Morgan Lewis Automotive & Mobility – Q4 | 2019

Q4 | 2019

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Welcome to the 22nd edition of our newsletter on developments in the automotive industry published by Morgan Lewis’s automotive & mobility team with contributions from lawyers in our offices around the globe. We counsel our automotive clients on a broad range of industry-specific issues, including matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, litigation, regulatory concerns intellectual property, and labor and employment.

This issue of Morgan Lewis AUTOMOTIVE & MOBILITY, which covers the fourth quarter of 2019, touches on significant acquisitions and investments, antitrust investigations and related regulatory measures, as well as other developments in the automotive markets.


  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Hitachi and Honda Motor to Merge Auto Parts Subsidiaries; ATC Drivetrain to Establish Joint Venture in China; Fiat Chrysler and PSA to Merge; WE Solutions to Acquire Ideenion Automobil; Grammer and FAWSN Group to Form Automotive Components JV; Prettl to Acquire Eckerle; Ford and Mahindra to Establish India-Based JV; Volvo and Geely to Merge Combustion Engine Operations; Faurecia to Acquire Remaining 50% in JV with Continental; Deere & Company to Acquire Unimil; Piston Automotive to Acquire Marion Industries; AUNDE to Acquire Reinert Kunststofftechnik; 
    Mahindra to Fully Acquire Peugeot Motorcycles; Traton and Hino Motors to Establish Procurement JV; China Yongda Automobiles Services to Buy Inchcape Asia Pacific; Guangdong Wencan to Acquire the Entire Shares of Le Bélier Group; Sberbank to Invest in Artificial Intelligence Transport Startup; Volkswagen to Invest in Aeva; Airbus to Establish JV with Local Motors Industries 
  • Antitrust: Pierburg and Shanghai Xingfu Motorcycle Fined for Missed Notification; Proposed Settlement of Sanden and Tiffin Motor Approved by US Court; German Carmakers Fined for Long-Steel Purchasing Cartel; Renault Trucks to Disclose Documents Related to EC Truck Antitrust Investigation
  • Regulatory: Whistleblowing-Reward Scheme Introduced in China; EC Announced Long-Term Climate Neutrality Strategy; China to Restrict Automobile Dealers’ Consumption Credit Guarantee Business; EC Approved State Aid to Fund European Battery Business 
  • Intellectual Property: Connected Car Teaming; Standard Essential Patent Controversy; Ford and Volkswagen Lead List of Innovators in Recent Study