Commercial

contrast has a team of experienced commercial lawyers, advising and representing international and domestic companies, private and publicly-held, in all aspects of their business dealings

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Commercial law

contrast advises on the full range of commercial matters. We support multinational and domestic clients across all sectors in their strategic and high value business projects as well as in their day-to-day commercial law questions. We assist suppliers as well as customers in a B2B-context.

In all aspects of our commercial law practice, we provide pragmatic and realistic hands-on advice, based on a thorough understanding of our clients’ business needs and strategic interests.

Commercial contracts

contrast advises on commercial contracts across all sectors and covering the full business spectrum, including sale, supply, subcontracting, agency, distribution, commission, e-commerce, franchising, outsourcing, strategic and development cooperation, licensing, rent, loans, construction and the acquisition or leasing of commercial real estate. 

Our commercial contracting services include:

  • assisting our clients in the negotiation of their business dealings;
  • supporting our clients in settling or litigating their commercial disputes; and
  • providing in-house trainings on key aspects of commercial contracting.

Distribution

contrast is well-known for its experience in all aspects of distribution relationships. Relying on our expertise in Belgian and EU competition law, we assist our clients with all their distribution law related questions, including:

  • negotiating, drafting and advising on agency agreements, exclusive, non-exclusive and selective distribution (offline and online) agreements as well as franchise agreements;
  • setting up customized multi-jurisdictional exclusive, non-exclusive and selective distribution networks;
  • assisting clients with the termination of exclusive distribution agreements in the stringent Belgian law context; and
  • all distribution law-related litigation.

Franchising

contrast has particular experience in supporting franchisors with the roll-out of their franchise network in Belgium, assisting them in their strategic decision-making process as well as their day-to-day dealings with their franchisees.

Our involvement ranges from the pre-contractual phase up to the termination of the agreement, assisting our clients in out-of-court settlements or, where advisable or necessary, in litigation before court.

Given the strategic importance of location for franchise networks in the retail sector, contrast has developed a strong expertise in commercial lease agreements.

contrast is a member of the Belgian Franchise Federation.

Business law

Combining the experience of our Commercial team with that of our Competition & EU team and Corporate team, contrast drafts, negotiates and reviews commercial contracts and other commercial documents on a wide range of matters such as sale, supply and subcontracting, agency, distribution, commission, franchising, strategic and development cooperation, licensing, rent, loans, construction and the acquisition or leasing of real estate.

Our firm currently assists several companies in a variety of industries regarding all contractual aspects of their distribution and trade practices dealings.

The lawyers have a good balance of dedication and technical skills and are able to find the necessary solutions.

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Commercial litigation

Our aim is always to help our clients to avoid litigation. We regularly negotiate amicable settlement arrangements having regard to the client’s commercial objectives and the legal and reputational risks at stake.

In case litigation is unavoidable, contrast has a broad experience in litigation, including in seeking and defending summary proceedings. We act for clients in a variety of areas, including unfair trade practices, distribution law and commercial disputes of a contractual nature.

We are very active in competition law litigation before various national and international jurisdictions. Our expertise in competition law matters, combined with our track record in handling complex litigation, have resulted in many major companies turning to contrast for litigation support in the competition law field. We assist in M&A-related disputes and litigation involving director and auditor liability, and have been involved in a number of high-profile criminal and civil litigation cases both in Belgium and internationally.

Several team members have national and international arbitration experience, whether it be by representing clients in institutional or ad hoc arbitrations or by acting as arbitrators.

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