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Distribution law

Eversheds Sutherland represents and advises domestic and foreign manufacturers, service providers, independent distributors and commercial agents.

Our lawyers work closely together with their clients framing their legal positions, as well as offering counsel and assistance during the processes of creating, amending, or winding-up contractual relationships. In addition, we represent our clients both judicially and extra-judicially, and especially in arbitration proceedings.

Our experts at Eversheds Sutherland put their emphasis on compliance issues within the field of distribution. At present there are numerous challenges when dealing with matters concerning Purchasing and Sales due to the intertwining of antitrust, competition and criminal laws. A wide range of practices, which were considered standard practices only a few years ago, are now, not only frowned upon, but for the most part even sanctioned with considerable fines based on criminal laws on corruption.

Thus, terms and conditions, purchase and sales conditions, incentive-regulations for third parties, provisions-and price agreements, fixing favourable purchase and sales prices, as well as several other terms of both large and small undertakings, constantly are in the focus of the attention of cartel, civil and criminal judges.

Eversheds Sutherland supports you to successfully overcome those challenges while maintaining a profitable business at the same time.

Examples of our expertise:

  • Consultation of international fashion labels and creation of their franchise contracts and terms and conditions
  • Preparation of terms and conditions for leasing companies in both fields - B2B and B2C
  • Creation of commercial agents- and agency contracts for internationally operating undertakings within the consumer goods industry
  • Compliance training events for purchase and sales- employees in various industry- and trading ventures