Automotive

We represent many leaders in the automotive field and funds and financial institutions that are investing in this sector. Our clients include FIAT, Renault S.A., United Auto Group, Safelite Glass, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association,  Mazda North America Operations, Yamaha Motor Corp., Autozone and Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

We represent many leaders in the automotive field and funds and financial institutions that are investing in this sector. Our clients include FIAT, Renault S.A., United Auto Group, Safelite Glass, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association,  Mazda North America Operations, Yamaha Motor Corp., Autozone and Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

Business Reorganization and Restructuring

  • Bpifrance/Mecachrome: Advised Bpifrance Participations in strengthening Mecachrome’s capital base and in setting-up of a French state-guaranteed loan scheme.

    Law Debenture Trust Company of New York: Represented the bank as indenture trustee, in the Visteon Corporation chapter 11 cases.

    Proliance International: Represented Silver Point Finance, LLC, a major prepetition secured lender, in Proliance International’s chapter 11 cases.

    Teksid: Represented TK Aluminum Ltd. and affiliated entities in an out-of-court restructuring involving multiple sale and restructuring transactions that were global in reach.

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Capital Markets and Finance

  • ATESTEO: Represented 3i-backed ATESTEO with respect to €70 million refinancing/recapitalization.

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Litigation

  • Yamaha Motor Corp.: Represented Yamaha in various litigation, including:

    • Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha d/b/a Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. v. Bombardier Inc., et al.: Lead antitrust counsel for Yamaha in major patent and antitrust litigation involving alleged infringement of 30 patents and antitrust counterclaims.
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Mergers & Acquisitions, PE & VC Investments, Joint Ventures and Other Business Combinations

  • 3i/ATESTEO: Advised 3i on the sale of ATESTEO, an international drivetrain testing specialist, to IHO Holding GmbH & Co. KG, a holding company of the Schaeffler family.

    3i/Formel D: Represented 3i Group plc in its agreement to invest up to €247 million in Formel D GmbH, a Germany-based global service provider to the automotive and component supply industry.

    Affinitiv, Inc./Loop LLC: Represented Affinitiv, Inc., a portfolio company of CIP Capital, in its merger with Loop LLC (dba AutoLoop), creating the largest provider of data-driven marketing and software solutions exclusively focused on the automotive customer lifecycle. 

    American Trailer Rental Group/Milton Street Capital LLC/Advantage Trailer Leasing: Represented American Trailer Rental Group and its Board of Directors in the acquisition of Advantage Trailer Leasing, a semi-trailer and storage container rental business.

    Ardian/Weber Automotive GmbH: Represented Ardian in its acquisition of a majority interest in Weber Automotive GmbH, one of the global leaders in the vehicle supply industry.

    Atlantic Street Capital/ZIPS Car Wash: Represented Atlantic Street Capital and its portfolio company ZIPS Car Wash, a leading express focused tunnel car wash operator in the U.S. in numerous acquisitions of express car wash locations.

    Bpifrance/Peugot SA: Represented Bpifrance in its €1.92 billion acquisition of a 12.7 percent stake in French automaker Peugeot SA from the French State.

    Dexter Axle Company/AL-KO VT: Represented Dexter Axle Company, a portfolio company of The Sterling Group, on its acquisition of AL-KO Vehicle Technology from AL-KO Kober SE.

    Fiat Chrysler/Peugeot SA: Represented Bpifrance in connection with Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot SA’s agreement to merge, creating the world’s fourth largest automaker.

    Flex-N-Gate/Plastic Omnium Businesses: Represented Flex-N-Gate Group, a global automotive supplier, in its acquisition of seven European manufacturing plants – four in France, one in Spain and two in Germany – from France-based Plastic Omnium.

    Genstar Capital/OEConnection/Providence Equity Partners: Advised Genstar Capital in its acquisition of a majority stake in OEConnection, a leading automotive technology provider for original equipment manufacturer distribution networks, from funds advised by Providence Equity Partners.

    Highline Aftermarket/The Sterling Group/Pritzker Private Capital: Represented Highline Aftermarket Investments, LLC, a majority-owned subsidiary of The Sterling Group, in its acquisition by Pritzker Private Capital.

    Holley/Empower Ltd./Sentinel Capital Partners: Represented Holley in its merger with SPAC Empower Ltd., in which Holley will become a publicly traded company.

    Searchlight Capital Partners/Ograi BidCo AB/Opus Group A.B.: Represented Searchlight Capital Partners in its acquisition of the controlling stake in the share capital of Opus Group AB, a Sweden-based technology-driven, global leader in the vehicle inspection and intelligent vehicle support markets.

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Other Significant Matters

  • Arcadia Financial Corp.: Represented the board of Minneapolis-based car-financing company Arcadia in various corporate governance matters.

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