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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
    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 (a
    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 &

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    Joint activ­it­ies with oth­er FM­CG sup­pli­ers dur­ing Coronavir­us
    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.
    15 September 2020
    European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment on Ver­tic­al Block...
    The Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment (SWD 2020 173 fi­nal) is the next step on the road to an up­dated VBER and cor­res­pond­ing guidelines. With the cur­rent VBER due to ex­pire on 31 May 2022, the Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment...
    17/03/2020
    While doc­tors fight COV­ID-19 au­thor­it­ies battle fraud, price hikes and...
    13 August 2020
    Sus­tain­able food pro­gress may close glob­al reg­u­lat­ory gap
    In­nov­a­tion in the sus­tain­able food sec­tor is for­ging ahead at a re­mark­able pace. Our cur­rent food sources ac­count for nearly one-third of glob­al GHG emis­sions while con­sumers are in­creas­ingly bet­ter edu­cated...
    06/03/2020
    Coronavir­us – Pro­tect­ing against sup­ply chain dis­rup­tion when ship­ping...
    02 July 2020
    EU agrees new class ac­tion re­gime for con­sumer dis­putes
    After a long gest­a­tion, on 30 June 2020 the Coun­cil of the EU pub­lished the text for the col­lect­ive re­dress dir­ect­ive (the “CR Dir­ect­ive”) (text avail­able here). This le­gis­la­tion is in­ten­ded to bet­ter...
    28/02/2020
    De­liv­ery prob­lems and the coronavir­us: force ma­jeure or not?
    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...
    22 January 2020
    CMS as­sists Mosa Meat B.V. in ac­ces­sion by in­vestors Nu­treco and Lower­car­bon...
    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...
    31 August 2019
    Con­sumer Products News­let­ter
    In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty and Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion law