9:00 - 9:30
9:30 - 9:40
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
An external expert’s perspective on recent news and developments in the automotive industry
, editor in charge of technology and automotive at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
10:10 - 11:15
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
and Hans-Michael Stracke
, Partner/Counsel at Bird & Bird
11:15 - 11:45
11:45 - 13:00
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
, Dr. Joseph Fesenmair
and Roman Brtka
, Partners/Counsel at Bird & Bird
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
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
Data-based business models - value- add through data-based services - a practice report
, Managing Director at UPS Germany
15:20 - 15:45
15:45 - 17:00
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.
, Vice-President Strategic Programs, Chief Technology Office at HERE
, Attorney EMEA at Delphi
Dr. Alexander Duisberg
, Simon Shooter
and Dr. Benjamin von Bodungen
Partners/Of Counsel at Bird & Bird
17:00 - 17:20
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
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