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Industrials and automotive

IoT, robotics and autonomous cars are transforming the industrials and automotive landscape.

Reinventing operations and business models leveraging technology is critical to success for industrial companies. We are helping the world’s foremost industrial manufacturers transform into digital-first businesses. They value our deep understanding of key technological developments, their strategic ramifications and the legal issues they raise.

Whether you’re harnessing the possibilities of the Internet of Things, forming a partnership to develop a market-shifting digital service, developing your own technology platform or mining data for new sources of growth, we can help you minimise risk and maximise the value you create.

Our industrials and automotive insights

Our industrials and automotive experience

Freshfields has advised AUDI on its follow-on investment into Austrian auto-tech unicorn TTTech Auto AG as part of a new USD 285 million financing round. As part of this financing round Aptiv plc and AUDI each contributed new equity which brought TTTech Auto’s valuation over USD 1 billion. The transaction is subject to merger control and FDI approvals and is expected to complete in Q1 2022. Freshfields has been advising AUDI since its initial investment into TTTech group, including, particularly, in 2018 on the spin-off of TTTech Auto into a stand-alone enterprise as well as the previous financing rounds. The Freshfields team was led by GT partner Ludwig Hartenau and principal associate Noel Zamani. Antitrust advice was provided by partner Maria Dreher and associate Florian Reiter-Werzin while DR advice was provided by Ingo Borgdorf.

See press release here and on QuantumScape’s subsequent Nasdaq listing and $3.3bn business combination with SPAC Kensington Capital.

Emerson’s robust Plantweb™ portfolio and operational technology (OT) expertise combined with inmation’s integrated software platform enable real-time information management across manufacturing, process control and IT systems. inmation aggregates global operational data from across the enterprise into the Plantweb digital ecosystem to create an OT data lake – a centralized storage repository – that serves as the foundation for business intelligence and analytics. Collectively, these capabilities increase data visibility and provide unified, actionable insights for fast decision-making and improved operational performance. 

See press release here.

See press release here.