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Welcome to the 35th 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 2022, touches on significant joint ventures and acquisitions, notable antitrust penalties, new regulatory developments, and key intellectual property (IP) disputes. All issues of Morgan Lewis AUTOMOTIVE & MOBILITY are available at www.morganlewis.com.
IN THIS ISSUE
- Mergers and Acquisitions: Wolfspeed to Partner with ZF in Silicon Carbide Technology Joint Venture; Samvardhana to Acquire SAS Autosystemtechnik GmbH; Vitesco Sells Brazil Subsidiary to ABG Brasil; Shyft Group Acquires XL Fleet; Autoneum Acquires Borgers Automotive Business Unit; Apollo to Acquire Weltmeister; Gogoro and Belrise to Form Battery Swapping JV; Iveco Defence Vehicles Acquires Majority Stake in MIRA UGV; Omega Seiki Mobility and iM3NY to Form Battery Cell JV; BYD to Acquire Yi’an Property Insurance; INOAC Acquires Remaining Shares in ABC INOAC Exterior Systems; Changzhou Langbo Sealing Technologies Majority Stake Sold; EFC International Acquires Inventory Sales; TE Connectivity Sells Automotive Wireless Business to USI and Ample Trading; Dongan Power to Acquire 60% Equity of Beijing Zhiyue
- Antitrust: Swedish Truck Manufacturer Fined for Market Sharing in Romania; German OEM’s Forced Response to Information Request over Antitrust Probe Was Unlawful; Automobile JV Blocked in Brazil; Spanish Competition Authority to Open Market Study Into Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure; Truck Cartel Claimants Might Face Their Own Court Costs; UK Government’s Business Department Consults on UK Automotive Industry Antitrust Exemptions
- Regulatory: Mercedes Benz to Launch Level Three Automated Driving System in the United States; EU Commission to Propose Stricter CO2 Emission Targets for New Heavy-Duty Vehicles; CJEU Allows Damages Claims for Unlawful Defeat Devices; China Enacts Measures for the Management of Data Security in the Industrial and Information Technology Fields; Wuxi Regulations on the Promotion of the Development of the Internet of Vehicles
- Intellectual Property: Report on Innovation and Patenting in Hydrogen Technologies; Trade Secret Loss from Failure to Respond to Discovery Orders; US Customs and Border Patrol Confiscates Approximately $200,000 In Fake Auto Parts