Morgan Lewis Automotive | Q2 2017

Q2 | 2017

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This is the 12th issue of our newsletter on developments in the automotive industry published by Morgan Lewis’s automotive team, with contributions from around the globe by leveraging the experience of the lawyers in our 30 offices. We counsel 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 second quarter of 2017, touches on issues relating to self-driving cars, proposed regulations for diesel engine vehicles, and other developments in the global automotive markets. All issues of Morgan Lewis AUTOMOTIVE are available at  


  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Porsche Automobil Holding SE purchased PTV Group; Ferdinand K. Piëch to divest his stake in Porsche Automobil Holding SE; Geely to acquire control over Proton; Deere & Company to acquire road equipment manufacturer Wirtgen Group; Daimler and Robert Bosch to cooperate on autonomous driving; ZF and Faurecia to cooperate on safety technologies for self-driving cars; Waymo to cooperate with Avis, Apple with Hertz on autonomous driving; Key Safety Systems to acquire Takata Corporation; Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group and China Renaissance Capital Investment to acquire Robert Bosch’s starter and generator business. 
  • Antitrust: EU Commission issues decision on vehicle lighting cartel; Canadian Court fines Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for bid rigging; German Federal Cartel Office’s activity report provides insights on complaints against OEMs with respect to access to spare parts. 
  • Regulatory: Active discussions on connected cars in Washington DC; US steel producers complain about foreign competitors; Car manufacturers collectively settle claims with respect to Takata airbags; German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection issues recommendations on data privacy for autonomous driving; Roundup: Emission rule compliance continues to be in spotlight.  
  • Intellectual Property: Desktop 3D Printing reaching the automotive assembly line; Traditional auto makers rank ahead of Silicon Valley companies on self-driving cars in survey.