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Commercial law in France

Our team based in Paris is an active member of our international consumer goods and retail team. They combine local technical and cultural expertise with an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities for consumer goods companies and retailers across the region having acted for many international retailers worldwide. They can add real value and business benefits by sharing local best practice and proactively highlighting issues to watch for, and opportunities, for you.

We regularly act on the design, drafting, implementation, enforcement, roll-out and termination of distribution agreements, franchise agreements, master franchise agreements, development agreements, umbrella agreements, and sub franchise agreements, agency, joint ventures, concessions and IP licensing agreements all around the world.

We advise on a broad range of contractual arrangements from high value, long term strategic arrangements to more day to day operational agreements and standard forms including:

  • advice on commercial/consumer law
  • advice on rules relating to billing, invoices & discounts
  • assistance regarding supply issues or of non-payment of goods or services
  • consumer law and advertising law
  • drafting of terms and conditions of sale/purchase including ensuring compliance with French law
  • global supply arrangements
  • agency and distribution
  • outsourcing and off-shoring
  • joint ventures and strategic partnerships
  • facilities management arrangements
  • consumer facing documents
  • e-procurement systems and documentation

As regards managing risk, we regularly handle and assist with disputes that range from non-compete and intellectual property protection injunctions, to the termination of agreements (including longstanding commercial relationships), both domestically and internationally. When a dispute turns to Court, we combine our commercial and distribution law expertise with that of our litigation colleagues, to provide a seamless service. We also provide practical advice on dispute avoidance when relevant.