OEMs, suppliers and tech companies alike trust us in any CASE – we advise our clients in all questions regarding connectivity, autonomous cars, sharing cars and electrification
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With the industry 4.0 and the need of both, suppliers and OEMs to build new production sites and/or integrated multi-brand or multi-type matrix platforms that suit the changing and challenging developments, for example the requirements of electrified cars, there is a push for (joint) greenfield investments in the industry. Our expertise includes advising in the bidding process, on real estate matters, construction and operation and management contracts as well as corporate and regulatory challenges.
The product development cycle of cars and the development of new functionalities are accelerating - in part due to competition with emerging corporations and tech companies - and there is a wider regulatory environment that has to be adhered to, when developing and designing cars. Product compliance is of the utmost importance and in case product design did not meet or worked against the spirit of legal requirements, we have a wide experience when it comes to crisis and/or risk management support.
Level three and upwards is also a core competence of our Automotive Sector Team. We are aware that autonomous driving touches many legal areas and have the required experience and overview of the sector. Our experience covers, amongst others, product liability, data protection, warranty law, antitrust, telecommunication law as well as behavioural, road traffic and patent law.
Connected cars are both the first logical step on the way to becoming autonomous and a way to create new business models for OEMs, suppliers and tech-companies. We advise in all these areas and have a special focus on Vehicle2Vehicle, Vehicle2Infrastructure communication, in-car-shops and over-the-air updates. We are also very knowledgeable in the areas of car-sharing, car-hauling and the use of digital keys. In all these areas we offer holistic advice from a data protection law, product liability law, regulatory law, antitrust law perspective from a one stop shop as we know one single point of contact is important.
With the changing market and regulatory environment and the many challenges the automotive industry faces at the same time we know that there is a strong need to consolidate, collaborate and to join forces through joint ventures or acquisitions. When setting up any such operation in the automotive sector, especially regarding product development, you need corporate lawyers with a strong automotive sector background, which Linklaters can provide.
Key Automotive events
We regularly speak at events, conferences and fairs across the globe. Swipe or scroll through the events to find out where you can meet us. Covid-19: All upcoming events are either cancelled, postponed or virtual/hybrid. For further information, please contact your usual Linklaters contact.
Digital Auto Panel Talks | The automotive industry in times of crisis and disruption | June 2021
FT Future of the car summit | May 2021
FT Digital Dialogue in association with Linklaters | December 2020
Future Battery Forum | December 2020
26 October 2022
Linklaters has been providing comprehensive support to Audi in relation to its entry into Formu-la 1 and selection of its strategic partner.
28 January 2021
The law on autonomous driving presented by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, which seeks to make Germany a pioneer of binding regulations on autonomous driving and which was supposed to come into force in the middle of this year, is under heavy criticism from the Federal Ministry of Justice. In view of the major disagreements between the ministries, it is questionable whether the law will be passed as planned during the current legislative period ending this fall.
2 December 2021
There has been a flurry of recent announcements on the potential for clean hydrogen to propel the global energy transition. In Europe alone, Spain, Germany, France, Portugal, the Netherlands and the European Commission have each published hydrogen strategies in the last several months. There is a clear sense in which clean hydrogen is viewed by many countries as the “missing link” required in order to achieve a fully functioning net zero economy consistent with their Paris Agreement objectives.
25 June 2020
The European Green Deal aims to achieve EU-wide carbon neutrality by 2050. Understanding its impacts is critical for all auto sector players.
1 July 2019
The advent of electric vehicles (EVs) is one of the most revolutionary changes to take place in the history of transport. This microsite contains key insights on the commercial opportunities and legal developments in relation to electric vehicle batteries.
21 March 2019
The advent of driverless cars promises a fundamental transformation of the way we transport people and goods, how we spend time, and how we organise cities, landscapes and economic infrastructure.
5 November 2018
Artificial intelligence is moving into the mainstream and raises a number of practical, legal and ethical challenges. If you are looking to exploit this technology you need to address these issues, many of which are new and need new responses.