Automotive

To serve our clients in the automotive sector as efficiently and optimally as possible our specialist professionals have integrated their respective market knowledge into one team taking into account the specific needs of the sector, such as:

  • Block Exemption Regulation (BER) with regard to sales and after sales of motor vehicles

  • disputes about product liability, contractual guarantees and recalls

  • restructuring of automotive groups and dealer networks

Services Automotive Sector

Our Automotive team advises several automotive clients on matters that include the following:

  • Corporate & Transactions: advice on mergers and acquisitions (share deals / asset deals), restructuring of automotive groups and dealer networksn, joint ventures, acquisitions out of bankruptcy or ‘WCO’ (Federal Law on the Continuity of Undertakings), shareholders’ agreements
  • Labour Law: assistance with classic labour law cases ((urgent) dismissal, social elections etc.), transfer of personnel (CAO (Collective Labour Agreement) 32 bis), outsourcing of logistic services, service, consultancy and management agreement
  • Distribution & European law: dealer standards and directives, competition clauses and multi-branding, production processes, distribution of motor vehicles, retail and after-sales service, Block Exemption Regulation (BER) with regard to sales and after-sales of motor vehicles
  • Disputes: assistance with disputes (incl. against suppliers and leasing companies), assistance in case of clients’ bankruptcy / ‘WCO’ (Federal Law on the Continuity of Undertakings), product liability, contractual guarantees and recalls
  • IP: protection and infringement of brands and other intellectual property rights
  • Real Estate & Environment: assistance with the acquisition and sale of real estate, assistance with administrative files – incl. all environmental aspects, (environmental) permits, sale and lease back, commercial lease agreements

Track Records Automotive Sector

  • We assisted a family-owned group to develop a European spare parts distributor. We coordinated and assisted with the purchase of all shares in a French and an English spare parts manufacturer/distributor. We drafted and negotiated a cooperation agreement with several local European participants and managed the incorporation of foreign companies in several countries

  • We have assisted buyers and sellers with several real estate acquisitions related to the distribution of vehicles (service stations + body repair workshops) + provided assistance with notarial deeds and OVAM (Flanders Public Waste Agency) obligations/soil remediation.

  • We incorporated several joint ventures between an investment group and several concessionaries (with and without body repair workshops). We drafted and negotiated shareholders’ agreements and advised on modifications to the latter.