Morgan Lewis Automotive & Mobility – Q1 | 2021

Q1 | 2021

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Welcome to the 27th edition of our newsletter on developments in the automotive industry published by Morgan Lewis’s automotive and 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 first quarter of 2021, touches on numerous acquisitions across automotive parts and components manufacturers as well as new joint ventures (JVs) in the electric vehicle space, antitrust developments in Asia and Europe, and the recent global chip shortage.


  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Doosan Bobcat to Acquire Stake in Ainstein; DexKo to Acquire Redneck; Shell to Acquire Ubitricity; VivoPower to Acquire 100% Stake in Tembo; Brandl Production Plants Sold to International Alexander; BorgWarner to Acquire Akasol; Adler Pelzer to Acquire Faurecia Acoustic and Soft Trims Business; Modine to Sell Parts of its European Automotive Business; Goodyear to Acquire Cooper Tire; Volvo and Foretellix to Establish JV; MAN to Sell Production Facilities in Germany and Austria; Daimler and BMW to Sell PARK NOW JV; AKG to Acquire Midwest Keyless; Honda to Sell Production Plant to Panattoni; Audi, VW, and FAW to Establish JV; Brose and Volkswagen to Form JV for Seats
  • Antitrust: SAMR Fined Baoneng Motor for Failure to Notify Merger; Japanese Competition Authority Published Guidelines on JVs with Startups; Battery Recyclers Offer Commitment to Settle Italian Antitrust Investigation
  • Regulatory: New ITU Work Item for the Architecture of Vehicle Multimedia Systems
  • Intellectual Property: Global Semiconductor Shortage; ITC Import Ban on SK Innovation; Bosch to open an Automotive Chip Factory in Dresden