There is a need for strategic realignment in the automotive industry because of new drive technologies, new market participants from the IT industry and related services, and also because of the ever-changing attitude of consumers towards cars. As a result, the entire industry is called upon to reposition and realign itself.
Our experts use the full-service approach that is typical of our law firm to advise our clients from the automotive industry at all levels of the value chain (car manufacturers, component suppliers, dealers and service providers) with regard to, for example, strategic realignment through corporate measures, the supply chain, research and development (ACES), the production of cars and other vehicles, and distribution. In addition, we represent our clients from the automotive industry in state courts and before all renowned arbitral tribunals.
We provide the full spectrum of business and tax law advice to our clients operating in Asia. To ensure the smooth provision of our services, we have teams both in Germany and in Asia. Our services in this area include, without limitation:
The challenges confronting an automotive industry that faces constant pressure to change are closely linked to questions of antitrust law, for example, antitrust issues in connection with the consolidation of relevant markets, the modification of distribution structures as a result of competition policy, but also preventive advice regarding how to avoid criminal prosecution of the persons acting. Our services in this area include, without limitation:
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The automotive industry is characterised by high capital expenditure, long product cycles and complex structures. As debt capital is not always readily available, innovative solutions need to be found, also to be able to develop new technologies and enter new markets or to deal with an impending crisis. Our services in this area include, without limitation:
The automotive industry is characterised worldwide by complex supply and distribution structures. While this complexity has always existed, it is currently intensified by the continuously rising number of model variants. As this can lead to a higher error rate, in addition to the persisting general risk of insufficient quantities being purchased, appropriately dimensioned tailor-made purchasing, sales and distribution agreements are required, amongst other things, in order for businesses to be able to assess the economic risks. Our services in this area include, without limitation:
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Growing complexity within the supply chain and a fluctuating sales market are clear drivers behind the growing number of disputes within the supply chain and also in distribution organisations. Our practice group which specialises in such proceedings takes this into account and combines both industry knowledge and many years of litigation experience. Our services in this area include, without limitation:
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What rules apply to companies, their management and their staff and how can it be ensured that these rules are complied with? The experts in our Compliance team can advise you on all questions of law relating to good and legally compliant corporate governance. We can provide you with solutions on how to deal with legal requirements: in terms of content, organisation and structure. Our services in this area include, without limitation:
The amount of advice rendered to the automotive industry in the areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions continues to increase as a result of current changes in the automotive industry. In addition to new market participants – in particular, businesses from the IT industry – which enter the market with new connectivity and mobility services, already existing market participants are required to stand their ground and/or enhance their position in the market or sometimes even reposition themselves entirely. We can help our clients carry out such strategic manoeuvers by advising them on all kinds of corporate transformations and on national and international mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Our services in this area include, without limitation:
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In many areas of the automotive industry, employment law issues currently arise from cost pressure and fluctuating quantities. However, irrespective of this, there are also regularly other matters pertaining to individual and collective employment law which need to be dealt with using an entrepreneurial approach. Our services in this area include, without limitation:
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The focus of our advisory services in the area of IP & Copyright Law is the protection of the trademarks and technologies of our clients from the automotive industry. Two very important measures in this respect which are becoming increasingly more important both between OEMs and their suppliers and between competitors are making a proper distinction between development results and inventions and developing foresighted IP strategies.
In addition, we assist our clients with IT projects and with the use of Artificial Intelligence.
Our services in this area include, without limitation:
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Product liability cases are costly and legally complex – and, most importantly, can cause long-term damage to a company. To ensure that our clients do not suffer damage if a product liability case occurs, or to reduce such damage to a minimum in the event of a crisis, our specialised lawyers combine all relevant product liability parameters, such as contract law, tort law and the German Product Liability Act, public law (e.g. the German Product Safety Act), as well as dealings with supervisory authorities, but also insurance law and criminal law.
With a view to preventing product liability cases as best as possible, our experts additionally provide advice when new products are launched, help set up quality assurance systems, and assist with the establishment of product recall management systems. Our services in this area include, without limitation:
There is hardly any other industry where, based on the principle of division of labour, manufacturers and component suppliers cooperate as closely and depend as much on each other as they do in the automotive industry. Without early precautionary measures, a company in crisis may bring the entire supply chain to an inevitable standstill. We use the advantages of our full-service approach to avoid such standstills and advise our clients in times of crisis in a focussed and target-oriented manner until a turnaround has been achieved. In this context, our clients also benefit from our extensive network of banks, M&A advisors and other restructuring advisors. Our services in this area include, without limitation: