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Welcome to the 18th 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 fourth quarter of 2018, touches on matters relating to self-driving cars, emission rules, and other developments in the global automotive markets.
In this issue:
- Mergers & Acquisitions: Honda Invests in GM’s Self-Driving Business; SoftBank Joint Venture with Toyota; BMW to Increase Stake in China Joint Venture; JAC Volkswagen Breaks Ground for New R&D Center in China; Walmart and Advance Auto Parts Create Online Partnership; UBC Composite GmbH to Invest in UBC; BMW, Northvolt, and Umicore Form Joint Technology Consortium; ZF Friedrichshafen Acquires Stake in Engineering Services Provider; Fiat Sells Magneti Marelli to Rival Parts Maker; Lyft Acquires UK Startup Blue Vision Lab; Volvo Buys Stake in FreeWire Technologies; GMD Acquires Schäfer-Österle; Faurecia Purchases Clarion; Henn Expands in Germany; Gnutti Carlo Group Acquires TCG Unitech; PMP Pien Management Acquires SG Automotive; Continental Buys Kathrein’s Automotive Division; Continental to Acquire Anti-Vibration Systems Business; Hyundai Motor Invests in Grab; Johnson Controls Divests Battery Business; Chinese BMC Completes Investment in Cordenka; Segula Technologies Enters into Partnership with Groupe PSA/Opel; Gundlach Automotive Corporation Divested to Gilde Buy Out Partners; Schaeffler to Acquire Elmotec Statomat; Chinese Desay SV to Acquire Antennentechnik ABB Bad Blankenburg; FSN Capital Acquires Rameder; Knorr-Bremse to Acquire Hitachi’s Steering Division; Continental Buys Austrian Tire and Car Repair Chain; Volkswagen to Acquire Volvo Subsidiary; Self-Driving Vehicle Deal to Offer Services in London by 2021.
- Antitrust: KYB Corp. to Settle Antitrust Action; Austrian Cartel Court Fines Gas Station Operator; Greek Nissan Importer’s Antitrust Offer Ends Eight-Year Probe.
- Regulatory: Opel to Recall 100,000 Cars in Diesel Probe; Public Consultation on Connected Driving by EU Commission; China to Temporarily Reduce US Auto Import Tariffs; London Bans Non-Electric Vehicles from One Street; EU Court: EU Commission Cannot Amend Emission Limits for RDE Tests.
- Intellectual Property: European Patent Office Study on Self-Driving Vehicles; First Patent Pool for Connected Cars.