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Welcome to the 14th 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 (IP), and labor and employment.
This issue of Morgan Lewis AUTOMOTIVE, which covers the fourth 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 here.
IN THIS ISSUE
- Mergers & Acquisitions: GM to Acquire Sensor-Tech Firm Strobe; Alphabet to Invest $1 Billion in Lyft; BMW Self-Driving Collaboration to Add Magna; Delphi Acquires Self-Driving Car Startup nuTonomy; BMW to Divest Its stake in SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers to SGL Group; PSA and Nidec to Enter into Joint Venture for Electric Engines; France to Sell Down Stake in Renault; Geely Holding to Acquire an 8.2% Stake in AB Volvo; Wabco Holdings Inc. to Invest in Nikola Motor Company; Renault and Brilliance to Form Joint Venture on Light Commercial Vehicles; Alibaba Group to Invest in Electric Car Startup Xpeng Motors; Schaeffler Acquires Remaining Shares of Compact Dynamics; FAW, Dongfeng, and Changan to Form a Strategic Cooperation Relationship; Magna and Huayu to Form a Joint Venture on Electric-Drive Powertrain Systems; Volkswagen and JAC to Form a Joint Venture on Multifunctional Vehicles; GAC and NIO to Form a Joint Venture on Intelligent Cars and New-Energy Vehicles.
- Antitrust: EU Commission Clears Acquisition of FTE by Valeo; EU Commission Imposes Fines on Car Safety Equipment Cartel; KFTC Imposes Fines on International Automotive Parts Cartel; CADE Investigates Automotive Spare Parts Cartel.
- Regulatory: Germany to Build Test EHighway for Electric Trucks by the End of 2018; Beijing to Publish the New Self-Driving Vehicle Test Regulations; China to Issue Final Guidelines on Standards for the Establishment of Self-Driving Cars; Roundup: Emissions Violations Continue to Be in Spotlight.
- Intellectual Property: Milestone in NOx Emission Patent Case in Mannheim, Germany; GM Patents Airbags Situated on Car Exteriors to Save Pedestrians; Automotive 3D Printing Market Size to Expand Lucratively.