AUTOMOTIVE

The automotive sector is facing new challenges and pursuing innovative strategies: connected cars and self-driving cars, car sharing and strategic partnerships with other sectors ("digital players" and others) interested in automotive business development. Similarly, new sales channels related to social media are being developed, whilst new business models, sustainable mobility and vehicle electrification are being explored.

We know how important it is for our clients to anticipate the new challenges of this ever-changing and innovative sector with full legal certainty.

Our clients include original equipment manufacturers, distributors and dealers, companies in the automotive component industry, companies in the vehicle technology and sustainable mobility sector, and industry investors. We also advise financial institutions, captive finance companies and insurers that operate in this sector.

 

Our Services

We are well versed in the peculiarities and dynamics of the automotive sector and offer dynamic, multidisciplinary, specialist and efficient advice.

Our multidisciplinary specialization, the experience acquired hand-in-hand with our clients in the most diverse areas of the automotive industry, and our ongoing role as in-house counsel for OEMs, allow us to offer highly focused advice related, inter alia, to:

  • M&A and strategic partnerships in the automotive sector with car-sharing companies, "digital players", consumer credit firms, etc. Structure analysis and legal implications;
  • "Business Integrity Plans" aimed at mitigating risks in all business aspects, including legislative, criminal, personal data protection, competition, etc.;
  • Vehicle connectivity and automation, big data analysis and data protection and product liability legislation;
  • Dealer networks. Dealer agreements. Early termination in the event of breach. Protection of distinguishing signs in the event of unauthorised use by terminated dealers and insolvency proceedings;
  • Consumers and users. Advice on motor vehicle advertising legislation;
  • Protection of intellectual property rights;
  • Data protection;
  • New energy - vehicle electrification;
  • Regulatory aspects;
  • Advertising and sponsorship;
  • Anti-trust and competition law;
  • General contracting and supply contracts with the component industry. Repercussion of continuous alterations in commodity prices and definition of contractual clauses to neutralize their effects;
  • Restructuring and insolvency proceedings;
  • Relaxation of employment relations;
  • Tax aspects.