The automotive sector is one of rapidly changing technology and innovation. Our broad industry experience combined with our tech pedigree makes us the firm of choice for clients at the cutting edge of automotive developments and we frequently advise on connected and autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and EV infrastructure, telematics and the application of automotive technology and innovation to urban mobility and intelligent transport systems.

Our lawyers are widely recognised for their expertise in these areas and are regularly asked to comment on the major issues facing the industry and present at international sector conferences.

Technology suppliers, aftermarket operators and franchised dealer associations all benefit from our experience in resolving compliance and product safety issues, advising on distribution, advertising, IP or mergers and acquisitions and negotiating EU or competition law.

Our services for automotive clients include:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Block exemption
  • Competition
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data privacy
  • IT
  • IP
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Multi-branding
  • Parts supply agreements
  • Product safety/liability

Our clients include many leading businesses in the sector, covering suppliers, technology service providers and vehicle or spare-part dealers together with many others in adjacent sectors such as telcos. We work with companies like The AA, Fleetcor, Geico, Hyundai, Isotrak, Trakm8 and the German association of Volkswagen and Audi dealers.

Our automotive team has a truly international perspective. We have particular expertise in helping companies expand internationally, guiding them through multi-jurisdictional transactions, and regularly advise on the new legal framework for the distribution of motor vehicles and spare parts across Europe.

The automotive sector is developing faster than ever before. We understand the pressures that companies face and the issues they need to resolve. Our approach is to offer clear, practical advice in the context of both the industry and your business.

Experience


The AA

Advised on a multiparty international telematics joint venture.

City Car Club

Advised on the sale of the business to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Fleetcor

Advised on Fleetcor and Summit Partners' acquisition of leading international telematics service provider Masternaut.

Trakm8        

Provided this major global telematics company with general corporate and AIM advice on a series of transactions.  

Clifford Thames    

Advised on the corporate acquisition of AC Autoconsult GmbH.

GVA Gesamtverband Autoteile-Handel

Represented this German automotive aftermarket industry association in high-stakes litigation against Kia concerning anti-competitive warranty terms and access to technical information.

Isotrak

Advised this vehicle tracking and telematics software provider on negotiations for the supply of vehicle tracking and telematics software solutions in Europe and North America.

Hyundai      

Advised on a wide variety of commercial and trading matters, including arrangements, media and advertising, IP and property matters.  

Geico SpA

Advised Italian automotive manufacturing service provider Geico SpA on key contracts with Geely China and MAN AG.

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