Home / Europe / Netherlands / Commercial

Commercial

As a business operating in today’s increasingly regulated markets, you need to manage your commercial risk while achieving your business objectives. Your success is built upon the effectiveness of your relationships with both customers and suppliers. Sector-specific contractual arrangements are key to this. Not only do you need the right legal answer, you need it in the context of the market in which you operate.

With over 350 lawyers across 33 countries, our multi-disciplinary teams are trained to understand the cultural and business variations impacting your commercial arrangements.

Commercial law focuses on the legal aspects of (inter)national trade. Contract law forms an important part of commercial law. In principle, you and your business partners are free to decide what you wish to agree to. However, there are certain rules that have to be taken into account.

We organise our teams around sectors and industries relevant to you, including financial services, manufacturing, automotive, consumer products, energy & climate change, hotels & leisure, infrastructure & projects, life sciences, supply and logistics, real estate & construction, technology, media & communications and sports.  Our webinar and knowledge services also ensure that you are fully up to speed on all legal and regulatory developments.

Whether you require advice on 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, distribution and franchise agreements, our specialists can guide you towards the best business outcome for you. 

They know the franchising practice very well.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

A significant global presence with a specific focus on Europe.

Chambers Global, 2020

They have good lawyers and they are well managed.

Chambers Global, 2020

The firm benefits from a "broad practice with strengths across a range of sectors and geographies," as well as valuing its ability to provide "partner-level service at all times."

Chambers Global, 2019

"They've been active in trying to understand our business and we're very happy with them."

Chambers Global, 2019

"The CMS group takes on the full range of M&A work and corporate governance matters in sectors including energy, life sciences, consumer products, financial services, and TMT."

The Legal 500, 2019

Choose area

Compliance
We identify the risks...It goes without saying that business enterprises (and their officers) always had to adhere to various rules. However, until re
Rolled up neck ties on shelves
Consumer Law
In the contractual relationship between consumers and businesses, different rules apply than those for contractual relationships between businesses th
Distribution & Franchising
Franchising is a form of distribution that is increasingly being chosen by companies. Franchising combines independent entrepreneurship for the franch
General Conditions
General Terms and Conditions are an indispensable tool for risk management. It is simply impossible to negotiate every transaction down to the very la
Innovation & start-ups
How do you turn a brilliant idea into a successful product or enterprise? And how do you make your innovation successful without putting much time and
infrastructures gare train rail transport mobilité 925x290
Transport Law
The mounting volume of European legislation in the area of transport is creating a new dimension for governments, shippers and carriers. Return logist
25/02/2019
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...
14/01/2019
The ten­sion between GDPR and the rise of block­chain tech­no­lo­gies
We live in an era of rap­id tech­no­lo­gic­al de­vel­op­ment. Though this provides hu­man­ity with amaz­ing op­por­tun­it­ies to en­hance our stand­ard of liv­ing, it also forces law­makers to work around the clock to ana­lyse...
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...

Feed

02/08/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial...
Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence Reg­u­la­tion, the meta­verse as a work­place In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world. The emer­gence...
27/07/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 3 - Data pro­tec­tion chal­lenges, the...
Part 3 - Data pro­tec­tion chal­lenges, the im­port­ance of cy­ber­se­cur­ity, ad­vert­ising reg­u­la­tion in the meta­verse In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world...
19/07/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 2 - Trade­marks and copy­right, NFTs...
Part 2 - Trade­marks and copy­right, NFTs and civil law prin­ciples in the meta­verse In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world. In the meta­verse, trade in vir­tu­al...
13/06/2022
Up­dated CMS Ex­pert Guide to Trade Secrets
From pat­ents to pro­grammes, designs to data, your most valu­able busi­ness as­sets can be the things you can’t put un­der lock and key. But what leg­al re­course do you have to pro­tect these in­tan­gible as­sets...
10/06/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide on rising raw ma­ter­i­al prices in Neth­er­lands
1. Have spe­cif­ic le­gis­lat­ive or reg­u­lat­ory pro­vi­sions been ad­op­ted by the Gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to the in­crease in the price of raw ma­ter­i­als? The Dutch gov­ern­ment has not ad­op­ted any le­gis­lat­ive or...
Comparable
26/05/2022
Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
“Schrems II”: Opin­ions of the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies on Schrems II and re­com­mend­a­tions on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the judge­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the Court of Justice...
12/05/2022
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
29/03/2022
Neth­er­lands: Force Ma­jeure - Hard­ship in re­la­tion to Con­flict and Sanc­tions
1. Is there le­gis­la­tion on war or re­lated sanc­tions in your leg­al sys­tem? Yes, the Sanc­tions Act from 1977 is frame­work le­gis­la­tion and forms the basis for im­ple­ment­a­tion of in­ter­na­tion­al and do­mest­ic...
Comparable
29/03/2022
Where’s my “NFT” gone? Po­ten­tial pit­falls of NFT own­er­ship
NFTs have re­ceived a lot of at­ten­tion in the last year, so much so that Collins Dic­tion­ary named “NFT” their word of the year for 2021. But it is worth not­ing that own­er­ship of an NFT of­ten ul­ti­mately...
11/03/2022
EU Opin­ion on the Pro­posed Product Safety Reg­u­la­tion
The European Com­mis­sion has put for­ward a pro­pos­al for a new re­freshed Reg­u­la­tion on product safety in line with the New Con­sumer Agenda (the “Pro­posed Reg­u­la­tion”). If passed in its cur­rent form...
09/02/2022
Com­mer­cial rent pay­ments in the Neth­er­lands
1. Gen­er­al over­view As a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, there have been many de­cisions re­lat­ing to the is­sue of com­mer­cial rent pay­ments in times of COV­ID-19 in the Neth­er­lands, most of them in in­ter­im...
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...