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Consumer Products

United Arab Emirates

For manufacturers and retailers alike, success in the consumer products sector means driving innovation as well as facing the myriad challenges that come with changing regulatory frameworks, competitive pressures, new technologies, and engaging in emerging markets.

Our advice is informed by an in-depth understanding of the sector and covers all critical opportunities and challenges for your business, including globalisation, online marketplaces, supply chain management, growing retail buyer power and increasing consumer pressure and media scrutiny. All place new demands on your management and business strategy, but also drive the need for commercially astute legal advice. Whether you are a supplier, investor or other stakeholder, we have sector specific experience in transactional, regulatory and contentious matters.

Our international team is structured around the key sectors of consumer products including cosmetics, clothing, electronics, health & beauty, food & drink, retail, household equipment and manufacturing. We provide a comprehensive legal and regulatory service 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 more. Our experts will keep you informed of the latest sector insight and developments, giving you a commercial, as well as a legal, edge.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Con­sumer Products in UAE
Kaz­ar Foot­wear on the grant of a fran­chise li­cence to Land­mark Group for the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of its products across the Middle East.Pay­less Shoe­source on its fran­chise ar­range­ments in the Middle East and Libya.A lux­ury car man­u­fac­turer on vari­ous dis­tri­bu­tion ar­range­ments in the UAE.An FM­CG pack­aging busi­ness on its ac­quis­i­tion of a UAE based con­sumer products pack­aging busi­ness.Diageo on vari­ous reg­u­lat­ory mat­ters in Middle East and North Africa.An in­ter­na­tion­al food group on its dis­tri­bu­tion ar­range­ments in the UAE.A con­sor­ti­um of private equity in­vestors con­sist­ing of Ad­vent In­ter­na­tion­al, IFC, FMO, DEG and Turk­ven PE on their sale of a ma­jor in­de­pend­ent car rent­al com­pany in Tur­key to Mit­subishi Cor­por­a­tion.Please down­load the print ver­sion be­low.


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