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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 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 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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semiconductors

News: 01 OCTOBER 2019

Advising Elmos Semiconductor Aktiengesellschaft on the sale of Silicon Microstructures Inc. by way of bid procedure

Allen & Overy has advised Elmos Semiconductor Aktiengesellschaft on the sale of Silicon Microstructures Inc., Milpitas, California, ("SMI") to Measurement Specialties Inc., Berwyn, Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of TE Connectivity Ltd.

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.