The manufacturing of automobiles and auto parts has a long and celebrated history in our region. Cars have been designed and built here since the very beginning of the twentieth century. Today, the automotive industry is a major source of export revenue. Industry growth in the last decade has been remarkable, and investment opportunities remain abundant. Major US, Asian and European car makers have established themselves in Central and Eastern Europe, relying on the local skilled technical workforce.
We understand and appreciate the importance of this sector and the business opportunities that it presents. Our automotive team is comprised of lawyers from various practice areas. This enables us to advise clients on the full spectrum of legal issues relating to the sector, including regulatory, real-estate development, employment issues, anti-trust and competition law, project financing, venture capital investments, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, and mergers and acquisitions.
We are representing a leading manufacturer and importer of passenger vehicles in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in connection with an emissions issue and its possible consequences, especially relating to civil law, with a focus on consumer, commercial, public procurement and tax law. We cooperate with a leading international law firm which coordinates the litigation worldwide.
We advised an Eastern European investor on its acquisition of an automotive manufacturing plant in the Czech Republic, including advising on potential investment incentives.
We advised a leading car producer on a number of data protection and cybersecurity issues related to connected cars and micro-mobility.
Advising a car producer in respect of potential competition law aspects of their relationship with dealers and customers.
We are representing a major automotive supplier as creditor in a number of insolvency proceedings and related disputes, and also in several civil proceedings.