DVDW Advocaten

Giving businesses greater certainty

Put simply, the retail sector is concerned with the supply of goods and services to consumers, and encompasses manufacturers and suppliers of consumer-related products and services.

Market conditions are currently challenging, due to factors such as low and falling consumer expenditure and the pressure on margins caused by rising commodity prices. Although the economic crisis of recent years has taken a substantial toll on the retail sector, there are still ample opportunities for achieving growth. For instance, retailers and suppliers are increasingly joining forces to boost their strength, putting them in a better position to influence the market and their margins. Mergers, takeovers, joint ventures and more extensive forms of co-operation are some of the ways in which the parties can take advantage of market conditions. But they may also seek to benefit from innovation, digital developments and the internet.



DVDW Advocaten has built up a great deal of experience of working for parties in the retail sector through involvement with mergers and takeovers. We have also been involved in organising a variety of different types of co-operation arrangements between retailers and suppliers, as well as company restructuring and insolvencies in the sector. So we have witnessed how and why retailers and their results are under such pressure, giving us a clear understanding of retail businesses and the challenges that they face. Thanks to our knowledge and experience, we can offer these businesses exactly the assistance that they require.


Benefit from our expertise

  • All kinds of co-operation agreements
  • Mergers, takeovers and joint ventures
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • International issues, particularly retail matters related to Germany (through the German Desk)
  • Employment law issues in relation to reorganisations
  • IT-related agreements, including all kinds of contracts relating to online stores
  • General terms and conditions
  • Employment contracts, regulations and collective bargaining agreements

Key contact Retail sector



Theo Hanssen


Retail sector

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