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 competition, compliance and product safety issues, advising on distribution, advertising, IP, access to technical information and in-vehicle data or mergers and acquisitions.

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 leading businesses in the sector, covering Tier 1 suppliers, technology service providers and vehicle or spare-part dealers together with many others in adjacent sectors such as telcos or motor insurance.

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 EU 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

Schaeffler

Acting for leading global supplier to the automotive sector as panel law firm for product liability and supply chain resource questions, competition matters and ongoing advice.

 

ZF Friedrichshafen
Advised on major international IT projects as well as on cooperation with a manufacturer of new types of electric vehicles.
Leading EU automotive aftermarket associations operators

Advising international aftermarket associations EGEA, FIGIEFA and GVA on EU competition and type approval matters; legal representation in unfair trade practices litigation concerning automotive data and cyber security.

 

Automotive Data Publishers Association (ADPA)
Representing Europe´s leading association for publishers of technical information in litigation against a vehicle manufacturer before the European Court of Justice with regard to the calculation of fees for access to information.
Volkswagen and Audi Partner Association e.V.
Negotiated an agency contract for electric vehicles of the VW brand, developed and negotiated a sales contract for charging infrastructure and electricity supply contracts within the VW Group.
FIGIEFA

Working with EU institutions for the design of a new block exemption for the automotive aftermarket.

Association of German BMW authorised dealers
Advised on the commercial use of data in distribution systems.
London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) authorised dealers

Advised on the launch of the new electric car brand London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), including negotiation of the German dealer agreements.

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.

Global supplier of ignition components

Successful defence in European Commission cartel investigation.

 

Tier 1 supplier of automotive lighting

Negotiation of OEM supply contract and aftermarket distribution.

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.

Leading European automotive repair chains
Test case litigation against a vehicle manufacturer with regard to restrictions for vehicle diagnosis.
Leading European Parts suppliers

Test case litigation against a vehicle manufacturer with regard to the requirement of a code needed for the installation of parts and components.