Automobiles and Parts

We advise some of the world's leading automobiles and parts companies, including General Motors and Ford. Our multi-specialist approach means that we understand the commercial and legal issues that automobiles and parts companies face.

Much of our work in this sector has an international dimension and we work closely with leading local counsel when advising on these matters.

We advise on a wide range of issues affecting our clients in this sector across all main practice areas.

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Our key experience includes advising:

Hyundai Motor Group on its new joint venture with Santander Consumer Finance U.K.

General Motors UK on the sale of the Saab business to Spyker Cars.

Pirelli & C. S.p.A. on a EUR 675 million loan facility to Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. and Pirelli International Limited.

The Honsel group, a leading supplier of automotive components, on the financing of its acquisition of the Tafime group, a supplier of automotive and industrial products.

General Motors UK and other UK companies in the General Motors group on matters connected with the Chapter II filing by General Motors Corporation and the restructuring of General Motors Europe.

Inchcape, the international automotive retail group, on the financing for its recommended cash offer for European Motor Holdings; the acquisition of Lind Automotive Group Holdings and selected properties held outside Lind. Lind is one of the largest independent automotive retailers in the UK; and its acquisition of the Robert Smith Group Limited. The business consisted of six Mercedes-Benz dealerships and one smart dealership.

Eurazeo on the acquisition of Europcar, the leading European car rental firm, from Volkswagen AG; and the acquisition by its subsidiary Europcar Groupe S.A. of the car rental businesses of National and Alamo Rent a Car in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Ford Motor Company on the sale of Jaguar Racing Limited, its Formula One subsidiary, to Red Bull.

Our clients include:

  • General Motors UK
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Inchcape
  • Pirelli & C. S.p.A.
  • The Honsel group