Strategic Operations, Agreements and Regulation

Our business is taking care of your business.

Our internationally recognized Strategic Operations, Agreements, and Regulation (SOAR) team provides practical, commercially relevant advice informed by a deep understanding of suppliers, customers as well as other stakeholders along the entire supply and value chain, including regulators.

We help clients move their business forward.

Our team of more than 50 lawyers in multiple jurisdictions helps clients develop successful business models, foster strategic relationships, navigate complex regulations, and anticipate and manage risks. 

We bring to bear extensive experience evaluating purchasing or distribution structures, restructuring business operations, digitizing supply chains, launching e-commerce platforms, introducing AI solutions, facing regulatory issues, or implementing sustainability objectives.

We advise regarding commercial, distribution and foreign trade law, as well as product-related regulations along the entire supply and value chain. Clients turn to us to coordinate and run major projects across the globe; many of the matters we work on have a cross-border, regional, or global element. JUVE Handbook praises the team’s ability to provide “extensive support of major international projects, especially for major international clients.”

A client in Chambers Europe noted: “They’re extremely good. They display brilliant teamwork and their strategies are very pragmatic. They are very good on tactics and they work fast, all with a good sense of humor which is always very refreshing.”

Our industry sector experience and knowledge distinguishes us. 

We advise clients across a wide range of industries, including: Aerospace & Defense; Automotive; Consumer; Diversified Industrials; Financial Institutions; Food and Beverages; Industry 4.0; Life Sciences, Health Care & Pharma; Technology, Media & Telecommunications; and Transport and Logistics.

Representative experience

Advise on commercial contracts of all kinds (including R&D, manufacturing, purchase, sale, distribution, marketing, advertising, transport and logistics, cooperation, leasing, and licensing).

Advise on framework agreements, standard contracts, and general terms and conditions.

Advise on drafting (including digital contract creation), revision, negotiation, and conclusion of contracts.

Advise on smart contracts.

Advise on cross-border contracts, international sales and commercial law, and localization of contracts into national law.

Advise on differences of major legal systems (including civil law versus common law).

Advise on contract management and the termination of commercial contracts.

Advise on introduction and restructuring of supply chains and introduction and restructuring of distribution systems (including selective distribution and franchise).

Advise on creation and launch of e-commerce platforms and design of web shops, including terms and conditions, and relevant online policies.

Advise on national and international consumer protection law, online distribution and e-commerce, and platform business requirements.

Advise on national and international regulatory requirements for manufacturing, purchasing, sale, distribution, marketing, advertising, transport and logistics, as well as on foreign trade law.

Advise on regulatory processes regarding market access, including type approval and certification requirements, as well as breaches of regulatory requirements.

Advise on dealing and communication with authorities and other actors in the supply chain, including consumers with respect to regulatory requirements.

Advise on interface of regulatory requirements and contract drafting.

Advise on codes of conduct.

Advise on legal assessment of the operative business, contractual relationships, and regulatory requirements in due diligences.

Advise on drafting, revision, and negotiation of transaction-related commercial contracts.

Advise on out-of-court disputes with contractual partners and authorities and associated settlement agreements.

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