German Attorneys for the Automotive Industry

Legal Solutions Made in Germany

German Attorneys
for the
Automotive Industry

Legal Solutions Made in Germany

Our German automotive lawyers have many years of experience representing both publicly and privately held automobile dealers and local, regional, and nationwide dealer groups. We understand the complex inner workings of the automotive industry. Based on our experience across multiple manufacturer lines, we offer reliable counsel on risk avoidance and legal defence when litigation arises.

At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our full-service approach allows us to provide comprehensive assistance and insightful advice across the broad spectrum of legal areas in Germany. Our legal team can be reached through our contact details at the bottom of this article.

The Importance of the Automotive Industry in Germany

The German automotive industry is one of the largest employers, boasting a labour force of more than 900,000 people. Outside of the automotive chain itself, having a good affiliation with sectors like steel and derivatives, machinery and equipment, electronic materials and more; are also crucial for any investment in the automotive industries.

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte consists of a team of lawyers with experience and knowledge across a wide field of legal areas in Germany. From our offices in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Aachen and conference rooms across Germany, your business can benefit from full legal service from one source. Our practise group for the German automotive industry is composed of professionals with in-depth knowledge of the regulations and the needs and opportunities of the industry. Our team is familiar with the concepts and terminology of the industry and highly qualified to serve customers at all points of the vehicle production chain, from the manufacture of parts to automakers, carriers, dealers and sales. Contact us today to start a productive legal partnership.

Compliance and Whistleblowing

To ensure the long-term success of one’s company and comply with the legal regulations that have come into force, it is crucial to implement efficient whistleblowing systems. Without such systems, employees who want to uncover wrongdoing in the company can quickly feel moved to go public. This can lead to significant reputational damage and loss of revenue.

Since the Whistleblower Protection Act came into force on 2 July 2023 in Germany, it has been incumbent on all German companies with more than 249 employees to set up an internal whistleblower system. Companies not complying with this obligation will face significant legal consequences (including hefty fines) from December 2023.

The German law firm Schlun & Elseven offers a competent and committed legal service to provide companies with the necessary support in implementing this legal requirement. Our lawyers will explain which preventive measures you can take to prevent whistleblowing while effectively complying with all legal obligations. By implementing an efficient whistleblowing system following the applicable ISO standards, we ensure that whistleblowers are protected by the law while your company benefits from the information provided.

Corporate Law Concerns and the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is ever-changing as new technological developments and new regulations are set to significantly impact how businesses operate. With moves toward electric vehicles and other hybrid models planned, it is more important than ever for your business to stay ahead of the competition and maintain its legal protections. At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, we advise experienced companies within the area and new companies looking to establish themselves. Our corporate lawyers advise on:

  • Business structures and organisation,
  • Competition law and how to avoid antitrust practices,
  • Corporate restructuring.
  • Compliance measures,
  • Environmental law and regulations,
  • Strategic partnerships for your company,
  • The rights and responsibilities of managing directors.

The above listed are just some areas where our corporate lawyers advise; contact us directly for further advice.

Drafting and Reviewing Contracts & Commercial Activities

The automotive industry consists of many different partners, between equipment manufacturers, supply chains and distributors. Not surprisingly, the need for lawyers with a keen understanding of contracts and commercial agreements is crucial for success. Our commercial lawyers can be relied upon for all matters concerning commercial contracts, such as supply contracts, distribution agreements, and software and technology contracts.

Where disputes arise regarding the supply chain or distribution, our lawyers are seasoned negotiators who will aim to ensure that your concerns are prioritised. Should cases reach the courts, you can rely on us to provide comprehensive representation.

To prevent allegations of breaches of contract or disputes over licences, a contract lawyer is necessary. Our contract lawyers thoroughly analyse contracts when drafting and reviewing them on behalf of our clients. Furthermore, we will be by your side if your company requires legal representation to enforce contractual obligations.