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Welcome to the 30th 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 fourth quarter of 2021, touches on numerous acquisitions across automotive suppliers and manufacturers, recent antitrust litigation, new regulation as it relates to electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, and notable trends in intellectual property. All issues of Morgan Lewis AUTOMOTIVE & MOBILITY are available at www.morganlewis.com.
IN THIS ISSUE
- Mergers and Acquisitions: Gogoro, Yadea, and Dachangjiang to Partner in China; Volvo to Acquire Luqiao Manufacturing Plant from Geely; Geely Auto to Acquire Another 10% Stake in ZEEKR; Bridgepoint to Acquire a 60% Stake in Planung Transport Verkehr AG; Lear to Acquire Kongsberg’s Interior Comfort Systems Business Unit; Lear and Shinry to Establish Joint Venture; Volkswagen to Acquire a Stake in EIT InnoEnergy for Strategic Partnership; BEDEO Acquired Protean Electric; Orlando Management to Acquire a Stake in BOS; Li Auto Acquired 100% Interest in Changzhou Chehejin; Daimler Buses to Sell Mercedes-Benz Minibus GmbH; Hankook & Company to Acquire a Stake in Preciseley Microtechnology; Farasis Energy and TOGG to Establish JV; Kia Corporation Acquires a 20% Stake in Hyundai Capital; METEOR Group to Acquire Creative Extruded Products Inc.; Geely and Lifan Technology to Establish JV; LiveWire to Merge with AEA-Bridges Impact Corp.; Brightstar Capital to Acquire Novae Corp.; Volvo, Daimler, and Traton to Establish JV
- Antitrust: Jury Verdict Compels Automotive Supplier to Pay Trebled Damages; German FCO Calls for More Competition in Charging Infrastructure for EVs; Daimler to Secure Win in Follow-on Damages Claim Litigation
- Regulatory: Chinese National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee Released Security Guideline for Processing Automotive Acquisition Data; US Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill; Australia to Pass Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy; New German Government: Its Coalition Treaty Could Give Automotive a Boost
- Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation by Non-practicing Entities Significantly Increases; Trade Secrets Continue to Feature Prominently in EV Disputes