Agency & Distribution: Cancellation & Termination

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Russell Advocaten Amsterdam

Different rules apply to the termination of agency agreements and distribution agreements. What should you pay attention to if you want to cancel an agreement? What are your rights if your agreement is cancelled?

Agency and distribution agreements usually run for a longer period of time. But what happens if the parties no longer want to continue working together? For example, if a producer discovers that it is more profitable to sell directly to customers. Or if a principal has been dissatisfied with the results achieved by the agent for some time. And what if the distributor also sells a competitor’s products against all agreements? Can the agreement be terminated just like that? Or is there a notice period for that? How long is that term then? And does it matter whether it concerns an agency agreement or a distribution agreement?

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