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Automotive Industry

The automotive sector is going through a major disruption with a combination of forces combining to overturn the long-established competitor landscape, shifting the balance of power between suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and profoundly altering the way we view and interact with our vehicles. Developments concerning digitalization, changing mobility requirements as well as environmental sustainability translate into a range of legal challenges across legal disciplines globally.

In order to best serve our clients, K&L Gates’ global automotive group is committed to an interdisciplinary approach providing our clients with comprehensive advice on legal, regulatory, technical, and financial aspects concerning the automotive industry as well as increasingly linked industries such as IT, Media & Entertainment, Telecommunication, and FinTech.

Our long-time experience advising OEMs, manufacturers, and suppliers in the automotive industry, as well as established players and emerging growth companies in the tech and financial arenas has allowed us to assemble a vast pool of legal and commercial know-how across our global platform. Core areas of advice include:

  • Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation (including Distribution Law)
  • Commercial Litigation & Disputes 
  • Consumer Product Safety 
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Corporate/M&A (including spin-offs, joint ventures) 
  • Cyber Law & Cybersecurity (particularly in relation to in-car, on-board systems and interfaces, Internet, and back end security) 
  • Economic Incentives 
  • Environment, Land & Natural Resources 
  • FinTech 
  • Insurance Coverage 
  • IP Litigation (including Patent Litigation) 
  • IP Procurement and Portfolio Management 
  • IT (particularly in context with Information Technology Standards (ITS)) 
  • Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety 
  • Privacy, Data Protection and Information Management 
  • Product Liability 
  • Public Policy & Law 
  • Real Estate
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