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Automotive

It is nearly impossible to imagine modern lifestyle without various options for (mass) transportation of passengers or goods – mobility of goods and people is the physical bridge to globalisation.

At the same 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 such as Uber, 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. 

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Publications: 19 JUNE 2020

European Commission targets foreign subsidies causing market distortions

As part of a broader effort to reshape the EU’s trade policy, the European Commission (EC) proposes to expand its toolbox to tackle foreign subsidies undermining the level playing field in the EU’s…

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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

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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.