Automotive Corporate Transactions

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With offices across the U.S. and in Canada plus decades of experience representing automotive and industrial clients, Dickinson Wright has a powerful understanding of the distinct challenges our clients face. We use our skills and knowledge to enable our clients to answer with swiftness and accuracy to every legal issue, whether it involves an acquisition or a joint venture, a contract or labor agreement or dispute, or a workout. As global forces and technology shape the industry, Dickinson Wright understands that our clients must not only address their current environment but also adapt to completely new environments.  With that understanding, Dickinson Wright provides a level of support that is unsurpassed in the industry.

Our Expertise

Our wide-ranging automotive, manufacturing and industrial experience has led to several significant client successes. Our attorneys have intimate and in-depth knowledge of the issues facing the automotive industry. We regularly provide a “right-sized,” practical and nimble deal team to our clients to get their project to a closing.  Our attorneys include those who spent years in house with major OEMs or Tier 1 suppliers who have decades of private practice experience working with industry clients.  We understand the business aspects as well as the legal aspects of major and minor corporate transactions and don’t shy away from working side-by-side with in-house counsel as well as business representatives from a variety of our client’s departments, including strategic development, treasury, environmental, real estate, tax, purchasing and others. 

Automotive and industrial clients often come to us for their transactional needs. Our attorneys regularly handle all manner of public and private mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, joint ventures, complex and auto-centric contracts, private equity funded transactions, SEC compliance work, tax planning, and related issues. We represent automotive and industrial clients worldwide in establishing vendor and customer relationships, establishing joint ventures, and buying and selling businesses. We are often asked by our clients to manage the work of law firms in other jurisdictions and, as a result, we have developed relationships with firms across Europe, Asia, and India.

Unique Aspects of Automotive Corporate Deals

Corporate transactions in the automotive industry are often uniquely complex and frequently involve multiple jurisdictions, private equity participants and customer- mandated transaction structures. Joint venture models designed to share investments, spread risk and align complementary offerings are frequently invoked.

We offer our automotive clients sound transactional advice, and have advised them on purchase and sales contracts, provider agreements, and long-term supply contracts.  In addition, we have negotiated automotive assembly supply agreements, contract manufacturing agreements, multi-party directed supply agreements, and the related plant construction, ground and facility leases, and equipment financing agreements. 

Recent Highlighted Experience:

  • Counsel to OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in the drafting and negotiating of a broad spectrum of contracts including stock and asset purchase agreements, nondisclosure agreements, product and technology development agreements, supply agreements, and related matters.
  • Supporting automotive and industrial clients in all aspects of labor and employment matters, including immigration, leased employee agreements, and benefit issues whether arising from transactions and day to day operations of our clients.
  • Counseling clients in corporate formation, liability deterrence, and tax planning matters.
  • Assisting clients in managing their purchasing and manufacturing risks through drafting and negotiating production and non-production purchasing contracts, and engaging in dispute resolution, outsourcing projects, and supply chain and logistics matters.
  • Counseling automotive and industrial clients in international corporate matters including cross border acquisitions and direct investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances, establishment of subsidiaries, branch offices and other facilities, marketing and licensing arrangements, customs and international trade, export controls and international regulatory compliance.
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