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Lidings is a leading legal advisor to the automotive industry sector in Russia. Our team has accumulated invaluable experience in advising the market leaders: service providers, manufacturers of cars and automotive components on all aspects of Russian legislation.

We advise leading automotive industry companies on the following legal and regulatory matters:

  • Legal assistance in establishing joint ventures with foreign participation, integrated support of expansion of foreign automotive companies in the Russian market
  • Structuring and support of M&A, D4E transactions in the automotive industry, conducting full scope legal due diligence of the target company
  • Advising on all aspects of corporate regulation to elaborate and implement effective operational strategy throughout Russia
  • Legal assistance to companies engaged in production of automotive components in accordance with the «industrial assembly» regime, advising on preferential customs and tax regimes
  • Protection of intellectual property rights of the automotive companies, registration of title, transactional structuring of IP projects
  • Legal assistance in establishment and expansion of dealer networks including acquisition of land and premises and advice in relation to lease issues
  • Processing consumer complaints, representing interests of automobile companies in the courts of general jurisdiction, liaising with state authorities on behalf of the clients
  • Comprehensive legal support of marketing activities in the automotive industry, legal analysis of ongoing and planned marketing campaigns and customer loyalty programmes
  • Legal defense against unfair competition and advertising, liaising with the FAS of Russia, dispute resolution and court representation
  • Resolution of individual and collective labor disputes, interaction with trade unions of industrial enterprises, liaising with state authorities carrying out surveillance in the workplace


  • Representing the Russian subsidiary of Ford in a dispute with an ex- employee terminated due to the company inner structure changes; proving legitimacy of termination
  • Advising major Chinese car manufacturer in connection with the transaction for purchase of certain real property for enhancing the car retail outlet network in Moscow region
  • Providing comprehensive legal support of the Tyre Manufacturers Association (TMA) and the Association of Trading Companies and Manufacturers of Electrical Household and Computer Equipment (RATEK) on the issues of substantive implementation of waste recycling standards
  • Advising numerous members of Association of tyre manufacturers on the issues of applying new provisions of Federal law “About production and consumption wastes” introducing necessity to pay ecological fee
  • Representing multinational automotive retail and services company Inchcape in consumer disputes
  • Advising large Chinese auto manufacturer Geely International Corporation on setting up its own production site in Russia
  • Advising Beijing Automotive Industry Company, the largest manufacturer of commercial and agricultural transport in China, on a joint venture project to establish a production line in the Ulyanovsk region, including consulting on preliminary antitrust clearance related to share purchase deal within the framework of the project
  • Advising Chinese automobile manufacturing enterprise Changan Automobile on establishment of a Russian subsidiary
  • Advising Chinese automobile holding Brilliance Auto on entering the Russian market
  • Advising Chinese auto manufacturer Geely International Corporation on all aspects of its operations in Russia
  • Advising the largest Chinese car manufacturer Beijing Automotive Industry Company (BAIC) in the establishment of a joint venture for the production and sale of passenger vehicles in the Ulyanovsk region
  • Advising German automotive components manufacturer TRW Automotive on legal regulation of industrial production and assembly of vehicles and automotive components in the Russian Federation
  • Advising a major Turkish producer of flat glass for the automotive industry Trakya Cam Sanayii A.Ş. in relation to establishment of a joint venture for production of goods located in a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of the Russian Federation
  • Conducting due diligence of a land plot in the Moscow region for a Turkish company Koluman in order to develop a structure of ownership rights registration procedure
  • Supporting one of the largest Chinese automotive producers Lifan Motors in setting up a car manufacturing plant in Cherkessk jointly with a Russian large - scale automotive producer
  • Advising Czech company AAA Auto on intellectual property rights
  • Advising Swedish manufacturer and supplier of automotive safety systems Autoliv on reorganization of its business in Russia
  • Advising one of the leading Korean automobile manufacturers KIA Motors in relation to a debt financing transaction
  • Advising Czech used car dealer AAA Auto in relation to establishment of the largest trade center for the sale of second-hand vehicles in the Moscow region
  • Conducting due diligence of five land plots and real estate objects in various regions of Russia for their further acquisition by a major distributor of power generation equipment Zeppelin Russland
  • Representing Japanese company AGC Flat Glass in a labour dispute
  • Representing Japanese company AGC Flat Glass in a series of dispute connected with debt recovery procedure by debtors in CIS
  • Advising a Russian subsidiary of the Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai Mobis in the process of receiving a USD 15 million loan from Korean Development bank
  • Representing English company Global Tyre in a dispute against a Russian tyre producer

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