Global law firm White & Case LLP advised Daimler AG on the establishment of a 50-50 joint venture with Robert Bosch GmbH. The consortium agreement regarding the joint development, production and distribution of traction motors for electric vehicles is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.
The aim of the cooperation between the two companies is to accelerate the development of traction motors and to exploit synergies. The production of the motors and their use in Mercedes-Benz's electric vehicles and Smart cars are due to commence at the beginning of 2012. Bosch will then distribute the electric motors to other car manufacturers. The motors will be produced at the registered office of the joint venture company in Hildesheim. The development site will be located close to the parent companies in the Stuttgart area.
The White & Case team was led by local partner Florian Hirschmann (M&A, Munich), who was supported by partner Andreas Stilcken (M&A, Frankfurt), local partners Dr. Tobias Heinrich (M&A, Frankfurt), Dr. Ines Buermeyer (M&A, Munich) and Dr. Markus Burianski (Litigation/Arbitration, Frankfurt), as well as partner Dr. Tobias von Tucher (Intellectual Property, Munich) and associates Katharina Rank (M&A, Munich), Dr. Susanne Weckbach (Intellectual Property, Munich) and Dr. Jan Skibelski (Litigation/Arbitration, Frankfurt).
Daimler's in-house team consisted of Dr. Annette Matzat, Dr. Klaus Schartel (Legal Procurement), Dr. Wolfgang Bauder, Dr. Holger Jahn (Legal M&A) and Dr. Björn Hofmann (Legal Antitrust).
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