OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

The automotive industry is undergoing unprecedented transformation. Global competition and the volatility of oil suppliers have forced organizational and technological change. More original equipment manufacturers are employing offshore manufacturing strategies and exploring non-traditional supplier relationship structures. Furthermore, with the increase of emission and regulatory standards, the range of issues and pressures exerted on industry players is growing exponentially.

Blakes lawyers understand the varied complexities presented in all segments of the automotive industry and are able to provide clients with practical and cost-effective solutions. Our automotive team has extensive experience in acting for both domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers, parts manufacturers, dealers, distributors, importers, finance-related affiliates and automotive trade associations.

Our unrivalled legal expertise helps clients to navigate the language, issues and practices unique to the industry, such as supply contracts and purchasing protocols, part testing and certification, and regulatory compliance. The world’s largest automakers routinely retain Blakes to advise on issues involving mergers and acquisitions, purchase order terms and conditions, contract terminations, warranty claims and charge-backs, antitrust issues, tax planning, and transfer pricing. We negotiate long-term supply agreements, representing entities throughout the supply chain in risk management and response as well as draft terms and conditions for Tier 1 and other automotive suppliers. We have resolved a wide range of legal disputes for our clients, including class actions, commercial and supply chain management litigation, and labour and employment issues.

We also gauge automotive trends and assess risk in order to advise and assist companies in finding and capitalizing on opportunities. Blakes engages in some of the most significant acquisitions and divestitures in the industry, as well as workouts and bankruptcies and general commercial transactions.

The international experience of the Blakes automotive team makes the group one of the most highly respected in the world, as new manufacturers to the country often seek our assistance. This is evidenced by our representative work with major automotive companies in Europe, India and China. Specifically, Blakes lawyers are experienced in providing special assignment tax and trade advice to non-Canadian manufacturers and distributors, establishing operations including distribution networks in Canada, and advising foreign companies on compliance with emissions and regulatory standards.


Representative Matters

  • Advised ArvinMeritor Inc. on the sale of its majority interest in Meritor Suspension Systems Company to Mitsubishi Steel
  • Advised Continental AG in the sale of a stake in Continental to INA-Holding Schaeffler KG
  • Advised Linamar on its acquisition of an automotive manufacturing facility
  • Advised Daimler on its disposition of Setra to Motor Coach Industries
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4003
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets, Automotive, Mining, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9724
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Energy, Oil & Gas, Restructuring & Insolvency, Equity Capital Markets, Automotive, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Senior Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2693
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Banking, Insurance Litigation, Insurance, Reinsurance, Automotive
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Municipal & Planning, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis, Aboriginal
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9663
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Transmission & Distribution, Equity Capital Markets, Automotive, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Major Projects, E&P Unconventional, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2467
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Life Sciences, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Automotive, Oil & Gas
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2243
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Infrastructure, Pension Fund Investment, Energy, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Automotive, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4168
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Services, Automotive, Aviation/Aerospace
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2409
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Trade, Private Equity, Automotive, Manufacturing, Power, Oil & Gas, Venture Capital
Office Managing Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4014
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Product Liability, Securities Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Capital Markets, Competition Litigation, Misleading Advertising, Arbitration, Automotive, Equity Capital Markets, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2918
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Lobbying, Corporate & Commercial, Technology, Automotive, Manufacturing, Banking, Gaming, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2616
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Construction Dispute Resolution, Automotive, Aviation/Aerospace, Construction, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4286
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, China, Automotive, Manufacturing, Equity Capital Markets, Defence
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