Distribution agreements in the proposal for a new Commercial Code

Over the last decades, there have been several attempts to build a comprehensive legislation for distribution agreements in Spain. However, pressure of interest groups and the wide divide between suppliers and distributors in various sectors (most notably, the automotive industry) thwarted all efforts to enact distribution legislation.

This may soon change with the proposal for a new Commercial Code, expected to be approved sometime next year and to enter into force mid-2015. It covers a wide range of corporate, commercial, competition and IP matters, and dedicates a specific section to distribution agreements as one of many forms of so-called "collaboration agreements".

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