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Published: June 2019


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  • 1.

    Describe the significance of, and developments in, the automotive industry in the market.

  • 2.

    What is the regulatory framework for manufacture and distribution of automobiles and automobile parts, such as homologation process as well as vehicle registration and insurance requirements?

  • 3.

    How do automotive companies operating in your country generally structure their development, manufacture and supply issues? What are the usual contractual arrangements?

  • 4.

    How are vehicles usually distributed? Are there any special rules for importers, distributors, dealers (including dealer networks) or other distribution partners? How do automotive companies normally resolve restructuring or termination issues with their distribution partners?

  • 5.

    Are there any particularities for M&A or JV transactions that companies should consider when preparing, negotiating or entering into a deal in the automotive industry?

  • 6.

    Are there any incentives for investment in the automotive market? Are there barriers to entry into the market? What impact may new entrants into the market have on incumbents?

  • 7.

    What are the most relevant automotive-related product compliance safety and environmental regulations, and how are they enforced? Are there specific rules for product recalls?

  • 8.

    Describe the significance of product liability law, and any key issues specifically relevant to the automotive industry. How relevant are class actions or other consumer litigation in product liability, product recall cases, or other contexts relating to the automotive industry?

  • 9.

    What competition and antitrust issues are specific to, or particularly relevant for, the automotive industry? Is follow-on litigation significant in competition cases?

  • 10.

    What kind of disputes have been experienced in the automotive industry, and how are they usually resolved? Are there any quick solutions along the supply chain available?

  • 11.

    What is the process for dealing with distressed suppliers in the automotive industry?

  • 12.

    Are intellectual property disputes significant in the automotive industry? If so, how effectively is industrial intellectual property protected? Are intellectual property disputes easily resolved?

  • 13.

    Are there specific employment issues that automotive companies should be aware of, such as with trade unions and works councils?

  • 14.

    What are the most important legal developments relating to automotive technological and mobility advances?

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