Commercial and distribution law
Contracting and structuring
Our team provides advice and assistance in structuring your distribution model, taking into account all relevant legal and tax aspects. We will help you develop and negotiate all types of distribution agreements, including (master) franchise, supply, (exclusive) distribution, licensing, agency and concession agreements. This also covers advice on important disclosure and other pre-contractual requirements and on rights and obligations upon termination of such agreements. Our services include drafting of supporting and ancillary documents (e.g., non-disclosure, non-compete or guarantee agreements). Besides the abovementioned distribution related agreements, we can also assist you with the preparation of a wide range of commercial aspects and agreements in your day-to- day business.
Whenever you need advice on terms and conditions of business (B2B or B2C relationship), promotional documents and actions, sales procedures or trade practices, our team will bring you hands-on solutions. We can also draft and negotiate your advertising or sponsoring agreements.
Consumer relationships require special attention, taking into account the wide variety of consumer protective regulations. In this respect, our team guides you through requirements regarding publicity and advertisements, product presentation, packaging and labeling, sales methods, health and safety regulations. They also advise on liability issues regarding defective products and hidden defects.
Our lawyers provide advice on compatibility of distribution agreements with EU and national competition law. We check the (draft) agreements for clauses or practices that may qualify as unfair competition, refusal of sale, restraint of trade or discriminatory practices. We can help you safeguard your position against unfair practices conducted by your competitors and defend your rights and interests in case of a lawsuit brought by a competitor or measures taken by the authorities.