Distribution Law

International distribution

Our main focus in distribution law is to support our clients in establishing distribution relationships and setting up distribution systems at home and abroad. In addition to cross-industry experience, we have special expertise and sensitivity for legal issues related to the distribution of sophisticated technological products and services.

With our strong international focus, we support German companies in the d preparation and establishment of distribution structures abroad, especially in the USA and Canada. Conversely, we advise companies from all over the world on the establishment of distribution structures in Europe Germany.

Franchise law and franchise systems


Advice on franchise law for franchisees and franchisors. Drafting of franchise agreements and ancillary agreements in the franchise relationship. Support of foreign franchise systems in establishing themselves in Germany.

Overview of our expertise in franchise law.


Competition law aspects in distribution


While the regulations of the GWB are applicable to distribution agreements without a foreign connection, distribution agreements with a foreign connection are subject to harmonized European competition law. Particularly relevant in the area of distribution law are Section 101 (1) TFEU and various exemption regulations, in particular Regulation (EU) No. 330/2010 on the application of Article 101, paragraph 3 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) to categories of vertical agreements and concerted practices (so-called vertical BER).

Areas of focus:

  • Territorial protection and sales restrictions: Exemption of certain provisions in distribution agreements on territorial protection and sales restrictions from Art 101 (1) TFEU within the scope of Regulation (EU) No. 330/2010 (Vertical Block Exemption Regulation).
  • Protection of competition and non-competition clauses
  • Selective distribution

In our practice in franchise law, we successfully assisted a franchise system from the food sector in entering the German market.

Distribution law
Lawyers in distribution law

Lawyer | Specialist in international business law