Welcome to the 21st 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 third quarter of 2019, touches on significant acquisitions and investments, patent litigation and regulatory measures relating to antitrust, and other developments in the automotive markets.
In this issue:
Mergers & Acquisitions: Blackstone to Acquire Stake in Sona BLW; Toyota to Acquire Stake in Suzuki; Toray to Acquire Alva Sweden; WE Solutions to Acquire More Shares of Sino Partner Global; Pacific Equity Partners to Acquire Horizon Global’s Asia-Pacific Unit; Nidec and GAC Components to Establish Joint Venture; Ford to Acquire Journey; Ford to Acquire Quantum Signal; Toyota Motor to Invest in DiDi Chuxing and Form Joint Venture; BAIC to Acquire 5% Stake in Daimler AG; Groupe Renault to Form Joint Venture with Jiangling Motors; Volkswagen to Invest in Argo AI; Denso and Toyota to Establish Joint Venture; One Rock Capital Partners to Acquire Engineered Components & Systems Unit of Actuant; Schaeffler Production Plant Sold to Management; Volkswagen and Northvolt to Establish Joint Venture; Toyota Boshoku, Delta Kogyo, and Toyo Seat Establish Joint Venture
Antitrust: European Court of Justice Decides on Independent Spare Parts Retailers’ Access to Information; Japan Firms Fined $7.7 Million in South Korea for Carving Up Auto Parts Market; AvtoKraz Creditor Oshchadbank Wins Court Ruling Allowing It to Sell Controlling Stake; Toyota Financial Services’ Acquisition of SMM Auto Finance Cleared; SAMR Approves BMW’s Acquisition in BMW Brilliance Automotive; SAMR Approves Nanjing Valeo’s Acquisition in Suzhou Dongfeng Motor Clutch Co.; SAMR Approves Chinese Joint Venture of Daimler AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group
Regulatory: New PRC Vehicle Purchase Tax Law; Daimler Fined for Diesel Violations in Germany
Intellectual Property: Ford Wins Design Patent Appeal in Federal Circuit; LG Chem and SK Innovation Battle Over Battery Patents and Technology and Competing Products; Velodyne Sues Hesai Photonics and Suteng Innovation in California