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Morgan Lewis Automotive – Q1 | 2019

Q1 | 2019

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Welcome to the 19th edition of our newsletter on developments in the automotive industry published by Morgan Lewis’s automotive 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, which covers the first quarter of 2019, touches on matters relating to self-driving cars, emission rules, and other developments in the global automotive markets.

In this issue:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions: BMW and Daimler to Create New Global Mobility Service Provider; Mazda to Acquire Ford’s Interest in China Engine Joint Venture; Investindustrial to Acquire Morgan Motor Majority Stake; Tesla to Acquire Maxwell Technologies; Geely and Daimler Establish Joint Venture for the Smart Brand; Michelin to Buy 88% of Multistrada Arah Sarana Shares; Maxion Wheels to Enter Joint Venture with Dongfeng Motor; CIE Automotive Acquires Aurangabad Electricals; Faurecia to Enter Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems Joint Venture with Michelin; Sarwabhotla Family Acquires DMS-CNC Technik; Genuine Parts to Acquire PartsPoint Group; MT Technologies Acquires Controlling Stake in C-Con Group; JBM Group Acquires Major Stake in Linde-Wiemann; Nidec Buys 70% Stake in Desch Antriebstechnik; Osram Acquires Aftermarket Distributor Ring Automotive; CIE Automotive to Sell Biofuels Production Plants to Gunvor; Global Dragon Investech Acquires K-Seat; Fuyao Glass Acquires SAM Automotive; Baolong Automotive to Acquire 70% Stake in MMS.
  • Antitrust: EU Commission Fines Car Seatbelts, Airbags, and Steering Wheels Cartel; EU Commission to Review Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation; Nokia, Daimler Patent Fight.
  • Regulatory: Germany Amends Laws to Reduce Risks for Diesel Bans; European Commission Adopts C-ITS Delegated Act; New NDRC Regulation Establishes Automotive Investment Projects Approval System.
  • Intellectual Property: Jaguar Wins Landmark IP Case in Chinese Court; Tesla Files Trade Secret Misappropriation Lawsuit; Volkswagen to License Electrical Vehicle Architecture.

Prior issues of the newsletter can be found in the Frankfurt office publication archives.