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Spain: Agent, Distributor and Sales/Marketing Representative Laws in Spain - a Lexwork International Exclusive picture_as_pdf

This document outlines how agents, distributors, and sales representatives are treated differently 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 links to several useful Spanish websites. Prepared by: DS Advocats. Opens as a PDF. 

Government Resources

Main Government Page
Statistics Office
Central Banks
Stock Exchanges
Commerce Ministry
Export Promotion Agency
Investment Promotion Agency

Trade Shows

Conference Coordinator Spain assists fully with the development of conferences, trade shows, tourism, and events along with venue planning, hotels, restaurants, and recent corporate events. Information is provided on event management, business hotels, conference venues, and meeting rooms. A list of upcoming conferences in Spain is also available via the "popular pages" section.

News Sites

La Gaceta is a Spanish business newspaper published by the Madrid based business group Negocios. The group publishes a magazine Dinero and owns a radio station Radio Intereconomía. Searches can be executed by date or keyword. Only available in Spanish.

Regulatory Agency Sites

The Catalan Audiovisual Council (CAC) regulates audiovisual communication in Catalonia. The agency is tasked with the regulation and legislation of protecting freedom of speech and freedom of press. The CAC issues reports to parliament and also promotes self-regulation measures in the audiovisual sector. This resource has some English translations but is mostly in Spanish and Catalan. 

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. Only available in Spanish.

The Spanish Agency for Medicine and Health Products 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 in Spain regulates the healthcare industry by developing benchmarks for medical sanitation. It also manages the budget for Spain's various public health facilities. This resource is only available in Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician, and a limited amount of English.

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 and technological companies. The agency also acts as a technological center for the Ministry of Defense in Spain.

The National Securities Market Commission (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. This resource is available in Spanish with a limited English translation.

Other Resources

Spain Business USA offers a wealth of information that covers 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.

This PDF describes how to do business in Spain with an emphasis on the economic climate, domestic market, legal framework for business, and the Spanish tax system. The document breaks down each topic in great detail, providing valuable information for prospective businesses.

The Invest in Catalonia web portal has the objective of enhancing the business environment for companies in the region of Catalonia. The site provides a wealth of information about business opportunities, technology, infrastructure, and innovation in Spain.

The Canary Islands Statistics Institute, also known as El Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC), is the central statistical system and official center for investigation on the Government of the Canary Islands. ISTAC is tasked with providing relevant information to the people of the Canary Islands. This resource is only available in Spanish.