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Clean transport

Transport is one of the largest greenhouse gas emitting sectors. A transition to low carbon transport will offer significant opportunities, provided that the right policies and partnerships are developed and implemented.

EVs and lithium ion batteries are becoming more commonplace, but the research and deployment of other sorts of fuel sources, including hydrogen batteries and biogas are also poised for expansion.

Linklaters has been involved with the development of clean transport across the globe. Our Automotive sector have been advising a range of clients, from automotive manufacturers to investors and financial institutions on joint ventures and M&A, regulation and entries into new markets and the financing and development / expansion of existing businesses as well as on the electrification of existing transport infrastructure.

From successfully advising clients on EV joint ventures in China, through to the new wave of European Gigafactory development, Linklaters has been at the forefront of these developments

Joint ventures and M&A

Our lawyers have advised on numerous M&A and joint venture mandates across the globe, including advising:

  • on a hybrid vehicle JV for Peugeot Citroen and BMW;
  • Groupe PSA on a JV for the development of hybrid EVs;
  • a leading US EV manufacturer on its selection of a Chinese partner;
  • private equity investors on investments into a Silicon Valley EV company; and
  • a state-owned car OEM on its proposed acquisition of an auto parts company.

Entry to market

We are regularly called upon to assist clients with the regulatory regimes surrounding clean transport globally, including in relation to the regulation of alternative fuel infrastructure.

Financing and development / expansion

Across Linklaters, we advise clients in a variety of financing options for clean transport, including share issues and IPOs.


From the electrification of buses to rail lines, we have been advising clients on the electrification of existing transportation. This has included advising on:

  • the financing of electric bus fleets in France and Chile
  • the acquisition financing of electrical units of new rolling stock in the UK.

Useful links

Powering the future: Commercial opportunities and legal developments across the EV batteries lifecycle

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.

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Our Energy & Utilities sector

Our global energy & utilities sector team advise on the full range of topics and issues that face sponsors, lenders and financial investors operating in today’s rapidly changing energy sector.

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Our Automotive sector

Demographic changes such as increased urbanisation, economic and technological power shifts and climate change are having a significant impact on the automotive industry globally. In order to remain competitive, industry players need to embrace these changes as opportunities and develop their business models accordingly.

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Our clean transport experience

The advent of clean transport is one of the most revolutionary changes to take place in the history of transport.




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