This document outlines how agents, distributors, and sales representatives are treated different under Spanish Law. It also describes exclusivity and non-competition provisions, choice of law, special tax considerations for businesses, and international conventions. It also provides several useful Spanish websites. Prepared by: DS Advocats.
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Conference coordinator assists fully with the development of conferences, trade shows and events along with venue planning, hotels, restaurants and recent corporate events. A Spain guide is also available. Resource available in Spanish and English.
Spanish business newspaper published by the Madrid based business group "Negocios". The group publishes a magazine (Dinero) and owns a radio station (Intereconomia). Searches can be executed by date or keyword. The site is in Spanish only.
Regulatory Agency Sites
The Audiovisual Council of Catalonia (CAC) grants titles that enable audiovisual communication in Catalonia. They ensure that regulations are complied with and legislation on the protection of children and adolescents are complied with also. The CAC issues reports to the Parliament and they also promote self-regulation measures in the audiovisual sector. Resource available in Catalan, Spanish (Castellano), and English.
The Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the capital markets sector of the Spanish Financial Services Industry. The site contains information on the markets, listed companies, and investment firms.
The General Directorate of Insurance and Pensions is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the insurance and pension sectors of the Spanish Financial Services Industry. The site contains information on the sector and investment professionals in it as well as an area to file any regulatory concerns. Available in Spanish only.
The Medicines and Health Products Agency evaluates and authorizes medicines for human and veterinary use. They continuously monitor the safety and efficacy of medicines, as well as license and inspect pharmaceutical laboratories. The Agency also fights against illegal drugs and counterfeit health products.
The Ministry of Health regulates the healthcare industry by developing benchmarks for medical sanitation, goods and services. It also manages the budget for Spain's various public health facilities.
The National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) specializes in aerospace research and technology development in Spain. INTA also provides technical assessment and services to other agencies or technological companies. They act as a technological center for the Ministry of Defense. Resource available in English, Spanish, and the other nationally recognized languages of Catalan, Basque, and Galician.
The Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) serves as a mediator between disputes among operators of the communication sector. The CMT also ensures funding of operators, and they take measures to safeguard consumers and operators in the telecommunication industry.
A pdf document describing how to do business in Spain with emphasis on the infrastructure, economic climate, domestic market, the European Union, and legislation on foreign investment and regulations. The document breaks down each topic in great detail, providing valuable information for prospective businesses.
Monetos is an international research and information portal that aims to create a communicative platform within the European arena for the social and private financial sectors. The site provides information on insurance, investment, financing, and pensions for the following countries: Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain. Also included in the service section are professional and practical guides on steps to take when moving to a country in the European Union.
Spain Business USA offers a wealth of information that cover numerous aspects of the Spanish business environment. These topics include an economic overview of Spain, various trade statistics, market information, investment in Spain, events, trade shows, Spanish Companies, and a general overview of Spain.
ACC1Ó is an organization based in Barcelona with the objective of enhancing the business environment for companies in the region of Catalonia. The site provides a wealth of information about technology, infrastructure and innovation in Spain. Resource available in English, Spanish, and Catalan.
Information of the Spanish Canary Islands. It has a database as well as several publications on population, labor, services, etc. (In Spanish only)