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Welcome to the 20th edition of our newsletter on developments in the automotive industry published by Morgan Lewis’s automotive & 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 second quarter of 2019, touches on matters relating to electric vehicles, emission rules, and other developments in the global automotive markets.
In this issue:
- Mergers & Acquisitions: Harbin Dongan Auto Engine to Acquire Stake in Harbin Dongan Automotive Engine Manufacturing; Aichi Automobile to Invest in Jiangling Motor Holding; Deutz and Sany to Enter into Engine Manufacturing Joint Venture; Evergrande Health Industry Acquires Protean Holdings; Hutchinson and Mann+Hummel to Establish Joint Venture; NFI Group Acquires Alexander Dennis; Moovel to Acquire Validated; Genuine Parts to Acquire Remaining Stake in Inenco Group; PetroChoice to Acquire Superior Petroleum; WE Solutions to Acquire Stake in Supercar Manufacturer; Michelin to Acquire Masternaut; Dana Electric to Acquire Stake in Prestolite Electric; Meritor to Acquire AxleTech; Kasai Kogyo to Acquire Röchling Production Plant; Schaeffler to Acquire XTRONIC; Yulon Nissan Motor Sells Three Shareholdings to Guangzhou Aeolus Automobile; Zhejiang Fenglong Electric to Acquire Majority Stake in Tuson Precision Machinery; Geely to Acquire Yiwu Geely Powertrain; CETITEC to Be Acquired by Porsche; Allison Transmission to Acquire Vantage Power and AxleTech’s EV Systems Division; Hörmann Group to Acquire KLATT Fördertechnik; Hamaton Automotive Technology to Acquire Westfalia Metal Hoses; China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation and Jianghuai to Acquire Allur; UCAR INC. to Acquire Beijing Borgward.
- Antitrust: Russian Authority Prohibits Joint Venture Between Hino Motors and Traton; Public Consultation for Review of Vertical Block Exemption Regulation; Chinese Authority Imposed Fines Against Vertical Monopoly Agreements.
- Regulatory: European Court of Justice Decides on Method to Measure Air Quality; European Commission Approves German State Aid Scheme for Diesel Retrofitting; European Court of Justice Decides Proposed German Passenger Vehicle Tolling to Violate EU Law; Market Admission Rules for Road Motor Vehicle Manufacturer and Products Come into Effect in China; Administrative Measures for Recycling of Scrapped Motor Vehicles Effective on June 1, 2019 in China.
- Intellectual Property: Car Makers and Tech Infrastructure Providers Propose Conflicting Standard Essential Patent (SEP) Guidelines in Europe; Mexico Ratifies the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA); Bipartisan, Bicameral Proposed Update to Patent Eligibility.