International Trade & Commercial law

Our experienced team of International Trade Lawyers are experts in all areas of Corporate and Commercial law.

We are accessible and responsive, taking a commercial and proactive approach to business law.

We understand that businesses operate in a global economy. Whether you are a UK business exporting or importing your products and services, an overseas business investing in Spain or overseas, an individual with interests abroad, we can offer you the legal support you need to succeed.

We are a leading sector law firm with experience of advising overseas clients.

Trading businesses need to import and export goods and services in accordance with international trade law.

We help businesses navigate complex international trade law and cross-border challenges.

Our expertise includes assisting in International Contracts (Sale of goods, Distribution, Agency), regulatory requirements for import/export, Incoterms, Customs regulations, Documentary credits, transport-related issues, among others.

Areas of focus

Our international trade team can assist with all business issues connected to inward investment and cross-border trade. Our internacional trade services include the following:

 

  • International Commercial contracts: sale, agency, distribution, franchise, leasing of business premises, and other commercial contracts.
  • Banking Law. Negotiation of means of payment.
  • Documentary Credits. UCP600 (The Uniform Customs & Practice)
  • INCOTERMS
  • Customs regulation and procedures
  • Parent Companies, Subsidiaries, Branches & Permanent Establishments
  • International dispute resolution including international arbitration and choice of jurisdiction/courts.
  • Trade disputes including sector-based disputes concerning tariff breaches.
  • Regulatory requirements for imports/exports including consumer law, product liability, obtaining approvals and engagement with regulators.
  • Supply chain and country of origin implications for registration, labelling and taxation.
  • Maritime & Air carriage of goods
  • Due diligence
  • Litigation
  • Out-of-court debt collection procedures
  • Company Formation
  • Drafting of Articles of association, Shareholders’ agreements; Registration; Drafting of Company Acts, Modification of Articles of Association

We also offer Personnel Training courses in International Trade. With our assistance your company will be more effective and productive. Examples of the courses available include: Incoterms 2020; International Financing; Operative Letters of Credit etc.

 

International Trade & Contract Law

We advise you on the ideal distribution channel, such as Agents or Distributors, to increase sales while minimizing the risks. We are experts in negotiation and tailor-made services no matter what size your enterprise. We are able to help you draft international contracts such as Buying and selling, Distribution and Agency, avoiding standard clauses and adhesion contracts.

Agency contract

The best way of negotiating and drafting them to fulfil the domestic and UE legislation; resolution of controversies derived from their cancellation (client compensation, damages, etc). Applicable law and clauses of jurisdiction.

Distribution contract

Timely direct sales to shops, points of sale or distributors can be optimized by signing distribution agreements. The legal framework within which the commercial relationship is developed will mark a successful future. We advise you on the need to include protection clauses of Brand image, samples, prices etc.

International arbitration

The commercial arbitration has turned into a rapid and effective instrument to solve commercial controversies. We advise on the inclusion of the best “clause of arbitration” in the international contract, the election of the Court of Arbitration and the language for the most effective outcome in the event of litigation.

International commercial transactions: Import/export

Advice and evaluation of the different types of ICC Incoterms 2020 depending on the goods and the means of transport. The election of the Incoterms between the parts, which it does not affect the transmission of property regulated in contract, will be relevant at the time of clarifying determinant points of the operation: the delivery of the goods, the transmission of risks, the division of the expenses between buyer and seller, and obligation of submission of customs documents. We help you to solve possible conflicts with clients or providers when the goods do not fulfil the specifications of the contract of sale, or that show complete or partial damages from origin or destination.

Financing means of payment and insurance: The main litigations in the international commercial world stem from the absence of entire or partial payment of the goods. At CPM LAWYERS we are aware that the management of the risks and to assure payment is the main concern of companies. For that reason, we inform you of the safe payment means for your sales or purchases, as well as the best mode of finance for the operations. Our team is up to date of the main financial products and lines of financing, public or private.

Operative of Documentary Credits

In their different forms – irrevocable, revolving, confirmed, Standby – and possible disputes that stem from the absence of fulfilment of the parts. Factoring, Forfaiting, as well as the financing management with official support, like the Credits FAD (Fund of Development aid). Credit lines to the import, Factoring, Leasing, Confirming. Documentary Credits, emission of cheques, guarantees and bails.

Insurances

For the exportation and import of products, in ideal conditions in accordance with the insured operation, analysing coverage and election of the best option of insurance for your commercial operations.

Customs

Legal advice in procedure and submission of documentation and tariffs. We can assist with the procedural performance in order to minimize controversies before customs authorities. We will appeal Customs Resolutions in both, previous administrative claim and contentious-administrative procedures. We deal with the most common actions such as the contesting of customs fees, discrepancies of over-quota tariff and claims against resolutions of the PIF.

International Taxation

Contracts. VAT. Companies Tax. Double Taxation Agreement.

 

International Transport and Logistics

Maritime transport is to a great extent the most used method of transportation for international trade. We advise our clients on the operations and steps to be taken.

We also have experts in the road freight transport sector, to which the convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR) applies, along with transport by rail and by air.

We advise our clients to solve and to avoid disputes between freight forwarded, consignees and other logistic operators. In extrajudicial stage we contact all the agents involved with the aim to solve the claim as amicably as possible while avoiding claims of long duration and doubtful result.

We help our clients to carry out the steps and necessary documents in the international trade. From advising on Customs tariffs, international VAT, exportation licenses and other negotiations of commercial transit within the EC or with third countries. We act on behalf of clients before authorized consignees (bonded houses) and intervene for the tariff’s payment (excise duties) and any other payment of taxes or public valuations for exportation movements, inside the European Union.

 

International Debt Collection

CPM LAWYERS can represent you in all manner of debt collection, at both the judicial and out-of-court stages.

We are committed to the fast and cost-effective resolution of disputes for individuals and business clients. Our litigation lawyers will handle your matters efficiently with a practical and commercial approach.

In CPM LAWYERS we aim to solve the commercial disputes of non-judicial process in order to avoid long and costly procedures.

We carry out the claim through the extrajudicial route, in an amicable way, in the country of the client and in their language.

However, when necessary, we provide a high-class litigation in court service to our clients.

We offer personal and direct advice, and when necessary, we take the case to the competent courts. We work in a rapid and effective way against the person, physical or juridical, with whom our client has outstanding debts, always understanding their needs and bearing in mind that these disputes require a rapid resolution.

We are provided with such instruments as European Order for Payment procedure or the European Small Claims Procedures, which improves the procedure of claiming within member countries of the European Union. In order to prevent the non-payments from remaining unsatisfied, there is the possibility of urging precautionary measures to assure the goods in the countries where the dispute should be addressed, requesting the preventive embargo and ultimately, we urge on the recognition and execution of judgments and arbitral awards.

 

Litigation


CPM LAWYERS provides comprehensive domestic and international litigation, arbitration, mediation & ADR services for a timely and efficient resolution of disputes.

We are committed to the fast and cost-effective resolution of disputes for individuals and business clients. Our litigation lawyers will handle your matters efficiently with a practical and commercial approach.

In CPM LAWYERS we aim to solve private & corporate disputes of non-judicial process in order to avoid long and costly procedures.

We carry out the claim through the extrajudicial route, in an amicable way, in the country of the client and in their language.

However, when necessary, we provide a high-class litigation in court service to our clients.

 

Arbitration, Mediation and ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

CPM LAWYERS offers domestic and international arbitration services tailored to help clients for a timely and efficient resolution of disputes.

We recommend our clients to choose the arbitration path in their businesses when possible to save costs and time when disputes arise, e.g, in a contract.

 

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