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 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
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
On its US$2.3 billion acquisition of Land Rover and Jaguar from Ford Motors
On its acquisition of the assets and certain liabilities from the administrators of the British car manufacturer, MG Rover
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.