International Commercial Contracts
One of the key practice areas of LALIVE is international commercial contracts. The firm provides advice and assistance to establish, develop or amend complex contractual structures, including joint ventures, at the domestic and international levels.
Lawyers specialising in this area have wide experience in various types of contracts, including sale and distribution contracts, franchise, license and concession agreements, construction and industrial engineering contracts, agency agreements, government contracts and Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) projects.
Services also include advice on related questions such as taxation and anti-trust and competition law issues. In light of constant changes in the legal regime governing this complex field, LALIVE also has a dedicated team which is involved in the drafting of national statutes on competition law so as to ensure compliance with international standards. The team also provides advice in this area, including prohibition of horizontal and vertical agreements (or hard cartels), merger control, state aids and abuse of dominant position.
The firm regularly deals with international commercial contracts subject to foreign law, in close cooperation with local attorneys where required. Indeed, many of the firm's lawyers are non-Swiss nationals or have been legally trained outside Switzerland. In addition to Swiss law advice, foreign law advice is available for Argentinian, American, Canadian, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian and Spanish law matters.
Partners of LALIVE regularly contribute their knowledge and experience in this area through active participation in working groups and experts groups on international commercial contracts, including the expert team of the ICC's Commission on Commercial Law and Practice (CLP), which develops the ICC Model Contracts in various fields of commercial law, such as the ICC Model Distributorship Contract and the ICC Model International Sale Contract.
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