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Competition and distribution law

The economic law department supports businesses in designing, drafting, negotiating and implementing their commercial and industrial contracts and policies. The wide-ranging experience of our lawyers allows the commercial team to adopt a pragmatic approach based on in-depth knowledge of their clients’ business sectors.

As a multi-facetted discipline, economic law covers all fields of national and European law, in connection with the client’s business activities : contract law, competition law, distribution law, consumer laws, data protection, advertising laws, intellectual property laws, product and service compliance.

From the start of the project to the supply of services and products, we offer contractual support that is adapted to the development of both national and international transactions. Partnerships, Research & Development, supply, subcontracting, general terms and conditions, pricing policy, provision of services, outsourcing, distribution networks, electronic commerce, etc… the economic law department provides varied and customised solutions that are adapted to French and European legal and regulatory constraints and remain in line with business Ethics and Compliance.

With its pragmatic approach, the commercial law department :
• advises businesses on relations with their suppliers, their clients (b2b and b2c) and their competitors, and
• assists them before the courts, before the French and European competition authorities, and in their relations with public authorities and Agencies (DGCCRF, CNIL, Customs, DGA, SBDU, DIRECCTE etc.).

Skills

CONTRACTS
• Drafting and assistance with contract negotiations in compliance with commercial law rules,
• Monitoring contractual performance and termination of contractual relations

COMPETITION
• Anti-trust practices : cartels, abuse of a dominant position, abuse of economic dependence
• Protection against parallel (gray market) imports
• Unfair competition
• Concentration and joint ventures

DISTRIBUTION AND SUPPLY
• Contracts
• Crisis management and litigation
• Restrictive trade practices and unfair practices

CONSUMER LAW
• Promotional campaigns
• Comparative advertising, unfair advertising, price advertising
• Distance selling
• Door-to-door sales, unfair clause

COMPLIANCE AND REGULATORY
• Product compliance & safety
• Data protection and privacy (French and EU regulations)
• Export control
• Document management

BUSINESS ETHICS
• Good practices : Code of conduct, code of ethics
• Anti-corruption and anti-money laundering regulations

TRAINING
• Training and awareness programs for operational teams on contractual techniques, competition related risks, Compliance regulations, negotiations in the field of large-scale distribution...

The department’s reference sectors

Aeronautics, Aerospace, Defence
Banking, Insurance
Biotechnologies, Life Sciences, Agribusiness
Communication and advertising
Energy, Infrastructures
Retail industry
Car industry
Leisure, gardening, tooling
Pharmacy, Paramedical
Tourism
Audiovisual
Medical equipment