Gide advises clients on organising their distribution networks (franchises, selective and exclusive distribution, commercial agents) and on setting up and ensuring that their trading practices comply with national and EU rules (general terms and conditions of sale, invoicing, severance of trading relations, loss leading, etc.).
We are frequently instructed on these issues and represent clients before the commercial and criminal courts as well as during unfair competition litigation with regard to disparagement, disruption, and free-riding.
Our lawyers' in-depth knowledge additionally covers all areas of consumer law and, in particular, the interpretation and application of the provisions of consumer protection law (abusive clauses, market launches and product withdrawals, etc.) as well as advertising and sales promotion law (comparative and misleading advertising, cross-merchandising, tie-in sales, pricing practices, etc.), in general and specialist sectors alike (alcoholic beverages, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, etc.).
The competition and international trade team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. demonstrates strength across a broad span of competition law and regulatory issues. Such matters include vertical restraints, merger control, abuse of dominant position, cartels and private enforcement. The group’s client portfolio features a number of household names, primarily from the food, energy, financial services, transport, retail, luxury goods, banking and media sectors. The team is headed by compliance program implementation expert Dimitri Dimitrov, competition authority proceedings specialist Emmanuel Reille, complex merger operations advisor Franck Audran and Laura Castex, who brings her investigation experience to the table.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022