Audi Business Innovation
Wide-ranging antitrust, sales cartel, financial, data protection and civil law advice on the formation and introduction of the company’s own pan-European online car rental platform (“Audi on demand”), including drafting and negotiating all online terms and conditions of use between AUDI as the platform operator and car hire companies and customers
Assisting in the strategic planning and set-up of the European distribution network for battery electric (BEV) luxury passenger vehicles, drafting all motor vehicle distribution contracts (as European lead counsel), coordinating the worldwide distribution of the electric hypercar Pininfarina “Battista” (as lead counsel), drafting all the sales and service contracts for the Battista
Advising on the introduction of an innovative customer programme in which previously authorised participants have access to cars in Cadillac’s fleet in return for a monthly flat fee and are able to rent and swap them depending on availability; drafting the terms and conditions of participation and advising on data privacy issues and tax aspects
Deutsche Post DHL Group
Providing patent-law advice and performing several extensive patent- and IP-related freedom-to-operate analyses for Deutsche Post DHL concerning its wholly owned subsidiary Streetscooter GmbH dealing with the development, production and market launch of the first-ever mass-produced electric transporter “Work”
Advising the new platform for sales and financing of used cars on all legal matters, including general terms and conditions of business, dealer cooperation agreement, data privacy statement, cooperation agreements with financial service providers and topics relating to German price quotation regulations, IT law, data protection law, IP law, employment law and company law
Hitachi Capital Corporation
Advising on the takeover of the Maske Group, a leading German service provider in the fields of car rental and fleet management services
Jaguar Land Rover Deutschland
Advising Jaguar Land Rover on the introduction of new standards and a new margin and bonus system; supporting it in the negotiations with the dealers’ association
Providing ongoing advice to the global automotive supplier on product liability and recall cases, including legal advice on insurance matters
Mazda Motor Corp./Mazda Motor Europe
Advising on the planning and implementation of the first European pool of independent passenger car manufacturers (“open pool”) with Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA for the purpose of keeping to the CO2 limits for fleets in line with Regulation 443/2009; in this way, a joint CO2 fleet limit is to be formed across the whole fleet of all pooled carmakers; this offers low-emission carmakers the possibility to provide their unused CO2 flexibilities (CO2 credits) to other passenger car manufacturers
Drafting all the contracts regarding the creation of the technical infrastructure for operating and offering ride-pooling in Hamburg using up to 1,000 fully electrified vehicles; advising on international cooperative ventures relating to ride-pooling
Providing broad-based advice on the law regarding the transportation of passengers and licences under the German Act on Passenger Transportation for the company’s new mobility services in Hamburg and Hanover
Restructuring the distribution system in Europe, including preparing a pan-EU framework dealership agreement for introducing new retail formats and/or extending existing retail formats and conducting cross-European pilot proceedings before Frankfurt am Main Regional Court on the question of whether a car manufacturer is able to prohibit its authorised workshops from selling new vehicles of the brand concerned under competition law in order to protect the selective distribution system
Advising the manufacturer of electric utility vehicles on drafting the importer, dealership and service partner agreements for Germany and other European countries
Advising TRATON and its subsidiaries MAN Truck & Bus AG and Scania CV AB on the formation of strategic alliances with the HGV manufacturers Navistar, Inc. and Hino Motors, Ltd.
Triumph Motorrad Deutschland
Providing ongoing distribution-related advice, e.g. on the restructuring of the distribution channels in Germany and in relation to re-sale restrictions, compensation claims and notices of termination for cause
Volkswagen Financial Services
Advising on the takeover of LogPay Financial Services GmbH, a supplier of factoring services for logistics and public transport companies; through the takeover, VWFS will acquire exclusive control of LogPay Transport Services GmbH, a supplier of fuel and toll payment cards
What others say about us
Well-resourced offering with an outstanding presence across the commercial contracts field. Top choice among prestigious organisations for contract negotiations with distributors including purchase, supply and logistics agreements. Offers extensive experience in franchise systems, dealership systems and commercial agency law.
Chambers Europe 2018
(…) its traditionally all-round advice to auto manufacturers, where it is active in designing distribution law structures influenced by digital change. Here, the team advised Adam Opel on an online platform for dealers and manufacturers.
JUVE Handbook 2017/2018
A leading firm in distribution and franchising with one of the broadest advisory set-ups in the market. Its auto expertise is especially pronounced, as proven by the number of regular clients from the industry. It is supporting them in connection with the VW diesel scandal (…) as well as in terms of complicated future distribution projects.
JUVE Handbook 2016/2017
The practice has special expertise in the automotive sector, where it was possible to attract Daimler and FCA Germany, Fiat’s German importer, as new clients.
JUVE Handbook 2015/2016
Highly recommended practice covering the full range of commercial topics, including distribution systems, franchise law, supply agreements and logistics issues. Especially strong in the technology and automotive industries. Supported by noteworthy regulatory, competition and litigation teams.
Chambers Europe 2015
One of the leading outfits in distribution law, this firm has opened an office in Brussels. The distribution practice profits from this as the office is managed by Wendel, one of the leading specialists in auto distribution.
JUVE Handbook 2014/2015
A firm that continues to lead in franchising and distribution law and which even competitors have praised as a ‘very strong practice’ with an ‘innovative team’. (…) Strengths: A wealth of experience in the car manufacturing sector, legal representation in court, advice on international franchising, establishment of distribution structures in eastern Europe, particularly in Russia.
JUVE Handbook 2013/2014