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As a player in the consumer products sector, you face a myriad of challenges such as strong competition, globalisation and digitalisation, legislative changes, environmental and health concerns, volatile commodity prices, 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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The group's experience encompasses a variety of corporate and private equity transactions combined with expertise in IP matters, product launches, packaging work and the related regulations. Ranked Tier 2 for Food in The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

"CMS advises on the tax and legal aspects of operating in the retail/consumer products sector."

The Legal 500, 2019

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    Automotive

    CMS has automotive specialists with a wide experience in the automotive industry. We know what is going on in the sector and can give you personalized advice and assistance.

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    Product Liability

    Sooner or later it happens to every businessman: a party you are dealing with fails to fulfill his obligations. Even if you manage to get that party to do so in the end, you will still be confronted with costs which will not be compensated for.

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    25 February 2019
    Dis­rup­tion 2.0 – here we go again
    Wheth­er you are con­cerned or ex­hil­ar­ated, the age of AI is here – from vir­tu­al as­sist­ants, to driver­less vehicles and fric­tion­less shops. CMS’ latest re­port uses ex­tens­ive con­sumer re­search and a sur­vey of busi­ness lead­ers to ex­plore AI tech­no­lo­gies and the new cus­tom­er jour­ney, the chal­lenges of im­ple­ment­ing AI, and the con­sumer at­ti­tudes that will ul­ti­mately shape its fu­ture.Key themes arising from the re­search in­clude:Data, trust & eth­ics in AI – why re­tail­ers and con­sumer or­gan­isa­tions may need AI eth­ics boardsCon­sumer read­i­ness - why age is keyAI skills short­ages in con­sumer or­gan­isa­tionsHow AI might ac­tu­ally re­in­vig­or­ate, not hurt, the high-streetLeg­al & reg­u­lat­ory con­cerns - from the com­pet­i­tion as­pects of dy­nam­ic pri­cing to GDPR in auto­mated de­cision mak­ing.If you would like a hard copy of the at­tached re­port please con­tact Mael Habell-Aili.
    Feb 2019
    Elec­tric vehicles and char­ging in­fra­struc­ture
    560340ht­tps://me­dia.cmsleg­al.com/me­dia/em­bed?unique_key=923b2bd­cb10e5df3393a11a3ff0cdc48&width=720&height=405&auto­play=false&auto­light­soff=false&loop=false&clean1al­wayseznode://501981The up­take of elec­tric vehicles (EVs) has soared in re­cent years (al­beit from a very low base), with jur­is­dic­tions such as Nor­way and The Neth­er­lands cur­rently lead­ing the pack. However, in or­der for a coun­try to be­come a glob­al EV lead­er, it is vi­tal to con­sider all as­pects of EV ad­op­tion, from reg­u­lat­ory frame­works which en­dorse the rol­lout of EVs, to the speed and avail­ab­il­ity of char­ging in­fra­struc­ture (in­clud­ing in­ter­op­er­ab­il­ity), as well as in­cent­ives for com­pan­ies and con­sumers.The growth in EVs presents a num­ber of op­por­tun­it­ies for in­vestors, the most sig­ni­fic­ant of which are pro­jec­ted to be in pub­lic EV char­ging net­works and cor­por­ate fleets. There are a num­ber of path­ways open­ing up for the de­ploy­ment of EV in­fra­struc­ture. At present, it is un­clear as to which busi­ness mod­el(s) will suc­ceed, with di­verse range cur­rently be­ing pur­sued by char­ging in­fra­struc­ture pro­viders and in­vestors, each of which has dif­fer­ent ap­proaches in terms of rev­en­ue streams, de­mand risk, loc­a­tion and speed of char­ging.The fu­ture of char­ging in­fra­struc­ture is just around the corner, with ori­gin­al equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs) such as BMW and Vaux­hall already launch­ing EV mod­els that can be powered wire­lessly.In ad­di­tion, the use of hy­dro­gen fuel cell vehicles may provide an al­tern­at­ive, once the tech­no­logy is more com­mer­cially ma­ture, with de­vel­op­ments in hy­dro­gen re­fuel­ling tech­no­logy un­der­way in Cali­for­nia, China, Ger­many, Ja­pan and South Korea.This re­port is one of four sup­ple­ments, ex­pand­ing on the find­ings of our 2018 Con­nec­ted Fu­ture re­port and our 2017 CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex. The 2019 In­fra­struc­ture In­dex will be avail­able at the end of 2019.
    June 2019
    CMS Con­sumer Products Glob­al Bro­chure
    As lead­ing ad­visers to the con­sumer products sec­tor, we help com­pan­ies cre­ate, de­liv­er, and sell their goods, pro­tect­ing their in­nov­a­tion and mar­ket po­s­i­tion every step of the way. We work with top FM­CG, fash­ion & lux­ury, house­hold goods, and food & bever­age com­pan­ies, as well as re­tail­ers.

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    24 March 2020
    Joint activ­it­ies with oth­er FM­CG sup­pli­ers dur­ing Coronavir­us
    20 April 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to a Leg­al Roadmap to Can­nabis
    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...
    17/03/2020
    While doc­tors fight COV­ID-19 au­thor­it­ies battle fraud, price hikes and...
    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...
    06/03/2020
    Coronavir­us – Pro­tect­ing against sup­ply chain dis­rup­tion when ship­ping...
    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...
    28/02/2020
    De­liv­ery prob­lems and the coronavir­us: force ma­jeure or not?
    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,...
    31 January 2020
    Con­sumer Products News­let­ter
    In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty and Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion law
    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,...
    22 January 2020
    CMS as­sists Mosa Meat B.V. in ac­ces­sion by in­vestors Nu­treco and Lower­car­bon...