Automotive

We advised Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., a supplier of automotive systems and components... Read more

We advised Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., a supplier of automotive systems and components, on the divestment of its European rubber fluid transfer and specialty sealing businesses, and the majority of its India operations, to Mutares SE & Co. KGaA, a Germany-based holding company.

The transaction will enable Cooper Standard to focus resources on its businesses that provide the greatest opportunity for growth and profitability.

Lawyers in our Rome office led the transaction, supported by our Birmingham, London, Madrid, Munich, and Warsaw offices and our antitrust, employment, environmental, and tax practices.

We advised Cooper Tire & Rubber Company on the increase of its ownership stake from 58 to 100 percent in... Read more

We advised Cooper Tire & Rubber Company on the increase of its ownership stake from 58 to 100 percent in Corporación de Occidente, S.A. de C.V., a tire manufacturing plant in Mexico. Formerly, the plant was a joint venture with Trabajadores Democráticos de Occidente, S.C. de R.L. de C.V., a tire-producing cooperative.

The transaction will optimize Cooper’s global manufacturing footprint with cost-competitive production of quality tires in key regions.

A team of lawyers in our Mexico City office led the transaction, with support from our employment, regulatory, and tax practices.

We advised Ford Motor Company on the US$2.6 autonomous vehicle platform company... Read more

We advised Ford Motor Company on the US$2.6 billion investment by Volkswagen into Ford’s autonomous vehicle platform company, Argo AI, at a valuation of more than US$7 billion.

The transaction allows both Ford and Volkswagen to independently integrate Argo AI’s self-driving system into their own vehicles, delivering significant global scale while improving cost and capital efficiencies.

Lawyers in our Washington, D.C. office led a global team on this transaction, with support from our antitrust, employee benefits, employment, intellectual property, international trade, privacy and cybersecurity, and tax practices.

We are advising the TRATON GROUP, a global commercial vehicle manufacturer, on its strategic equity investment... Read more

We are advising the TRATON GROUP, a global commercial vehicle manufacturer, on its strategic equity investment in TuSimple, a developer of autonomous long-haul trucks and related technology-supported freight networks based in the United States and China.

The transaction is the first-ever European collaboration between a global OEM and a SAE level 4 self-driving technology company.

A Washington, D.C. team is leading the transaction, with support from our Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo offices and our commercial, employment, intellectual property, international trade, and transportation practices.

Automotive

“Impressive practice with strength in automotive issues... excels in advising on technological evolution in the automotive sector.”

Chambers USA, 2020

400+

Automotive
lawyers

Band 1*

Transportation: Road (Automotive)
Chambers USA, 2020
* Only firm with Band 1 designation

Sector performance

While the COVID-19 pandemic was in the driver’s seat during 2020, disruptive technology and innovation continued to be powerful forces of change in the automotive sector. The pandemic led to supply chain disruptions and a period of decreased demand for vehicles, but the sector benefited from access to capital markets and sources of financing to fund investments in new technology.

Although automotive deal volume and value declined across the full year, deal volume and value in the sector increased in Q4 2020 when compared with the preceding quarter, indicating a potential acceleration in dealmaking for 2021.

Hogan Lovells activities

Throughout 2020, our Automotive industry sector participated in various industry initiatives and events, both physical and virtual, around the world. We launched a new webinar series focused on the latest developments and associated impacts of COVID-19 on the automotive industry, including supply chain and restructuring risks and opportunities.

Our team published the fourth edition of the global guidebook Getting the Deal Through – Automotive and produced several commentaries on the future of mobility, including our Automotive and Mobility Thought Leadership Paper and our Living Mobility Spotlight Q&A series.

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M&A Year in Review | 2020

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