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The distribution of goods is the backbone of all economies. Our multi-disciplinary team advises on a wide range of aspects of distribution relationships.

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We have proven expertise assisting manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and franchisors across diverse industries and sectors.

Our team assists entities of all sizes ranging from local representatives of foreign multinationals to more specialised small, mid-sized and bluechip companies in structuring all types of agency, distribution and franchise arrangements.

We are active in many areas including drafting and reviewing distribution, franchise and agency agreements as well as licensing agreements, and all related documentation such as general terms and conditions. We also advise on ongoing relationship matters during the term of the contracts and counsel clients on enforcement and termination issues arising under the contracts. This includes the handling of disputes and related litigation.

Our team has broad experience in the creation of distribution networks including franchising, concession and agency. Furthermore, we advise on safeguarding against possible risks of insolvency by the co-contractor through bankruptcy or liquidation.

We also touch on various other facets of the franchise and distribution law such as consumer protection, real estate, planning and permits, litigation, IP, EU and competition law. Teamwork with other specialists in our firm ensures an integrated and cohesive approach to every case.

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07.11.2019 NL law
Symposium 'From Stint to Fipronil: a compensation fund for victims of energetic government intervention in crisis situations

Seminar - Stibbe is organising a symposium in Amsterdam on Thursday 7 November entitled 'From Stint to Fipronil: a compensation fund for victims of energetic government intervention in crisis situations'. During this symposium, Stibbe lawyer Tijn Kortmann and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, alongside other experts,  will speak about the compensation fund which, according to van Vollenhoven, injured parties should be able to call upon if a decision by the government turns out to be too drastic.

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06.06.2019 NL law
Masterclass: Alcohol- en drugstesten op de werkvloer

Masterclass - Stibbe in Amsterdam organiseert op 6 juni de masterclass 'Alcohol- & drugstesten op de werkvloer'. Tijdens deze masterclass bespreken arbeidsrechtexpert Johan Zwemmer en privacydeskundigen Frederiek Fernhout en Judica Krikke het algemene verbod van de Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens op deze testen voor werkgevers en leggen zij onder meer uit hoe hiermee moet worden omgegaan.

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24.05.2019 NL law
European regulatory initiatives for online platforms and search engines

Short Reads - As part of the digital economy, the rise of online platforms and search engines raises all kinds of legal questions. For example, do bicycle couriers qualify as employees who are entitled to ordinary labour law protections? Or should they be considered self-employed (see our Stibbe website on this issue)? The rise of online platforms also triggers more general legal questions on the relationship between online platforms and their users. Importantly, the European Union is becoming increasingly active in this field.

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02.10.2019 NL law
Politie aansprakelijk voor schietpartij Alphen aan den Rijn

Short Reads - De politie is aansprakelijk voor de schietpartij in een winkelcentrum Alphen aan den Rijn in 2011. Dat oordeelt de Hoge Raad in zijn arrest van 20 september 2019 (ECLI:NL:HR:2019:1409). Bij deze schietpartij vonden zes mensen de dood en raakten zestien mensen gewond. De dader doodde ook zichzelf. Nabestaanden van dodelijke slachtoffers, slachtoffers die gewond raakten en winkeliers spreken de politie aan tot schadevergoeding. Zij voeren aan dat de politie de vergunning voor de wapens die de man gebruikte, niet had mogen verlenen.

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04.06.2019 NL law
Dutch Supreme Court clarifies evidentiary rules concerning signatures and signed documents

Short Reads - In two recent decisions, the Dutch Supreme Court has clarified the evidentiary power of signed documents. If the signatory unambiguously denies that the signature on the document is his or hers or claims that another party has tampered with the signature (for instance, through forgery or copying a signature from one document and pasting it in another), it is up to the party invoking the signed document to prove the signature's authenticity (ECLI:NL:HR:2019:572).

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02.10.2019 NL law
Dutch national police service liable for unlawful granting of firearms permit

Short Reads - In a recent decision (ECLI:NL:HR:2019:1409), the Supreme Court has decided that the Dutch national police force is liable for damage suffered by victims of a shooting which took place in a shopping centre in 2011; an event that shocked the Netherlands. The Supreme Court held that the police had unlawfully granted a permit for the firearms used in the shooting.

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06.06.2019 NL law
Masterclass: Alcohol and drug testing in the workplace

Masterclass - Stibbe will host a masterclass entitled 'Alcohol and drug testing in the workplace' on 6 June in Amsterdam. During this masterclass, employment law expert Johan Zwemmer and privacy experts Frederiek Fernhout and Judica Krikke will discuss the Dutch Data Protection Authority's general prohibition of these tests and discuss whether and how employers should implement.

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27.05.2019 EU law
One year of GDPR - The regulatory warm-up

Short Reads - The first year of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") is over. Although early noises predicted an entirely new data protection regime, the European legal framework did not change substantially, the major changes being an expansion of the territorial scope to non-EU countries and stronger powers of enforcement. In spite of fears and rumours of immediate enforcement and huge fines, most regulators focused on helping companies achieve compliance, or they enforced without directly imposing fines.

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24.04.2019 BE law
REACH 2.0: eenvoudiger maar meer controles?

Articles - Op 5 maart 2018 publiceerde de Europese Commissie haar bevindingen van de tweede REFIT evaluatie van de REACH-verordening. Al bij al zijn de resultaten positief. Toch is er ruimte voor verdere verbetering, vereenvoudiging en lastenverlichting. Deze REFIT-suggesties worden volop in de praktijk gebracht. Voorts is een nieuwe Europese dienst, EUCLEF, in de maak. Deze gegevensdienstverlener zal via licentieverlening gegevens leveren inzake de manier waarop chemische stoffen gereguleerd zijn op Europees niveau.

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