Astrea’s lawyers have many years of experience and expertise in the automotive sector. The automotive sector is one of the most important components of the Belgian economy. The entire auto industry has a significant influence on the economy and employment. Nearly 10% of the Belgian population are directly or indirectly employed in this sector.
We primarily target companies in the automotive sector (including both two and four-wheeled vehicles), such as manufacturers, importers, suppliers, dealers, leasing companies, fleet owners and interest groups. We aim to use our sector-specific knowledge to give them a competitive advantage.
Our team provides services from a variety of legal disciplines. This integrated approach delivers pragmatic solutions to complex problems in the automotive sector, from production processes to distribution issues and after-sales matters. This allows us to actively adapt to changes in Belgian and European regulations and provide optimal support to our clients on matters specific to this sector.
The thorough, sector-specific knowledge built up by Astrea’s lawyers also enables them to understand and closely monitor all the new developments in this dynamic, constantly changing sector.
We can advise establishing joint ventures, local aspects of car brand mergers and acquisitions, sale and purchase of dealerships, transfer of leasing portfolios, etc. We can also handle all company law, financial law and tax law aspects of a transaction.
We can help you draft and negotiate procedures regarding concession agreements, agency agreements, commercial agency agreements and other contractual and commercial matters.
Compliance with European regulations
We can advise on compliance with block exemption agreements for vertical agreements and motor vehicles and other European regulations.
Competition law and State aid
We can advise on parallel importing, access of independent spare parts distributors to official dealer networks, the use of intellectual property rights to hinder the supply of spare parts, the drafting of incentive plans for dealers, applications for State aid for R&D and environmental projects, and so on.
We can advise on regulatory developments affecting the automotive sector, including the Competitive Automotive Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century, the framework directive relating to the approval of motor vehicles, the legislation relating to CO2 emissions, and other legislation relating to the environment, safety and sales promotions.
Advice regarding product liability, hidden defects, warranties and recalls.
Intellectual property rights
We can advise on the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights, branding, licensing, transfer of intellectual property rights, and protection of existing and new intellectual property rights in joint ventures.
We can also provide assistance in proceedings concerning infringement of trademarks and other intellectual property rights.
IT and outsourcing
We can advise on technological cooperation, technology transfers, protection of personal information and outsourcing transactions.
We can advise on day-to-day employment law issues, collective redundancies, negotiations with trade unions over redundancy programmes, transfer of personnel, etc.
We can advise on the reorganisation and restructuring of companies in the automotive sector and support with all types of insolvency proceedings.
Property and environmental law
We can give advice regarding all types of property and environmental law issues which may arise with respect to production sites and dealerships and the transfer of these.
Liability, damage and insurance issues
We can advise on logistics and damage claims in the automotive sector.
Tax, Customs and Excise
We can provide advice on tax, VAT, customs and excises in the automotive sector.
The automotive sector is pre-eminently a highly international sector. Many of our cases in this sector are cross-border in nature. As a result, we often work with specialized lawyers in other countries.
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