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Consumer Goods and Retail

The value of our consumer goods and retail sector comes from offering commercially sound advice across the full range of legal issues affecting those participating in these markets in Mauritius and other African countries. 

Companies operating in today's global consumer goods and retail sector must adapt to an increasingly competitive environment and at the same time navigate an ever more complex array of regulatory requirements. Understanding and complying with these requirements is an integral component of strategic growth, from R&D through to manufacturing, marketing and distribution. 

We are focused on providing clients with advice based on in-depth sector knowledge, local experience and international best practice. We represent a broad spectrum of clients in this field ranging from large local conglomerates to international companies. 

Experience has included advising:

  • IBL Ltd (BrandActiv) in connection with distribution agreements with international companies such as L’Oréal, Johnson & Johnson and others.
  • A multinational FMCG group in relation to all aspects of distribution agreements including assistance in relation to disputes arising therefrom.
  • Volailles et traditions on the launch of a new brand in the poultry industry, including regulatory, IP, distributorship advice.
  • Winners, the largest supermarket chain in Mauritius, on various ongoing issues
  • Fashion Retail S.A., a Spanish company in online sales of clothing, apparels and accessories targeting Mauritius and the legal and regulatory aspects of online sales, including consumer protection issues.

Plastic Ban In Mauritius

As from 15 January 2021, the Environment Protection (Control of Single Use Plastic Products) Regulations 2020 (the “Regulations”) came into operation and banned the importation, manufacture, possession, sale, supply and use of not less than 10 non-biodegradable single use plastic products. These restrictions form part of the Government’s 2020-2024 program to make Mauritius a plastic-free country.