The global automotive industry is facing unprecedented challenges as it responds to the drive to decarbonise the transport sector to meet national and international emission reduction targets whilst navigating the economic, political and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With these challenges, however, come new business opportunities: for example the development of new technologies facilitating industry-wide initiatives for connected and autonomous vehicles, ever more capable and efficient electric vehicles and mobility as a service platforms
The pace of such industry evolution combined with the ever-changing global regulatory landscape inevitably poses a number of unique legal issues straddling a wide number of areas of expertise in relation to which we can offer support.
We provide advice to clients around the globe and across the sector, from OEMs, component manufacturers, distributors and retailers to vehicle-leasers, rental and shared mobility providers and technology companies.
As a full service law firm we are able to support our automotive clients with all of their needs ranging from major transactions, disputes and financings to day-to-day regulatory, employment, IP, technology, product liability, data privacy and data security issues. We provide regular thought leadership to our clients in developing legal and regulatory areas, such as connected and autonomous vehicles and the development of national infrastructure to support electric vehicles.
On the disposal of its China retail business which includes car dealerships in Shaoxing, Nanchang and Jiujiang to Hong Kong listed China Yongda Automobiles Services
On its US$250 million Series D and US$750 million Series F equity funding round investments into GrabTaxi and on its investment into an up to US$2.5 billion equity funding round for ride-share operator GrabTaxi, alongside China ride-sharing giant DiDi
On its joint venture in Indonesia to conduct a feasibility study into manufacturing re-chargeable motorcycle batteries and implementing an exchange system at petrol stations throughout the country
A Middle East automotive distributor
In a JCAA arbitration against a multinational automotive manufacturer on issues arising out of breaches and termination of certain long-term distribution agreements in the Middle East, as well as related tort claims
On its acquisition of the business assets and certain subsidiaries of MIRA, a UK-based vehicle engineering and consultancy company in an auction bid process
An automotive manufacturer
In reaching a global settlement in parallel claims in the national courts of Thailand and JCAA arbitration for approximately US$350 million
Graeme is the Asia head of corporate and also leads the firm's Japan M&A practice. He is a cross-border M&A specialist, regularly advising on some of the highest profile international transactions.