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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.

Keeping you up to date

This is a priority for CMS. We create comparative law products covering a wide range of jurisdictions to help you prepare for legal and business opportunities, along with thought leadership initiatives, e-guides and know-how programmes on key commercial issues.

Check our latest CMS Expert Guides to e-signatures in commercial contracts, force majeure, payment term legislation and autonomous vehicles.

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CMS hosts regular webinars to help your teams stay in touch with regulatory discussions and new legislation affecting your business across your national markets. This popular format gives you interactive access to business-critical knowledge without having to leave your office.

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22/07/2020
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
27/03/2020
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
25/07/2019
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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27/01/2022
CJEU rul­ing poses threat to the sta­bil­ity with­in the EU of judg­ments is­sued...
On 6 Oc­to­ber 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) is­sued a rul­ing in which it found that the sys­tem of ap­point­ing state court judges in­tro­duced by Po­land in 2018 in­fringes EU law (Case...
27/01/2022
Un­fair Trad­ing Prac­tices in the Agri-Food Sup­ply Chain in CEE: a new state...
The func­tion­ing of the food sup­ply chain has been sub­ject to ana­lys­is by the European Com­mis­sion (the Com­mis­sion) since 2008. One of the main find­ings was the ex­ist­ence of im­bal­ances in bar­gain­ing power...
26/01/2022
The most im­port­ant changes to the Act on Medi­cines: What should phar­ma­ceut­ic­al...
An ex­tens­ive amend­ment to the Act no. 362/2011 Coll. on medi­cines and med­ic­al devices entered in­to force on 1 Janu­ary 2022. The amend­ment also im­ple­men­ted the EU Reg­u­la­tion 2017/746 on in vitro dia­gnost­ic...
25/01/2022
Re­ima­gin­ing CEE: EU Tax­onomy re­port­ing has be­gun for banks and busi­nesses...
Wel­come to the first edi­tion of our ‘Re­ima­gin­ing CEE’ series, reg­u­lar Law-Now e-alerts dis­cuss­ing ESG-re­lated up­dates with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the im­pact on busi­nesses across Cent­ral and East­ern...
24/01/2022
Pub­lic­a­tion Or­der rubs Salt in Prys­mi­an’s wounds
Or­ders for the dis­sem­in­a­tion of judg­ments in IP in­fringe­ment claims are a well-known rem­edy and have been used in a num­ber of prom­in­ent in­fringe­ment cases in re­cent years. However, the use of such or­ders...
21/01/2022
Ro­mania marks fresh start for con­sumer sales and war­ranties
On 1 Janu­ary 2022, new rules on con­sumer pro­tec­tion entered in­to force in Ro­mania with Gov­ern­ment Emer­gency Or­din­ance no. 140/2021 on cer­tain as­pects con­cern­ing con­tracts for the sale of goods (GEO 140/2021)...
21/01/2022
Court rules op­er­a­tion of “VIP” pro­cure­ment lane un­law­ful but re­fuses de­clar­at­ory...
The most re­cent ju­di­cial re­view chal­lenge to be brought and heard against the Sec­ret­ary of State for Health and So­cial Care (the “SoS”), this time in the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court, con­firms...
20/01/2022
New na­tion­al visas for highly qual­i­fied for­eign na­tion­als
In the past, many em­ploy­ers faced a num­ber of ad­min­is­trat­ive obstacles and form­al­it­ies that dis­pro­por­tion­ately pro­longed the time taken be­fore an ex­pert from abroad could start work in Slov­akia. Typ­ic­ally...
20/01/2022
UAE leg­al re­forms – new UAE Com­pan­ies Re­gister
In­tro­duc­tion - 2021 Re­forms In Q4 2021, as part of its 50th Year An­niversary, the UAE an­nounced some of the broad­est changes to its leg­al land­scape in many years. It also in­tro­duced ma­jor prac­tic­al changes...
20/01/2022
Five myths about the Ger­man Sup­ply Chain Act
The Ger­man Act on Cor­por­ate Due Di­li­gence Ob­lig­a­tions in Sup­ply Chains (Sup­ply Chain Act or SCDDA) has been passed. Its ob­ject­ive is to get com­pan­ies to in­cor­por­ate hu­man rights and en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion...
18/01/2022
What will be the res­ult of the planned changes to the La­bour Code?
The ba­sic prin­ciple of the La­bour Code—namely, that work­ing con­di­tions should be fair and sat­is­fact­ory—will be sup­ple­men­ted by a new re­quire­ment. Work­ing con­di­tions will have to be not only fair and...
13/01/2022
Neth­er­lands to is­sue new rules on price re­duc­tion an­nounce­ments
As the EU now mod­ern­ises and tight­ens up con­sumer-pro­tec­tion rules with the 2019 is­su­ance of the Om­ni­bus or Mod­ern­isa­tion Dir­ect­ive, which con­tains rules for the an­nounce­ment of price re­duc­tions, the...