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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. With these challenges, however, come new business opportunities: for example the development of new technologies facilitating industry-wide initiatives for connected and autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and shared mobility 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, to component manufacturers and technology companies, to distributors and retailers and to vehicle-leasers and rental and shared mobility providers.

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.

Recent Experience

UBER

On the US$3.725 billion combination of its ridesharing businesses in Russia and neighbouring CIS countries with Yandex Taxi

TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPORATION

On its A$282 million acquisition of a 20% shareholding in Orocobre, an Australian lithium mining company

BP

On its acquisition of Chargemaster, the UK's largest electric vehicle charging network

THE ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

On the acquisition and trial of Australia's first fully driverless and electric shuttle bus

TATA MOTORS

On its US$2.3 billion acquisition of Land Rover and Jaguar from Ford Motors

NANJING AUTOMOBILE

On its acquisition of the assets and certain liabilities from the administrators of the British car manufacturer, MG Rover

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