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Manufacturing and Distribution

Manufacturing and distributing products and consumer goods as a core national activity can succeed only with solid and comprehensive legal advice. Germany is a leader when it comes to manufacturing and exporting. “Made in Germany” is a sign of quality – this applies also to the legal system.

As a leading exporter, Germany puts great emphasis on the high quality of its products and services. This plays a pivotal role in the success of German companies – both domestically and globally – and their stellar reputation. This focus on quality extends also to Germany’s distribution channels.

The organizational and technological aspects of a corporation are often critical to its success. This applies even moreso if subject to regulatory provisions. Heightened consumer protection laws, and increasingly complex regulations, increase manufacturers’, exporters’, importers’, and retailers’ need for legal advice. We advise each of these players in the distribution channel, including on anti-trust issues.

Realizing that even the best-manufactured or designed product may cause damage or injury, we advise our clients on minimizing this risk. Advising on legal risks associated with the manufacture, design, and packaging of products, including product safety issues, the wording of product labels, and defending product liability claims are just as much part of our expertise as is advising on the setting up of a risk management system.

We also litigate and arbitrate to defend product liability claims, including mass tort claims.

Representative Clients

We represent well-known large and medium-sized manufacturers and suppliers of brand-name goods and services, as well as wholesalers and retailers. These include, for example:

  • International confectionery manufacturer
  • Global manufacturer of soft drinks
  • International toy manufacturer
  • International battery manufacturer
  • One of the largest international financial service companies
  • A traditional and one of the world’s best-known camera manufacturers
  • One of Germany’s major optical companies
  • Retailer in the home and furnishing sector with over 500 stores as well as a large online store