Morgan Lewis Automotive & Mobility – Q4 | 2020

Q4 | 2020

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Welcome to the 26th 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 2020, touches on significant acquisitions, notably in the trucking business, new antitrust guidance and regulatory rules, and recent trends in intellectual property.


  • Mergers and Acquisitions: INEOS to Acquire Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Site; L Catterton to Acquire Truck Hero; Denso to Acquire Jeco; DexKo to Acquire Nordelettronica; Sumitomo to Sell Stake in Mazda Mexico JV; SAIC Motor to Establish JV with Pudong Government and Alibaba; Scania Acquires Nantong Gaokai; Dana to Acquire Light-Vehicle Thermal Business of Modine; Adler Pelzer to Acquire Acoustics Division of STS Group; Daimler Truck to Enter into Partnership with Luminar; Isuzu to Acquire UD Trucks; ElringKlinger to Establish JVs with Plastic Omnium and Airbus; Hino Motors and BYD to Establish Electric Vehicle JV; TRATON and Navistar Entered into Merger Agreement; Tesla to Acquire ATW Assembly & Test; Shyft to Acquire F3 MFG
  • Antitrust: EC Antitrust Guidance on Cooperation between Carmakers and Suppliers; PSA and Fiat Chrysler Merger Approved by EC, Subject to Conditions
  • Regulatory: ECJ to Rule on Admissibility of Defeat Devices; Development Plan 2021-2035 for Chinese NEV Sector Published
  • Intellectual Property: LIDAR a Hot Trend for SPACS; Unified Patent Court in Europe; Can AI Be an Inventor?; Several Automotive Players Have Reported Semiconductor Shortages