Automotive industry

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In the last two decades the automotive industry has undergone significant changes. Central Europe, and recently Asia, has become a centre for new development for both global car manufacturers and their suppliers at all levels.

Automotive industry team

Our office has responded to this dynamic and rapid development by creating a specialised team of experienced lawyers focusing on the following:

  • car manufacturers
  • spare parts manufacturers 
  • subcontractors 
  • car and spare parts dealers
  • business terms and conditions
  • leasing companies, and related services, such as insurance, repairs and maintenance, and assistance

Automotive industry services

Our Automotive Industry team offers clients a wide range of services designed to benefit their business. We have experience in representation of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers and suppliers. We know the specifics of procedures and standards applied in the automotive sector. Our key service areas of automotive industry specialisation include:

  • supplier relationships
  • competition law
  • employment law
  • business transactions and contractual liability
  • product distribution, transport, logistics
  • dispute resolution
  • public procurement
  • restructuring, insolvency, and suppliers in difficulties
  • intellectual property law, including patents and utility models
  • project financing, credits and leasing
  • advertising, consumer contests
  • tax and customs
  • corporate law
  • training and education

We have regularly cooperated with associations of companies operating in the automotive industry – Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic, Automotive Industry Association, European Automobile Manufacturers Association, and Association of Importers and Manufacturers of Car Parts and Service Equipment.

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