Welcome to the 22nd 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 fourth quarter of 2019, touches on significant acquisitions and investments, antitrust investigations and related regulatory measures, as well as other developments in the automotive markets.
IN THIS ISSUE
- Mergers & Acquisitions: Hitachi and Honda Motor to Merge Auto Parts Subsidiaries; ATC Drivetrain to Establish Joint Venture in China; Fiat Chrysler and PSA to Merge; WE Solutions to Acquire Ideenion Automobil; Grammer and FAWSN Group to Form Automotive Components JV; Prettl to Acquire Eckerle; Ford and Mahindra to Establish India-Based JV; Volvo and Geely to Merge Combustion Engine Operations; Faurecia to Acquire Remaining 50% in JV with Continental; Deere & Company to Acquire Unimil; Piston Automotive to Acquire Marion Industries; AUNDE to Acquire Reinert Kunststofftechnik; Mahindra to Fully Acquire Peugeot Motorcycles; Traton and Hino Motors to Establish Procurement JV; China Yongda Automobiles Services to Buy Inchcape Asia Pacific; Guangdong Wencan to Acquire the Entire Shares of Le Bélier Group; Sberbank to Invest in Artificial Intelligence Transport Startup; Volkswagen to Invest in Aeva; Airbus to Establish JV with Local Motors Industries
- Antitrust: Pierburg and Shanghai Xingfu Motorcycle Fined for Missed Notification; Proposed Settlement of Sanden and Tiffin Motor Approved by US Court; German Carmakers Fined for Long-Steel Purchasing Cartel; Renault Trucks to Disclose Documents Related to EC Truck Antitrust Investigation
- Regulatory: Whistleblowing-Reward Scheme Introduced in China; EC Announced Long-Term Climate Neutrality Strategy; China to Restrict Automobile Dealers’ Consumption Credit Guarantee Business; EC Approved State Aid to Fund European Battery Business
- Intellectual Property: Connected Car Teaming; Standard Essential Patent Controversy; Ford and Volkswagen Lead List of Innovators in Recent Study