A multilateral non-disclosure agreement consists of three or more parties if at least one of the parties advocates the disclosure of information to the other parties and requires that the information be protected from further disclosure. This type of NDA eliminates the need for separate unilateral or bilateral non-disclosure agreements between only two parties. For example, a single multi-party non-disclosure agreement concluded by three parties, each intending to share information with the other two parties, could be used instead of three separate bilateral non-disclosure agreements between the first and second parties, the second and third parties, and the third and first parties. Sometimes a party attempts to introduce other terms into an NDA, e.B. non-advertising, non-competition, transfer of intellectual property and similar terms. In some situations, this is appropriate. However, it is often more appropriate to enter these obligations into another agreement, whether it is an employment contract, a contractor`s contract, a customer contract or something similar. The same applies to the European Union, which recognises unilateral and reciprocal agreements in the same way as the Anglo-American countries. Of course, determining the most appropriate type of NDA depends on your situation. It`s important to ask yourself first: Why do I need an NDA? Some types of business relationships – such as acquisitions, partnerships, mergers or joint ventures – likely require mutual agreement. This makes sense because such agreements require close cooperation and therefore full disclosure of company-specific information. Strongly written NDAs share many of the same characteristics, whether unilateral or mutual.