment ac­tion taken against five land-based casi­nos, which were all found to have failed to...
12 April 2021
EU Di­git­al Ser­vices Act gives new leg­al frame­work for plat­form eco­nomy
The European Com­mis­sion has is­sued the draft pro­pos­al for the Reg­u­la­tion on a Single Mar­ket for Di­git­al Ser­vices (Di­git­al Ser­vices Act or DSA), which cre­ates a new leg­al frame­work for di­git­al ser­vices...
08 April 2021
Rus­sia enters new stage in the re­form of state re­gis­tra­tion of leg­al en­tit­ies
On 26 April 2021, a fed­er­al law* will come in­to force in Rus­sia, amend­ing Fed­er­al Law No. 129-FZ “On State Re­gis­tra­tion of Leg­al En­tit­ies and In­di­vidu­al En­tre­pren­eurs” (the “State Re­gis­tra­tion Law”)...
08 April 2021
The Hill Re­port – a plan to re­vital­ise the UK cap­it­al mar­kets land­scape
Des­pite the pan­dem­ic and un­cer­tainty around the out­come of the US elec­tion, the volume of IPOs in the US mar­ket more than doubled in 2020, while the num­ber of IPOs on the Lon­don mar­ket also in­creased...
06 April 2021
Ro­mani­an law giv­ing im­pun­ity to tax-fraud­sters enters in­to force
On 4 April 2021, entered in­to force Law no. 55/2021, bring­ing modi­fic­a­tions to Law no. 241/2005 on the pre­ven­tion and fight against tax eva­sion. These modi­fic­a­tions were first pro­posed in 2017 and ap­proved...
06 April 2021
Ro­mania reg­u­lates new con­di­tions for food sup­ple­ments
On 30 March 2021, the Ro­mani­an Pres­id­ent pro­mul­gated Law no. 56/2021 on food sup­ple­ments, which reg­u­lates the con­di­tions for the ad­vert­ising and pla­cing of food sup­ple­ments on the mar­ket.  The Law also...
06 April 2021
Re­struc­tur­ing Plans – a power­ful new tool for re­struc­tur­ing lease li­ab­il­it­ies?
Des­pite the scale of the pan­dem­ic and res­ult­ing build-up of Cov­id re­lated rent ar­rears, cur­rently es­tim­ated at around £4.5bn, busi­ness re­struc­tur­ing has been re­l­at­ively muted. This is partly ex­plained...
06 April 2021
Ro­mania re­in­forces short-time work dur­ing pan­dem­ic
Ro­mania has ap­proved the Kur­z­arbeit Law (No. 58/2021), which re­in­forces the terms and con­di­tions of the ex­ist­ing short-time work scheme (known as “Kur­z­arbeit” in Ger­many) to help com­pan­ies cope with...
06 April 2021
Hun­gary de­clares it law­ful to col­lect in­form­a­tion that a work­er is pro­tec­ted...
The NAIH, Hun­gary’s data pro­tec­tion au­thor­ity, has is­sued a guid­ance on how em­ploy­ers can law­fully de­term­ine wheth­er an em­ploy­ee is pro­tec­ted against COV­ID-19. Em­ploy­ers must ad­apt their in­tern­al policies...
06 April 2021
EU is­sues draft of Di­git­al Mar­kets Act aimed at cre­at­ing a new and fair...
The European Com­mis­sion has pub­lished a draft pro­pos­al for a new com­pet­i­tion law frame­work for large on­line plat­forms, called the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). The Com­mis­sion pro­posed the DMA due to the...