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.
- BMW on its EUR3 billion transaction to acquire control of its JV with Brilliance China Automotive.
- Schaeffler in signing a master agreement for the formation of a joint venture company with Roland Arnold and Paravan GmbH.
- Volkswagen Financial Services on the acquisition of PayByPhone, the mobile cashless parking payments business, from PayPoint for GBP26.5m.