AREAS OF INTERVENTION
BUSINESS LAW is called by many names: Commercial Law, Corporate Law, etc., or it may apply only to some branches of this broad topic, so Company Law and Banking Law are specialized branches of Business Law.
On this basis, our firm provides the following services :
- Advice for shop owners and craftsmen either in the stage of creating their business, in the life of their business, either individually or if applicable, supporting their company in the event of difficulty: disputes with suppliers or customers, financial difficulties putting the survival of the company at risk (reconciliation with creditors, class action suits, etc.)
- Consulting and support for brokers, commercial agents, commissioners, and independent workers
- Sale of business goodwill or exclusive business leases
- Disputes arising from business leases: attempts at termination by the lessor (putting the survival of the business goodwill at risk), disputes with the lessor pertaining to a revision of the rent amount, performing certain construction required for the business, total or partial despecialization of the rented premises, total or partial subletting, etc.
- Competitivity Law: your company (whether it is large or small) may be the victim of unfair (therefore, illegal) competition, including fraudulent agreements, abuse of a position of power, abusive operation of a status of economic dependence, unfair competition, selling at a loss in order to unfairly eliminate a competitor, etc.
- Distribution Law: selective distribution, exclusive distribution, franchising, etc., writing up contracts (or disputes arising from the execution of these contracts), exclusive purchase contracts, assistance and supply contracts, selective distribution contracts, exclusive transfer contracts, franchise contracts, consolidation agreements for purchases or sales, etc.
- Business Penal Law: this covers infringements of the rules of public order determined by commercial laws, which by their seriousness would also constitute a penal infraction, which is most often punished by a fine or by a complementary penalty (for example, prohibition from running a business for several years), or more rarely, by a detention penalty (imprisonment, which may be a suspended sentence). Examples of infractions: theft, extortion, blackmail, swindling, skullduggery, public auction fraud, breach of confidence, forgery, usage of forged documents, concealment, money laundering, corruption, traffic of influence, favoritism and taking illegal advantage, infractions relating to corporate accounts (failing to establish corporate accounts, failing to present corporate accounts to the general assembly, etc.), infractions relating to profit-sharing, penal liability of external auditors (main culprit or accomplice), trading fraud (insider trading, false market information, price manipulation), stock exchange fraud (insider fraud, failure of disclosure of information to the public, failure to comply with price setting), illegal exercise of banking business, infractions relating to checks and bank cards, misleading advertising and commercial practices, abuse of weakness or of ignorance, aggressive commercial practices, refusal to sell or provide services, tax fraud, etc.
- Paper instruments: disputes pertaining to bills of exchange, promissory notes, “Dailly” forms, disputes relating to the assignment of credit claims (if one loan has been transferred two or more times)
- Commercial bills: pledges, warrants, business collateral, material and tool collateral, individual entrepreneur and spouse protection (declaration of non-seizability, EIRL)
- Bankruptcy Law: bankruptcy prevention measures, class-action suits, backup procedures, legal redress, simplified legal redress, professional recovery, liability and sanctions (manager liability for insufficient assets, personal bankruptcy, etc.)
- Liability of certain regulated professions: legal administrators, legal contracting authorities, legal experts, external auditors.