Automotive, Manufacturing & Industrials

Rising to meet the challenge of dynamic markets

King & Wood Mallesons advises on the full product lifecycle and works with clients in every stage of the production, movement, buying and selling of goods. It is this connectivity throughout the supply chain which defines our Automotive, Manufacturing & Industrial sectors expertise.

To drive success, Automotive, Manufacturing & Industrial businesses need to get to the heart of what it means to adapt and ensure that they are future-fit. In an industry where the sum of its constituent parts requires synergy across the supply chain, the need to drive growth and value which hits the bottom line must be underpinned by innovation and the optimisation of work practices and processes. This is against a backdrop of changing market dynamics, geopolitical challenges, social and environmental expectations, and disruptive technological and scientific forces. Businesses which are able to harness these factors to their benefit will outrun the competition.

Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers understands what it means to meet these opportunities and challenges head-on.

Understanding and identifying evolving risks is critical to navigating emerging issues such as ESG, social license and climate concerns such as energy transition and net zero targets. Keeping abreast of these issues in order to grow, avoid major incidents and manage a business holistically is what is expected in today’s world – to succeed tomorrow. We help Automotive, Manufacturing & Industrial sector clients to restructure, acquire and dispose of assets, finance operations and new projects, manage people and resources, collaborate and commercialise, as well as access and develop new technologies.

Using our specialist expertise, we also help clients optimise their tax structures and industrial relations frameworks, manage disputes, and comply with regulatory requirements relating to market power and occupational health and safety requirements.

Unparalleled specialist automotive expertise

The automotive industry is undergoing a major shift worldwide. Technology and market-driven trends bring with them new and evolving legal challenges.

New environmental pressures, product safety rules, competition laws, and requirements for financing investments are among key developments we are seeing.

We have specialist automotive sector expertise across our corporate, commercial, intellectual property, competition, and finance law teams. Many of our lawyers have worked for automotive sector companies, giving them a deep understanding of your business. This is why some of the biggest and most innovative names in the business choose us to advise them on matters of law affecting the automotive industry.

Rising to the challenges faced by manufacturers

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) is bringing automation, AI, machine learning, and interconnectivity to operations. This comes with a set of unique opportunities and challenges for the manufacturing and industrials sector. Manufacturers across the globe are looking to drive growth, value and innovation by pursuing aggressive R&D strategies and optimising work practices, processes and supply chains. At the same time, they are navigating changing market dynamics, social and environmental expectations, and disruptive technological and scientific forces.

Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers works with manufacturing clients to meet these opportunities and challenges head-on. We help to acquire and dispose of assets, restructure or finance operations and new projects, establish joint ventures, and access new technologies.

Using our specialist expertise, we help clients to optimise tax structures and industrial relations frameworks, resolve disputes, and comply with regulatory requirements relating to market power and occupational health and safety requirements.

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