Automotive Connect 2016 - Breaking new ground for OEMs and their suppliers


Date: 15 March 2016
Time: 09:00 - 19:00    Venue: Klassikstadt, Orber Strasse 4a, 60386 Frankfurt am Main, Germany


 

Bird & Bird in association with CLEPA and AmCham Germany have the pleasure of inviting you to Automotive Connect 2016.

This full-day conference for both legal and business experts will focus on developments that are changing the automotive industry in a fundamental way. The conference is structured in five sessions, which will explore, through a combination of presentations and panel discussions, the following topics:

  • Quick savings & pay to play - Compliance risks of procurement practices in the automotive supply chain
  • The protection of spare parts – is design law the right tool?
  • Aftermarket opening and product liability risks in China
  • Supply chain issues arising on the road to autonomous driving
  • Update on current draft legislation likely to impact the automotive industry
We very much hope you can join us for a day of exciting debates on some of the most important topics affecting the automotive industry.

Would you like to attend?

The programme

9:00 - 9:30
Registration


9:30 - 9:40
Welcome

Dr. Christian Kessel, Partner and Head of the International Automotive Group at Bird & Bird
Dr. Peter Veranneman, Partner and Head of the International Corporate Group at Bird & Bird

9:40 - 10:10
Keynote speech

An external expert’s perspective on recent news and developments in the automotive industry
Holger Appel, editor in charge of technology and automotive at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

10:10 - 11:15
Session A

Quick savings & pay to play - Compliance risks of procurement practices in the automotive supply chain
The growth of global vehicle platforms and the increasing standardization of vehicle parts are steadily increasing the pricing pressure on suppliers. The loss of a major piece of business can endanger the economic viability of a supplier, so suppliers understandably fight hard to maintain existing business and win new contracts. This has resulted in a number of aggressive procurement practices (used both by OEMs and suppliers) which involve a requirement for the supplier to offer cost reductions on existing business ("quick savings") or upfront payments ("pay to play") for being awarded a contract. This session will discuss the potential compliance risks arising from these practices under competition, unfair trade practices, criminal, accounting and tax law.

Dr. Felix Dörr, Managing Partner of Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen
Anne Federle and Hans-Michael Stracke, Partner/Counsel at Bird & Bird

11:15 - 11:45
Coffee break


11:45 - 13:00
Session B

The protection of spare parts – is design law the right tool?
In the automotive industry, design rights are an important tool to protect the overall look of a car. In addition to the design of a car as a whole, spare parts (such as alloy wheels, bumpers or the grill of a car) can in certain circumstances also enjoy protection as Community designs. The speakers will outline the legal preconditions for the legal protection of spare parts and will explain which aspects must be borne in mind by OEMs and suppliers.

n.n. Audi AG
Géraldine Arbant, Dr. Joseph Fesenmair and Roman Brtka, Partners/Counsel at Bird & Bird

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch


14:00 - 15:00
Session C

Aftermarket opening and product liability risks in China
Since the publication of "Guiding Opinions on the Promotion of Transformation and Upgrading of the Automobile Maintenance and Repair Industry” by several Chinese government authorities in September 2014, the Chinese aftermarket is gradually being opened up to competition. The fast growing aftermarket offers attractive business opportunities for suppliers. However, strict warranty and product liability rules and the often unpredictable enforcement practices of authorities in China create multiple challenges.

Dr. Sven-Michael Werner and Dr. Zhaofeng Zhou, Partners at Bird & Bird

15:00 - 15:20
Technology Update

Data-based business models - value- add through data-based services - a practice report
Frank Sportolari, Managing Director at UPS Germany

15:20 - 15:45
Coffee break


15:45 - 17:00
Session D

Supply chain issues arising on the road to autonomous driving
After nearly two decades of adding “system complexity” into vehicles, technology needs to become simpler, and more secure for the traffic of the future. Supercomputers, sophisticated sensors and software will be the heart and veins of autonomous vehicles, which will be fed by significant amounts of data. This raises multiple challenges in terms of cyber security, data protection, product monitoring, safety and liability. This session will examine the challenges from the perspective of OEMs and automotive suppliers as well telecoms and data providers.

Christof Hellmis, Vice-President Strategic Programs, Chief Technology Office at HERE
Thomas Whiteley, Attorney EMEA at Delphi
Dr. Alexander Duisberg, Simon Shooter and Dr. Benjamin von Bodungen Partners/Of Counsel at Bird & Bird

17:00 - 17:20
Session E

Update on current draft legislation likely to impact the automotive industry
In Germany and France, major reforms of the respective Civil Codes planned for 2016 will impact the supply chain. In particular in Germany, this will affect recourse in the case of serial damage (field action or recall). This session will provide an overview of the proposed legislative changes and their likely impact, and will look ahead to further anticipated legislative developments which could impact the Automotive industry in countries such as Sweden.

Dr. Christian Kessel, Head of the International Automotive Group at Bird & Bird

From 17:20 onwards
Drinks & Canapés


Your Questions
If you have any questions that you would like to see discussed during the Q&A part of each of the sessions above, please send them to us prior to the event by clicking here. We will address them on a non-attributable basis to ensure confidentiality. Participants will also be able to submit questions anonymously during the sessions.

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