Commercial and trade law

Whether brick and mortar or e-business: as the first and last links in your value chain, procurement and sales are often the decisive success and risk factors. Successful procurement and sales are not least dependent on long-term and legally certain contractual relationships. Commercial and distribution law is thus crucial for the success of your business.

Comprehensive and international commercial and trade law consulting

Rödl & Partner has many years of experience in all areas of commercial and trade law. We assist you in designing procurement, marketing and sales processes that are not only legally certain, but future-oriented, flexible and internationally sustainable.
We advise national and international companies from all industries on how to structure relationships with distributors and enforce their rights under trade law. In doing so, we assist you through every step of the distribution process – from production to sale to end customers. The core areas of Rödl & Partner's expertise is the automotive supplier industry and product liability issues. Alongside legal representation in claims cases, our task within commercial and trade law is to provide preventive support in the form of risk and damage mitigating contractual terms and operational processes.   

Especially in the “export nation” Germany, relationships with distributors are often set in an international context. Here our clients can take advantage of the added value provided by Rödl & Partner' global reach, where the structuring of complex international commercial relationships is rendered by us and our colleagues worldwide from a single source.


Our trade and distribution law services include

Trade law consulting

  • Distribution strategies
  • Review of distribution structures
  • Assistance in the set-up of new distribution networks and locations
  • Legal review of marketing concepts and actions
  • Anti-trust and competition law

Contract drafting and review

  • Procurement and distribution contracts
  • Selective distribution systems
  • E-commerce
  • License and franchise agreements
  • Sales representative and dealer contracts, including termination and processing
  • Industry-specific contract drafting (product development contracts, tooling framework contracts, life-time contracts, consignment stock contracts, quality assurance contracts etc.)

Product and safety defects liability

  • Warranty law
  • Liability under product liability law
  • Duties under product safety law
  • EU product safety regulations
  • Assistance in product recalls and product warnings
  • Representation before German and EU courts authorities 



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Frank J. Bernardi


+49 6196 7611 4714

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