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Welcome to the 25th 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 third quarter of 2020, touches on significant acquisitions including new investments in electric vehicles, antitrust developments and energy related regulatory measures, and notable IP advancements in the automotive industry.
IN THIS ISSUE
- Mergers & Acquisitions:
WM Motor Raised RMB 10 Billion in Series D Financing; Dentsu and Toyota Motor to Form Marketing JV; Highly to Acquire 60% in Marelli’s Compressor and HVAC Business; Magna to Acquire Honglizhixin; PSA and Total/Saft to Form JV; CalixKlippan to Acquire Carbox; Continental and Aft Automotive to Form JV; Fawer Automotive Parts to Acquire ABC Umformtechnik; ZF Friedrichshafen to Acquire Veoneers’s Brake Control Business; MiddleGround Capital to Acquire Dura Automotive Systems; BAIC BluePark to Raise RMB 5.5 Billion for Electric Vehicle Projects; Sodecia to Acquire BCT; Fair Group and Hyundai Motors to Form Assembly Plant JV; Geely to Become the Controlling Shareholder of Hualing Xingma; Faurecia to Acquire IRYStec Software; Fengmei Singapore to Acquire Schlemmer GmbH Assets
- Antitrust: Chinese SAMR Formally Released Antitrust Guidelines for Automobile Sector; German Sector Inquiry on Publicly Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure; EC Fined Car Parts Suppliers in Cartel Settlement
European Commission Published Data-Protection Recommendations for Driverless Mobility; Implementing Rules on Administrative Measures for the Recycling of Scrapped Motor Vehicles Entered into Effect; Revised Administrative Provisions on Market Access for NEV Manufacturers Entered into Effect; California Orders Phase-Out of Gas Cars and Expedited Regulation of Oil Extraction
- Intellectual Property:
Owners of Cellular SEPs Used in Connected Cars Score Victories Europe; Jaguar Land Rover Loses Trademark Rights to Shape of Defender in London Court; ARM Releases New Automotive IP Designs