Distribution law

Our law firm is highly specialised in all matters relating to national and international distribution law. Distribution for companies takes place at all levels and affects all economic sectors. National distribution law is regulated in §§ 84 ff. HGB. In the international sphere, the Commercial Agents Directive, which applies throughout the EU, should be mentioned in particular. Distribution law distinguishes between the distribution of goods, the distribution of services and the distribution of insurance, building society and financial services. In the case of intermediaries, a rough distinction is made between commercial agents and authorised dealers, with the special forms of commission agents, franchisees and employed travellers. In insurance, building society and financial services distribution, a distinction is made above all between the insurance agent, often the owner of an agency, and the insurance broker. We advise commercial agents, authorised dealers and other sales intermediaries across all sectors on all issues relating to termination, assertion of book statement rights, commission claims and compensation claims, and assist in enforcing justified claims, if possible out of court and if necessary in court. Likewise, in distribution law we advise and represent companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, in defending themselves against unjustified claims. We examine the national and international legal situation in cross-border contractual relationships and assist in the drafting and evaluation of distribution agreements. Dr Riemer is co-editor of the three-volume standard work “Küstner/Thume, Handbuch des gesamten Vertriebsrechts”, treasurer of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Vertriebsrecht” (German Association for Distribution Law), gives annual lectures on commercial agent and authorised dealer law for the VDMA and has been active in the field of national and international distribution law for many years in an advisory and publishing capacity.