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As a player in the consumer products sector, you face a myriad of challenges such as globalisation and digitalisation, environmental and health concerns, supply chain management, consumer and media pressure, growing retailer buyer power, the rise of online selling and counterfeiting. All place new demands on your management and business strategy but also drive the need for legal advice. Our pan-European team is structured around the key sectors of consumer products including cosmetics, clothing, electronics, health & beauty, food & drink, retail, household equipment and manufacturing. Whether you are a supplier, investor, regulator or other stakeholder, we have consumer products experts to help, whatever your situation.

In order to give you the targeted legal advice your business needs, our teams have experts from every legal area affecting your sector. This means we can guide you on all legal and regulatory aspects - from the financing and acquisition of companies, through to antitrust and unfair competition law, media management, nutritional and health claims, advertising and marketing, strategies for the protection of intellectual property rights, data protection, outsourcing, distribution agreements, real estate transactions, product recalls and much more. Our experts will keep you abreast of the latest sector insight and developments, giving you a commercial, as well as a legal, edge.

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31 July 2020
An­nu­al Re­view 2019 – 2020
We are liv­ing in tur­bu­lent times, char­ac­ter­ised by polit­ic­al, cli­mate and health crises. The most acute of these – the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic – has clearly shown how in­ter­con­nec­ted our eco­nom­ies are: travel, com­merce and sup­ply chains world­wide have been im­pacted. No in­di­vidu­al or busi­ness has re­mained totally un­af­fected by it.As a glob­al or­gan­isa­tion, with a pres­ence in key busi­ness hubs around the world, we are wit­ness­ing the im­pact of the pan­dem­ic firsthand. Our teams in Asia, Europe, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica are help­ing cli­ents deal with this un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation. Un­fold­ing in dif­fer­ent in­tens­it­ies in dif­fer­ent parts of the world at dif­fer­ent times, our teams are in the for­tu­nate po­s­i­tion of be­ing able to con­nect with and learn from each oth­er. This en­ables us to sup­port our cli­ents in a mean­ing­ful way, listen­ing to and un­der­stand­ing their con­cerns and provid­ing them with busi­ness-rel­ev­ant ad­vice that draws on in­sights from our ex­perts world­wide.In this crisis, we, as a so­ci­ety, are at a cross­roads. What is cer­tain is that for in­di­vidu­als and busi­nesses (ours in­cluded) there will be no ‘back to busi­ness as usu­al’. Things need to (and will) change. How we shape the ‘new nor­mal’ is up to us. In this An­nu­al Re­view, we look at some key de­vel­op­ments that are in­creas­ingly im­pact­ing busi­ness suc­cess. Com­pan­ies need to take these in­to con­sid­er­a­tion when ad­apt­ing their op­er­a­tions to the new busi­ness en­vir­on­ment.The months ahead will be chal­len­ging for us all. Busi­nesses will need to think stra­tegic­ally and po­s­i­tion them­selves for suc­cess in the new nor­mal. We at CMS see it as our task to guide our cli­ents through this chan­ging busi­ness land­scape.Mat­thi­as Licht­blau (Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or) Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill (Chair­man) Duncan We­st­on (Ex­ec­ut­ive Part­ner) CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
20 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to can­nabis law and le­gis­la­tion
Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on can­nabis law and le­gis­la­tion? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
19 March 2020
Help for busi­nesses in dis­tress due to COV­ID-19
The Gov­ern­ment and Bank of Eng­land have an­nounced a num­ber of schemes and meas­ures to sup­port busi­ness dur­ing the “Cov­id-19 shock”. The de­tails are be­ing de­veloped but what is known so far is sum­mar­ised...
6 July 2020
Ad­vert­ising in a time of crisis
In this re­port, we have in­vest­ig­ated the key im­pacts of the cur­rent crisis on the ad­vert­ising in­dustry. We have con­sidered from both ends of the spec­trum – both the im­pact on brands and ad­vert­isers but also on pub­lish­ers and me­dia own­ers across vari­ous ch
18 March 2020
COV­ID-19: UK Gov­ern­ment’s tax and fin­an­cial re­lief meas­ures
The fo­cus of the UK Gov­ern­ment’s 2020 Budget last week was provid­ing sup­port to busi­nesses dur­ing the COV­ID-19 out­break. At the time, the £12 bil­lion COV­ID-19 re­lief pack­age an­nounced seemed ground-break­ing,...
26 June 2020
The Lat­in Amer­ic­an GC: Rising to the chal­lenge
The first CMS Gen­er­al Coun­sel re­port in the Lat­in Amer­ica re­gion, “The Lat­in Amer­ic­an GC: Rising to the chal­lenge”, ex­plores the de­vel­op­ment of the Gen­er­al Coun­sel role and how the world in which...
17 March 2020
ASA rules that Profit Ac­cu­mu­lat­or matched bet­ting ads were ir­re­spons­ible
On 11 March 2020, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) con­cluded that two posts which ap­peared on the of­fi­cial In­s­tagram ac­count of Profit Ac­cu­mu­lat­or Ltd (“Profit Ac­cu­mu­lat­or”) were ir­re­spons­ible....
22 June 2020
The Lat­in Amer­ic­an Gen­er­al Coun­sel
The first CMS Gen­er­al Coun­sel re­port in the Lat­in Amer­ica re­gion ex­plores the de­vel­op­ment of the GC role and how the world in which GCs work im­pacts them
16 March 2020
In­junc­tion awar­ded for rights of light in­jury: 7 things you need to know...
The High Court has de­clared in Beau­mont Busi­ness Centres Lim­ited v Flor­ala Prop­er­ties Lim­ited [2020] that a prop­erty own­er is en­titled to an in­junc­tion against a City de­veloper who breached its rights...
24 March 2020
Joint activ­it­ies with oth­er FM­CG sup­pli­ers dur­ing Coronavir­us
13 March 2020
Gambling Com­mis­sion Agrees Re­cord £11.6m Set­tle­ment with Bet­way
On 12 March 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) agreed a re­cord £11.6m reg­u­lat­ory set­tle­ment with Bet­way Lim­ited (“Bet­way”) in re­la­tion to its fail­ure to im­ple­ment ad­equate so­cial...
28/02/2020
Anti-Wastage and Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy Law
Our law­yers sum­mar­ize the main de­mands of the anti-wastage and cir­cu­lar eco­nomy law in France. Dis­cov­er their ana­lyzes.