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It is impossible to imagine modern lifestyle without various options for transportation of people or goods – mobility is the physical bridge to globalisation.

At the same time the automotive sector is currently undergoing its biggest transformation since the invention and mass production of the motorcar, more than a hundred years ago. This transformation includes topics like the evolution of the drivetrain from internal combusting engines to alternative drivetrain concepts such as battery electric vehicles, new market entrants with new technologies, the future of self-driving cars, or even global economic power shifts.

Our global automotive practice acts for OEM’s and suppliers across the industry. The practice operates on a cross-border basis and covers the full spectrum of legal support in mergers and acquisitions, data protection, intellectual property rights, commercial transactions (including licensing and collaborations), capital markets and finance, regulatory, tax considerations, dispute resolution, employment as well as antitrust.

Transforming the automotive landscape - trends we see


All automotive classes, including electrified vehicles from mild hybrids to battery electric (EVx), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) alongside with the traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) can expect major impacts from governmental regulations and changes in consumer preferences.

Connectivity & Digitalisation

Connected cars, cars that are equipped with internet access can generate data about the specific vehicle, as well as the driver. As the usage of connected cars grows, the amount of data collected from vehicles will rise exponentially. This presents opportunities for companies in the automotive ecosystem to monetise data.

Autonomous driving & Automation

Vehicles will be able of sensing the environment and moving with little or completely without human input. Even though, it may take many years that we will see driverless cars in our cities, new active safety concepts are emerging and are going to be an important business opportunity for car makers as well as for their suppliers.

Mobility as a service

Personally-owned transportation sees a shift towards mobility solutions which are consumed as a service. New innovative market player enter the automotive ecosystem and compete against traditional well-established automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

News & insights

How EasyMile is tackling the under-30mph market and the impact of the pandemic on the autonomous vehicle industry

Publications: 17 MARCH 2021

Podcast: The road to zero emissions in Oxford, UK

In the latest installment of Propel, our podcast series on self-driving vehicles, New York partner Paul Keller speaks with Councillor Tom Hayes, Council Deputy Leader in Oxford, UK, about the role the…

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How EasyMile is tackling the under-30mph market and the impact of the pandemic on the autonomous vehicle industry

Publications: 16 FEBRUARY 2021

Podcast: Modeling the social etiquette of pedestrian movements – using AI to anticipate human paths of travel

In the latest installment of Propel, our podcast series on self-driving vehicles, New York partner Paul Keller speaks with Serene Haddad, Graduate Doctoral Student at Nanyang Technological University…

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Benteler automotive

News: 29 JANUARY 2021

Allen & Overy advises family shareholders on successful refinancing of BENTELER Group

Allen & Overy has advised the family shareholders of BENTELER Group (BENTELER) in connection with the refinancing of existing financial indebtedness in the context of the Group's restructuring…

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Publications: 24 NOVEMBER 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus and global employment law: Managing your workforce throughout the pandemic – part 3

In the third in our series of webinars, members of Allen & Overy’s Global Employment team discussed the significant issues and challenges that employers need to prioritise in relation to managing and…

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Our global automotive practice

There are four automotive specific trends. All these trends will have long-term consequences for the entire automotive industry, including the entire life cycle of a car as well as the infrastructure. A new market environment arises with many new players resulting in that market positions that were not challenged before will be challenged now. Learn more about our automotive capabilities, our expertise and how we can support you.

Connected cars and autonomous vehicles

connected cars

According to research by IHS Automotive, the number of cars connected to the internet worldwide will grow more than six fold to 152 million in 2020 from 23m in 2013. 

IHS also predicts that there will be 21m autonomous vehicles on the world’s roads by 2035. PWC suggests that 90% of the innovation and new features in cars are driven by the use of electronics.