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.).
Handles filings for major M&A transactions. Frequently appears before French and European authorities in litigation concerning cartels, abuse of dominance and horizontal restraints. Also noted for its strong distribution practice. Particular experience of railways and luxury goods.
Chambers Europe 2014