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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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    CMS Con­sumer Products Glob­al Bro­chure

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    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,...
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    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...